Title: Skin Deep by RivkaT
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing: Clark/Lex
Categories: genderswap, drama, angst, smut
Length: 27,700 words
Warnings: brief unwanted groping (not between Lex and Clark)

After Clark declines to take over the world, the cave punishes him by turning him into a woman. Ironically enough, that makes it a lot easier to give Clark exactly what he wants: a relationship with Lex.

Apparently I'm on a Smallville kick today. Another fun fic, though a bit more angsty than my last rec, with an inordinate amount of smut and a lot of Kent family angst (they still aren't thrilled about Lex). Good writing and some interesting commentary on the differences between men and women (Clark isn't quite as feminist as he thinks he is) and you have a fun read for fans of genderswap or just of good old-fashioned Clex.

Skin Deep
Title: The Spirit and the Letter series by lightgetsin
Fandom: Dresden Files
Pairing: Harry/Marcone
Categories: genderswap, angst, hurt/comfort
Length: 47,000 words as a series
Warnings: n/a

When Harry pisses off Mab one too many times, his fairy godmother turns him into a woman in retaliation. Johnny Marcone finds this development *very* interesting.

I'm not a huge fan of genderswap fics in general, mainly because one of the reasons why I read slash in the first place is to avoid gender tropes. As such, the fact that I'm reccing this series despite the fact that it's a genderswap fic should tell you just how good it is.

I appreciate that lightgetsin doesn't spend much time in this fic going into the differences between men and women and at no point in the story does Harry turn into a different person just because he got a new set of equipment. He's just as snarky, difficult, and as inexplicably endearing as always; in fact, the only real difference is that the change allows him to do some things that he wouldn't normally allow himself to do, treating his temporary sex change as a time out from life. It's a clever conceit, one that wouldn't work in just any fandom, but which is so perfectly Harry Dresden that I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the books someday.

If you're in the mood for a genderswap full of hormonally induced personality changes and/or a treatise on how men and women are inherently different, this probably isn't the fic for you. However, if you like reading about Harry Dresden, his friends and allies, clever magic, and difficult but ultimately workable semi-romantic relationships, this will be a very satisfying read.

The Spirit and the Letter
A New Covenant


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