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Fanfic Recs: Mulan
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth bringing honor to your family for here.

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''lightbird''
  • Also her livejournal account for Mulan fanfics.
    • Recommended by Pickled Plums
    • This author has written amazing Alternate Universe fanfics, from placing the characters in China's Cultural Revolution in the 60s to an AU where Mulan managed to avoid getting discovered as a girl and returned home only to find herself engaged to her former commander.

Alliriyan
  • Recommended by Dellanotte
    • What this author lacks in quantity of Mulan ventures, is made up for in absolute quality. Alliriyan is able to go between Comedy, Comraderie, and Bone-Chilling Sorrow, all with an impeccable grasp of the characters and their world. See below.

Filial Duty by Ladymordecai
  • Recommended by Syncretic Venture
  • Characters: Fa Mulan
  • Synopsis: Mulan figures out where the path to honor lies.
  • Comments: One-shot introspective piece about Mulan's thought processes during the beginning of the movie. A 'gender-thinky' fic.

Plans by ncfan
  • Recommended by Zephyr7
  • Characters: Fa Li and Grandma Fa, with mentions of Mulan x Shang.
  • Synopsis: Fa Li and her mother-in-law have plans.
  • Comments: This was a delightful short one-shot about what could have happened during the dinner Shang stayed over for.

Hachin by Eduard Kassel
  • Recommended by Molly
  • Status: Complete
  • Characters: All, focus on Mulan, Shan Yu, and the Huns; possible future Shan Yu/Mulan
  • Synopsis: This is an Alternate Universe where Mulan is captured by the Huns at the Tung Shao Pass, and taken back to their homeland as a captive. During her time at the Hun camp, she finds herself caught up in a political power-play, and with some scheming by a Hun shaman, somehow engaged to Shan Yu.
  • Comments: This author has really done his research, and it shows. The writing is fantastic, the characters are interesting and well-written, and the story is intricate and engaging. Updates are slow, but always worth the wait.

A Sense of Freedom by Fyre
  • Recommended by Syncretic Venture
  • Characters: Fa Mulan, Li Shang, Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, various others
  • Synopsis: Mulan is pleasantly surprised when she is given a new post by the Emperor, but nothing ever goes quite as she expected it.
  • Comments: A rather long one-shot that focuses on a diplomatic mission given to Mulan by the Emperor after she returns home. Some Mulan x Shang, established, but no romantic focus.

Soldiers, Soldering On by heywilma
  • Recommended by hindugoddess
  • Characters: Mulan, the Three Army stooges, occasional appearances by Shang
  • Synopsis: Several days in the life, a.k.a. What The Movie Neglected To Show You.
  • Comments: A one-shot, this fic is short and sweet, and gets the tone of the dialogue exactly. It deals well with the subtleties of femininity that one can easily imagine Mulan having to work to cover up. Lots of fun, and fits perfectly into canon.

Soldier by Fear and Loathing XIX
  • Recommended by Veloren
  • Synopsis: In which Mulan fights, grows, and bruises far too easily: all a part of her journey to manhood. Sort of. Set during the training period of the 'Be a Man' musical number.
  • Comments: Also has a continuation in Toy Soldiers

Life After by OneDayI'llFigureItOut
  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Synopsis: "How does a woman transition back into a normal, quiet life after having found confidence and purpose? How does a captain treat a woman who he thought was a man for several weeks? How does a father treat his daughter, one who has earned more recognition than even he did in his prime? Even more curiously, how does said father treat this strange captain who arrived with his daughter?"
  • Comments: The first chapter is glorious enough to be a stand-alone, with everything from character viewpoints and the tiniest details taken into account. The author keeps everyone's edge from the first movie, and the question of transition is handled beautifully. So far, an absolute must-read.

Mulan 2,1 by Alliriyan
  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • "When rewriting the sequel we made one small change...we made Mulan the main character. We also removed the romance, added plenty of action and deflated Mushu's ego. Did we mention the duty and honour? Everything you hoped for in Mulan 2 just came true..."
  • ... Except for the part where they finished the story. What's there is both hilarious and devastatingly Original Flavor, but the three chapters so far leave off right before the mission itself, and essentially rewrite the intro. Which is no bad thing.

Shan Yu's Victory by lightbird (AU)
  • Recommended by Pickled Plums
  • Pairing(s): Shang/Mulan, Shan Yu/Mulan
  • Synopsis: This is an Alternate Universe where Mulan failed to notice the Huns escape from the avalanche, and Shan Yu successfully killed the Emperor and conquered China. Mulan infiltrates the palace by pretending to be one of the concubines, only to catch the interest of Shan Yu who senses something familiar about her...
  • Comments: The story is dark but avoids complete pathos by making its protagonists and its villains intelligent and chillingly in-character. Shan Yu is also treated quite well and is given dimensions as a compelling conqueror and a love interest. While the main story is something of a love triangle between Mulan, Shang, and Shan Yu, the supporting characters are given their due and play essential parts to the story.
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