Do you think the Stony fandom has shrunk in popularity since CACW? Also, if you could name a top-ten list of Stony fics, what would they be?
I think we definitely saw some people leave fandom after CACW, though we saw new people come in and then IW brought more. Hard to say what the overall numbers are, but I know some people personally who sort of drifted away after CACW, mostly due to the state of fandom. Some people moved on to other ships, and I think if you were someone who just ships Tony or Steve with happiness, it was maybe easy to shift to something else after CACW. If you ship them only with each other, like me, you’re here for the long haul!
Top 10 fics? Gosh, that’s hard. Probably changes from time to time, too, but here’s a current list for you, though in no particular order (and I can’t count, apparently):
Sins of Omission by @kiyaar: A Post-Civil War, Pre-Secret Invasion AU where Steve is dead, Tony’s a mess, and everything sucks. In which Tony deals poorly with Steve’s death, falls off the wagon, sees ghosts, and misses a lot. Oh, and the Skrulls are about to invade.
Nostalgia by @some-blue-jack:
“Fuck my life. Why me?” Tony asked. (and the Nostalgia AU AU)
Fever, Breathe Your Love on Me by @some-blue-jack: Steve hates his bi-annual checkup. “Mr. Rogers?” Nurse Grace calls, and he inhales sharply before standing up to follow her into the back.He
answers the standard “how are you doing today?” and “is there anything
you want to mention to the doctor?” questions, and he tries not to
fidget, but it’s hard to keep still.He’s just getting so wet.
In the Stillness of Remembering by elise_509:
Steve Rogers is a reminder of a past that Tony Stark would rather
forget. But when Steve’s own ghosts suddenly become the present, Tony
finds he and Steve need each other to face the future.
Never Too Late for Love by @sineala: Steve has always believed that a soulbond is a blessing
– a rare and beautiful miracle, joining the thoughts and feelings of
two people forever, from the first time they touch. Steve knows he’s not
going to be one of the lucky ones. He knows Gail isn’t his soulmate.
But he loves her, even if they’re not soulmates, and he’s going to do
right by her. After the war’s over, he’s going to marry her, and they’re
going to settle down. They’ll buy a house. They’ll have children. He’ll
see his family again. Maybe Bucky will live next door. It’s going to be
a good life. He doesn’t need a soulbond. He’ll be fine without one.Then Steve wakes up sixty years in the future to find that his
wonderful life has moved on without him. His family is long dead. His
fiancée married his best friend. And the only purpose he has left is
leading the Ultimates, a misbegotten team of superheroes with flaws too
numerous to count. Steve hates everything about the future – but most
of all he detests Tony, flashy and flirtatious, who embodies everything
Steve hates about a world he never wanted to live in.And, oh, yeah, Steve has a soulmate after all: Tony fucking Stark.
A Face To Meet the Faces That You Meet by valtyr:
Identity porn. AU post Cap’s death in ways that should be pretty obvious.
Apparently Only One Meal From Barbarism by valtyr:
The Savage Land: “All kinds of mutates and dinosaurs and big cheetahs
and a surprising amount of acceptable nudity.” – Spider-Man
As Sharp As Any Thorn by @thegertie (RurouniHime):
It’s four days to Christmas, there’s a city in shambles, and the nation is in mourning because of the actions of a single man.
voglio sentirti by lackluster_lexicon:
Steve returns to Stark Tower ten months after leaving Tony in Siberia.
Think of This as Solving Problems (That Never Should Have Occurred) by @sineala:
No one knows Tony is Iron Man. Then Tony gets amnesia, and literally no one knows Tony is Iron Man.
Say When by @stark-spangled-lovers: ** Iron Man 2 AU ⎪Undercover AU **** Can be read as a stand alone! **Book
1 of the Say When series. An alternate version of Iron Man 2. What if
Steve was unfrozen early? What if instead of Natasha, Steve got assigned
to help Tony while the genius was slowly dying of palladium poisoning?
What if he never revealed his identity to him until the very moment the
Avengers first came together, forming a team?