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Title: Favorite
Author(s): astolat
Date(s): 12 March 2009[1]
Length: 13,276 words, 1:34:21 hours
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: Favorite (author's website)
Favorite (AO3)
Favorite [audiobook] (Audiofic Archive)
Favorite (Ebook Library)

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cover by cybel

Favorite is a Merlin/Arthur slash story by astolat (13,276 words).

It won the Spring 2010 Merlin Slash Awards in the "Arthur/Merlin Fanfiction" categories Best Long and Best Characterisation of Merlin.

Summary: Arthur tipped back against the wall, his mouth open for breath and staring at the small arrow-slit window over Merlin's head, trying to work out how it could possibly be that good with Merlin, of all people.


Fleur Rochard podficced the story[2] and cybel turned it into a podbook.[3] It is available at the Audiofic Archive in two different formats. Length: 1:34:21 min.

DVD Commentary

In 2009, paceous did a DVD commentary. It is here.

Recs and Reviews

  • "The one in which Arthur and Merlin have lots and lots of sex. So naturally, Merlin becomes Arthur’s mistress."[4]
  • "Merlin and Arthur fall into a... pattern that has them both completely flummoxed. And they're Not Happy about it. Reason for reccing: Hilariously funny and brilliantly executed. Or is that, brilliantly funny and hilariously executed? Whatever, it's astolat and she doesn't disappoint. This story is great fun and full of surprises."[5]
  • "Arthur and Merlin have sex once. And then they can't stop. My thoughts: My favorite kind of fics tend to be ones that have a hefty amount of UST followed by wild monkey sex. The build is delicious and the payoff is usually awesome. This fic doesn't do that. In fact, this fic has Arthur and Merlin doing the nasty in the first few paragraphs, and yet, this fic is hands-down my favorite Merlin fan fic. Arthur is Arthur and Merlin is Merlin and together they are consumed by a lust that is unquenchable and ridiculously brilliant. They search for a cure, with the help of Gaius, who is given the funniest line in the whole fic. Which I won't spoil here. As the sex continues and Merlin becomes Arthur's 'favorite' much to his dismay, Uther forces Arthur to figure out just what this servant means to him. The writing is deft, the banter hilarious, and the sex is hot and varied. And best of all, the resolution will grab your heart and make you sigh."[6]


  1. ^ astolat. Merlin: Favorite (Merlin/Arthur) and a shameless plug!, 12 March 2009. (Accessed 19 July 2010)
  2. ^ fleurrochard. Favorite by Astolat, read by Fleur Rochard, 19 April 2010. (Accessed 08 August 2010)
  3. ^ cybel. Merlin Podbook of Favorite by astolat, read by fleurrochard, 19 April 2010. (Accessed 08 August 2010)
  4. ^ je suis loser - Hi, these are my favorite Merlin fics. Enjoy!, 27 March 2010. (Accessed 19 July 2010)
  5. ^ cplberen in camelot_recs. Favorite by astolat, 13 March 2009. (Accessed 19 July 2010)
  6. ^ ella_bane. Merlin Rec Post #1, 19 March 2010. (Accessed 19 July 2010)