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Name: Reel BBC Merlin: A BBC Merlin Film Challenge Community
Date(s): 2008 - present
Moderator: krazykipper, luthien82 and merelyn
Type: reel
Fandom: Merlin
URL: reel_merlin (LiveJournal)

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reel_merlin is a film challenge community in Merlin fandom. It welcomes fanfic and fanart entries of all pairings or ratings but excludes Merlin RPF and crossovers. Stories must be at least 1,000 words in length and betaed. As of March 2010, two rounds have been completed and a third is underway.

Movies that have been chosen as prompt for an entry submitted in a previous round cannot be used again in the same medium (art or fic). Two people also cannot pick the same movie in the same round unless they will use different mediums. One can "stick as closely or as loosely to the plot of the film as you like. The films are meant as prompts, and you can interpret them however you want to."[1] Rules and guidelines can be found on the community Profile page and in a FAQ post.

Round 1

Round 1 sign-ups opened November 20, 2008 and closed on December 18, 2008 with 82 sign-ups. A total of 21 works for as many movies were posted by 17 participants.[2] Most entries were Arthur/Merlin.


  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Do Your Part to Save the Scene, by bloodygoodgirl,(PG rated, Arthur/Merlin, drawn fanart with fanmix)
  • Pride and Prejudice: Pride and Prejudice, by beeej, (rated G, Arthur/Merlin, Photomanipulation )
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  • 28 Days Later: Abide with Me, by stripedpetunia, (rated R, Arthur/Merlin, 28 000 words)
  • 50 First Dates: Wouldn't it be nice if we could wake up/in the kind of world where we belong, by ginnystar,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 1300 words)
  • Alice in Wonderland: Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it, by j_apollo,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 5900 words)
  • America's Sweethearts: Camelot's Sweethearts, by mariana_oconnor,(rated R, Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Will, Arthur/Sophia and others, 63000 words)
  • Beauty and the Beast: Within Your Heart, by rose_walker22,(rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, Uther/Merlin, 30000 words)
  • Cinderella: Merlinella, by xaritomene,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 19225 words)
  • Enchanted: Habit of Yours, by dragonzmagik,(rated U, Arthur/Merlin), 4500 words)
  • High School Musical: In this Together, by xaritomene,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin), 9395 words)
  • Incredible Hulk: Never pay the reaper with, love only, by little_giddy,(rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin), 19000 words)
  • Iron Man: 10,000 nights of thunder, by hariboo_smirks,(rated PG-13, gen, 7300 words)
  • James Bond: Another inch of your life sacrifice, by sajee,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 1812 words)
  • Last of the Mohicans: The Mood that passes through you, by little_giddy,(rated PG-13, Merlin/Lancelot/Morgana, Arthur/Gwen, 2000 words)
  • Phantom of the Opera: The Lady of the Lake, by sophielou21,(rated PG-13, Merlin/Nimueh, Merlin/Morgana, 2460 words)
  • Pretty Woman: Tis a pity he's a whore, by xaritomene,(rated R, Arthur/Merlin, 28007 words)
  • Princess Diaries: Kings don't always need advice (and particularly not this much), by mariamme,(rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Morgana, 30000 words)
  • Sin City: I don't believe it, by moogle62,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 3700 words)
  • Stardust: All the way to the Western Isles, by acetamide,(rated R, Arthur/Merlin, 25000 words)
  • Superman II: What you carry with you, by ras_elased,(rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 3700 words)
  • Two Weeks Notice, Two Weeks Notice, by ras_elased,(rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Will, Owain/Everyone, 37600 words)

Round 2

Screenshot of Blade Runner art with embedded vid by newkidfan

Round 2 sign-ups opened June 22, 2009 and closed on July 2, 2009, with over 100 sign-ups. A total of 37 entries for as many movies were posted by 34 participants[3]: 33 fics (accumulating 535,000 words[4]), 2 fanvids and 6 pieces of art, of which 4 entries were multimedia. Most entries were Arthur/Merlin.


  • 27 Dresses: 27 Dresses by dragonzmagik (art + fic, rated G, Arthur/Merlin)
  • The Neverending Story: The Neverending Legend by yue_ix (art + fic, rated G, gen, implied Gaius/Nimueh)
  • Blade Runner: Blade Runner by newkidfan (vid + art, rated PG, Arthur/Merlin)
  • Star Trek: And a Star to Steer Her By by ras_elased (vid + fic, rated NSFW/PG, Arthur/Merlin, 2,000 words)


  • 10 Things I Hate About You: Ten Things I Hate About You by beeej (rated G, Arthur/Merlin)
  • Dawn of the Dead: Last Day by ptelefolone (rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin)
  • Memento: Each Like a Pin by yue_ix (rated G, Arthur/Merlin)
Arthur and unicorn in the swamp. Illustration from The Neverending Legend, a multimedia fanwork by Yue KX (2009).


  • Amelie: Looking For Things No One Else Catches by slightlytookish (rated PG, Arthur/Merlin, 5,776 words)
  • Bridge to Teribithia: Camelot Needs a Bridge by ansera (rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, 32,600 words)
  • Bring It On: it’s not my fault you’re dating a big, gay cheerleader who won’t return your phone calls. by wayoffbase (rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, 7,200 words)
  • Castaway: Desert Island Dreams by krazykipper (rated PG-13ish, Arthur/Merlin, 5,732 words)
  • The Covenant: Silence Will Hide by morcalivan (rated R, Arthur/Merlin, 17,145 words)
  • Crybaby: Inevitable Reality by solarbaby614 (rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin, slight Arthur/Sophia, 10,104 words)
  • Drive Me Crazy: (You) Drive Me (So) Crazy by biancathecookie (rated PG, Merlin/Arthur, 2,544 words)
  • Drop Dead Fred: Pratface and the Princess by morcalivan (rated R, Arthur/Merlin, past Merlin/Will, 11,373 words)
  • Empire Records: Destiny Calling by sophieisgod (rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, Gwen/Morgana, Will/Sophia, 17,700 words)
  • The Fountain: Under the Wild Oak by anowlinsunshine (rated R, Merlin/Arthur, 29,500 words)
  • Gone in 60 Seconds: I've Still Got Your Face (Painted On My Heart) by thisissirius (rated R, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, 14,203 words)
  • Grease: We Go Together by exoticrooftile (rated R, Arthur/Merlin, 8,500 words)
  • Grosse Point Blank: As I Hesitated, Time Rushed Onwards Without Me by meri_sefket (rated R, Merlin/Arthur, background Gwen/Morgana, 14,400 words)
  • Imagine Me & You: Moment of Surrender by christycorr (rated PG, Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, 16,000 words)
  • Jurassic Park: snails do it differently by mrinalinee (gen-ish, rated PG, 2,800 words)
  • Laws of Attraction: Laws of Attraction by christycorr (rated R, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, 23,800 words)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Twin Thrones by eosrose (rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, 40,000 words)
  • Lord of the Rings: Here Falls the Shadow, Here Shines the Light by i_claudia (rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, past Arthur/others, 33,000 words)
  • Moulin Rouge: From What I've Tasted of Desire (I Hold with Those Who Favor Fire) by conclusivelead (rated R, Merlin/Arthur, 2,500 words)
  • The Mummy: When Death Is Only the Beginning. (How the Bainbridge Scholars Were Mistaken.) by rotrude (rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, Lancelot/Gwen, 31,200 words)
  • Notting Hill: Notting Hill by social_retard86 (rated Rish, Arthur/Merlin, 21,000 words)
  • Ocean's 11: Dynamite With a Laser Beam by sequinedfairy (rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Morgana, 2,600 words)
  • Overboard: Overboard by shiny_starlight (rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Sophia, past Merlin/Will, 36,000 words)
  • The Proposal: For Worse or For Better by anna_zee (rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin, 20,636 words)
  • Push: Pull by marzilla (rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, 15,577 words)
  • Reign of Fire: World's On Fire by krazykipper (gen, rated PG-13ish, 10,441 words)
  • Robin Hood: Two Birds, One Stone by justicemischief (rated PG, Merlin/Arthur, 7,747 words)
  • Serenity: Avalon by mariana_oconnor (gen-ish with Gwen/Lancelot, pre-slash Merlin/Arthur, rated R, 43,500 words)
  • Thelma & Louise: Thunderbird Diaries by emei (rated R, Gwen/Morgana, 3,550 words)
  • Transformers: Shift by rose_walker22 (rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, Arthur/Sophia, 45,672 words)

Round 3

Round 3 sign-up opened March 1, 2010 and closed on March 15, 2010, with over 200 sign-ups. A total of 36 entries for as many movies were posted.[5]

  • 13 Going On 30: Time Waits For Nothing by corvus_noir (fic, rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, 4,217 words)
  • 2012: It's not the end of the world (but you can see it from here) by corilannam (fic, rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, ~33,000 words)
  • Army of Darkness: Mega Zombie Reptile by mrinalinee (fic, rated PG, gen, 2,260 words)
  • As You Like It: Running South by mrinalinee (fic, rated PG, gen-ish Arthur/Gwen, ~4K words)
  • The Bourne Identity: The Sinner In Me by shesakicker (fic, rated R, Arthur/Merlin, ~17,000 words)
  • Casino Royale: In His Majesty's Service by rotrude (fic, rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, 1,800 words)
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Age, and other artificial concepts by agenttrojie (fic, rated PG, Arthur/Merlin)
  • Don Juan de Marco: Enchanted by paddynmoon (fic, rated 15+, Arthur/Merlin, ~4K words)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: the world forgetting, by the world forgot by aeternitasbeach (fic, rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, ~40K words)
  • Fight Club: A Convenient Amnesia by halfnorn (fic, rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Morgana friendship, Gwen/Lancelot, ~35K words)
  • Flash Gordon: He’ll Save Every One of Us! by faithharkness (fic, rated R, Merlin/Arthur, ~18,500 words)
  • Goldeneye: Goldeneye by ras_elased (art, rated SFW, Merlin/Arthur)
  • Groundhog Day: Repetition by krazykipper (fic, rated 12, gen, 6,387 words)
  • Hamlet: Mad North-North-West by valderys (fic, rated PG, Merlin/Arthur, 5,677 words)
  • His Girl Friday: His Lady Guinevere by misspopuri (fic, rated PG, Arthur/Gwen, 5,600 words)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Sorcerer of Notre Dame by callowyn (art, rated G, Arthur/Merlin)
  • Kill Bill: To Kill a King by blackmamba_esq (fic + fanmix, rated R, Gwen-centric with various pairings, 20K+ words)
  • Kingdom of Heaven: Nemo Vir Est Qui Mundum Non Reddat Meliorem by writteninhaste (fic, rated R, Merlin/Arthur, ~12,000 words)
  • A Knight’s Tale: A Prince’s Journey by twilighthdfan (fic, rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin)
  • The Little Mermaid: The Little Mermaid by sparksflyout (art, rated PG, Morgana)
  • Master and Commander: Reconquering Paradise by givemethebook* (fic, rated R, Merlin/Arthur, 28K words)
  • Maurice: Not A Word Beyond by ravenflight21 (fic, rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, Arthur/Lancelot, 13,800 words)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Merlin and the Lightning Thief by dianadisaster (fic, rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana, ~20K words)
  • The Piano: The Piano by fishwrites (fic, rated M, Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Valiant, 43K words)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Nothing But Fair Winds by themadlurker (fic, rated PG-13, Gwen/Morgana, 7,500 words)
  • Ponyo: Arthur and Merlin on the Cliff by the Sea by lunchy_munchy (art, rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur, various other pairings)
  • The Saint: The Saint by beeej (art, rated G, Merlin/Arthur)
  • The Shop Around the Corner: The Shop Around the Corner by rotrude (fic, rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, Lancelot/Gwen, ~20,000 words)
  • Some Like It Hot: Just You and Nobody Else But You by gold_macaw (fic, rated NC-17, Arthur/Merlin, Lancelot/Gwen, 9,000 words)
  • The Sound of Music: The Sound of Merlin by nyargles (fic, rated PG, Merlin/Arthur, 10,500 words)
  • Splash: My love for you is deeper than the ocean (and I would know as I’ve been there!) by rose_walker22 (fic, rated PG-13, Arthur/Merlin)
  • Titanic: Salt, Water, My Wounds by ohwhimsy (fic, rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana Gwen/Lancelot, ~20K words)
  • Twilight: Twilight by sparksflyout (art, rated G, Arthur/Morgana)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun: Under the Tuscan Sun by lisztful (fic, rated NC-17, Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana, Arthur/Lancelot, 18,500 words)
  • Underworld: Camelot’s Underworld by eldee (fic, rated R, Arthur/Merlin, 23K words)
  • What Dreams May Come: in that sleep of death by katerina_black (art, rated PG-13, Merlin/Arthur)


Dragons and Their Kind by Schweet heart is a Fantastic Beasts fusion work where Merlin takes the role of Newt Scamander.


  1. FAQ post, 14 November 2008. (Accessed 31 March 2010)
  2. Closing, and Round 1 masterpost
  3. Reel Merlin Round Two Masterpost \o/
  4. And we're done! (Feedback post)
  5. Reel Merlin Round 3 Master Post \o/, 21 July 2010. (Accessed 25 July 2010)