I read the SGA story that's being recced up and down (freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose), and it really made me realize how secondary my SGA love is to my SG-1 love. ( spoilers for Freedom )
The story itself is, as the recs imply, quite well-written and it delves quite deeply into Rodney's character. It's a good story. But it's not for me (just as Farscape was a very good television show, but just wasn't for me).
This is not the first time this type of story has failed to appeal to me (I have never finished reading The End of the Road, a due South story where ( spoilers for Road )). Even thinking about it makes me kinda want to throw things. And certainly not because it's a bad story.
It's not even the type of story itself -- I read angst and the getting over of angst. I'm not opposed on principle to ( spoilers for Road ) or ( spoilers for Freedom ). I've read and enjoyed stories about... well, actually, not that last one, as it's pretty specific, but about that kind of thing.
I think it's because when I read fanfiction, I like the vibe of the story to match the vibe of the show. That's part of why cesperanza's due South stuff works so well for me -- it's got the same sweet, slightly off-kilter vibe that the show has. When I'm reading fanfiction, I'm looking for more of what I love about the show, and that differs depending on the show.
Road and Freedom seem to inhabit slightly... less magical (more real?) realities than the shows themselves. And since a large part of why I love those shows is the sparkle and zing, I miss the gloss when it's stripped away.