Until a few days ago, when I stumbled on some Quentin/Oliver fic.
There's a huge Felicity/Oliver contingent out there, and I know F/O are canon, but I've never really felt them in my gut the way I do when I fall for a 'ship.
Anyway, if anyone had told me two weeks ago that I'd buy into Quentin/Oliver -- and like it -- I would've been totally skeptical. Then I read this fic: kick in the head. Reading it was like a kick in the gut for me. I was just blown away. Geez, I thought... I get it. Please, please, heed the warnings: it is violent and messy and fucked up. Not what I typically look for in 'shipper fic. If you watch Arrow and have an open mind, I urge you to go read this fic. I don't want to spoil anyone, but I'll copy and paste a bit of the review I left at AO3.
This is so unbelievably good. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'd never really considered this pairing before, but you made me believe. Quentin and Oliver are both just so fucked up and broken that their jagged edges line up together so they make sense. As Laurel says, "Sometimes you feel more alive when things hurt.” Maybe, together, they can find some peace.
Even if, like me, you don't think you have any interest in reading Quentin/Oliver, I'd still rec this fic. Because it delves into Quentin's head in a way we don't really see on the show. You have to admit, the man's been through a hell of a lot.
I don't read a ton of fic these days, but this story reminded me, again, of what a beautiful thing fanfic, and fanworks in general can be -- of how they can elevate your understanding of a character, if nothing else.