My list came from foxarashi, and the list was:
1. One Piece
1. One Piece
Haha, I could talk about this FOREVER. Okay, so. This series is hands down, my favorite ever. Some people aren't willing to give it a try, or have tried it and couldn't stick with it because of the odd art style Oda-sensei has, but they're the ones missing out. One Piece has made me laugh until my ribs and stomach hurt. It has made me cry so damn hard until my eyes got red and my skin all blotchy. The characters are so amazing, and full of innuendos and gorgeous men to slash. (Zoro/Sanji FTW, riiiight? *Glareglare*) I repeatedly attempt to force friends (apologies to sapphirestar_ and foxarashi ) to get into it. It's a wonder I haven't been strangled. I urge you all to check out this short post about the awesome sauce that is OP (it only looks long because of comments).
I've been reading fanfiction since 2001, give or take a year. I've been writing it only since 2004, since I have self-esteem issues. It's a large part of my life, of who I am. I've met some of the most wonderful people in the world -- which is all of my flist, I love you all -- because of it. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Fanfiction isn't just people infringing on copyrights like some authors think, it's about showing love and appreciation for a particular series. It's a great way to express those warm feelings, and even if some of the fanfiction out there could be better written by a first grader, it's still written by someone with a love of what they're writing about (in most cases).
Without books, there would be very little fanfiction for me. When I was younger, I hated reading. I had to take a special class to learn, but once I got started I couldn't stop. I read the fourth Harry Potter book in a day. I finished the One Piece series in a week. I read in the car, in class (sshh!), while I'm on the computer (ebooks yay), and when I should be doing homework. It's a way to get away from myself for a few hours and enjoy reading about someone else. I always say very seriously (but nobody ever believes me), that instead of flowers on Valentines Day I want a book. I'll know I've found the right person when they actually buy me a book, darn it!
Watanuki is the main character of CLAMP's xxxHolic. He's had a difficult, tragic life, and he works in a shop that grants wishes, ran by a mysterious, alcohol-loving woman named Yuuko (some might recognize her from Tsubasa, which crosses over with 'Holic). Watanuki was socially isolated until Doumeki and Himawari start hanging around. Watanuki has an ambiguous relationship with Doumeki -- there are little moments...though they might not seem like much, if you were to read xxxHolic the scenes are almost balatantly shippy. Okay, so that last one was from a doujinshi. *Is not sorry* I ship them so hard, lol. But anyway, he's so sweet and kind to everybody, I want to hug him and take him home (though I doubt Doumeki would let me). He puts others before himself, willing to go so far as to die so others can be happy. If CLAMP doesn't give him a happy ending, I will angst until next year.
Ahh, 8059. Yamamoto/Gokudera is my Katekyo Hitman Reborn OTP. They have such an interesting relationship...Gokudera is angered by Yamamoto very easily, constantly threatening to blow the other boy up with dynamite. Yamamoto is an easygoing guy, and seems to think that all the mafia business that Tsuna and the others are often dragged into is just a game. The two have been known to show concern for each other -- Yamamoto being much more willing to do this over Gokudera -- so there is some feeling of...something between them. I think they fit really well together as a couple. Gokudera is more serious and grumpy, where Yamamoto is light and happy. It's been a while since I've read KHR, so I have very little pictures to share (just fanart and doujinshi pieces).
There we go! I'm sure most of this was no surprise.