I think we can make this work in a Meta post.
Recommendations on the main site won't work, even as one big list. I suspect they will attract many new users seeking recommendations and we'll be flooded with such questions. Recommendations appear to be one of the factors that sank the previous Literature Stack Exchange (and they're banned on the new Literature).
However, I can see a few very attractive prospects in having a nice tidy meta post with a list of recommendations. Notice that people won't be asking for recommendations on this post - instead everyone will post a those works they felt were matching or somehow related.
Anime & Manga have tried this, and it seems to be good. Our recommendations will not be the same, since our SE is about a common topic, rather than a common medium, but this is only better! We can get laser-like focused recommendations here, given users are willing to share their experiences.
Those are the reasons why I think we could benefit from a recommendation list on Meta:
We could diversify our interests
Take a look at our most popular tags - these are the works that most people who are not even into science fiction and fantasy have already heard of (well, some apparently didn't).
Diversity has even been a problem on Anime & Manga, and the newly launched Literature - apparently, since so many users over there come from SFF, the books they've read are mostly similar. This has even lead to a sort of crisis - the most popular work is 1984 by George Orwell, who is also the most popular author. A solution was proposed to start topic challenges to diversify the site.1
Diversity may or may not be a problem here yet - depends on who you ask - but I think we can do much better. Our users must have read at least a couple of libraries worth of fantasy, and watched jigahours of science fiction. I'm more than sure that we will be able to come up with some good and less-known works that may be interesting to other users.
New users who seek recommendations will not be turned down by our usual "off-topic, try chat" reply
I don't like that reply either, but what else can we say right now? Besides, most new users don't even have the rep to go to chat, in which case our answer is useless.
I believe new users can have a positive impression of our website if we explain to them that recommendations are off-topic on our main site because they are too opinion-based, and then show them that we too occasionally need recommendations. The new user will be happy, and maybe even stick around to post something else.
If we accept this, an example recommendation will contain some explanations about why that users think we should read/watch what they recommend, and some works they think are similar (but not necessarily).
1: Ironically, it seems that the first challenge will again be a work of science fiction ¯\_(ツ)_/¯