Fanfic Recommendations

Over the years I have become very persnickety about what I like in a fic. I went from someone who just loved romance to someone who was here for the plot, and quite often found the romance bits annoying. I tend to lean towards canon-compliant, but not always. I also tend towards lengthy fics. Very lengthy. Hefty novel-length fics.

So, broken down into fandoms, here are the stories I love so damned much they live on my kindle and get re-read on a regular basis. (Summaries (in italics) have been taken from the sites directly, and are the wording of the author, not me, unless stated otherwise)

Animal Crossing

Slice of Heaven by Ysavvryl

It is said that when good people die, they go to Heaven. But what happens to good animals after they die? And what happens if a human ends up at the wrong afterlife crossing?

[Status: Abandoned | Rated: K+/PG | Genres: Drama, Slice of Life | Length: 150k+]

The fact that there’s no end to this story isn’t really a problem to me. Animal Crossing is such a slice of life game that just reading about Nadia’s day-to-day life is interesting. I’d love to see an end, obviously, but I can enjoy what is there.

The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing by Chewbot

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Horror | Length: 10-20k | Warnings: Body Horror, Character Death, Violence]

Ostensibly a Let’s Play of Animal Crossing, only much much darker, with actual screenshots which evolve to creepy illustrations. Horrifying if you’ve played the game.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

As Time Goes By by Yahtzee

In its own, unexpected ways, the Hyperion Hotel remains the last help for the hopeless in the vast wasteland once known as Los Angeles. WINNER of the Halo Award for Best Crossover.

[Status: Completed | Rated: K+/PG | Genres: Alt Universe Fic, Drama, Romance | Length: 40-50k]

Everything Yahtzee writes is worth reading. Her fics always have a great plot and absolutely flawless characterisation.

Buffy: Virtual Season 8 by (a collective)

A virtual season 8 for Buffy, featuring a new location and a new big bad.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Action/Adventure | Length: 150k+ | Warnings: Mind Control]

This isn’t just a bunch of episode transcripts, it’s a full world. There are extras, such as Dawn’s diary, which bridges the S7 canon and the S8 fanon, there are pictures of the house, flyers for events they go to, legal documents, just loads of stuff. This is just a brilliantly in-depth world. My personal take on the season arc is that it’s probably not quite canon compliant, but it’s also so damned enjoyable and everyone has put so much work into making this a full world, that you just won’t care.

I-55 by Yahtzee

Betrayals come in many forms—

[Status: Completed | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Alt Universe Fic, Drama | Length: 5-10k]

An AU take on the birth of Angel’s child and the aftermath. As always, Yahtzee knocks it out of the park.

New All Over by ELG

When Wesley intercepts an amulet sent to Giles, he is changed from an annoying adult Watcher into an eight-year-old boy. Set post ‘Consequences’ in S3 of Buffy. Another Everyone Is Nice To Wesley fic. WARNINGS: Woobie!Wesley. KIDFIC. SOME SCENES UNSUITABLE FOR DIABETICS.

[Status: Completed | Rated: Everyone/General | Genres: Kid Fic | Length: 100-150k]

I don’t like kids. I tend to avoid kidfic. However. This fic. This damned fic. It’s one of my favourites. I remember reading it on livejournal back in the day. Wesley is age-regressed, and not only is it adorable, it’s also well thought out, showing a kid that has been terrorised by his father and prepped since birth to be a Watcher and is already a bundle of anxiety with all that weight on his shoulders.

Phoenix Burning by Yahtzee

After “The Gift.” Buffy returns to life—to find a world greatly changed. WINNER of the Summer 2001 Halo Award for Best Drama and the Summer 2001 Undead Awards for Outstanding Novel, Outstanding Future, Outstanding Action and Outstanding Buffy Character

[Status: Completed | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Action/Adventure, Alt Universe Fic, Apocalypse, Drama | Length: 75-100k | Warnings: Character Death, End of the World]

Written before season six aired, this is a take on how Buffy came back. And I’m not the only one who thinks it’s better than season six.

The Other Half Lives by Yahtzee

Cordelia re-examines her feelings for Wesley after he is injured—but Wesley’s making some changes, too.

[Status: Completed | Rated: K+/PG | Genres: Character Reflection | Length: 5-10k]

I ship it.

Have a Little Faith by faekitty

What happens when the hero and villains switch places?

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Alt Universe Fic | Length: 100-150k | Warnings: Violence]

A fantastic AU where Lindsey has a change of heart, leading to Faith being stationed in LA, and Angelus being the big bad, working with Wolfram & Hart. I don’t know how it’s still up since it’s hosted on Geocities, but you should read it.

A Simple Act of Faith by faekitty

A sequel (season 2) to Have a Little Faith.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Action/Adventure, Alt Universe Fic, Drama | Length: 30-40k | Warnings: Character Death]

A great follow-up to a great first fic.

Dead Like Me

Reaping the Whirlwind (The Boom Boom Boom Ba Remix) by Lizbeth Marcs

What does the addition of supernatural-related reaps to the reaping workload, Roxy’s promotion, the addition of a new grim reaper with supernatural experience, a new sort-of boyfriend who may or may not be a pirate, and an approaching apocalypse all have in common? New grim reaper boss George doesn’t know, but she’s willing to bet that in the middle of it all the universe will kick her ass. Again.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Action/Adventure, Apocalypse, Crossover, Drama, End of the World, Romance | Length: 75-100k | Warnings: End of the World]

A fantastic crossover where Dawn (Buffy) is made a reaper. Lizbeth absolutely captures the narration from Dead Like Me and George’s sardonic look at life. The story absolutely rules and contains a bit of nightmare fuel.

That’s Supposed to be It by Benji The Vampire Confuser

Sometimes, even Management makes mistakes. [Dead Like Me/Final Destination Crossover]

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Alt Universe Fic, Humour | Length: <1k]

If George had been assigned to reap the passengers of flight 180…

Dirk Gently (Netflix)

Suits You Fine (Series) by VioletSmith

I headcanon these boys as having a very close, queerplatonic relationship.

I also imagine Dirk wearing clothing that’s often considered women’s clothing. Dirk just thinks of it as clothes, and wears what he wants to wear. Todd maybe takes a bit more time to process.

This is just a little bit of fic exploring these ideas, with some nail polish thrown in for good measure.

[Status: Completed | Rated: Everyone/General | Genres: Queerplatonic Relationship | Length: 1-5k]

This series taught me that queerplatonic is exactly the type of romance I love. All of the feels with very little of the touching. It needs to be a bigger genre. As for the fic, Dirk and Todd are perfectly in character, and it is utterly charming.


Just Like Last Tuesday, Except With Zombies by angel-dawes

Lima is infested with zombies, and McKinley High’s glee club, along with guest judge Emma Pillsbury, hole up inside the school to combat the blood-thirsty hordes. Full ensemble fic with emphasis on Puck, Rachel, Finn, Quinn, and Kurt. COMPLETE.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Action/Adventure, Apocalypse, End of the World | Length: 100-150k | Warnings: Body Horror, Character Death, Dark Humour, End of the World, Violence]

I don’t even like Glee that much, but I really like this fic. It’s funny, dark, and even romantic at times. And yeah, this puts an emphasis on the action/adventure parts.

Good Omens

100 Things Crowley Would Do Before the World Ended by shewhoguards

Other people plan 100 things to do before they die. Crowley planned 100 things before EVERYBODY died.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Humour | Length: 20-30k]

One of the best Good Omens fics out there. shewhoguards delivers awesome fics with plot and friendship – romance, if you’re wearing your slash goggles. And fandom does.

Harry Potter

The Changeling by Annerb

Ginny is sorted into Slytherin. It takes her seven years to figure out why.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Alt Universe Fic, Character Reflection | Length: 150k+]

I love seeing Ginny be awesome, since she’s just a puddle of hormones and red hair in the movies. And it’s not just Ginny, the other girls in her dorm are just as awesome. Slytherin is threatening but also welcoming. Enjoy.

The Original Naked Quidditch Match by Evilgoddss

When a Magical game of Truth & Dare goes wrong, the Gryffindor Quidditch team must ‘bare’ up and face the consequences. And as the news spreads like wildfire in mmail things get quite out of control.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Comedy/Parody, Humour | Length: 20-30k]

There’s a reason this fic is a classic in the fandom. If you didn’t read it back in the day, read it now. It’s still ridiculous and funny.

My Little Pony

A Mighty Demon Slayer Grooms Some Ponies by D G D Davidson

After Princess Celestia appoints Twilight Sparkle and her friends to be ambassadors to Earth, they decide to introduce themselves to the humans by appearing in a horse show, but they need someone to get them ready. They call on Megan, the legendary warrior who guarded ponykind in days of yore. Megan has banished or slain countless demons, but can she convince the ponies to hold still long enough for her to braid their manes?

This crosses over with G1, but should be accessible to all.

[Status: Abandoned | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Action/Adventure, Dark | Length: 75-100k | Warnings: Character Death, Violence]

This is the definitive Gen 1/Gen 4 crossover. It’s a much darker take on the stories from Gen 1, acknowledging that such horror would deeply damage the poor twelve year old the ponies kidnapped to save them. It also shows Megan’s deep love for the ponies. I will say that she’s still not likeable – and neither are Molly or Danny – but at least I understand why I don’t like them. They not just cloyingly sweet. They’re people with emotions and motivations.

Where this fic really shines though is the backstory of the ponies. We get a truly horrifying segment about how the Twinkle Eye ponies came to be – based on an actual comic – and an explanation of how the ponies from Dream Valley separated into tribes of earth ponies, unicorns and pegasi. The author’s notes are just as fascinating as the fic.

There was some mild drama about how the story ended, which you can read about on TV Tropes, and that’s why this is technically “abandoned”, although I would say it reads as complete.

Elements of Opposition (Series) by alarajrogers

In order to avoid upsetting Fluttershy while still creating chaos, Discord traveled to an alternate universe to wreak entertaining havoc, and picked the wrong one.

In the core universe, Spike receives a letter from Discord begging for help, and soon the Mane 6 are preparing to travel to the alternate universe to rescue him from their own twisted counterparts. Meanwhile, Discord struggles to keep his mind and will intact, while the alternate Twilight Sparkle seeks to use him as a source of magical power to be harnessed to Order, and the alternate Fluttershy expresses her own twisted mixture of desire and resentment against him.

There are no explicit, current, healthy pairings. There is the usual Spike/Rarity crush, past Discord/Celestia from long ago, unconsummated/unacknowledged feelings between the real Fluttershy and Discord, and a sick, totally messed-up relationship between the alternate Fluttershy and her prisoner, which I wouldn’t even call a pairing since it’s rape, except that the thing that makes it especially destructive is the presence of genuine emotions in it.

Graphic torture. Somewhat explicit, non-violent but psychologically destructive rape. I’m not pulling any punches with this one.

[Status: WIP | Rated: MA/NC-17 | Genres: Angst, Dark, Drama | Length: 150k+ | Warnings: Gore, Humiliation, Manipulation, Mind Control, Rape / Non-Con / Dubious-Con, Torture, Violence]

A dark and twisted series of stories, that prove I will read anything AlaraJRogers writes about Discord.

Not the Hero by alarajrogers

Discord’s the only creature in Equestria who can recognize the human for what he is – not the long-lost Seventh Element that never actually existed and couldn’t have existed before the human arrived, but a meta-reality warper, an entity far more powerful than Discord with the power to warp the minds of all around him and the very rules of magic to make sure that he’s always the Big Hero. And the role the human’s assigned to Discord is the Villain to beat down or kill.

Pre-reform Discord’s fine with being the villain. But on his own terms. Not dancing on some alien interloper’s puppet strings.

Without friendship, or even allies, Discord’s going to have to find a way to defeat a creature who can alter fate itself and who can even mind-control him. Or he may just end up worse than dead.

[Status: WIP | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Dark, Drama | Length: 150k+ | Warnings: Character Death, Gore, Manipulation, Mind Control, Rape / Non-Con / Dubious-Con, Violence]

An amazing Gary Stu deconstruction. My favourite MLP fic of all time. Unfortunately, the author can go for years without updating, but their work does update, and I saw a (vaguely) recent comment saying this one is next on the list for a new chapter. And it will be worth the wait. It always is.

Friendship is Optimal by Iceman

Hanna, the CEO of Hofvarpnir Studios, just won the contract to write the official My Little Pony MMO. Hanna has built an A.I. Princess Celestia and given her one basic drive: to satisfy everybody’s values through friendship and ponies. Princess Celestia will satisfy your values through friendship and ponies, and it will be completely consensual.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Apocalypse, Dark | Length: 30-40k | Warnings: End of the World, Manipulation]

This fic satisfies my values through friendship and ponies. And it’s probably the nicest apocalypse I’ve ever read. To the point that many readers dream of the outcome. This fic also works if you’re not a fan of MLP.

Friendship Is Optimal: Caelum Est Conterrens by Chatoyance

Set in the Optimalverse, a middle-aged woman enamored of ‘Equestria Online’ confronts what permanent emigration to Equestria – uploading to a virtual existence – really means… but can she even hope to truly understand such a thing – and more importantly, can she trust the artificial intelligence known as ‘Celestia‘?

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Dark, Drama, End of the World | Length: 50-75k | Warnings: End of the World, Manipulation]

Another look at the Optimal-verse, this time locked in tightly to a single perspective, as a woman both loves the world and agonises over the decision to upload.

Friendship is Optimal: The Law Offices of Artemis, Stella & Beat by Eakin

Alex Meyers is a newly graduated lawyer looking for a calling. He thinks he might have found it when he lands a job at the firm of Artemis, Stella & Beat. The firm has only one (highly unusual) client, namely the AI called Celestia. Forging into totally unexplored legal territory and led by a boss who’s either brilliant, crazy, or both, Alex will learn exactly how hard it is to be responsible for drawing the lines between right and wrong.

Set in the Optimalverse, so read Friendship is Optimal first.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Dark, Drama, End of the World | Length: 50-75k | Warnings: End of the World, Manipulation]

Another great Optimal-verse story, this time focusing on the legal aspect of Celest.A.I’s grand plans.

Point Horror

Fowl Intentions by JC

Sarah Craig just moved to the town of Shady Point, where things are a little different than she’s used to. More school dances than you can shake a stick at; strange “accidents,” threatening poetry, and a stalker who likes to wear a turkey costume. This Thanksgiving, the teens of Shady Point are going to be scared… out of their gourds!

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Comedy/Parody | Length: 40-50k | Warnings: Character Death, Dark Humour]

JC wrote an amazing Point Horror send-up for NaNoWriMo 2020. It has all the things you want – people not caring about the murders, cataclysmically stupid authority figures, and the general feeling that the lead is making a mountain out of a molehill. But! With all that said, it also has some genuinely good girl friendships, something that PH lacks, and a great deal of weird asides – most of which are references to Kevin. Or Sarah possibly being from Australia. This tickles me greatly.


:D? (emoticon) by aramleys-words

Sam stared. “Did you just emoticon at me?”

Crack fic for last_panda, who requested Dean/Castiel with no prompt but was foolish enough to use an emoticon in her request comment 😉

[Status: | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Humour | Length: 1-5k]

Short but deeply amusing. Dean gets cursed to only use emoticons. Yeah.

One Hundred Tuesdays (and Nary a Wednesday in Sight) by pyrebi

Really, this was getting ridiculous. Horrible and wrenching and sad, but ridiculous.

[Status: Completed | Rated: Everyone/General | Genres: Episodic | Length: 1-5k | Warnings: Character Death, Dark Humour]

A darkly comic expansion of the Mystery Spot episode.

Step One by Aluminium

Gabriel invests an unreasonable amount of time, effort and imagination into running away. Lucifer points out that this is not the epitome of emotional competency. Which is, all considered, astoundingly unhelpful.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Character Reflection | Length: 1-5k]

A strange but awesome fic that goes right back to the Beginning (with a capital B), examining the dysfunctional relationship between Gabriel, his siblings, and his father. Father.

The Drive ‘verse (Series) by roqueclasique

AU. John’s disappeared, Sam’s at Stanford, and Dean’s struggling to keep it together after a hunting accident leaves him injured in a life-changing way. The story opens when he places a call to Bobby from the hospital…

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Action/Adventure, Alt Universe Fic, Dark, Drama | Length: 150k+ | Warnings: Substance Addiction/Abuse]

A huge series that completely diverts from canon, with Dean showing up at Stanford (eventually) after suffering an injury that completely curtails his mobility. It’s clear that the author is either personally familiar with mobility issues and the pain they cause, or is one hell of a researcher. And I’ve got to be honest, having a hero that can’t walk kind of speaks to me.

Sweet Valley

The author has not summarised, rated or warned for anything, so as a reader, I would say it’s an R-rating for implied happenings and references to off-screen stuff, but far tamer than the titles suggest.

Double Penetration by

The twins are intrigued by newcomers wearing shirts that read “Skanks Gone Stupid”. Elizabeth clutches her pearls. Jessica raises her hemline. And it’s fucking hysterical.

[Status: Completed | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Comedy/Parody | Length: 40-50k | Warnings: Dark Humour]

Prom Baby! by

It’s prom time (again) in Sweet Valley, and this time they have a theme. And a pregnancy rivalry with those skanks from Big Mesa.

[Status: Completed | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Comedy/Parody | Length: 40-50k | Warnings: Dark Humour]

This one has some real laugh out loud moments. The author gleefully leans on the fourth wall, and it is pure joy.

Post-coital Tristesse by

Set around the Confidential/Sweet Life era, but ignoring those books. Elizabeth is a failed reporter, Jessica is a stripper, Lila is a trophy wife, and things get worse from there!

[Status: Completed | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Comedy/Parody | Length: 40-50k | Warnings: Dark Humour]

The Blair Witch Project

Sticks by Chanlin Marr

The first night of the search for the missing students held mysteries of its own…

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Horror, Supernatural | Length: 1-5k]

A quiet and understated fic, which has the same level of menace as the movie, but also showing just as little.

The Hole

Radiate by Angel Jade1

Ficlet. A new obsession grows in place of the old and Liz is still willing to go all the way for what she wants. Liz/Frankie (The Hole)

[Status: Completed | Rated: K+/PG | Genres: Character Reflection | Length: ]

Very in-character with movie-Liz. The tone also fits the prosey tone of the book and it’s a deliberate style choice. Short. Sweet. And obviously horrifying.

The Mighty Boosh

A Story Through Time and Space by tartpants

The Boosh is on the verge of breaking up for good, but an unexpected and impossible journey to the Zooniverse may teach Julian and Noel how to better appreciate their creations, and each other. Originally posted to Boosh Slash Haven on LJ in 2006-2008.

[Status: Completed | Rated: Mature/R | Genres: Action/Adventure, Humour | Length: 75-100k]

tartpants is hands down the best writer in the Boosh fandom – and a totally awesome person to talk to as well. Her stories are wonderful, witty and weird. They fit the tone perfectly.

The Mighty Ducks

And the Fox Declared to the Hound by eirenical

I don’t know how to be “Guy Germaine”. I hear the name often enough during hockey games, but in my head it’s always been “ConnieandGuy”. And now… now I have to figure out how to be just “Guy”… and the thought scares me beyond reason. Adam x Guy

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Romance | Length: 30-40k]

A genuinely sweet story about a ship I didn’t care for until I read it. It shouldn’t work, but it does.

Ice Castle by Saturniia

What will Bombay do when the Ice Castle starts melting? The first BombayCasey fic out there, and the second MD fic overall to ever be posted to

[Status: Abandoned | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Romance | Length: 5-10k]

This is the first Ducks fic I found online, and a big inspiration. Also, Saturniia is a sweetheart. I love Bombay/Casey and this fic is still sweet two decades later.

The Ring

She Just Wanted to Be Heard by Sailorhathor

Quinn Kirkland led a charmed life until the night he watched a weird videotape, and was given 7 days to live. An epic story about the quest to end Samara’s curse forever. Features x-overs with Supernatural, Miracles, and Little House on the Prairie.

[Status: Abandoned | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Horror, Supernatural | Length: 150k+ | Warnings: Character Death]

Sadly abandoned, but a gripping story that leans into the Rings (short film, not reboot) theme of multiple tapes, with crossovers as far as the eye can see – but you will not be locked out if you don’t know the fandom (thank god, Little House on the Prairie? Only seen one episode back in the 80s!).

The Sims

It’s Getting Hot in Here by tuesday

With the death of her elderly grandmother and her parents moved to a new neighborhood, practically a world away, Senna discovered something ominous, something terrible: she did not know how to cook.

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: Humour | Length: 1-5k]

Awesome use of Sims game mechanics.

Thelma and Louise

Print the Legend by Deifire

They say you’ll see ‘em sometimes out there on the road. Call ‘em ghosts or spirits or avenging angels. Two redheaded women in a green 1966 Ford Thunderbird…

[Status: Completed | Rated: T/Teen/PG-13 | Genres: General | Length: 1-5k]

I want this to be canon. Kind of a ghost story. Totally awesome.

V.C. Andrews

Fragmented by chibiduo

[My Sweet Audrina] A series of short scenes about Vera before Audrina was born.

[Status: Completed | Rated: K+/PG | Genres: Character Reflection, Drama | Length: 1-5k]

I take this as canon.