I have now written not one but two posts about bad fanfiction, so in order to reassure everyone that writing and reading fanfic can actually be a rewarding experience, I thought I should give a nod to some of the good ones. I’m not going to lie, you have to wade through a lot of mediocre slush to find a well written fic in a fandom that you like with a coherent and original plot. When you do, it’s so worth it though. So I’m going to give you all the benefit of my extensive fanfic reading and share my top five favorite fanfictions I’ve ever come across. Hopefully you’re part of at least one of these fandoms, and if not then maybe I can point you toward your new favorite story. Hope you enjoy!
This story is a Vampire Diaries Klaroline fic. (That’s Klaus and Caroline, for those who don’t know). It includes most of the Original family members and a few other characters from the main series. There’s a lot of Klaroline ship out there, but this one is unique because it’s set in an alternate universe in which the Forbes family children are sent away for a minimum of ten years as personal servants to the members of the Original family. When Caroline’s turn rolls around, she replaces her cousin as Klaus’ servant and…complications ensue. This story does a great job of letting their relationship develop naturally without rushing it. If you like romance fics, especially slow-burn, read this one. Even if you’re not a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you really only need a passing knowledge of the show to understand this fic.
This one is about one of my favorites, Green Arrow (The Arrow TV show in this case, but if you’re a fan of the comics you might still like this). Unlike the others on this list, this is a one-shot instead of a longer series, so if you’re not feeling a longer chapter fanfic at the moment this is a great one to go to. Somewhat unusually, Roy is the center of this story, and the story follows him trying to join follow his dead father’s footsteps by joining the renowned Green Arrow Guard, which our favorite billionaire-turned-vigilante is the leader of. I especially liked the dynamic between the team members in this one, and the possibility of Oliver’s vigilantism as common knowledge in the city. You could probably still understand this story if you’ve never watched Arrow, but it’ll have more impact if you’re at least somewhat familiar with the show.
3. The Black Games by Mrs Pettyfer
The Black Games was recommended to me by a friend, and it was every bit as good as she said it would be. This isn’t exactly a crossover since it only has characters from one universe; it’s more of a Hunger Games AU using the characters from the Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show. If you have at least a passing knowledge of how the ALTA universe is set up and how the Hunger Games work, you can read this one. Katara is the protagonist of this story, and the story follows her (and almost everyone else from the ALTA universe in one capacity or another) as she tries to make it out of the arena alive, and along the way develops a relationship with a certain moody honor-driven prince. If you’re a Zutara shipper, put this on your to-read list. Bonus points: this fic is the fist installment in a trilogy. I’m in the middle of the second one now.
2. Painted Angels by WinJennster
Another recommendation from a friend that absolutely lived up to expectations. This one is a Supernatural fic, but it’s almost completely different from the show, so while things will be more significant to you if you’re in this fandom, you can definitely still read it if you haven’t watched the show. This is an AU Destiel (Dean and Castiel, for those who don’t know) fic set in Baltimore, Maryland, in which Dean and Cas are regular guys instead of a hunter and an angel. Regular guys who were very much in love a number of years ago, and are now seeing each other again for the first time, years after the the dissolution of their intense previous relationship. What’s cool about this story is that it starts out with two timelines, one in the present day and one in the past, so that we don’t see how things initially fell apart until they seem like they could be coming together again. Read it, even if you’re not a Destiel fan it’s wonderfully written.
Definitely my favorite fanfiction I have ever come across online, this one is an Inglourious Basterds fanfic about the Basterds mission in Nazi-occupied Europe. The story tells you pretty much all you need to know, so you don’t have to have seen the movie to read it. (Although if you haven’t seen Inglourious Basterds, what are you doing? Go watch it). We get to see a lot more of the Basterds’ team dynamics and their individual operations that weren’t included in the film. It follows the story of the movie more or less, but diverges in some places. I don’t want to spoil too much, just read it. I actually teared up reading this fic.
I hope you enjoy all these recommendations, and after you give them a read make sure you leave a review to let the authors know what you thought of their stories. Happy reading!