Fanfiction has been mentioned several times on the site, and one of the best Smart Podcast Trashy Books episodes I’ve been a part of was our episode on shipping: 320. Deep Diving into our OTPs with Amanda, Elyse, and Sarah.
I started reading fanfiction in high school. It was a good way to read romance, about characters that I loved, without having to spend my meager allowance. I even wrote some, but they’re long since abandoned.
When Sarah asked for me to talk about some of my favorite fanfics in recent history, I jumped at the chance. However, fanfiction is incredibly subjective, as whatever ship I’m into might not be one that you’re into. That’s okay!
The fics below are either Draco/Hermione related from Harry Potter or Rey and Kylo Ren related from Star Wars. Sorry not sorry.
This story is set twenty-three years after the fall of Voldemort. Our main characters are Ministry employees, middle-aged, and the majority of them not very happy.
This is an older fic, but what I really loved about this is that the characters have aged and they’re dealing with the realization that their life isn’t what they thought it would be. It’s quite different than the over the top, rather smutty fics I tend to read.
“The show,” he says. “It’s probably best if they don’t—if we don’t—”
And Rey follows his line of thought at once. For all the program is one that doesn’t seem melodramatic—the height of drama in previous seasons came from someone’s cake falling over and that was about it—she does not doubt that the producers and cameramen would leap at the opportunity to make there be something out of nothing in their relationship—especially if there was something out of something.
“Yeah,” she agrees. “Yeah, probably. We can pick baking stations that are…” but she doesn’t want to complete the thought. She likes baking next to Ben.
“Or we can just be careful?” he suggests, sounding quite as pained by the prospect as Rey feels.
“Yeah, careful. I can do careful,” Rey says at once and her lips are on his again and he’s laughing now, and she’s laughing, and she didn’t think laughter would be part of all this. She didn’t think it could be. But here she is, laughing and kissing and holding a man who, at some point, she’s going to want to beat.
She does her best not to think of that now.
It’s a friendly competition, after all.
It’s not life and death.
I need to give a shout out to my lovely friend, Kay Taylor Rea. She’s the one who sent me this fic and if you’re ever looking for recommendations, you need to follow her on Twitter. She’s fantastic.
This is a Reylo fic set in an alternate universe (AU) of a baking competition. It’s only one chapter and not too heavy on the angst, but has an adorable secret relationship element.
They had expected her to take an office job at the ministry, to settle down and live a quiet life. It seemed they all forgot she was, in fact, a Gryffindor who craved knowledge. Draco felt a shame unlike anything before. On his shoulders sat the disgrace he and his family earned. A chance encounter one could very well call fate brings these two together. What happens next, no one could have predicted.
This one hasn’t been updated since last February, but such is the downside of reading fanfic. My favorite tag for this fic is “Angst and Fluff and Smut,” which ticks all my dang boxes.
Kylo suddenly hears cursing outside the window of the diner. Cute, feminine cursing.
Pulled over on the side of the road in front of the diner is a green Jeep with wood panelling, and yelling at the car as if it has done something personal to her is a small slip of a girl in cut off shorts and cowboy boots.
He can’t do anything but stare.
As she stretches to reach under the hood, one long leg sticks out behind her for counter-balance, like a ballerina on the stage. Kylo licks his lips as he tracks the length of tan, smooth skin leading up to her round ass sitting above the grill like a cupcake on a platter. Then she’s quickly back up to standing again, whipping her long, brown hair over her shoulder to reveal a gorgeous, smooth face.
He’s absolutely mesmerized.
Orphan Rey has never seen a sunset that wasn’t set over sand. She fixes up an old Jeep Woody and heads to California on Route 66. When the Jeep breaks down outside of Albuquerque, tall, dark stranger Kylo Ren offers to pay her for a lift. As the temperature rises between them, they run west to escape their ghosts, together.
I first heard about this fic after seeing some gorgeous fanart going around on Twitter by one of my favorite Reylo fanartists. (I own some of Elithien’s art and it’s gorgeous.) It’s a road trip romance and has a guaranteed HEA, according to the fic’s tags.
Those are my current fic loves and the beauty of fanfiction is that there is always some rabbit hole for you to go down. Many authors have multiple works or you can take a peek at fics they’ve read and loved. Seriously, say goodbye to free time.
What fandoms do you read fanfiction for? Who are you favorite writers or pairings?