We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us all about the best fan fiction they've ever read. Here are some of their best and most popular responses.
1. The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida
Word Count: 231,325
Description: Presented as the contents of an old shoebox under Remus Lupin's bed, The Shoebox Project tells the story of Marauders-era Hogwarts through letters, photographs, and diary entries.
"This story will lift you up and make your life a little better, and then it will fill you with dread and break your heart bit by bit. Go. Read it."
Submitted by Luisa Suhr, Facebook
2. The Life and Times by Jewels5
Word Count: 613,762
Author Summary: "She was dramatic. He was dynamic. She was precise. He was impulsive. He was James, and she was Lily, and one day they shared a kiss, but before that they shared many arguments, for he was cocky, and she was sweet, and matters of the heart require time."
"It is the ultimate James/Lily fanfic. The only bad thing about it is that it's over."
Submitted by Maggie Hunter, Facebook
3. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
Word Count: 661,619
Author Summary: "Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell..."
"This one is a must-read."
Submitted by Tsippy Kilstein and Agnieszka Lauren Miernik, Facebook
4. After the End by Zsenya and Arabella
Word Count: 632,204
Author Summary: "A post-Hogwarts story."
"After the End is the best Harry Potter fanfic. It's a story about the trio and Ginny and their lives after Hogwarts. It's my headcanon for how the series actually ends. And bonus, it's about 800 pages long!"
Submitted by bgolob
5. Twist and Shout by Gabriel and StandByMe
Word Count: 97,997
Author Summary: "What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea."
"I usually don't cry very often, but this fic still brings me to tears a year after finishing it."
Submitted by haleymdavis1652 and others
6. If I Knew Then What I Know Now by whatUseeintheshadows
Word Count: 509,319
Completed: No, it's ongoing. But 500,000 words is enough to keep you going for now, right?
Author Summary: "Given an opportunity to change his family's destiny, Dean Winchester finds himself back in 1983 as his four year old self, yet with his adult memories still intact. But can he alter the events of that tragic night? And if so, will young Dean, his family, and Castiel be ready to survive all the evil that destiny has in store for them?"
"It's incomplete, but regularly updated, and it is one of the most beautiful Supernatural fanfics I've ever read."
Submitted by Tammy Oladipo, Facebook
7. The Yellow Brick Road Sucks by InterruptingMoose
Word Count: 20,936
Completed: No :(
Author Summary: "Dean Winchester, captain of the football team, gorgeous heart throb, every cliché to being the most popular guy in Kansas High School, and his nerdy little brother, Sammy. Enter Castiel Novak, the new rich guy who just doesn't care. (Well, maybe he does, but people don't need to know that. Do they?)"
Submitted by thatssocallista
8. Performance in a Leading Role by Mad_Lori
Word Count: 156,714
Author Summary: "Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump. John Watson is an Everyman actor trapped in the rom-com ghetto. When they are cast as a gay couple in a new independent drama, will they surprise each other? Will their on-screen romance make its way into the real world?"
"It's Johnlock and very good."
Submitted by Treacle115
9. These Violent Delights by Pasiphile
Word Count: 168,098
Author Summary: "Sebastian Moran is a rebel without a cause (literally – pro patria mori is a pile of shite). Jim Moriarty is an evil genius in need of a right hand (not literally – he's already got one of those in the freezer). It's a relationship meant to be."
"It will destroy you but you will love it all the same."
Submitted by hanniii
10. No Featherbed for Me by Lit_Chick08
Word Count: 154,386
Author Summary: "Arya Stark wanted to be a knight; she wanted to find glory and adventure with Needle in her hand. But that is not an appropriate life for a highborn lady, and that was all Arya of House Stark was allowed to be."
"An awesome and epic Game of Thrones fic centred around Arya."
Submitted by Amanda Levering, Facebook
11. This City Bleeds Its Aching Heart by Renne
Word Count: 34,537
Author Summary: "The one where Steve and Bucky pose as a happily married couple while on a mission for SHIELD, to catch an international arms dealer hiding in a suburban neighbourhood."
"A wonderful Steve/Bucky fic."
Submitted by Maggie Claude, Facebook
12. Blue Moon by yourmybeautifulsoul
Author Summary: "Within twenty-four hours, thirteen year old Thea Fossil's life has been turned upside down. She arrives home late one night to find her astrophysicist mother dead, and she and her little sister are wounded by a mysterious poison from an unknown race of aliens called Imeldi. The next time she wakes up, she is in a SHIELD base, and is surrounded by a crowd of unusual characters that wary Thea has a hard time trusting ... And then there is one other person. The person that is perhaps the most untrustworthy, but whom little Thea may begin to trust the most. Loki."
"It is so well-written and be prepared for some major feels. Lots of great original characters as well as the Avengers."
Submitted by Sydney Brown, Facebook
13. Tales From the Tower by NyxEtoile and OlivesAwl
Word Count: 659,073
Completed: Technically, no. It's an ongoing series of mini-fics.
Author Summary: "The Avengers sitcom we all secretly want. Well, maybe the Avengers hour-long action dramady we all secretly want."
"This series is an AU Avengers fic, so it's got all the MCU characters, and some amazing original characters. Bucky is paired off with an original character, Amanda, and all I know is that these should basically be made into canon because these characters are amazing."
Submitted by Kristen Cober, Facebook
14. The Student Prince by FayJay
Word Count: 145,222
Author Summary: "A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love..."
"Arthur is still a prince, Merlin has still more magic than anyone should have, and Morgana is still awesome. It's very, very, very funny."
Submitted by Luisa Suhr, Facebook
15. The Til Then My Windows Ache series by StarlingTheFool
Word Count: 46,145
Completed: The first part is completed; the second is ongoing.
Author Summary: "In which an argument about Dickens leads to a Twitter scandal, broken bones, midnight conversations, and transatlantic longing."
"An AU in which both Merlin and Arthur are novelists. To me, this story is more a declaration of love towards writing itself than it is a love story. Got me interested in poetry, after claiming for 20 years that I hate poetry."
Submitted by Luisa Suhr, Facebook
16. What We Deserve by ToryTigress92
Word Count: 103,497
Completed: Yes. Ish. It ends with a "to be continued..."
Author Summary: "The Doctor refused to kill the Mistress and now all three are stuck in an uneasy truce as they travel between universes in the search for Gallifrey. As Clara mourns, the Doctor and Missy begin a new game. Can Clara avoid being sucked into this millennia-old battle, and what surprises lie in wait if she fails?"
"A great Doctor Who fan fiction with a little fluff, but overall it has the best storyline and progresses really well – the author definitely knows her stuff!"
Submitted by Ivy MacNicol, Facebook
17. This Heart, Fossilised and Silent by Chrmdpoet
Word Count: 171,154
Author Summary: "Clarke is only three days into being a runaway when she realizes that she did not fully think this through. When she walked away from Camp Jaha, she took only herself, a handgun with limited ammunition, and the gnawing guilt inside her. Three days without food, water, fresh clothing, or bedding of any kind, however, and she is painfully aware of how foolish that decision had been."
"It picks up right where The 100 Season 2 left off and it is amazing. It's better than Season 3!"
Submitted by Isa Voesenek, Facebook
18. Erudite High School by GerdyGertha
Word Count: 269,402
Author Summary: "Today is my first day of junior year. It seems like yesterday I was a freshman at West Ridge back in sunny California. Now with dad's new job I've been forced to come here to Chicago. I don't like it here. Wish me luck today. Ugh, Erudite High School, what kind of name is that?"
Submitted by sydneymarania
19. Jaded by YABookLover
Word Count: 129,903
Author Summary: "After a strain of negative life experiences, 18 yr old Tris has been suffering with anxiety, and the only person she talks to is her eccentric best friend Lynn. Things will start to shake up when Tris' mother decides she needs more social interaction, introducing her to the mysterious, and older man 'Four'. However, life always seems to get worse before it gets better."
"It gives me the feels. And isn't that what all fangirls love? The feels? When their OTP gets together?"
Submitted by sydneymarania
20. Poets by AshesAndHoney
Word Count: 24,005
Author Summary: "The words on your skin are the first thing your soulmate will ever say to you and the first thing that you say to them is written on their bodies. It's a perfect system and Jem Carstairs – perfect student, perfect son, perfectly and carefully controlled Jem – doesn't fit into it the way he always thought he would."
"Great HeronGrayStairs fic."
Submitted by pastelaesthetic
Word Count: 130,549
Author Summary: "Barricaded in the darkness of Snoke's citadel as part of his final training, Kylo Ren senses a disturbance in the Force: General Hux in great pain, captured and tortured by a faction of radical traitors within the First Order. Ren seeks Snoke's counsel and finds him gone. He knows this is a test, and that he must resist the urge to assist the General. And yet."
"It's Kylo Ren/General Hux and utterly brilliant, brilliant plot, backstory, characterisation, snark, just BRILLIANT. Every time I get a notification that she's updated – and they're long updates, the latest one was like 26,000 words – I have to drop everything and read the entire thing."
Submitted by skoolroolz876