Proof that [[SturgeonsLaw the remaining 10% is worth being staked for]] here:

These are recommendations made by {{troper}}s for ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' {{fanfic}}s, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found [[Main/FanficRecommendations here]].

Do warn when a fanfic may head into [[Rule34 sexually explicit]] or [[BetterThanCanon non-canon]] territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, {{Shipping}} is SeriousBusiness.

You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage though; that goes in the discussion page.

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[[WMG: Authors and Websites]]

[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2088201 1shot]]
* Recommended by: @/AnonymousApathy
* Comments: All 3 (so far) of 1shot's ''Vampire Diaries'' works -- ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6981165/1/ Big Top]]'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7010995/1/ The Stars Get Red And Oh The Night]]'', and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7041517/1/ Life in Plastic]]'' -- are beautifully written, often bittersweet, and unfailingly profound introspective pieces and character studies which focus on the main cast's relationships (platonic or otherwise) with each other, the world, and the craziness that is their lives.
[=[[reviews:1shot]]=]

[[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Sandrine/pseuds/Sandrine%20Shaw Sandrine Shaw]]
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Notes: Alternate [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/32091/ link]].
* Comments: She writes mostly shippy oneshots. I particularly enjoyed ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/202707 Barefoot on Broken Glass (One Step at a Time)]]'' ([[OneTrueThreesome Klaus/Elena/Elijah]]), ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8168407 if my hangover was a girl, it would be you]]'' (Elena/Katherine), and ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1037499 lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off (but it's better if you do)]]'' (Klaus/Katherine).
[=[[reviews:SandrineShaw]]=]


[[WMG:[[GenFic General Fics]]]]
''Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.''

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6736975/1 An Unexpected Return]]'' by [=Spikey44=]
* Recommended by: @/AnonymousApathy
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Inside the shell of every vampire lurks the ghost of who they used to be. Damon thought his ghost long gone. He was wrong. Now he's not the only one who has to face the consequences. A story of delirium, acceptance, and chasing ghosts.
[=[[reviews:AnUnexpectedReturn]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9898769/ For You I'd Bleed Myself Dry]]'' by [=CloudyDream=]
* Recommended by: [=LucyX=]
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Post 2x22. ''And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.'' Klaus asked for Stefan, but got Damon instead. A story of blood and death and despair, and falling from grace.
* Comments: A post S2 AU in which Damon offered himself to Klaus in exchange for his brother's freedom, and the characterization is so well done that the story feels like a natural, alternate conclusion to the S2 arc. The the interactions with both Klaus and Rebekah are spot-on, and the Damon's POV makes the story simply heartbreaking.
[=[[reviews:ForYouIdBleedMyselfDry]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1029556 Blonde Devastation]]'' by yavanei
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: She moved like a wraith between these half-witted humans, picking off each mark with the precision of a true huntress. [[spoiler:Rebekah ''really'' wants to leave Russia, and she forces Niklaus' hand to do so.]]
[=[[reviews:BlondeDevastation]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4755374/chapters/10872098 bewitched me body & soul]]'' by [=SSAerial=]
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: Wherein Elena Gilbert remembers her past doppelganger lives and isn’t going to stand being used as a sacrifice or a martyr this time around.
[=[[reviews:BewitchedMeBodyAndSoul]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11311071 the gods may throw a dice]]'' by bloodandcake
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: ''They’re the same person born into different circumstances, and Elena has no right to fucking judge.''
[=[[reviews:TheGodsMayThrowADice]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/578581 Elijah Mikaelson: I Did Not Sign Up For This]]'' by dance_at_bougival
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Elijah returns to Mystic Falls in order to slap some sense into Klaus. Also to make sure the Monet isn’t hanging on the teal wall. Mostly the latter.
[=[[reviews:ElijahMikaelsonIDidNotSignUpForThis]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/382833 this is ridiculous, even for mystic falls]]'' by dance_at_bougival
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: In which Klaus becomes an art teacher at Mystic Falls High.
[=[[reviews:ThisIsRidiculousEvenForMysticFalls]]=]

''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/787394 après moi le déluge]]'' by theviolonist
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: She kneels in front of the stone -- she was told the dead respond to begging, even though that hasn't always proved true, of late. She rests her forehead against the cutting edge, and she asks them. ''Am I still being punished? Did I want too much again?''
[=[[reviews:AprèsMoiLeDéluge]]=]


[[WMG:[[{{Shipping}} Shipping Fics]]]]
''Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.''

[[folder:Damon/Elena]]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9219091/1 Off by a Single Degree]]'' by Taaroko
* Recommended by: [=LucyX=]
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: AU. On the night that Elena meets Damon, her cell phone dies before she has a chance to call home for a ride. Their conversation is never interrupted by her parents' arrival, Elena and her parents are never in a car that goes off Wickery Bridge, and Stefan never has to save Elena from drowning.
* Pairing: Damon/Elena
* Comments: an amazingly written pre-canon AU, in which Elena's parents never die and she never forgets meeting Damon. The characterization is a thing of beauty - this Damon is still very much in love with Katherine but is still fascinated by Elena, who is a perfectly believable 'lighter' version of the Elena from S1 canon. As for the rest, Grayson Gilbert is simply awesome, there's not much Stefan-bashing (as opposite to pretty much half of the Elena/Damon fics around) and Sheila Bennett is amazing as always.
[=[[reviews:OffByASingleDegree]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7149118/1 The Story of Us]]'' by [=Beautiful1Disaster=]
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: AU without supernatural. The past four years have built up to the moment that will define everything for Damon and Elena. When reality comes crashing down around them, they find themselves looking back on the past and trying to decide where to go from here.
* Pairing: Damon/Elena
[=[[reviews:TheStoryOfUs]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11034782/1/ The Parting Gift]]'' by royalstandard
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: A "maybe if I had met you first" story with a major twist. Elena meets Damon the night her parents die but he doesn't compel her to forget and he isn't obsessed with freeing Katherine. Instead, he decides that this time he's going to get the girl. TVD-esque hijinks ensue with lots and lots of Delena.
* Pairing: Damon/Elena
[=[[reviews:ThePartingGift]]=]

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[[folder:Klaus/Rebekah]]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/530354 Point of Madness]]'' by theloupgaroux
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: After the loss of Niklaus, Rebekah goes a little mad.
* Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
[=[[reviews:PointOfMadness]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6141191 Until We Crumble To Dust]]'' by forcynics
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: The Salvatores kill Rebekah. Klaus burns Mystic Falls to the ground.
* Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
[=[[reviews:UntilWeCrubleToDust]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/319933 Our Ungodly Hour]]'' by forcynics
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: ''“Always and forever,” she swears, and she means it. But she is so foolish to pretend to have any understanding of those words, and too young to realize how foolish she is.''
* Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
[=[[reviews:OurUngodlyHour]]=]

''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9112229/1/ L'esprit Nouveau]]'' by royalstandard
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: When Rebekah took the cure, Klaus believed his beloved sister was dead. But she became something else entirely...
* Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
[=[[reviews:LEspritNouveau]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/376261 Tell My Love To Wreck It All]]'' by forcynics
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: This time she is running away from her brother, instead of with her hand in his. And unfortunately for Nik, he taught her well.
* Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
[=[[reviews:TellMyLoveToWreckitAll]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/279933 A Fickle Heart And Bitterness]]'' by forcynics
* Recommended by: Brytte Myst
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: She tells him she missed him, even though that doesn't make sense at all.
* Pairing: Klaus/Rebekah
[=[[reviews:AFickleHeartAndBitterness]]=]

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[[folder:Others]]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/279923 all these things that i've done]]'' by forcynics
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: They're the only ones left, the Petrova dopplegangers. Elena learns to run too, learns to run and never look back.
* Pairing: Elena/Katherine
[=[[reviews:AllTheseThingsThatIveDone]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/594401 mirror, mirror]]'' by dance_at_bougival
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Like looking at yourself in the mirror, with the ends connected wrong; fractured into strange angles.
* Pairing: Elena/Katherine
[=[[reviews:MirrorMirror]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/12452655 Dominoes Falling]]'' by hithelleth
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: Happy endings don’t last. Especially not between two originals and a doppelganger. However, this is only the beginning.
* Pairing: [[OneTrueThreesome Klaus/Elena/Elijah]]
[=[[reviews:DominoesFalling]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/920126 Not Only Bound]]'' by hithelleth
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: They share the past, the present and, perhaps, the future.
* Pairing: [[OneTrueThreesome Klaus/Elena/Elijah]]
[=[[reviews:NotOnlyBound]]=]

''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/787391 it's thinking of stabbing us to death]]'' by theviolonist
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Synopsis: One should not mistake Elijah and Katerina's story for a 21st century romance.
* Pairing: Elijah/Katherine
[=[[reviews:ItsThinkingOfStabbingUsToDeath]]=]

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[[WMG:{{Crossover}}s]]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8735899 Blood on my Name]]'' by pprfaith
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Crossover with: ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* Synopsis: In which Klaus saves a damsel, is his usual unpredictable self, and Buffy doesn't try to kill him. Or does she?
[=[[reviews:BloodOnMyName]]=]

''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/12892044 when the sun sets (we're both the same)]]'' by pprfaith
* Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
* Status: Complete
* Crossover with: ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* Synopsis: Klaus Mikaelson and a millennium of slayers come to die at his hands.
[=[[reviews:WhenTheSunSetsWereBothTheSame]]=]

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