Fanfic Recs / The Vampire Diaries

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1shot
  • Recommended by: Anonymous Apathy
  • Comments: All 3 (so far) of 1shot's Vampire Diaries works — Big Top, The Stars Get Red And Oh The Night, and 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.

Sandrine Shaw

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.

An Unexpected Return by Spikey44
  • Recommended by: Anonymous Apathy
  • 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.

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.

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. Rebekah really wants to leave Russia, and she forces Niklaus' hand to do so.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

All of Eternity at my Fingertips by Cambrian Beckett
  • Recommended by: Dragoon 321
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When you wake up in a fictional world a thousand years in the past, only to find immortality and a hunger for blood forced upon you, what do you do? Take over the world of course.
  • Comments: The story features a manipulative and amazingly vicious self insert being born as a brother to the Originals, particularly as a second hybrid. In the end he becomes a boogieman even to the monsters and brutalizes his way through the centuries while manipulating every single person he encounters. Most of the entertainment in this fic comes from watching other characters suffer terribly when confronted with an Original who's got the brains, patience, and knowledge to match the family brawn and a malicious personality that makes Klaus look saintly.
  • Warnings: Explicit content, graphic violence, and torture await. Not for the faint of heart as most characters end up in ruins after encountering Vali.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    Damon/Elena 

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.

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

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

    Klaus/Rebekah 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Others 

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

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

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: Klaus/Elena/Elijah

Not Only Bound by hithelleth
  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: They share the past, the present and, perhaps, the future.
  • Pairing: Klaus/Elena/Elijah

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

Blood on my Name by pprfaith
  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Synopsis: In which Klaus saves a damsel, is his usual unpredictable self, and Buffy doesn't try to kill him. Or does she?

when the sun sets (we're both the same) by pprfaith
  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Synopsis: Klaus Mikaelson and a millennium of slayers come to die at his hands.


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