Fanfic Recs: The Vampire Diaries

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These are recommendations made by Tropers for The Vampire Diaries Fan Fics, 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 here.

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1shot at
  • Recommended by AnonymousApathy
  • 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.

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 AnonymousApathy
  • 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. - summary
  • Pairings: While this is a very plot-heavy ensemble piece, it has some some serious Damon/Elena leanings in the last few chapters.
  • Tags: Original Flavor, heavy violence and gore (but not much moreso than the show itself), zombies.
  • 1 Review
  • "To Build A Home" by Doodlechick
    • Synopsis: Stephanie Salvatore returns to Mystic Falls with her brother Damon. Retelling of the story with Stefan as a girl.
    • Pairings: Damon/Elena, Stephanie/Jeremy
    • Tags: Violence akin to the show, mentions of rape.

    For You I'd Bleed Myself Dry by Cloudy Dream
    • Recommended by Lucy X
    • Synopsis: "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Post 2x22. 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.
    • Tags: Violence, but mostly glossed-over.

    Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    Bourbon in Your Eyes
    • An AU where Damon is a history professor and Elena is a grad student. Pure brilliance.

    Off by a single degree by Taaroko
    • Recommended by Lucy X
    • Summary: AU, Damon/Elena. 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.