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Fanfic Recs: Veronica Mars
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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Veronica Mars, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

Authors, and Websites

Anything by wily-one24
  • Recommended by zmdr
  • Comments: Major angst warning.

Anything by Vanessa Galore
  • Recommended by zmdr
  • Comments: Major angst warning.

Anything by youcallitwinter
  • Recommended by major-kumquat
  • Comments: copious amount of angst, dysfunctional relationships.

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.

Life in Slow Motion by Angel Munroe
  • Recommended by bettername2come
  • Author Synopsis: What if there were bullets in the gun. A chapter piece exploring a 'what if' of Lucky's homicidal turn. Lo Ve pairing, but includes many characters. Spoilers 2.21 and 2.22 in later chapters.
  • Comments: An action-packed story that goes AU at the beginning of 2x21. Lucky really does shoot Wallace, and Veronica allows herself to be taken hostage to prevent Wallace from being shot a second time. The other characters work to track down Veronica, and in the process uncover the truth about the bus crash.

Martian Manhunter by Mediancat
  • Recommended by Luc, Scifantasy, and Tobu.
  • Synopsis: "My name is Veronica Mars. High school student, girl detective, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. And I know everything that's going to happen for the next six years."
  • Comments: Luc: A Veronica Mars / Buffy the Vampire Slayer fusion that is almost indescribable due to the brilliant twists it takes.
    • Scifantasy: I'll give it a whirl. The one mental hurdle is that Veronica is a huge Buffy fan, and pretty much up on every controversy, fandom characterization, and plot hole. I had a bit of trouble with that, but once you get past it, the fic is brilliant—how the Veronica Mars characters integrate into Sunnydale, how the Buffy characters react to the Neptune imports, and how Veronica has to once again solve the mysteries of her rape and Lilly Kane's death, this time knowing the answer but needing to go through all the steps.
    • RookEncounte: Great fun. Approaches Gainax Ending, but avoids it successfully. The mysterious, Adversary, Veronica's bet and more provide a wonderful story that can entrance fans of either show. Also, re-reading it is incredibly meta, since you know what will happen to a character who knows what's going to happen. Read it. You will never see either 'verse the same way again.

The Year of Living Dangerously by Vanessa Galore
  • Recommended by Sarah1017, zmdr
  • Synopsis: After the conclusion of season 3, Veronica is accused of murder, and Logan is back in her life.
  • Comments: Almost listed this one under "Shipping Fics" (it's heavily Logan/Veronica), but that wouldn't do justice to the brilliance of the plot. An equally good (or better, but definitely longer) sequel is complete.

Precipitation by Vanessa Galore
  • Recommended by zmdr
  • Synopsis: Sometimes it's best to just get the hell out of Dodge. Set right after 'The Bitch Is Back'. Veronica, Keith and Logan run away from Neptune after the events of 3.20.
  • Comments: Excellent and engaging story. Many of Vanessa Galore's fics are page turners, and are pretty long and engrossing. This is no exception. Work in progress.

There and Back Again by Gwenhwyfar Rose
  • Recommended by Sarah1281
  • Synopsis" On the second anniversary of Aaron Echolls death, Veronica and Logan decide to finally set their issues to rest, at the Echolls cabin, with six of their nearest and dearest friends.
  • Comments: This story takes the rather cliche situation of Duncan returning to the country and having him, his daughter, Veronica, Logan, Parker, Piz, Mac, and Dick staying at a cabin and makes it work. As Duncan's been gone awhile, Wallace and Mac don't know much before the series started, and Parker and Piz are pretty much clueless, there's a lot of reminicing and it is hilarious. Yes, Veronica and Logan do hook up in it, but that's not really what it's about and the friendships here are great.

Gimme Sympathy by coup in the zoo
  • Recommended by emmaliza
  • Synopsis: "Are you just showing up to be belligerent or what?" Madison Sinclair has dreams about everyone's favorite mass-murdering rapist. She's not a fan.
  • Comments: An interesting, unique fic that both very funny to read and very complex. Tapping into Madison Sinclair's mind, of all characters, was a great concept.

Death Becomes Him by Mediancat
  • Recommended by Scifantasy.
  • Synopsis: Aaron Echolls died, killed at his Christmas party by a jealous ex-lover. What happened next?
  • "Pairings": Veronica/Logan
  • Comments: Scifantasy: Yes, this is the same Mediancat above listed for "Martian Manhunter." As far as I can tell, this was his first foray into long-form (and I do mean long—66 chapters, more than 100,000 words—but it's worth it) Veronica Mars storytelling. The use of a Butterfly of Doom is well executed; one slight difference, here a security guard who keeps Keith from getting to Aaron in time to save him in "An Echolls Family Christmas," and everything changes. As with "Manhunter," Mediancat takes the same facts of the episodes and spins them out, asking how the characters who have been changed would react. Highly recommended, also complete.

"House of Cards" by Emma CS Me
  • Recommended by peppermintflame
  • Synopsis: Dick spent a lot of time living in a glass dome. He couldn't tell you exactly how much.
  • Comments: A pretty good character study of what goes on in Dick Casablancas mind, and how much he avoids thinking about all the things he could have stopped, or done something about.

"The Applicant" by Emma CS Me.
  • Recommended by peppermintflame
  • Synopsis: He imagined hell to look... a little less like speed dating. Cassidy dreams of all the people he's killed.
  • Comments: You very nearly feel sorry for Cassidy having to go through this, which in my mind, is somewhat of an achievement.

"Molasses and Taffy" by wily_one24
  • Recommended by bettername2come
  • Synopsis: An AU/missing scenes of what happened in the week between the rooftop in "Not Pictured" and Veronica leaving for New York a week later.
  • Comments: Angsty, beautifully written fic. Great insight into Veronica's head and good use of the supporting cast.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Venus And Mars by MLP.
  • Recommended by peppermintflame
  • Synopsis: What happened to Veronica and Logan after 'The Bitch Is Back?' Let's find out.
  • Pairings: Veronica/Logan
  • Comments: While the hero worship of Logan Echolls can be pretty wearing at times, the voices are good. There are some laugh out loud moments, some teary eyed moments, as well as some really creepy ones. We also get to see both Veronica and Logan being badasses. Complete.
  • Tags: There is a lot of violence. Someone gets shot in the head, there is torture, there is questionable behaviour from our heroes at times. But don't let that stop you.

A Life Extraordinary by MLP.
  • Recommended by peppermintflame
  • Synopsis: Sick of the angst? Want some happy ever after? Let's have some fun, fun, fun.
  • Pairings: Veronica/Logan
  • Comments: Again, although everyone seems to be in love with Logan Echolls, it's definitely worth a read. We even get to see some side characters blossom, as well as be introduced to some wonderful original characters. Currently on chapter 15 and counting, but updating pretty regularly.

"Knowing the Difference" by steenbeans
  • Recommended by 2shy
  • "Synopsis": The plot is mainly character driven and is told from various, but, as the author says, the heart of story is Veronica Logan.
  • "Pairings": Veronica/Piz, Veronica/Logan
  • "Comments": The story is well-written, has nice long chapters, and she updates regularly. The characterizations are spot on and individually and overall, the quality is great.

"A Strange New Story Every Time" by gyzym
  • Recommended by limiculous
  • "Synopsis": Ten years clean of Neptune living, Logan's past finds him in an all-night grocery store.
  • "Pairings": Veronica/Logan
  • "Comments": A fantastic look at how Veronica and Logan might interact as more mature adults. Great Logan voice. We also get little glimpses of what happened to the rest of the cast. I really can't recommend this story enough.


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