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  • The Kite Runner: Amir standing up to Assef before the latter can rape Hassan, instead of running away as he did in canon.
  • Carrie:
    • Stories that involve a new kid/group of kids (either original or from a completely different series) coming to Carrie's school and befriending her are fairly common. These new kids usually help her with her growing psychic powers and manage to prevent or limit the Prom Massacre as a result.
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    • Heck, just stories that give Carrie a happy ending are popular to write.
  • Classic Sherlock Holmes fandom: Holmes meets Famous Historical Figure, or becomes involved in a historical event/situation which the author has a particular interest in so they can infodump all their obsessive knowledge onto the reader. "Holmes tackles the Jack the Ripper case", in particular, has been done several times.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Its fandom is really into Gender Bender, particularly of Harry, in an attempt to offset- or at least explore- his sexist tendencies in the early days of the series.(Pairing Female!Harry with Marcone is optional but frequently done, as Harry is heterosexual in canon.)
    • A massive trend is the Sex Kitten Winter Knight!Harry, taking place in some amorphous time after Harry's become the Winter Knight. They, similarly, offset or explore Harry's canon attitudes on sex (I.E., not having sex with a new partner while still trying to save an old one, not having sex with monsters trying to eat or manipulate you, and not having sex with minors), which parts of the fandom see as repressed or, at times misogynistic.
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  • The Maximum Ride fandom seems to really like High School A.U. stories. Understandable, considering what they have to go through on a constant basis in canon, not understandable in that the one time they actually DID go to school, it didn't end well for them.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Half-blood goes to camp. Half-blood gets amazing powers. Half-blood saves world. Simmer for five minutes. Serves thousands.
    • Probably lifted straight from other fandoms, the demigods/Olympians read through any of the book series or watch the movie. Normally involves a contrived setup.
    • Annabeth goes to Goode High stories are a subgenre of another increasingly prevalent subgenre of High School AU. The latter of which goes through great pains to fiddle with the ages of everyone so it isn't as creepy when normally-10-year-old Nico is in love with 15-but-actually-22-or-so Thalia.
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    • Crossovers with the Kane Chronciles are quite common as well, even before it became a canon thing.
    • Another common plot is having Percy inexplicably kicked out of/leaving camp for any number of reasons, then joining Chaos for revenge. Nine times out of Ten, there will be a Mary Sue in there somewhere.
    • Several fics write the stories of demigod children whose godly parent isn't part of the Olympian gods. What would a child of Nemesis, goddess of revenge, be like? A child of Hypnos, god of sleep and dreams? A child of Hecate, goddess of magic? It helps that the sequel series, Heroes of Olympus does focus more on the other gods and shows what exactly they and their kids are capable of.
    • Fics that focus on demigods that should otherwise not exist (Also known as 'Children of Artemis, Hera, or Hestia') are not hard to find. Of them Children of Artemis fics are the most common (likely a result of her higher popularity and quite possibly fans having an idea of what sort of powers such a demigod would have), of which Broken Bow is the most famous and highly regarded.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Baudelaires are sent to live with a new guardian, usually an Original Character, although crossovers exist.
  • The Silmarillion:
    • Writers for the fandom, specifically Maedhros/Fingon shippers, are practically obligated to write hurt/comfort fic based on Fingon's rescue of Maedhros from Thangorodrim. In all fairness, it's pretty much the last moment in the book for them which isn't utterly tragic.
    • Stories set during the years when Maedhros was Lord of Himring before the Battle of Unnumbered Tears are very common, usually involving a visit by Fingon on political business.
  • If you happen to be a fanfic writer for The Children of Húrin, it's almost obligatory to compose a Beleg/Túrin hurt/comfort fic at some point in your career. Somewhat justified, though, with canon lines like this one:
    Then at the egging of Androg they left Beleg tied to a tree without food or water... but he said no more to them. When two days and nights had passed in this way they had grown angry and fearful, and most were now ready to slay the Elf. As night drew down they were all gathered about him, and Ulrad brought a brand... but at that moment Túrin returned... and he saw the haggard face of Beleg in the light of the brand. Then he was stricken as with a shaft, and tears long unshed filled his eyes... "Beleg, Beleg!", he cried... at once he cut the bonds from his friend, and Beleg fell forward into his arms... At first he gave heed only to Beleg, and tended him with what skill he had.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • This universe, because it's more accessible, has far too many Tenth Walker fics, to the point that they were already being parodied by Nine Men and a Little Lady in 2002.
    • Fics featuring Faramir or Legolas being abused by their respective fathers are ridiculously common.
    • Highly popular (so popular that it's lampshaded in nearly every fic involving it) are the 'hunting trip gone wrong' fics. Usually they involve a younger Aragorn and Legolas (who are generally accepted to have known each other before the Council of Elrond), with occasionally Elrohir and Elladan added in, going on some hunting trip or another, being attacked by orcs/spiders/assassins/humans/wolves/anything that can do anybody harm, and being incapacitated enough to not be able to return to Rivendell in a timely fashion. Not that all of these fics are bad by any means, most are actually quite well written, but they do tend to be highly common.
    • Legomances were nearly ubiquitous in the early/mid 2000s, where Legolas was paired with an original female character (or sometimes an out-of-character Éowyn or Arwen). Arranged marriages were a common plot point, and the girl was sometimes - though not always - a Tenth Walker. She's almost always shown as being a good fighter regardless of her actual role in society, was always an elf, and often got into a Slap-Slap-Kiss style of relationship with Legolas before actually falling in love.
    • Aragorn/Legolas stories that either vilified or completely ignored Arwen were incredibly popular and can still be found on fanfiction sites. Often this involved MPreg or dealing with the prejudices of their families.
  • The Hobbit:
    • Many, many fics find a way for Thorin, Fili, and Kili to surive the final battle. Those that don't often involve reunions in Valinor or reincarnation to bring the characters and their love interests back together.
    • A subset of these fics then has The Hobbit cast having to deal with the One Ring before or along with the LotR characters and events.
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Nathaniel comes back to life and/or is in love with Bartimaeus a lot.
  • Good Omens:
    • Launcher of a Thousand Ships Crowley, poor thing, gets mistaken for an incubus quite often in fic.
    • Second Apocalypses are a popular plot, Second Coming of Christ optional. On the Tear Jerker side of stuff, Brought Down to Normal as punishment for the failed first one is surprisingly common.
    • Aziraphale and Crowley moving into a cozy cottage in the South Downs together. This one is based on one of the authors saying at one point that it's possible that the two man-shaped beings began sharing a cottage someplace in the future (although it's not official canon).
    • Fics where Heaven and Hell try to punish Aziraphale and Crowley for their role in thwarting the Apocalypse and/or being in love with each other are a dime a dozen, especially after the TV miniseries depicted them as fully willing to try permanently killing them. These fics generally fall in one of three categories: 1) One of Aziraphale and Crowley is brutally beaten by their former bosses and the other has to nurse them back to health, 2) One of Aziraphale and Crowley is dragged back to Heaven/Hell for punishment and the other has to rescue them, or 3) One of Aziraphale and Crowley (or both) have their memories wiped of their relationship in the belief that this will cause them to turn on and hopefully kill each other, but their friendship/love proves too strong for that to happen or for the memory wipe to stick.
    • Crowley being summoned by someone who's usually either a Supernatural character who mistook him for the other Crowley, an older Warlock who's very surprised to see his former nanny, or a random ignorant human who finds out that this particular demon isn't interested in doing their evil bidding and has an angelic partner willing to unleash holy fury on anyone who harms his demon.
    • After the TV miniseries came out, a lot of fics about Aziraphale staying at Crowley's flat the night after the not-Apocalypse were written. In canon, they spend that night coming up with the idea to switch bodies to fool their superiors. In fanon, they invariably also spend that night admitting their feelings for each other and/or indulging in earthly pleasures.
    • Fics where Aziraphale and Crowley's angel and demon roles are swapped used to be unusually rare due to The Sacred and the Profane showing just how dark and horrifying that premise could be, but they've become more common post-TV adaptation and usually better match the light-hearted tone of the series. One recurring plot element in these fics is that demon!Aziraphale and angel!Crowley will humorously prove to be far better at their respective roles than their canon ones since a demonic Aziraphale would be completely free to indulge in his hedonistic pursuits and inner bastardry and an angelic Crowley would be more willing to bend the laws of Heaven to help humans than canon Aziraphale would without having to pretend to not care about them.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe fics where Grand Admiral Thrawn manages to survive his Bodyguard Betrayal are very common. This is also known to occur with other notable villains who have a conceivable "out" for their deaths, such as Ysanne Isard, who's been known to clone herself, and Nom Anor, whose body was never found.
  • His Dark Materials:
    • Fics with characters from another fandom put in Lyra's world of the trilogy, not necessarily involving any characters from the trilogy, so that the author can demonstrate what shapes they think the characters' daemons would be, overlooking the fact that traveling to that dimension will not necessarily cause your daemon to manifest, but being born there will, so it only works as a whole-cloth Alternate Universe. Not the same as Common Crossover, because any fandom can be plugged into this scenario.
    • The fandom itself is full of Fix Fics about getting Lyra and Will back together again some years after their parting, often through some fourth magical item that the story is named after.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
    • Roughly 50% of Narnia fanfiction that doesn't feature a [invoked] Mary Sue will tackle the so-called "Problem of Susan", either making her out to be The Woobie that got screwed over by Aslan and everyone else, or having her whole family killed in a train crash causes her to realize the Error of Her Ways.
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe fics will generally either have a fifth member, always a girl, joining the original Pevensies or else meeting them once they arrive, where she aids or betrays them regarding the White Witch and Aslan, or else she meets Peter or Edmund during the Golden Age. She may be a fifth sibling, a cousin, a friend, or even a transplant from the 21st century, but it's always a girl.
    • There is also more than enough Susan/Caspian and Lucy/Caspian Shipping to fill two fleets.
  • Tamora Pierce:
    • The fandom has produced a truly astonishing number of Alanna-goes-to-the-convent fics (in canon, Alanna hated the idea of going to the convent so much that she disguised herself as a boy and learnt how to be a knight instead). Their main purpose seems to be to get her together with Prince Jon, who she dumped in canon.
    • Common plot is for Keladry of Mindelan (who became the first female knight after Alanna) to be kicked out after her probation year as a page and follows her life from there.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • It has an awful lot of 'Random OC who may or may not be a [invoked] Mary Sue ends up getting reaped'. Some better writers will play with this by not having the character actually win, but as there are only two possible plot permutations the entire thing ends up horrifically overused.
    • There's plenty of Alternate Universe Fics that ask "What if Rue/Thresh/Cato/Clove/Foxface/Marvel/Glimmer/Boy From District 7/etc. had won?" and explore the rest of the trilogy from that character's point of view (or take the events post 74th Hunger Games in a completely different direction).
    • There's the "Submit-Your-Own-Tribute" story, in which an author rounds up 24 characters submitted by other THG fans and writes them into the Games.
  • A lot of Darkest Powers fanfiction features werewolf Derek and necromancer Chloe realizing that they are mates. In canon, the only mention of them being mates was made by Liam, who was taunting them. Also, in the main series, the werewolves do have mates... but it's nothing as huge, compelling, or life-changing as it's often made out to be in DP fanfics. Rather, the only time it's treated as a somewhat big thing is in Personal Demon, when Karl attempts to explain to Hope that the reason he left her is because he was terrified by how completely attracted to her he was (and still is).
  • Goosebumps: Slappy becomes human and ends up having sex with his current owner.
  • "Christine gives birth to Erik's child" and "Christine marries Raoul only to find out he's a complete jerk" are so common in Phantom of the Opera fanfiction that when the musical's sequel Love Never Dies included both plot points, a lot of people rolled their eyes and groaned "What, again?"
  • The Outsiders
    • A common plot in this fandom is "The Socials jump a random female OC, leaving her beaten and unconscious in the vacant lot. One of the greasers finds the girl, takes her to the Curtis household to heal her, falls in love with her, drama ensues."
    • The gender-flipped version of the previous plot is also prevalent, "One of the greasers is badly beaten after a rumble and a random female OC finds them and nurses them back to health."
    • You have fics where a girl helps give Darry a life outside of work/Help Sodapop get over Sandy/Help Ponyboy find love after Cherry Valance/becoming a nurturing mother figure for Johnny/"tame" Dally and lead him to the path of good citizenship/Keep Two-Bit in a steady relationship/Make Steve feel like a better person inside.
    • Fics that go "What if the Curtis' had a sister? How would that have affected the book?"
    • Girls from the future getting transported into the past (May or may not involve getting sucked into the book/the movie) or the boys getting transported in the future.
    • A Soc girl who is nicer, prettier, and more understanding to greasers than Cherry, who thinks the feud between socs and greasers is pointless, and single-handedly brings down the segregation between the two classes.
  • Les Misérables:
    • The fandom is extremely fond of modern AU fics, generally focused on Les Amis as some sort of political activist group, and often turning the ridiculous amounts of Ho Yay in the source material into canon relationships (Enjolras/Grantaire being by far the most popular, followed by Jehan/Courfeyrac).
    • Post-Barricade fics dealing with the survival of one or more of les Amis (besides Marius) are common in non-modern fics as well. Most fics for the fandom also focus on les Amis to the exclusion of the older characters, and stories involving Fantine, Valjean, or Javert that don't involve the latter two in a relationship are extremely rare.
    • Fics that spare Eponine are very common, and typically take two forms: either she's paired with Marius, sometimes but not always with a corresponding bitchification for Cosette, or she platonically moves in with Marius and Cosette and is paired with one of Les Amis who also survived. These fics also have a tendency to kill off Eponine's much less important sister Azelma instead of her.
    • There is a lot of (usually Valjean/Javert) fic where Javert survives his suicide attempt (often because Valjean prevents it or pulls him out of the river) and then has to figure out how to live with his change of heart/worldview instead.
    • Modern AU writers are fond of making Cosette and Enjolras into siblings. It's especially popular in Valjean/Javert fics, probably because the idea of Javert acting as a father figure to Enjolras is hilarious.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Many fanfics have Cersei give birth to one of Robert's children. Said child ends up becoming all the good that is missing from Joffrey - and either fights his brother for the throne (which Robert bequeaths to him instead of Joffrey) or ends up inheriting the crown when Joffrey dies. This non-existent character even has their own nickname, "The Black Prince/ss," to contrast with their siblings' golden coloring. As it's in reference to their hair color and they'll typically be kindhearted, both Dark Is Not Evil and Light Is Not Good are in full effect.
    • Popular are fics where Sandor and Sansa aren't separated during the Battle of Blackwater. Either he chooses to stay or Sansa flees from King's Landing with him.
    • There's marriage law, Westerosi style: Joffrey (usually it's Joffrey because he doesn't need it to make sense) orders Sandor to marry Sansa. The fanfic where it doesn't work out has yet to be written.
    • A fanfic describing the Babies Ever After for Sandor and Sansa? There’s a good chance it also includes a wooden knight that all the kids share.
    • Wedding bed deadline for Tyrion and Sansa. As in, "get her with child by the end of this month/week/day". Either Tyrion does it and it’s a Tyrion/Sansa fanfic, or he annuls the marriage and Jaime or Tywin steps in.
    • AUs where Robb married either Margaery Tyrell, Roslin Frey, or an OC instead of Jeyne Westerling.
    • Arranged Marriage fics in general are very popular, justifying many a Crack Pairing or Ship Passing in the Night. Although given the vast majority of marriages in canon are arranged, this is probably justified.
    • Common plot is 'houseswap' AUs, where characters are born into houses other than their canon ones. Sometimes this is a fullblown For Want of a Nail scenario, sometimes it just makes shipping easier.
    • There are many fics detailing Robert's Rebellion, the events leading up to it, and/or the immediate aftermath.
    • A very popular plot idea is that the Others succeed in bringing the Long Night and destroying the world, so certain characters (usually one or more of the Starks, though other major characters are sometimes used) are sent back in time by the Old Gods/the Three Eyed Raven/the Lord of Light/etc in order to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • There are quite a lot of fics out there in which the Data Integration Thought Entity decides to punish Yuki for gaining emotions by deleting her — never mind that the Entity would gain nothing from this and it knows exactly what the consequences would be for itself if it tried — in order for Kyon to go berserk, tell Haruhi that he is John Smith and the other Brigade members are aliens, time travelers and espers, so that Haruhi can become aware of her Reality Warper powers so that the two of them can go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Showy Invincible Hero fashion, rescuing Yuki along the way. If the fanfic writer happens to ship Kyon/Yuki, then it is practically obligatory for them to use this plot at least once, as it is a popular way to get Haruhi out of the picture without resorting to Die for Our Ship.
    • After Disappearance, it was not all that uncommon to see some fanfics about what life had been like had Kyon stayed in the world Yuki had made to give everyone a normal life. This will almost always involve Kyon/Yuki in some way, shape, or form. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan is basically an official version of this kind of plot.
    • In the Japanese erotic doujinshi community, stories about Haruhi suddenly deciding to make an AV staring the club members themselves are rather popular, as shown in this image.
  • In The Fault in Our Stars, a brief reference to "condomy difficulties" during Their First Time has resulted in a good number of fics where Gus leaves Hazel Someone to Remember Him By.
  • There are a number of Looking for Alaska fics in which, as Miles theorizes in-universe, the title character's death turns out to be her latest and most intricate prank.
  • Bridge to Terabithia fandom has an entire fandom-specific genre, LDD, short for "Leslie Doesn't Die." While over half the fics (including the vast majority of multi-chapter stories) in this relatively small fandom are of this genre, the exact reason Leslie doesn't die varies from simply being rescued to faking her death to her body never being found (easy to do, as neither Jess nor the reader/viewer ever sees it) to Terabithia being Real After All and being used to restore her by magic. It's also an unwritten rule that Leslie would grow up mindblowingly gorgeous, probably inspired by AnnaSophia Robb, who played her in the Film of the Book, doing just that.
  • Worm:
    • Many fanfics give the main character a different set of powers. This is often used as an Obvious Crossover Method.
    • What if Taylor joined the Wards?
    • After the canon story ends, Taylor tries to settle down and live a normal life, only for epic adventures to drag her back into vigilantism. These stories usually involve Taylor reclaiming her old powers or somehow getting new ones.
    • Power-swaps are common enough in superhero fanfic, but with Word of God that a given Shard will grant different powers to different people, Shard-swaps have become this fandom's take on that. Or even just giving a character different powers from their canon shard by changing their trigger event.
  • There's an entire cottage industry of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fics about Charlie repeating the Golden Ticket contest decades after taking over the factory.
  • For such a small fandom, The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness has a large proportion of post-canon fics:
    • a) Torak and Renn have a child.
    • b) Renn is hurt or killed.
  • Fan works about The Divine Comedy generally involve creating a new canto where Dante and Virgil enter a new circle to meet modern figures guilty of sins Dante overlooked. Examples include "Canto 16.5"'s take on indifference, the condemnation of pretentiousness found in "A New Bolgia," and the shocking contents of "The Missing Canto."
  • Animorphs has a lot of Elsewhere Fics that just focus on a random pair of human/Yeerk OCs.
  • A Christmas Carol fanfics tend to revolve around freeing Jacob Marley of his chains or setting Scrooge up with Belle after his reformation, usually by having her husband die. Other common fics have Scrooge/Marley as a pairing, in life or after death.
  • The Pride and Prejudice fandom has an enormous count of stories about Elizabeth accepting Darcy’s first proposal, usually because (1) either he suddenly kisses her and she forgets all reason, or, (2) on the contrary, somehow the Bennets’ financial situation is even more dire than in canon (with, for instance, Mr. Bennet being dangerously ill), and Elizabeth decides to save her family from poverty.
  • The Wicked Years:
    • The series has "booksical" fanfics. This mixes the book canon with the musical. One of the most common attributes of a booksical work is keeping Nessarose The Fundamentalist like in the books, but changing her disability from armless to wheelchair-bound like in the play.
    • AUs where Elphaba survives and is reunited with Glinda.
    • Stories that explore Glinda and Elphaba's relationship during their trip to the Emerald City.
    • Turtle Heart is Nessarose's biological father. Oftentimes, Elphaba knows this (or at least guesses it), but not Nessa or their brother Shell. The original book keeps it ambiguous who Nessarose's biological father is, but the third book reveals that it is Frexspar after all.
  • Lord of the Flies has "one girl" stories, where a single girl ends up on the island with all the boys and inevitably becomes the center of attention. Often, this ages up the characters so that pairing them together (usually sexually) is less squicky.
  • The Babysitters Club:
    • Stories of the gang reuniting as adults.
    • Stories of the club as they grow up, get married, and have kids.
    • Logan is abusive towards his girlfriend Mary Anne.
    • Kristy comes out as gay (or bisexual).
    • Dawn, Stacey, or Claudia come out as bisexual.
    • Bryon Pike comes out as gay.
    • One of the characters becomes pregnant in high school.
    • Something bad happening to Mary Anne. Whether she's abused, ill, attacked, or whatever else, Mary Anne is usually the main victim in fanfics.
    • Karen Brewer is exaggerated into Enfant Terrible. If not that, she grows into a mean-spirited brat.
  • Land of Oz:
    • Many Dystopian Oz works revolve around an alternate outcome to the original book: what exactly happens to Oz now that Dorothy killed two leaders in a short period? The answer is chaos and civil war. This also often leave a power vacuum open for more dictators.
    • AUs where Dorothy didn't return to Oz in the third book. She doesn't return until years later.
    • Ozma and Dorothy aging into adults.

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