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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Hamlet, 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.

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


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Rosemary For Remembrance by Gehayi

  • Recommended by aimsme
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hamlet in space, starring sensible and heroic Ophelia, genderswapped Claudius, clones Rosencrantz and Guilderstern and alien Fortinbras.
  • Comments: This is brilliant. Details from the text are cleverly interwoven with the sci-fi context (Ophelia as a botanist is just the start), and the choice of villain is a masterstroke. Definitely worth a read, whether or not you generally like alternate time settings.

Houses of the Holy by choas_harmony

  • Recommended by Nothingtoseehere
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Haunted mansion AU. The Denmark family lives in the kind of house that swallows you whole.
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  • Characters: Ophelia, Laertes and Hamlet and (brief)Polonius.
  • Pairings: Laertes/Hamlet, Ophelia/Hamlet
  • Comments: Very effective horror-story look at Hamlet and Ophelia, as well as Ophelia's family in general.

if you die in hamlet you die in real life by LieutenantSaavik. (Now in podfic form)

  • Recommended by Bolt_DMC
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: hamlet but it's modern and 'mmmm, whatcha say' plays every time a character dies.
  • Notes: Part of the series what if shakespeare but memes.
  • Comments: Do not let the all-lower-case title and summary use put you off, as this does not carry over into the work itself. This is truly inspired crackfic, as good an example as I've read in any fandom. Uproariously funny, loaded to the gills with in-jokes and very knowledgeable of the play (as well as making sly reference to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard), makes good use of unifying devices. Written in script format.
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Stories focusing on the romantic relationships between the cast.

What You Don't See / At This Chance 'Verse by irisbleufic

  • Recommended by Kelliannm
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Hamlet/Horatio, past Hamlet/Ophelia, and otherworldly shades of Hamlet/Horatio/Ophelia, with secondary cast like Osric and Fortinbras, and random servants and soldiers around Elsinore (and in Norway)
  • Summary: Even this ending may chance to be more than it seems.
  • Comments: After you read this, you'll never look at the curtain-down of Hamlet the same way again. Ophelia's electrifying, ghostly presence is the most pleasing, shocking thing about this, IMO.

It Will Be Now by irisbleufic

  • Recommended by Kelliannm
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Hamlet/Horatio, with Fortinbras and backup soldiers
  • Summary: As Fortinbras begins to speak, four soldiers crowd close around Horatio, smelling of sweat and horses.
  • Comments: Owing as much to the closing scene of Romeo and Juliet as to the closing scene of Hamlet, this fic has been described by its author as "600 words of crushing grief." They're not wrong, but they forget the bittersweet relief. It's a lullaby for doomed lovers.

By These Pickers and Stealers by lorannah

  • Recommended by Nothingtoseehere
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hamlet/Rosencrantz
  • Synopsis: "My lord, you once did love me." - Rosencrantz, Act III, Scene 2
  • Comments: Despite the unlikely pairing, this is a very in-character fic- Hamlet is (possibly) mad, Rosencrantz doesn't know as much as he thinks, and their relationship was/is doomed from the moment Rosencrantz talked to Claudius.

Your Poor Servant Ever, or The Feels-Laden (Pre)Tragedy of Bisexual Hamlet, Queer Prince of Denmark by miniature_sophie

  • Reccomended by The Great Conversation
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Hamlet/Horatio (with Hamlet/Rosencrantz/Guildenstern and each corollary of that combo)
  • Synopsis: Prequel. The hitherto untold story of how Hamlet made the acquaintances of "brothers in (each other's) arms" Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at college in Wittenberg and how they eventually introduced him to the university's most prolific student, Horatio. Focuses on the developing relationship between Hamlet and Horatio, with the Danish prince falling fast and hard and agonizing over whether Horatio feels the same way (interspersed with plenty of Hamlet/Rosen-stern lemon). Canon era, 100% canon-compliant.
  • Comments: This is the Hamlet/Horatio fic you've been waiting for. The characterization is marvelous, the language manages to evoke the source material without being pretentious, and the pacing and plotting are immaculate. A rare and refreshing college fic that isn't a modern-day AU.

May Violets Spring by luckbringer

  • Recommended by elvesinspace
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hamlet/Ophelia
  • Synopsis: Hamlet returns to Denmark to find Ophelia, his one and only love, as dead as poor Yorick. He's angry, grief-stricken, savage, remorseful...and then, suddenly, just a little bit hopeful. An alternate ending to the classic tale that might just give Hamlet his happy ending.
  • Comments: An AU where Ophelia survives her drowning. Aside from some grammatical/spelling errors, this is a great read if you've ever wondered how a happy ending might play out for Hamlet and co. (with a few twists and turns along the way). Highly recommended.

The Play's the Thing: a Shakespeare Mix-Up by Onmyliteraturebullshitagain

  • Recommended by: subitofortissimo
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Hamlet/Horatio, Romeo/Juliet, other canon pairings
  • Crossover with: Technically every other Shakespeare play; most prominently Romeo and Juliet, with episodes focussing on Othello, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Synopsis: When a forgotten Shakespeare collection gets a bit confused about its plot lines, Hamlet and Horatio find themselves thrown into other stories and have to muddle their way through these new plots and the characters they're supposed to play. Soon joined by Juliet, this lost trio works their way through multiple plays and roles as they try to get back to Denmark and track down the misplaced Romeo. But Hamlet's still haunted mentally, Horatio's still carrying some buried feelings, and Juliet is willing to do anything to get back to her husband. Together, they'll changes the Shakespeare canon (at least in this one printing) forever. A humorous exploration from an English professor who wanted a chance to redeem Hamlet (her beloved emo dumpster goblin) and see just what Shakespeare's characters could do when faced with the wrong stories.
  • Comments: A very well written crossover adventure with a lot of attention to detail in the characterisation, with the various characters reacting to their bizarre new surroundings in ways that are pretty realistic to the way Shakespeare wrote them. Hamlet's journey with Horatio and Juliet is profoundly transformative, and Juliet's resourcefulness really shines in this story, as does Ophelia's. Very enjoyable read, full of wit, humour and heartwarming.

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