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Lixxle

  • Recommended by: Rabid Cookie, Elenor
  • Comments: She does really good humor and romance. Comes down much heavier on humor but does have enough romance to satisfy most J/S shippers.

PaisleyRose

  • Recommended by: Elenor
  • Comments: She does romance. More serious stories, some a little dark, but all of them different.

Subtilior

  • Recommended by: Elenor, Sailor Boo, Meimay
  • Comments: For people craving the darker stories. Mostly Jareth/Sarah, well, not romance though they do end up together after a fashion.
    • Sailor Boo: Warning: Reading some of her stories late at night? Might sound alright before you realize the supreme mastery of the mindfuck and nightmare fuel that she possesses.

K.L. Morgan

  • Recommended by: notquiteanonymous
  • Comments: Wonderful Labyrinth writer who focuses primarily on J/S; focuses more on romance and adventure than humor, great if you're looking for something long. Most of her fics are not for kiddies.

Kadasa Mori

  • Recommended by: Arya Adrianiel
  • Comments: Kadasa writes mostly romance (J/S) and most of her oneshots are humorous fics. Her fic, Heal Me, Hurt Me and its sequel mix humor and angst, both being quite long, even though the sequel is unfinished. Warning: Jareth and Sarah are very out of character in her stories, but the personalities they are given are written very well and are very consistant.
    • Seconded. Kadasa's fics are just the kind of fun you want after a bad day, or if you just want a good laugh.

Dreamer In Silico

  • Recommended by: DefiantAscent, Kyr_of_Void
  • Comments: Dreamer In Silico predominantly writes plot-heavy J/S (Talespinner + Love Without Your Heartbeat + announced sequel) that takes place well after the movie and draws heavily from Celtic mythology as well as other subtle literature/cultural references. Her work is intricately-detailed and definitely rewards attentive readers, though those just looking for some suspenseful romance will be satisfied as well. She has also done a bit of light-hearted fic with a focus on humor.
  • Notes: The main story has its own trope page: Talespinner.

Nagia

  • Recommended by: Meimay, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Comments: Whether it's a normal fic or a crossover fic, Nagia's managed to create a distinguished style for each story that will make you unable to stop reading until the end.
  • Notes: Also on AO3.

J.R. Godwin

  • Recommended by: silenceinspace
  • Comments: J.R. Godwin has an assortment of fics, and "snapshots," or one-shots. Elegy and Eulogy are psychologically terrifying (in the vein of Subtilior's fics), while Fledgling is beautiful, balanced, and more focused on magic.
  • Notes: Also on AO3.

Jacqueline Patricks

  • Recommended by: Arashi110
  • Comments: This is written by a professional author with published original works, and it shows, especially the later fics. But really, everything she writes is of excellent quality in both characterization and style, the only minor complaint being occasional spelling mistakes. She writes robust magical fantasy with well-developed world-building, a healthy dose of drama and unexpected plot twists. Her latest and the most light-hearted fic, Oh, Now Why the Concern?, also features a Jareth that is very close to what he was in the movie.

    General Fics 

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.

Clean Ludo by Katherine

  • Recommended by: bharjwarj
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Sarah clean," Ludo declared. The stairs creaked when he sat on the bottom-most one.
  • Comments: A nice little slice-of-life fic that, for once, isn't about Jareth. I wish the author would make more.

Beltane Night by Tara1189

  • Recommended by: Yessiika, Medusasnake, Fenro, Lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The eve of Sarah's twenty-first birthday falls on the night of Beltane... a night when the borders between the physical and magical world become blurred, and a certain Goblin King reappears with an offer to renew, and won't be taking no for an answer...

A Forfeit of Dreams by K.L. Morgan

  • Recommended by: notquiteanonymous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: If you had a second chance, would you take it? If you had a choice, would you do the right thing? And if you had a dream... what would you give to make it come true?

A Picture of Sarah by TweetyBirdAlpha

  • Recommended by: Mariecat
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jareth, the Goblin King, finally tracks Sarah down after two years on the run. Now, in order to rescue her family and friends, she must risk everything she is and might be in a battle of wits and creativity. It's back to the Labyrinth for one last show!

Welcome to Hell by Scattered Logic

  • Recommended by: Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n.
  • Comments: Interesting fic that dives into the warning from Hoggle, "You know your problem? You take too much for granted. Take this labyrinth. Even if you reach the center, you'll never get out again."

Her Kingdom as Great by MarbleGlove

  • Recommended by: Elenor, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What’s said is said, and Sarah said, "My Will is as Strong as Yours and my Kingdom as Great."
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

Tokens of Affection by Shinku

  • Recommended by: Much Ado About Nonny, Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A few months after the events of Labyrinth, Sarah contacts Jareth again with a letter sent via goblin. They communicate back and forth and eventually start courting. Unfortunately, just as things are being healed between them, a bully at Sarah's school goes completely psychotic, and a surprise visit from a family member has Jareth going through some of the painful things in his past.

In a Glass, Darkly by Subtilior

  • Recommended by: Andi Nightshade, Sailor Boo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dr. Sarah Williams, psychiatrist, wants fiercely to succeed. A tormented patient, Aaron Cohen, wants only to sleep. But they have something in common... and that something wants nothing less than Sarah herself.

Into the Rose Garden by Dryad13

  • Recommended by: serinequeen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sarah has good grades, a circle of friends, and a cute boyfriend. Life's great...right? So why does she have the strange feeling that something's missing? Fairy tales show that magic will make you or break you. Which category does she belong in?

The Thirteenth Rider by HachimansKitsune

  • Recommended by: Meimay
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sarah dreams of the Labyrinth and being chased by a rider in black. Jareth dreams of claiming the queen who once escaped him. Sometimes fairy tales come true, but there is always a price. The Wild Hunt is coming - but who is the hunter and who is the prey?
  • Notes: Alternate link here.
  • Comments: With throughout research combined with interesting plot and story-telling, the author has given us an incredible fic to read. The horror and dark nature of the Fae is described in blood-chilling manners that will leave you unable to stop.

Turn by KnifeEdge

  • Recommended by: jwagstaff
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While on a semester abroad in England, Sarah stumbles on a reference to a name she hasn't heard in years. Was her adventure nothing more than a dream? Or are things more than what they seem?

The Hazards of Love by Heist

  • Recommended by: Thornfield13713
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Some choices remain the same, some debts go unpaid. The Labyrinth keeps her king, whatever the cost.

Saving Labyrinth by AnimeRANDOMNESS

  • Recommended by: tbwriter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, she fought her way through to save her baby brother. Now, only a few weeks later, Sarah must once again brave the perils of the Underground; this time, to save the Goblin King...and the Labyrinth itself.

every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh (is a shard of heart you'll never see again) by Nagia

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Wherein Sarah is beautiful and terrible; all shall love her and despair.
  • Notes: Alternate links for ten thousand cuts and Or Winter, Too?.

Of Broken Hearts And Kingless Queens by E. Salvatore

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: They come in the dead of the night and they tell me it was of a broken heart.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

Thirteen Hours by icarus_chained

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Once a year, for thirteen hours, Sarah is returned to the Labyrinth whether she wants it or not. It is not Jareth's doing, however, and he deals with it maybe even less well than she. For a while, anyway.

The New Boyfriend by TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sarah’s new boyfriend was definitely weird. The problem was, no one but Toby seemed to notice.

In Her Imprisonment Rises by straightforwardly

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sarah lost, but is not lost.

The moon within your heart by Katarik

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sarah keeps dreaming of the ballroom. She's getting pretty tired of that.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

As the World Falls Down by The-Flame-Faerie

  • Recommended by: Marlee Cross
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Sarah gives Ludo the peach instead of eating it herself. As a result, Ludo is transported to the ballroom scene in place of Sarah.

An illusion, a shadow, a story by Scattered Logic

  • Recommended by: Elenor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: On the eve of her 20th birthday, Sarah learns she's not the only girl to encounter Jareth, nor is she the only girl to defeat him.

Shards of a Dream by Subtilior

  • Recommended by: Elenor, thegingersnapgirl
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Going to a dance in the underground can be risky. But Sarah's friends aren't human and know the rules. They'll look out for her, so what does she have to fear? Unless of course, she decides to ask the Goblin King for a dance.
  • Comments: Funny, dark, Fae as all hell and yet somehow woven with a thread of sweetness. Highly recommended.

The King & the Girl by Foxtoast

  • Recommended by: Nausicaa Of The Spirits
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Sarah is forced to return to the Labyrinth for another round, this time for her own life.
  • Notes: Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
    • Found a copy on the Internet Archive.

A Costume Change by MorningsofGold

  • Recommended by: Adele Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: After a lackluster prom night, Sarah makes a wish and is drawn into a game of wits with the king that comes calling. Little does Jareth know, Sarah's got some questions she wants answered.
  • Comments: Really cute and romantic, with an excellently written Sarah.

Invited by astolat

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Three times Sarah invites Jareth in.

Pale Jewel by icarus_chained

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: He still finds her beautiful, as aged and frail and grey as she is. His Sarah. She's still as beautiful and cruel as she ever was.

wild peaches by notbecauseofvictories

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: The morning after Sarah Williams defeats the Goblin King, she gets up and makes toast.

A Guide to Accidental Matchmaking by E. Salvatore

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: Step 1: Hit on a pretty, single girl. Go crazy over the fact that she turned you, A Perfect Guy, down. Step 2: Find out she's being courted by an actual king. Feel better about her turning you down. Step 3: GET THESE TWO IDIOTS TOGETHER.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

One Hundred Lives by AgentMalkere

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jareth/Sarah
  • Synopsis: In a hundred lives, she has wished the child away. In a hundred lives, she has run the Labyrinth. And in a hundred lives, he has been everything she has expected him to be – everything she has needed him to be. Jareth is so tired of living up to her expectations.

    Crossovers 

Knew you at all by ilyena-sylph & Katarik

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Young Wizards
  • Synopsis: Sarah Williams wants to be a wizard.

Underside by Pika-la-Cynique

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Neverwhere
  • Synopsis: The marquis de Carabas takes a shine to a girl on the London Underground, which results in his picking a somewhat uncharacteristic course of action, and making a bargain in dark tunnels.

Glitter and Hurt Feelings by norgbelulah

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Dresden Files
  • Synopsis: Four times Sarah Williams gave me (Harry Dresden, wizard) more than I bargained for and one time I returned the favor.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

En Fuego by dmacabre

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Dresden Files
  • Synopsis: Broke and desperate for work, Chicago's only professional wizard is hot on the trail of a stolen relic from the Oriental Institute when he unexpectedly lands not one, but two additional cases. Turns out that nothing livens up a slow work week like a little demon trouble, a pair of star-crossed royal lovers, and a bored faerie kingdom who wants her king and queen back at all costs.
  • Notes: Has a sequel, Fairytale of Chicago.

Gifts, Stolen and Received by Nagia

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Dresden Files
  • Synopsis: "It's my step-daughter," she said, eyes wet with tears and hands trembling with fear. I heard a rush of air as if a thousand fairy tales had been turned upside down at once.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

That We've Broken Their Statues by Nagia

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Sarah Williams stumbles into the Leaky Cauldron. She stumbles back out again with a Gringotts account she didn't start, a part time job at Hogwarts, and an awkward truce with the Goblin King.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

Say Your Right Words by Crunchysunrises

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Incredible Hulk
  • Synopsis: After the Labyrinth (and there is only ever one), Sarah tries on names like she tries on wardrobes. There is Annie, Ravena, and eventually Betty. Bruce Banner is oblivious to the very real danger that he is in.

The Results of Things Overheard in a Schoolyard by BottleofInk

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Harry makes a wish and someone saves him.

My Kingdom Is As Great by TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Toby Williams is a wizard. With that revelation, Sarah is plunged back into the world of magic.

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    Fan Webcomics 

Roommates by AsheRhyder (link)

Girls Next Door by Pika-la-Cynique (link)

  • Recommended by: Wellinever
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Mega Crossover. In a small flat somewhere on the outskirts of metafiction Sarah has moved in with soprano and professional Prima Donna, Christine Daae after her old roommate couldn't handle the constant attention Sarah received from a certain sparkly stalker. Bizarrely enough Christine can relate. And more bizarrely still said stalkers are renting the flat directly below them.
  • Notes: A Recursive Fanfiction of Roommates.

Down the Street by HeroesDaughter (link)

  • Recommended by: Malitia
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: In the strange university town where Roommates and Girls Next Door takes place down the street some new arrivals share a room... namely Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein. Who aren't above interfering with the already establised cast's life. Like Drakula routinely messing with Jareth's plans and Sarah.
  • Notes: A Recursive Fanfiction of GirlsNextDoor.


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