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Recourse
  • Recommended by: The Mountain King
  • Comments: The absolute master (or mistress, rather) of "Angst With A Happy Ending". Manages to balance discussion of serious issues of internalized bigotry and depression with heartwarming fluff. She already has three fics on this page, but everything she's written is worth checking out.

    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.

All Wounds by Destiny_Smasher

  • Recommended by: starlight456
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: You need time, huh? That's hilarious, coming from you. Time doesn't heal all wounds, Maxine. You dip***. Where the hell do you think scars come from? — Post Sacrifice Arcadia Bay, Max and Chloe are a couple attempting to move on and live as normally as they can together. Plenty adorable Pricefield moments intermixed with strife and deep-seated trauma that refuses to leave them be. Incredible story and absolutely worth your time.
  • Pairings: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
  • Tags: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price, Pricefield - Relationship, Maxine Caulfield (Life is Strange), Chloe Price (Life Is Strange), Stella Hill, Victoria Chase (Life is Strange), Other Max, Angst, Female-Centric, Femslash, Female Protagonist, Female Relationships, Bisexual Female Character, Guilt, Survivor Guilt

there was another life I might have had, but I am having this one by theapplepielifestyle

  • Recommended by: Scify, Arakhor
  • Status: Complete (first in a series)
  • Synopsis: Post-Episode 5. Max has made her choice, and now she has to live with it. Something of a study on regrets and how even if a choice is the right one, it doesn't mean living with it is easy.
  • Pairings: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
  • Tags: PTSD

The Sense Of Me by trecoolio

  • Recommended by: ThornheartCat, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Max chooses to sacrifice Chloe, she finds herself determined to make this a new beginning, a timeline that won't be twisted for the worse because of her interference. Maybe this time, she might just be able to do some good. Nathan Prescott seems like the best possible - or worst - place to start.
  • Pairing(s): Maxine Caulfield/Nathan Prescott
  • Tags: Slow Build, Mental Institutions, Friendship/Love, Hurt/Comfort, Canonical Character Death, Eventual redeemed!Nathan because he got fucked over by that ending and I'll be forever mad about it

What If? The Comic by rowanred81, summerfelldraws, and koethekoethe

  • Recommended by: Bosterm
  • Status: Complete, as of August 15th, 2017.
  • Synopsis: A webcomic fan-continuation to Life is Strange, specifically to the "Sacrifice Arcadia Bay" ending.
  • Pairings: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
  • Tags: pricefield
  • Final entry on the blog was uploaded August 15th 2017, in honor of Before the Storm. - hanwen1234

Better Then by IsraelBlargh

  • Recommended by: Tsunoba, Corp Delta, Ahiijny
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Chloe has been dead for five months, and Max can no longer live with the choice she made. She's tried to go back, but her powers are gone. Or are they just dormant? Could she trigger them again with the right motivation? She can only think of one way to find out. Drama/Thriller with time-traveling mind twisters and tons of Pricefield. Inspired by KoetheKoethe and his awesome music.
  • Pairings: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
  • Tags: Time travel mind twisters, Regret and guilt, Badass Max, Spirit Animals, Oodles of gay love but no smut ya perverts

Saving Victoria Chase (again and again and again) by cinnamonsnaps

  • Recommended by: Discar
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: For one snobbish perfectionist, Victoria sure does attract a lot of everyday accidents.
  • Pairings: Maxine Caulfield/Victoria Chase
  • Tags: Time travel, no storm, Chasefield

     Alternate Universe 
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

Pawprints by thehaakun

  • Recommended by: Sean Devine
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Based off of: “I’m a newly-turned werewolf without a pack and i can’t really control myself well on full moon nights yet and you keep finding me passed out naked on your lawn” AU.
  • Pairing(s): Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
  • Tags: Werewolf!AU, pricefield

we are the wild youth by Dandybear

  • Recommended by: Sean Devine
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: adolescence is hard, you stumble and get hurt— you hurt others, especially the ones you love most. but, you learn and grow, and four years later you're a completely different person. AU Where Max stays in Arcadia Bay and William lives, but at what cost? Spans 4-ish years.
  • Pairing(s): Maxine Caulfield/Victoria Chase
  • Tags: Max Stayed in Arcadia Bay AU, Big Sprawling AU, Pricefield is Not the Main Pairing in This, Second POV, I Just Have a Lot of Feelings and Head Canons, Autistic!Max

Marbles On Glass by Denni

  • Recommended by: Akromatic
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Nathan doesn't know what he deserves—but it's not this. It's not a room full of people who aren't looking at him like he's a monster. (Or: Nathan saves Max and makes friends.) Takes place directly after episode four.
  • Pairing(s): Warren Graham/Nathan Prescott, Maxine Caulfield/Victoria Chase
  • Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Borderline Personality Disorder, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, POV Multiple, Slow Build, Mostly Gen, Found Family, Mental Health Issues, Time Travel

The Games You Play by Mogatrat/Recourse

  • Recommended by: Scify
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Chloe Price, the sorceress who was cast aside. Victoria Chase, the witch who casts no spells. Frank Bowers, the spell-seller with the pet dragon. Mark Jefferson, the monster hiding in plain sight. Rachel Amber has found all the magical curiosities of Blackwell Academy. With hopes of rising above them all, she weaves a web of love and lies. Until a single strand snaps, and everything starts to unravel.
  • Pairings: Rachel Amber/Chloe Price, Rachel Amber/Victoria Chase, Rachel Amber/Frank Bowers
  • Tags: Alternative Universe - Witches, Angst, Ambiguous Relationships, Depression, Mental Illness, Self-Harm, Body Horror
  • Comments: First story of the on-going Book and Candle series. Fantasy AU that follows the beats of the original story without feeling like a retread. The second story (A Chronic Desire) focuses on the burgeoning relationship between Victoria and Max, which begins when Max comes to the Chase estate to start her apprenticeship with Victoria's father. The third (Presumed Lost) is about Chloe's time in the Wild, where she meets a young druid named Kate. The fourth (and, apparently, final) story (Specter's Bargain) seems to be the synthesis of the plot threads from the first three, and kicks off when Chloe finally arrives at the Chase estate.

Bloom by Recourse

  • Recommended by The Mountain King
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maxwell Caulfield left Arcadia Bay, leaving a devastated best friend in the dark. Maxine Caulfield returns five years later, terrified that people will remember her, doing anything to avoid seeing Chloe again and having to explain herself; she just wants to be like any normal girl. But Rachel Amber picks her out of the crowd immediately, and seems unusually interested in getting to know Max, finding a place to fit her into her life, and Max is totally helpless before her substantial charms. Little does Max know about Rachel's ultimate plans for her...
  • Pairings: Rachel Amber/Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
  • Tags: Trans!Max, Trans Female Character, Polyamory, Bullying. Anxiety, Implied/Referenced Sexual Harassment, Implied/Referenced Sexual Assault, No Mark Jefferson, Alternative Universe - Everybody Lives/Nobody Dies, mostly happy, Panic Attacks, Recreational Drug Use, Eventual Sexual Content, Dysphoria, Slow Burn, Date Rape Drug/Roofies, Non-Consensual Drug Use, Implied/Referenced Abortion, Internalized Homophobia, Mental Illness, Depression, Threesome
  • Comments: An AU in which Max is a trans girl, Mark Jefferson does not exist, and Max's powers never manifest. First in the Perrenials series. Has a tropes page.

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

Cockroaches by Recourse

  • Recommended by: Scify
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Nathan kills Max in the bathroom, Chloe is left alone in Arcadia Bay and spiraling down fast. Victoria inserting herself into Chloe's life does her no favors. At first.
  • Pairings: Victoria Chase/Chloe Price
  • Tags: Suicidal Themes, Sacrifice Max, Unhealthy Relationship, Abuse, Substance Abuse, Angst, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Verbal Abuse, Dirty Talk, Hate Sex, Masochism, unhealthy masochism, Masturbation, Suicide Attempt, Mental Illness, Depression, Healing, Angst with a Happy Ending
  • Comments: First part of the We Shall All Be Healed series. Like most of Recourse's work, starts off very dark but gets lighter. Seriously, pay attention to the tags.

Gun, With Occasional Hella by GeneralIrritation

  • Recommended by: Red Jade
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In 2013, Chloe Price's life was saved by an old friend. In 2018, Chloe's in Arcadia Bay... and in a whole mess of trouble on both sides of the law.
  • Pairings: Max/Chloe
  • Part one of The Girls Who Broke the World . At first a reader could start to assume that this fic is a dark crime AU but it is a continuation of the game with the ending many wish was an option, one where Max tries to sacrifice herself in the bathroom instead of choosing between her and the town. The Arcadia Bay of 2018 is wonderfully dark and there is a lot of world building put into it, a lot of surprising but believable turns on where the charterers have ended up, but really the highest praise I can give this fic is that it actually made me like Nathan

One Request by Valkyriav

  • Recommended by: Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Post Sacrifice Chloe ending. After rewriting history again, Max is immediately thrust into the new present with Chloe's funeral the following morning. She has one small request for Warren before the funeral.
  • Pairing: Max/Warren

Postscript by unknown (orphaned account)

  • Recommended by: Discar
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An epilogue, takes place roughly over a year after the events of LiS.
  • Pairings: Max/Chloe

Saving Grace by buzzbuzz34

  • Recommended by: Tropers/Clatolawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After sacrificing her best friend, Chloe Price, in order to save the town of Arcadia Bay, Max Caulfield struggles to move on and accept the reality she now inhabits. Kate Marsh steps in to help her friend cope with the loss and eventually finds out that there is more to Max than she thought.
  • Pairing: Max/Kate

Seconds and Seasons by midnight neverland

  • Recommended by: Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two series of drabbles taking place during the year after Chloe's death, told from Warren and Max's perspectives respectively.
  • Pairing: Max/Warren

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    Crossover Fics 
Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

Closer Than Sisters by (Theodur)

  • Crossover with : Dragon Age
  • Recommended by: Sailor Tardis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Chloe's life is endangered, Max's magic spontaneously manifests itself, saving her best friend's life. Unfortunately, her reward is to be dragged away by the templars and locked up in the Circle of Magi for the rest of her life. Will Chloe manage to find a way to be together with the most important person in her life?
  • Pairing(s): Max/Chloe
  • Tags: If any are known. This would be things like W.A.F.F., Lemon, Dark Fic, etc.

    Dark Fiction 
Stories focused on making the series darker, and/or exploring the darker aspects of the series.

Letters From Tomorrow (tvtropes page) by Rick_Dangerous

  • Recommended by: Discar
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Max's ruthless future self sidesteps the limitations of her focus power by leaving written letters in the past. Desperate to save both Chloe and Arcadia Bay's populous, she mercilessly manipulates the past in order to save the future. This story follows a past Max, Chloe and Victoria as they struggle to enact the instructions in these letters from tomorrow. A slightly satirical AU.
  • Pairings: Maxine Caulfield/Victoria Chase/Chloe Price
  • Comments: Not so much darker than canon as it starts at the game's darkest and stays there. Future!Max seems to be from a timeline that's worse than any we've seen, and is willing to do anything to prevent it. With one major exception, every change we've seen, no matter how far back it goes, is a result of future!Max meddling.

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