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These are recommendations made by tropers for Stranger Things fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. After a few samples, you will be able to note the interests of the tropers recommending them, and judge whether you might be also interested in a certain 'fic.

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  • Recommended by: Troper Name
  • Synopsis: What's the story about? Give here a brief summary of the plot. It would be also useful to point out in what moment of the series the story takes place. If it's a Gen Fic but it has some romantic elements, note here the characters involved too.
  • Pairing(s): If it's a Shipping Fic, list here the pairings that feature in the fic (warn here if it's het, male slash or female slash). If it's a Gen Fic, remove this line. To tell the difference between the two, notice if the focus of the fic is on a romantic relationship or if it focuses on the other aspects of the story. In case of doubt, classify the story according to the genres it's been tagged: the Romance tag for Shipping, absence of that tag for Gen Fic.
  • Tags: If any are known. This would be things like W.A.F.F., Lemon, Dark Fic, any known Crossovers etc.
Place a copy of the reviews code, found on index page, herenote .

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General Fics
Stories which primarily focus on the normal goings on of the cast.

do you really want to hurt me by lorata

  • Recommended by: Aspie Crow, Orbiting
  • Status: Complete
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  • Synopsis: You don’t look back. Never look back. Eyes down, much better. Look at the table, look at your hands, trace the thin blue line of your veins running down from the knuckles. Eleven learns a new word to explain a very familiar feeling.
  • Comments: This was just absolutely heartbreaking. It's got Eleven's voice down completely, and much like after watching Season 1, you'll want to do nothing else but give the girl a hug and make sure she's okay.

armed with the stories you will leave by heartofwinterfell

  • Recommended by: maeinli
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mike grows up, but he doesn’t forget. [alternatively – almost three years go by and everyone moves on until they don’t. because you can stop talking about it, put it away in a drawer, but things have changed and the effects are long reaching, and you can be as young as twelve and learn the meaning of the phrase “you can never go home again” and Mike isn’t sure he wants to.]
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  • Pairings: Eleven/Mike Wheeler Jonathan Byers/Nancy Wheeler
  • Tags: Post-Canon

The Light of a Beautiful Sun by Sorrell

  • Recommended by: dearmoviegoers
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hopper runs into his ex-wife at the Indianapolis Museum of Natural History in March 1985.
  • Tags: POV Outsider, fluff
  • Comments: Very sweet and cute, and paints a good picture of the positive influence Eleven has on Hopper.

Baby, Baby by Shiolo

  • Recommended by: dearmoviegoers
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "No," said Mrs. Kurzweiler, the sex-ed teacher for the greater Hawkins-area school district, looking down her nose at Nancy over her glasses. "No, you cannot claim shared credit on the Parenting Enrichment Experience project, Miss Wheeler. I'm surprised you're even asking, given the nature of the assignment."
  • Pairings: Hints of Nancy/Steve/Jonathan
  • Tags: Fluff and humor

In A Strange Land by mrsevadnecake

  • Recommended by: wolfpunchingjedi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:
-Doom comes to Hawkins, Indiana. Population est. 30,000-

It’s cold, that’s all, and the breeze is kicking up. That’s why Steve feels the chill go up his spine like someone dropped an ice-cube down his back.“Why wouldn’t I be real, El?”

"The Aboleth got you.''

  • Pairings: Mostly Gen. Minor Nancy/Steve/Jonathan
  • Tags: Horror, Action/Adventure, Novel-Length
  • Notes: Now with it's own page.

''Stranger Things Season 2 1/2 by Platypus Comix

  • Recommended by: twilicorn
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A new visitor has arrived in Hawkins with the power to control minds. If he manages to enslave Eleven, he will become unstoppable!
  • Tags: Comic, Fluff, Humor, Adventure

Broken by Manni26

  • Recommended by: dmcreif
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The gang just gets out of the hospital, watches the Mind Flayer seep down into a filthy drain, and notice one of the strongest people they know might be a little broken. An AU of the hospital attack where Jonathan was concussed and more injured after helping Nancy fight off the flayed Post staffers.

Do Not Leave Quietly by stayicy

  • Reccommended by: dmcreif
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Nancy knows there was a time when she could’ve completed all of this, easily. It wouldn’t have even been an issue. But now, she feels like she’s struggling to stay afloat, and no matter how hard she treads, the waters will be too much and engulf her completely. She supposes, to go along with the metaphor, an option is to ask for help, which she could do if the local lifeguard hadn’t tried to hook up with her mother. Or: Nancy and (a hopefully uneventful) senior year. Alternatively: Why can’t lab experiments and alien monsters just stay away for once?
  • Comments: A wonderful character fic exploring Nancy Wheeler as she deals with the fallout of season 3

What is Wrong with Our Kids? by creeper425

  • Recommended by: dmcreif
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After season 3, the trauma of the past few years catches up with the kids. Worried about their kids, the parents begin digging deep to find the source of their children's suffering and find more than they bargained for.
  • Comments: AKA, where the parents of the Hawkins youths who've been involved in the supernatural events of the past two years find out the truth.

Crossover Fics
Stories which crossover with other characters or works.

El from Stranger Things Grew Up to be Elle Woods in Legally Blonde by Kaitlyn Plyley

  • Recommended by: Sparky Young Upstart
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Legally Blonde
  • Synopsis: Exactly What It Says on the Tin - a theory about how everything El went through as a child allowed her to become the protagonist of Legally Blonde.
  • Comments: A very interesting analysis of both characters, and how elements of one can reflect the other.

Deeper, Darker bySilverMoonPhantom

  • Recommended by:Ghost Hax Stomp
  • Status: Dormant; last updated December 2018
  • Crossover with: Danny Phantom
  • Synopsis: Run, Hide, there's nothing else to do with a monster on your trail. Unless... you're not alone?
  • Tags: Sci-Fi/Horror
  • Comments: A very interesting AU/Fusion fic, where Danny is in the Upside Down to meet Will when he first arrives.

The Nephew by JustSomeRandomWriter

  • Recommended by: dmcreif
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Jim Hopper has already taken in one child in his cabin—but when another shows up, he has no choice but to take another. Axel Johnson, Hopper's nephew, is forced to move in with him after Jim's sister loses custody of the boy. With Eleven growing more into a teenager and experiencing her relationship with Mike, Hopper is barely fit for TWO teenagers. Axel, though, has other intentions than staying cooped up in the cabin with the strange girl and his asshole of an uncle. The tough city kid has his eyes on one girl, and he won't stop pursuing her, even as the town around him goes into chaos.
  • Pairings: Eleven / Mike Wheeler, Joyce Byers / Jim Hopper, Jonathan Byers / Nancy Wheeler, Max Mayfield / Original Male Characters
  • Comments: A fic that has a lot of nice melodrama and an OC who feels like a character I can envision being incorporated into the Hawkins setting.
Shipping Fics
Stories whose primary focus is on romantic or sexual relationships between the cast.

I'll find your lips in the streetlights by stoprobbersfic

  • Recommended by: dmcreif
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jonathan Byers / Nancy Wheeler
  • Synopsis: The note came in the mail six weeks after the battle at Starcourt, three weeks after he found out they were moving. It was addressed to him, and contained nothing but the instructions to find the spare keys and a single sentence: “Just in case.” Jonathan’s not sure if this is what Murray had in mind, but he’s damn grateful for it.
  • Comments: Such a beautiful Jancy one-shot showing how Jonathan and Nancy attempt to make a long-distance relationship work post-season 3.

Time's just holding me down (I'll tear up this town) by jormaperalta

  • Recommended by: andrewps
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Snow Ball is this weekend, and the Demogorgon is back. Thankfully, so is Eleven.
  • Pairings: Eleven/Mike Wheeler, Joyce Byers/Jim "Chief" Hopper, Jonathan Byers/Nancy Wheeler, Steve Harrington/Nancy Wheeler
  • Tags: Angst with a happy ending

No Retreating by Jancys_Blue_Bayou

  • Recommended by: dmcreif
  • Pairing: Jonathan Byers / Nancy Wheeler
  • Synopsis: An AU of the season 1 finale where Jonathan and Nancy developed their romance much sooner than in canon.
  • Comments: This fic is basically a "what-if" scenario showing how differently Jonathan and Nancy's romance would've developed if Steve didn't have his Heel–Face Turnnote  where he abruptly stopped being a jerkass and went to the Byers house in 1x08 to apologize. Essentially, Steve doesn't interrupt Jonathan and Nancy's moment on the couch, and they fight the Demogorgon alone, and their relationship develops differently than canon. It's also inspired by the "I waited" "For like a month" exchange Nancy has with Jonathan in the motel room in 2x05, and so explores what would've happened if Nancy hadn't waited for Jonathan to make a pass at her.

Alternate Universe Fics
Stories where one or more aspects of the story or setting are completely changed.

Lab Rats by Origamidragons

  • Recommended by: dearmoviegoers
  • Status: Dormant; last updated January 2018
  • Synopsis: What if it was six children who escaped Hawkins Lab that fateful night, not one?
  • Tags: Alternate Universe, Hurt/Comfort, Season One Rewrite

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