Follow TV Tropes


Fanfic Recs / Stranger Things

Go To

Proof that the remaining 10% is worth taking on the Demogorgon with only a wrist rocket for here.

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.

Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found herenote . Do warn when a fanfic may head into sexualnote  or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.


Reviews of fics are encouraged, but if you choose to write one, please make it substantive, and give specific details about what you liked / disliked in the fic. If you want to give a fic a thumbs-up without writing a full review, you can add your troper handle to the Recommendations Line. Please refrain from posting "Comments" or Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page.

    Recommendations Template 
Title of the Fanfic by Author OR Fic Trope Page, by Author (Link)
  • 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 .

Authors and Websites

None Yet

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
  • Advertisement:
  • 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.]
  • Advertisement:
  • Pairings: Eleven/Mike Wheeler Jonathan Byers/Nancy Wheeler
  • Tags: Post-Canon

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

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 Landby 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.

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: Ongoing
  • 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.

Shipping Fics
Stories whose primary focus is on romantic or sexual relationships between the cast.

None Yet

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

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: