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  • Recommended by Timjames 98
  • Comments: Forfuturereference has a thoughtful and uniquely crafted writing style. The amount of description he puts into the tiniest detail really makes his stories come alive (it should not come as a surprise that he does his research). This is matched by the amount of effort he puts into filling in the blanks left by the Canon. This is combined with the thrilling plots of his stories. All in all, time reading his stories is time well spent.


  • Recommended by Clandestine Clear
  • Pairing(s): Various
  • Comments: Electrumqueen captures the desperate, somber atmosphere of the Hunger Games perfectly. Her writing is very poetic, very poignant, and very beautiful.
    • Seconded by Analiza. All her work is very good (though some is a little too shipping-focused for my taste). I'd like to add a specific recommendation for "The Panem Victors Breakfast Club." One of the best stories detailing the relationship between the Victors (and there are plenty of good ones out there), this story moves between darkly funny and just dark, with a surprisingly poignant (and incredibly sweet in its way) ending.


  • Recommended by Analiza
  • Comments: A very good writer who manages to get inside the head of every single character she writes. "No One Left" and "Fearful to Fearsome", both focused on Johanna Mason, are two of the best fanfics this Troper has ever read.


  • Recommended by Empress Sanaki
  • Comments: Zulera is an author that has written an ongoing extensive collection of character-centric Hunger Games stories that do a great job at developing characters (OC or otherwise) and realistically portraying mental issues that victors suffer from, such as PTSD or depression. All of their Hunger Games stories are connected and based off of a slight AU, and there's even a complete series of oneshots that summarize how each victor won their respective games.

The entries for the Pearl Awards

  • Recommended by Clandestine Clear
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  • Comments: The Pearl Awards is fanfiction and fanart competition where entries have to be nominated to get in, so most of the fics submitted are well-written and worthy of recs. In addition, there are different categories for fics e.g. Best One-Shot, Best Comedy, Best Author etc.


  • Recommended by Obiwanlivesforever
  • Comments: Gethsemane covers a wide range of characters and topics, bringing life and personality to some of the most minor tributes in the series. She has created a vast web of interlocking original characters and plots referenced throughout her stories, maintaining the authenticity of her fanon universe. In my opinion, "Sponsors," "Game Over," and "The Person He Never Was," are her finest work.


  • Recommended by Analiza
  • Comments: This author specializes in dark, character-focused Door Stoppers, often AU. Most of her writing is focused on Haymitch, fleshing out his character in interesting and often surprising ways. "Nowhere to Stand and Now Nowhere to Hide" is my personal favorite.


  • Recommended by Westbrook
  • Comments: lorata's particular area of interest is in exploring of District Two, setting up a background and a culture that seems highly plausible, especially relating to the Careers, Volunteers, Center and mentoring. "Fixed to a Star" (complete) is an exploration of a Career's character, while "Embrace the Fire: The Avenger Games" (complete) is a superb crossover between the Hunger Games and the Avengers that effortlessly blends the aspects of both 'verses.


  • Recommended by megafanboi
  • Comments: Celtic is an incredibly nice and outgoing writer for the Hunger Games on Fanfiction. She promotes a safe space for all who contribute for her SYOC series and is active on her forum of her own creation. The characters she chooses to write are all fleshed out to an amazing extent.


  • Recommended by Lyra_Dhani
  • Comments: This author mostly write Peeta/Katniss

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.

Much More Important Things by elithewho

  • Recommended by: Clandestine Clear
  • Status: Complete
  • Characters/pairing(s): OC, mentions of Katniss and Peeta
  • Summary: Starlight should be doing her homework, but she really has much more important things to do with her time.
  • Comments: This fic is told from the POV of a teenage Capitol child watching the first games with Katniss and Peeta Games, and manages to be fantastically creepy and ridiculous at the same time, conveying the true Crapsack World nature of Panem very well under Starlight's superficial, saccharine monologue.
  • Trigger warning for brief mention of animal death

Volts by Heart the Squid

  • Recommended by Analiza
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A story from Beetee's point of view, starting with the day his name is drawn for the Games, going through his years as a mentor, the Quarter Quell, and the rebellion.
  • Comments: This fic stays close to the style of the original trilogy with an interesting portrayal of its narrator, Beetee. It does an excellent job of making its characters and setting seem both true to canon and very original. The friendship between Beetee and Wiress and the portrayal of victors such as Seeder are particularly good.
    • Dead link. If anyone else finds a copy of this story, please put it here.

Twenty-Four Victors, Twenty-Four Tributes: Meet Your Quarter Quell Contestants

  • Recommended by Analiza
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: Twenty-four short (ranging from a sentence to about a page) pieces of writing about each of the twenty-four victors in the 75th Hunger Games.
  • Comments: This is a perfect snapshot of the lives, thoughts and histories of the victors we see in Catching Fire. Each piece reads like a poem; the narration style is understated, yet dark, lyrical, and intensely personal for each character. Be warned: some parts, particularly the ones devoted to Cashmere, Quoila, Heliquo and Johanna are quite disturbing and/or contain adult themes.

Just Another Piece in the Games by Winter Echoes

  • Recommended by: Discovery
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: So many tributes died in the Hunger Games, and although we never gave a second thought to most, they all have a story. One-shot about a certain tribute's last day in the arena that proves that things, and people, aren't always the way they seem.
  • Comments: This was a really interesting and well written fan fic; I've never read any fics written from this character's point of view before. It's only a one-shot, but it's still very sastifying. While I was reading this I got out the book and read the scene as it's written from Katniss' point of view, and the two parallel and intertwine very nicely. You won't regret taking the time to read this.

The Beauty of Freedom and its sequels, The Illusion of Freedom and The Dream of Freedom by Caisha 702. (Rated T for violence and forced prostitution.)

  • Recommended by: Obiwanlivesforever
  • Status: Entire trilogy complete
  • Summary: History will remember me as the first to be chosen for the Victor's Quarter Quell. It will forget that my story has a beginning as well as an end, but a beginning it has and this is it. This is the 66th Hunger Games. This is my story.
  • Comments: Caisha writes with masterful depth and maturity, transforming the minor villains Cashmere and Gloss into engaging, sympathetic protagonists. This Fan Fiction blurs the lines between typical views of 'good' and 'evil' in the Hunger Games world and has actually had me rooting for Careers over the other tributes at certain points! Packed with intense character development, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the world of Panem, and a stunning cast of original characters, the Freedom Trilogy is a must-read for all Hunger Games fans.

The Flaw in the Plan by PK9

  • Recommended by: Obiwanlivesforever, The Anguished One
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Before the berries, the rule change, even Rue's flowers, he did something that no one had ever imagined in 73 years of Hunger Games, and so became a contender, until Katniss Everdeen ruined everything. The untold story of Landmine Boy from District 3.
  • Comments: Truly one of the best FanFictions I have ever read, The Flaw in the Plan takes a character with several sentences of screen time - the district 3 boy in Katniss' games - and turns him into an engaging, likeable, and sympathetic protagonist. It turned a faceless extra into a personal favorite character, something which takes true talent. I just cannot describe how unbelievably awesome this story is. Read it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. However, as can be expected, it has a very sad ending.

Peeta Mellark's Five Favorite Things to Bake by aimmyarrowshigh

  • Recommended by: cedarleaf
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Peeta keeps his memories and the people he loves alive in the things he bakes.
  • Comments: Sweet, clever, sad, and hopeful. All in one.
  • Seconded, with the recommendation that you read it on the author's Livejournal, where there's recipes.

Unintended by Caisha 702

  • Recommended by: Obiwanlivesforever
  • Status: Complete
  • Rating: T
  • Summary: If someone told me before the war I'd end up where I am now, I'd have said they were mad. I never expected to be more than just another District 8 factory worker. But then I became a rebel who became a president and everything changed **Paylor's story**
  • Comments: This story has just begun, but it already contains the maturity, darkness and detail that have become staples of a Caisha epic. As usual, the protagonist - Commander Paylor - is a minor character whom the author has already breathed life and spirit into. The focus on District 8 introduces the reader to an oft-ignored district, a wealth of interesting OCs, and a battle that went almost unnoticed in the face of Katniss' struggles. If anyone wants to read how the rebellion truly began, take a look at the life of an overlooked but crucial character, or just immerse themselves in the excitement, tragedy and hope of Panem's struggle for freedom, I'd definitely recommend checking this out.

Career: A Hunger Games story by Technomad

  • Recommended by Eoppen
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: This is the POV of a Career Tribute, from an unspecified district, in the Seventieth Hunger Games.
  • Comments: The Careers themselves have a very different perspective on the Hunger Games...and, at seventh and last, as little choice about what they do as Katniss did. This particular Career has a lot in common with Katniss...

The Judas Goat by Technomad

  • Recommended by Eoppen
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: What goes on in Effie Trinket's head? How does she live with herself and what she does? Haymitch Abernathy wonders the same thing...and finds out, when Effie lowers her mask and shows him what's underneath.
  • Comments Technomad likes showing us the world of Panem from different points of view than we're accustomed to. In this one, he seems to have asked what motivated Effie Trinket.

Panem by gethsemane342

  • Recommended by Nothingtoseehere
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A collection of oneshots about pretty much every character in the books. From Plutarch to Gloss, each gets a glimpse through their eyes.

Some Semblance of Meaning by Volcanic Lily

  • Recommended by anonymousangel
  • Status: Dormant
  • Rating: T (for violence)
  • Summary: "Everyone remembers the tale of Katniss Everdeen. But few recall the story of another sixteen-year-old from Twelve, thrust into the apathetic world of the Games. She wasn't bold or strong; she was hardly even remarkable. All that Vale Whitaker ever wanted was to give her inevitable death some kind of meaning, more than just another pointless brutality in the 44th Hunger Games." Vale is a rather timid girl who is chosen as the female tribute from District Twelve thirty years before Katniss Everdeen’s Games. The story follows Vale, as well as her district partner, a small twelve-year-old boy named Kit, as they are prepared for the Games and eventually go into the arena. There, she struggles, not only to survive, but also to protect young Kit and preserve her own humanity. As trial after trial arises to put her strength of body and heart to the test, Vale discovers that she is not as powerless as she believes—and learns that there is much meaning to be found in risking everything for the people she loves.
  • Comments: Vale’s story is quite compelling; she is a very relatable protagonist, and the way she grows as the story progresses—from an uncertain, frightened girl who is caught up in a situation beyond her control, into a heroine capable of bravery and strength when it comes to protecting her loved ones—is portrayed believably. The story is very emotional; it contains touches of drama, adventure, angst, humor, friendship, romance, tragedy, and more, with some surprising twists, and the author’s writing style is very descriptive. My favorite part would have to be the characters: other than Vale herself, we have Kit, her district partner, who is innocent, sardonic, and grim all at once; Lavinia Gilden, the pair’s escort and mentor, who comes to care a lot for the children and is much deeper than her bubbly persona might indicate; Fen, an initially cold but caring and courageous archer who is more reminiscent of Katniss than Vale is; Obsidian Citrine (“the boy with the ridiculous name”), a puckish, intuitive tribute from District One, who describes himself as “not the ideal Career” and proves himself to be a formidable contender in the Games—as well as much more human than Vale would like to believe he could be; and many more vividly portrayed characters. The conclusion is shaping up to be rather depressing, but even so, this story is definitely worth a look. (It also has a trope page here.)

Life Through Sea Green Eyes by grand admiral chelli

  • Recommended by: Quantum Reality, Emerald Sky
  • Status: Complete
  • Characters/pairing(s): Finnick Odair plus some other District 4 mentors
  • Summary: The story of Finnick Odair's life, starting at the 65th Hunger Games and working its way up to and through the Hunger Games trilogy. Now complete!
  • Comments: This fic is told from the POV of Finnick Odair, the victor of the 65th Hunger Games. This story takes us from his Reaping Day right through to his death in the Capitol. While the chapters are generally on the short side, grand admiral chelli's engaging writing style still brings you into Finnick's story and keeps holding you right to the end. Also has a trope page here.

Path of Torn Bodies by The Mab Queen

  • Recommended by: Unnamed, The Anguished One
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Caesar Flickerman once loved his job. Now, it just gets harder every year.
  • Tags: Angst, death, and portrayal of abuse against a mentally challenged person.

The Narrow Path by FernWithy

  • Recommended by: An anonymous treehugger
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Haymitch-POV of Mockingjay and the events of the rebellion. An interesting perspective, particularly on Peeta and Coin. We see a lot more of the dark side of District 13, things that Katniss obviously wouldn't see. Slightly AU towards the end, but closely follows the events of the books. Final part of Narrow Path series, although can be read alone.

The End of the World by FernWithy

  • Recommended by: melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The beginning of the Narrow Path series (or the End of the World series, depending on where you look). Follows Haymitch, as a sixteen year-old seam kid, preparing for the upcoming Quell, then as a tribute for it, from a district with no living victors to draw inspiration from. It can be read alone, or as the beginning of the series.

The Last Tribute by FernWithy''

  • Recommended by: melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The turning point of the Narrow Path series. This tells the events of the first book from Haymitch's perspective. Already full of hopes about turning public sentiment against the games, drunken Chessmaster Haymitch is both inspired, and emotionally devastated by the promise of Katniss and Peeta to do just that his he leads them into the arena, navigating fickle sponsors, government spies, resistant rebel factions and his complicated relationship with Effie in an effort to set Snow's downfall into motion. Obviously, there's room for an expanded perspective, given how Haymitch can see more of the Games than Katniss does. It also focuses on a side of his relationship with Peeta never shown in the original books. It can be read on its own, or as part of the series.

The Golden Mean Fernwithy

  • Recommended by: melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Another of the Narrow Path series, this one covering the events of Catching Fire. Through Haymitch's perspective, the prelude to open rebellion is shown, as is the emotional devastation of the 3rd Quarter Quell. He gets plenty of opportunity to observe fellow victors both inside and outside of the arena at their best, and at the worst, while also getting to stand back and see the emotional agony that the 3rd Quarter Quell is putting the Capitol through. It can be read on its own but fits better within the entire series.

The Hanging Tree by 'FernWithy''

  • Recommended By: melinda
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: This installment of the Narrow Path series follows Haymitch as a fresh victor and mentor. It shows his descent into both the Rebellion and alcoholism. His first decade of lost tributes are followed, both the ones who had a chance, and the ones who were doomed, although the bulk of the story follows his first year as a mentor. His relationships with the parents of Katniss and Peeta, as well as other canon District 12 characters, receive a fair amount of attention. The story can be read alone or as part of the Narrow Path series.

These Are The Names FernWithy

  • Recommended by: melinda
  • Status: Complete.
  • The only lengthy Narrow Path installment not narrated by Haymitch, this one follows Effie Trinket, through fifteen years as the escort for District 12. Coming on the heels of a sadistic, hated Escort who put Haymitch and his tributes through emotional torture, Effie comes across as a Lighter Shade Of Black to them. The story follows her wrestling with complicated feelings about both Haymitch and her job, while giving attention to the various victors over that time period (and how much they have to do with her and Haymitch's tributes), with some getting multiple chapters, and others just a few sentences.

A Fox's View by Caisha702

  • Recommended by: mkmckoy
  • Status: Complete (13 Chapters)
  • Synopsis: The 74th Hunger Games from Foxface’s perspective. Gives the background of her character, life in District 5, her reaping, reaction to and training in the Capitol, and experience in the Hunger Games.
  • Comments: I view Foxface as the Boba Fett of the Hunger Games universe: as peripheral character whose slyness and subtle charisma captures the imagination. Caisha, who has proven to be an outstanding HG fan fic author, does Foxface (here named Lysandra) justice in this excellent POV story. This story also provides greater insight into the Careers, Thresh, and the crippled boy from District 10. As one character solemnly notes in the final chapter, Foxface could easily have been “the girl on fire.”

The Mary-Sue Games: SYOT by Emberwind 8

  • Recommended by: Pixargirl
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: It's the 100th Hunger Games, and President Snow has a big surprise: The Quell will be that only the most perfect, beautiful, charming, and heart-breaking girls from each District will be eligible to be Reaped, AKA the Mary-Sues. Who will turn out to be the most perfect of them all? Maybe it will be your tribute...

The Victors Project by Oisin 55

  • Recommended by: Charles The Bold
  • Status: Complete (77 chapters), and now has a trope page.
  • Summary: One chapter is devoted to each official Victor, which adds up to a comprehensive history of Panem from the first Games to the reform government under Paylor.
  • Comments: Oisin 55 puts a lot of variety within this formula: varying the focus (Game description, pre-Game, post-Game, essay, even statistics), the mood ( farcical, black-comic, heartwarming, horrific), the setting (we learn about each District in Panem). He ties up loose ends from the movies and books, identifying the murdered old man of District 11 or the training film that Katniss was watching on the train. The last chapter, devoted to Katniss, is an amazingly good imitation of Collins' style. Note that it expects the reader to be familiar with the original books.

Little Birds by whimsicality

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Katniss is nineteen when Prim is reaped for the 74th Hunger Games.

Checkmate by Anla'shok

  • Recommended by: Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An epic styled multiple generational story covering essentially the entirety of the Hunger Games and the years that follow from the POV of Mags, and those closest to her. It shows Mags as a tribute, a mentor, and the Big Good of the Rebellion while covering her relationships with the other victors (just about every one of whom receives at leas brief prominence), and various machinations within the Capitol. It is generally a grim, serious work, but with a fair amount of Shipping, and some Lighter and Softer chapters.

Champion by kiiliflower.

  • Recommended by: Melinda
  • Status: Ongoing.
  • Synopsis: Explicitly described as Kiliflower's replication of the Victors Project, featuring their own head-cannon about Panem and its power plays, as well as the trials and triumphs of the victors inside and outside of the arena. The story (so far) gives a deeper, more philosophical angle to the lives of the victors. The story is interesting due to the author having written over 2/3rds of a similar story, then deleted it due to feeling it wasn't good enough (it was well-read and appreciate, but perhaps less deep) then starting over from scratch, with a largely new cast of victors.

Slaughterhouse (Seven) Five by quothme

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Our next move," Peeta says, "is to kill me." 7 things that should have happened at the end.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Not About Heroes by Emily Rose 34 (rated T for sex, violence and forced prostitution)

  • Recommended by: Madame Butterfly
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Finnick Odair/Annie Cresta
  • Summary: Finnick will do anything to get out of mentoring at this year’s Hunger Games. He knows the things he’ll be forced to do when he arrives in the Capitol. But when his godmother’s only daughter, Annie, is chosen as District 4’s tribute, Finnick has no choice but to try his best to bring her home. But although Finnick is a national hero in Panem, as a mentor he’s never got a tribute through the Games alive. As Annie and Finnick navigate demanding sponsors, ruthless Gamemakers and deadly tributes, how much will they both have to sacrifice to keep Annie alive? And will their growing feelings for each other put them in even more danger?
  • Comments: This is an absolutely gorgeous fic! It perfectly captures Finnick and Annie's growing relationship against the backdrop of Annie's games. The characters have so much depth and the romance is absolutely swoon-worthy with ALL the angsty slow-burn feels.

Scylla and Charybdis by Mithrigil and Puella_Nerdii (rated R for sex, drug use, violence, and forced prostitution)

  • Recommended by: Clandestine Clear
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Finnick/Annie
  • Summary: Finnick decides that, come hell or high water, he is bringing his tribute home from the seventieth Hunger Games. That tribute is Annie Cresta. But Finnick never thought that he would have to choose between bringing her home and keeping her safe, and he wants both. How Annie Cresta crept up on Finnick Odair.
  • Comments: This fic is amazing—everyone's voices are so clear and so flawlessly characterized, from Finnick to Johanna to Snow and the writing is absolutely wonderful, whether if it's about the desperation and violence in Annie's Games or the relaxed, easygoing atmosphere of Finnick and Annie's families in District 4. The plot and atmosphere of this fic fits in perfectly with Collins' universe, especially on how the worst part about the Games isn't winning it, but living through the aftermath, and the ending just seems to expertly tie the entire story together. Incidentally, all the chapters can be found linked here.

Five Words Peeta Only Says at Night by aimmyarrowshigh

  • Recommended by: cedarleaf
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta
  • Summary: She had never been a very talkative girl, but she found ways to share her thoughts with Peeta when it counted (and to Peeta, her thoughts always counted for quite a lot). She was a hard girl, on first blush, but she was always soft and gentle with Peeta – ever since the cave. She likes the way his fingertips always smell of vanilla and sugar and he knows that, although she'd never admit it. A girl like Katniss – always covered in forest dirt and calluses – was not supposed to want a man who smelled of vanilla and sugar. But Katniss had chosen him over the man who smelled of leather and pine. And Peeta never took that for granted.
  • Comments: Short, sweet, but deep when where it counts.

Stars And The Moon by LetTheSunshineIn

  • Recommended by: newyorkcityblackout
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Finnick/Annie
  • Summary: "I'd like to go there... someday." Annie loves the sky, and Finnick can tell her almost as much about it as he can the sea. Also known as total Fannie fluff.
  • Comments: A simple Finnick/Annie drabble set a year after her Games. Worth giving it a read.

Oh, Fury Loves Company by prettyworthless

  • Warnings: Rated M for language and violence.
  • Pairings: Clove/Cato
  • Recommended by: jewelia13
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: "He can see himself breaking her bones and stroking the rushes of her blood as they dissipate and it consumes him, the all-encompassing desire of having her on his hands. Finally, finally, this is our moment of glory."
  • Comments: A creepy, fascinating and gorgeously written piece set before and during the Games, focusing on the relationship between Cato and Clove - he was supposed to be the one to kill her, she was only his to kill...
  • Favourite line - "Cato watches the boy declare his love to the girl on fire and thinks, "Oh, let's play with fire, but you're just matches." "

Echo and Narcissus by Rhythm and Blues

  • Pairings: Finnick/Johanna centric (slightly one-sided), Finnick/Annie
  • Recommended by: knightinshiningdots
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: "This time it's me who searches the sky for the stars. Because I want to make a wish. But there are no such things as stars in the Capitol, and there's no such thing as wishes coming true in Panem." She can't tell him; he's too distracted to even notice.
  • Comments: One of those few stories that manages to be both beautiful and heart-wrenching. Johanna's characterization and interactions are believable and well thought-out.

Forever Until by Lieselmemingers

  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta
  • Recommended by: Evighet
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When Peeta is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Katniss must learn to let go.
  • Comments: Probably the best Hunger Games story I've read. Not necessarily a shipper fic per se, it deals with the bonds between spouses and the grief of seeing your loved one die rather than focusing on romance. It does it really well and paints a sad but believable picture of terminal cancer and how it affects the person who will have to stay behind when the sick one dies.

Perspectives by MalTease

  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta
  • Recommended by: Demon Damian
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: A story mostly about Katniss and Peeta's relationship from the point of view of many side characters, pre Hunger Games to post Mockingjay.
  • Comments: A story that shows Katniss and Peeta's relationship from many an outsider's pont of view, but while the pairing is the central theme of the fanfic, the characters' chapters don't always revolve around them. It does take a few liberties with some characters (Prim and Peeta's older brothers, to name some), but manages to stay in canon and be really sweet and heartfelt. Be ready for a few tearjerkers, though.

When the Moon Fell in Love with the Sun by Mejhiren

  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta
  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Dead (last updated December 2016)
  • Has its own page.
  • Summary: "It's something out of an old tale: a golden young man in a white bearskin, striking strange bargains with desperate souls on the cruelest night of winter." AU fic, based on the fairy tale "East of the Sun & West of the Moon." Peeta Mellark, winner of the 74th Hunger Games, returns from his Victory Tour to make the starving Everdeens an offer they can't refuse.
  • Synopsis: In this story, Primrose Everdeen was not chosen as the District 12 female tribute, so, her sister did not volunteer to take her place. Peeta Mellark was, though, and he eventually became the Victor of the 74th Hunger Games. That winter, with the Everdeens struggling for lack of food, Peeta comes to them and makes an offer: if Katniss comes to live with him, none of them will want for anything ever. Katniss accepts, believing she will be just a servant, but as it becomes increasingly clear that Peeta only wants her to be happy, she has to confront not only the enigma Peeta Mellark has presented her with, but her own feelings for him.
  • Comments: This story is great. Fantastic. It works very well, and it shows how much the author has worked in it. Not only did she devise a completely different 74th Hunger Games to fit in with the fairy tale the story is based on, but she also manages to draw in other fairy tales into the story without it looking forced. You can also make a Drinking Game on how the many clues of Peeta's feelings for her fly over Katniss' head without her realizing the truth, but you will be dying by the end of chapter 10.

Moments of Change by Carteblanche

  • Recommended by: Fax Modem 1
  • Warnings: Rated M for violence, and some sex in later chapters.
  • Pairing: Peeta/Cato
  • Status: Complete, with complete sequel Burning Down
  • Summary: Peeta feels a change come over him and ends up volunteering for the 74th Hunger Games. He knows he will probably die, but he never expected to fall for one of the Careers or become something more than just another tribute. Based on the first book with my own twists along the way.
  • Comments: A slash fic that focuses on Peeta's perspective if he was the focus of Panem, instead of Katniss, and his love of Cato. Things mostly follow the same story, except for the changes that happen because of Peeta being gay and falling in love with Cato instead of Katniss. The original story is good, but the sequel takes the cake as it chronicles Peeta and Cato trying to survive as victors, and focuses on the scale of the revolution and the toll it takes on their relationship. It also ends with Peeta ending up with Gale instead of Cato.
  • Tags: Slash, Alternate Universe

A Dense Mask by DispatchesFromDistrict7

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Pairing: Peeta/Katniss
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When the rug is ripped out from under Katniss' Capitol life due to a horrible misunderstanding, she decides to go back home again to District 12, where she has fond memories including the boy she left behind, Peeta Mellark. An Everlark interpretation of the English fairy tale, "Cap o' Rushes."

Stories about what could have been, or what might be in the future.

Fox Games by Farla

  • Recommended by: Fool, Suspiciouscookie
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: The last two tributes may both make it home. Peeta tries one of the berries when he finds the bushes, and Katniss is left to decide.

Finding the Mockingjay by ghettos

  • Recommended by: Beautifulll
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: Katniss Everdeen didn't always live in District Four. /how she arrived there, and steps she took towards it. -— Finnick/Katniss; AU&OOC
  • Comments: I started reading this today, and I thought that it was gorgeous. While not a wholly new concept, the author has crafted an alternate universe where lines and motifs from the original series are used but incorporated in a whole new fashion, and manages to echo the original series while entrancing the reader with a completely new storyline. There are only four chapters up, but the chapter lengths are reasonably long, and while her descriptions can be kind of exhausting they're very nice to read if you have the time.

How Rue Became the Mockingjay by aimmyarrowshigh

  • Recommended by: Caellach Tiger Eye
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: She's teamed up with the little girl instead of the boy who loves her. Katniss Everdeen and the girl from Eleven are ruining their best-laid plans. So, "Caesar," they say, "Announce the change." -This is an alternate chronology for The Hunger Games.-
  • Comments: I fell in love with this one-shot right from the start. It has great characterisation, development, and character-based twists throughout (despite the ending largely being a Foregone Conclusion). The story consists of snippets that occur within this shifting tale of the game, yet despite compressing the first book they manage to capture and characterise the players very well. It was heartbreaking, also, to see how this story emphasises Rue's youth, manifesting in her naivety, and it was touching to see something we'd all have loved to see: Katniss and Peeta being in alliance with Foxface and Thresh. The last few lines, in particular, are simply heart-rending. For anyone who wanted a fic where Rue survives the 74th Games, you're looking in the right place.

Spectator by Fanfic Allergy

  • Recommended by: Fanfictionlurker 1
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: past Katniss/Gale, pre Katniss/Peta
  • Summary: Prim volunteers to take a pregnant Katniss' place in the Seventy Fourth Hunger Games. Peeta vows to make sure Prim comes home alive. Now all Katniss can do is watch and hope that the boy with the bread will keep his word and her sister makes it home. That is until the Capitol finds a way to mess everything up.
  • Comments: A long and very-well written story. The style is good. Like in the original trilogy, it's told from Katniss' POV. However, her position as a spectator allows the reader to see the actions of all the other tributes. As a consequence, some characters like Prim, the Carriers (and even very minor ones like the Boys from Districts 3 and 10) are given more screentime and characterization. There is also some world-building, expanding what was told in the books. The author spends time to explain the everyday life in the 12th District, as well as the functioning of the Capitol and the world of the Hunger Games in general. The author has also written short side-stories that expand a little the main fic. Tribute briefly expands a little on the life of each of the 24 tributes of the 74th Hunger Games, revealing sometimes some Hidden Depths on their actions in the main fic. Seeing Red narrates the birth of the alliance between Prim, Peeta, Rue and Foxface. Forgotten tells what happened to Gale after Katniss is brought to the Capitol for the interviews. Good character development for him and it also greatly expands on the functioning of District 12, as well as giving justice and a big role to Madge. All in all, a very-well written "What if?" story.
  • This series now has a Tropes page; The Parts We Play.

Zero Sum by Ember A. Keelty

  • Recommended by: Fool
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Rue survives the District 1 boy's attack. For Katniss, this turns out to be horribly inconvenient.

To the Victor, the Spoil by Annakovsky

  • Warnings: (Possibly, depending on your location) underage sex, large age-difference, attempted suicide, and references to prostitution, pedophilia, and a tiny bit of slash.
  • Recommended by: Yessiika
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: No berries, no mockingjay, no rebellion. Katniss killed Peeta in the arena, and now she has to live with herself like every other victor.
  • Comments: A couple of things about this fic: 1.) the pairing of Haymith/Katniss is truly born of crack and encompasses an enormous age difference; 2.) there is explicit sex; and 3.) it is incredibly well-written. The only true complaint this troper has with the fic is its derailment of Katniss' character right at the very end. Regardless, it really is an amazing, heartbreaking piece of work that moves within the universe of the Hunger Games like it's an extension of canon. Highly recommended.

Grow Together by Miss Scarlett 05

  • Warnings: its rated T, but there isn't too much
  • Status: Complete.
  • Summary: What happened during the Epilogue of Mockingjay? How DID Katniss and Peeta Grow back together. This is meant to be like a 4th book.

Dark Toast by aimmyarrowshigh

  • Recommended by: plumsiren
  • Warnings: Rated M. Character death, suicide, mentions of domestic abuse, hints at dub-con.
  • Status: This part is complete, though the series overall is still in progress.
  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta and others
  • Summary: How Katniss and Peeta fell in love without the Reaping: in a Panem dictated by a violent Peace instead of twisted Games, Katniss and Peeta Mellark try to piece their lives together as they watch another girl catch fire.
  • Comments: An AU in which the Capitol controls its citizens by means of choosing what they do, where they live, and who they marry, and demands every couple produce exactly three children. This could also go under shippy fics, but the AU encompasses so much more than just the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. It's so brilliantly handled, I started to get confused between this series and book canon. Note that Dark Toast is the first of three completed parts in what should be a five-part series.

The Littlest Victor, a Hunger Games Story by Technomad

  • Recommended by: Eoppen
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None as such
  • Summary: What if Katniss had managed to keep Rue alive...and they'd ended up as the last two players in the Hunger Games? Katniss faces a terrible choice...
  • Comments: Rue winning the Hunger Games is, at least, highly unexpected. This could have done with some other POVs, but the focus is tightly on Rue. It's worth noting that the quality of this fic is debatable, and to this troper it reads like the writer was inexperienced and likely quite young.

The Sticking Place by La Reine Noire

  • Recommended by: Gnatlet
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Possibly Richard and Lucrezia, in an odd way. Margaret Anjou and Harry Lancaster.
  • Summary: Nobody talks about the Fifth Annual Hunger Games. There are good reasons for this.
  • Comments: No canon Hunger Games characters — this is a fusion of Hunger Games with 15th Century Real People Fic ("real people" used loosely — most of them are more like their Shakespearean counterparts or like their legends than strictly historical). Lucrezia Borgia, the daughter of the Mayor of District 1, is called into the games. Other Reapings are also obviously rigged, to punish specific families in specific Districts — such as when Richard York is chosen from District 2 and his older brother Edward is denied the opportunity to volunteer for him. But the personalities and talents of the children Reaped make for a rather... explosive Games.

Windfall by Court81981

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: Katniss/Peeta
  • Summary: Katniss Everdeen has never been lucky. But a chance encounter with an old acquaintance and a winning lottery ticket just may change that.
  • Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen is a waitress that works at a coffeeshop, and has never been very lucky in her life. However, one day, she meets Peeta Mellark (who had gone to the same high school as her and is now a successful restaurant owner) at her workplace, and when he cannot pay for his breakfast, he promises to give her part of the lottery prize that is going to happen that night. When his numbers are the winning ones, Katniss' life changes as she deals with her newfound fortune, the loss of her job and her stalker ex-boyfriend, while Peeta deals with his failing marriage with Glimmer. When these problems begin to push them together, they realize that, perhaps, they don't have to face their problems alone.
  • Comments: the story starts a bit on a downer, but soon things begin to pick up for Katniss as she finally sees that she does not have to be alone, and also for Peeta as his loveless marriage ends and Katniss and he grow closer. Has a lot of wonderful, heartwarming moments.
  • Tags: Modern World, Implicit Sex.

Get In, Get Down, Get Gone by Baroness Kika

  • Recommended by: Milarqui
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Katniss/Peeta
  • Summary: AU: Peeta Mellark is Coriolanus Snow's deadliest assassin. But nothing can prepare him for the mark that may finally be his perfect match.
  • Synopsis: it is a Oneshot. Peeta Mellark is an assassin working for Snow, who deals with his objectives (always female) by seducing them and bringing them to a hotel room where he can kill them - always as painlessly as possible. His next objective is a dark-skinned, dark-haired woman about whom he knows nothing, he feels so attracted to her that he has sex with her, discovering that she is actually his crush, Katniss Everdeen, and also an assassin (on Alma Coin's roller) who has been ordered to kill him. The two decide to cut their losses and run away to avoid the problems derived from defaulting on their orders.
  • Comments: if you like Dark!Katniss and/or Dark!Peeta and also like to read about them having sex, you will like this story.
  • Tags: Murder, Character Death, Explicit Sex.

Spin Control by Trovia

  • Recommended by Maxwell_Edison
  • Status: Complete
  • Warnings (author's list): Forced prostitution and non-con (short but ugly), people dealing with sexual trauma, rape fantasies, self-hate, canon-typical violence, minor character death (of major canon characters), implied physical abuse of children (in the Mellark household), alcoholism and drug abuse, anorexia, and exercise addiction.
  • Pairings: Finnick/Haymitch, and background Katniss/Peeta of about the same level it was in book one.
  • Summary: When Haymitch Abernathy’s alcoholism makes the prime time news, Finnick Odair is sent to live in District Twelve to pick up the pieces. But it’s hard to save a friend if you can barely stand looking yourself in the eye. And it might become impossible once that friend decides to move hell and high water to bring two of his tributes home at once, even if it should cost him his own life.
  • Comments: Don't let the pairing scare you off. This novel-length fic is a moving look at life in a Panem where there is no rebellion, Finnick never meets Annie, and everybody has to keep on living anyway. This is in my opinion the greatest Finnick character study ever written, full of finely detailed observations about him, Haymitch, and Panem itself. It's also well-written and very readable. Even the comments are often fascinating. Do pay close attention to the warnings, however.

The Chance You Didn't Take by Ronja

  • Recommended by Karamell.
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: Starts off during the end of "Mockingjay" with Katniss beginning to realize that she's in love with Peeta. The problem is that he has not fallen back in love with her.
  • Comments: The storyline might sound thin but it's an engaging story. A love interest for Peeta is introduced fairly early and the author has said it might not have an Everlark endgame but it doesn't seem to be scaring off the shippers. This might be one of the most discussion-inducing fics around at the moment with a comment section that reads more like a message board, which adds to the reading experience. It's an enjoyable but angsty read that asks a lot of What Ifs.

The Next Will Never Come by Lovelee

  • Recommended by Karamell
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: Katniss/Gale, Katniss/Peeta
  • Summary: Katniss makes it past her last reaping and gets a job at the bakery. Gale wants them to start a relationship but Peeta begins to creep up on her.
  • Comments: A good "slow burn" story that builds up the Everlark relationship over time and offers an interesting take on the "never reaped" scenario. It's well-written and well-paced and the only big problem with it is that the title seems to be referring to the next update, since the last chapter was posted more than a year ago. However that chapter ends on a good note so you're not left hanging.

Pageant of Death by Azure_K_Mello

  • Recommended by: Star Valkyrie
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: background Peeta/Gale, hints of Katniss/Darius
  • Synopsis: Gale goes into the arena to save Peeta, his young man, from going in. Things would have been very different if Katniss and Gale were together: two kids from the Seam who know how to hunt. They play the Games and they play them well but regardless of how well they play, regardless of whether either of them survive, nothing will ever be the same for them or the country.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, Gen Fic, Guile Hero, The Strategist

May You Never Meet Her by ketren

  • Recommended by: noticemenot
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When she's too late to step in for her sister at the District 12 reaping, Katniss will stop at nothing to enter the Hunger Games and fight beside Prim, even if it means asking Haymitch for help and sneaking into the reaping of District 3. She'll have to let out a few secrets, make a few allies, and defend her sister to the death – if Prim will even allow the sacrifice.
  • Comments: An interesting take on what could have happened if Katniss had been too late to volunteer for Prim...and then found a way to follow her into the Games anyway. It features a more bitter and aggressive Katniss who puts her bond with Prim above all else, even as she struggles to manage her own plans in the face of Prim's pacifism. Foxface has a strong presence, as do Rue, Peeta, and Thresh, and the fight scenes will have you on the edge of your seat.

Showdown: No Holding Back by Anla'Shok.

  • Recommended by: Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Set in an Alternate Universe where a different President than Snow is in power during the 60’s, and tries to use the Hunger Games and the tributes to really get out to the people and enact change, even as assassins lurk in the background. The story gives as much focus as possible to each of the 24 tributes, to keep it from being obvious who will win.
  • Comments: Overall, there’s not to much novel about the ‘’premise’’, just another example of a story following 24 kids, 23 of them doomed (as well as the aftermath of the games), but there’s a real strength to the characters that added to the stories popularity. The timeline changes aren't terribly substantial, in the end: the games continue, Snow takes power and the story's ending is faithful to the original timeline from the books. Has a page under Showdown No Holding Back.

Invictus by Author Ellana San

  • Recommended by: RubiksCube
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: “So then, before I can even think about doing something stupid like trying to stab him with his fucking golden paperknife, he gives me a choice, see?" Haymitch continued, almost detached. "Either I play nice like all the other victors or he will kill my family. I could either become his puppet – greatest punishment he could give me, according to him – or I could become the example.” AU in which Haymitch's family lives. Hayffie
  • Pairing(s): Haymitch/Effie, minor Finnick/Annie, later on Peeta/Katniss
  • Comments: Well written, complete and actually believable AU where Haymitch's family survided and he has to sacrifice himself to protect them. It's a slow burner but grabs your attention from the beginning. Really good

Secret Kisses, Secret Wishes by katnissdoesnotfollowback

  • Recommended by: Lyra_Dhani
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Katniss enters the Arena of the 74th Hunger Games with her best friend and hunting partner, but she’s really not sure what to make of one of her mentors — the boy with the bread and victor of the 73rd Games.
  • Pairing(s): Peeta/Katniss

Crossover Fics
The Twelve Kingdoms by KingAlanI
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2018
  • Crossover with A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Pairings: Katniss/Peeta, Cato/Glimmer
  • Synopsis: 24 Westeros and Essos youth switch places with the 24 tributes to the 74th Hunger Games.
  • Comments: A rather short (so far) but interesting piece on how the tributes from the Hunger Games would interact with another world where honor is held in high regard, and where they are safe from being forced to kill each other, while the twenty-four teenagers that replace them (Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Sam Tarly, Daenerys Targaryen and Joffrey Baratheon among others) deal with the cultural shock of the very much different world they live now in.
  • Recommended by Milarqui.

The Aperture Games by vifetoile89

  • Recommended by Progeny Ex Machina
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Portal 2
  • Synopsis: President Snow discovers an old laboratory complex with deathtraps already in place, and deems it an ideal arena for the third Quarter Quell. Then Wheatley gets involved, Chell is awoken, GLaDOS stops playing by the rules, and a revolution begins.
  • Comments: A long, epic crossover that incorporates both fandoms equally (a rarity among crossover fic in general). The characters are spot-on, the story is well-devised, and the writing is top-notch. A sequel was planned but not written, and the final chapter is an in-depth summary of how it would have gone. The ideas are fresh; it isn't just a rewrite of the last two books with Portal characters written in. Suffice it to say this fic will keep you captivated the whole way through.

From Drama to Death by The Sarcasm Master

  • Recommended by bbb35
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Total Drama
  • Synopsis: In the twenty-third Hunger Games, the twenty-four contestants from Total Drama are reaped from their districts, transported to the Capitol, and forced to fight to the death in an Arena overseen by Head Gamemaker Chris Mc Lean. Who will be the sole victor out of twenty-four beloved characters? And is there something else going on behind the scenes in the Capitol?

The Tree of Liberty by James Doyle

  • Recommended by: Marcus S Lazarus
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Stargate Universe
  • Synopsis: The seeds of rebellion already sown in Panem, Katniss and Peeta may hold the key to finding help from the remnant of a long-dead civilization.
  • Comments: Based on the idea that the apocalypse that created Panem was the result of Earth being attacked by the Lucian Alliance, Katniss and Peeta are 'abducted' during their Victory Tour by a group of people who have kept hold of the communication stones ever since the destruction of the original SGC. With Destiny having been left drifting for centuries due to a power problem, they are thus able to make contact with the original crew just as they come out of stasis, leading to Katniss joining a team that escapes Earth through the retrieved Stargate to find answers as to what happened in the last few centuries, culminating in humanity recovering the long-hidden Odyssey and the clan of Rya'c aiding in the liberation of Earth while Katniss joins the Destiny crew.

Impetus by Crunchysunrises

  • Recommended by: Shiki LA
  • Crossover with: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Status: Dormant; last updated 5th June 2017
  • Synopsis (Official): For one ethereal moment, Haymitch thought that his tribute might finally kill someone, maybe everyone. Then he remembered who he was dealing with. (Buffy had already decided: she was going to burn this place to the ground.)
  • Tags: Gallows humour, action/adventure, typical Hunger Games violence, gore, death.
  • Comments: Surprisingly works well with Buffy in Panem. Character development and dynamics are interesting and the alternate perspectives flesh characters out even more. Particularly well done with Haymitch. The writing style is excellent for picturing everything happening and connecting with the story as a Reader, IMHO.

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