Choose 3 underrated fics from your bookmarks!
I’ve seen people do this a while ago so I decided to give it a shot, but only 3 of them??? My, my, my. How can I only pick 3 of them? So instead of only picking 3 underrated gems, I, uh, have picked 3 from my 3 main fandoms (Glee/Klaine, Carry On/Snowbaz and OMGCP/Zimbits), so here’s 9!
Wild Child by @klainedreams34 (T, ~17K)
I might be a bit biased here, because I absolutely love the movie this fic is based on and I never expected someone to Klainify it, but it’s here! Wild Child is an absolute blast to the past. I don’t think it was a wildly popular movie, which is why I was also surprised to see a fic based on it and this fic delivers. It follows the plot of the movie and the author makes it work with the glee characters. Hello Hummel, Kurt Hummel.
Chloe and Me by @legallyblained (M, ~13K)
Full disclosure: I haven’t read this since I first read it around the time it got posted. That’s because a) it fucking hurts (affectionate), but also b) my mind has unfortunately connected it with a real life tragedy and I can no longer separate them. But every time I go through my bookmarks and I pass Chloe and Me, I get a smile on my face. It’s based on the movie Marley and Me, so if you know that movie, you know you’re in for some tears! And oh how much I cried.
The Most Popular Boys in Dalton by Bridget, goddamnit I’ve forgotten your URL and you didn’t put it on your AO3 (M, ~800)
Is this cheating? This technically isn’t a glee fic, but it also is? For some OG Klainers in the room, this is a DaltonFic fic! Yes, that Dalton. CP Coulter burned down Dalton Academy before it was cool! But it’s based on the Most Popular Girls In School, and it’s hilarious. I unfortunately have a habit of reading it in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.
Icarus by @mostlymaudlin (T, ~500)
Do you ever want to feel what it’s like to get shoved to the ground and kicked in the gut? Because that is what this fic does to me (affectionate). It’s just 500+ words of pure grief. Simon died and Baz lives with it. It’s painfully beautiful and gorgeously written. @facewithoutheart also did a remix, which is another gutpunch, but I accept it!
namesakes by @tea-brigade (T, ~1,1K)
If the previous recommendation killed me, then this fic revived me! It’s a future fic and Simon and Baz tell their families the names (yes, names) of their newborn son. All the names make me cry and I just love how much this baby is going to be loved goddamnit!!
Of Remorse and Second Chances by @aristocratic-otter (G, ~9K)
A wonderful exploration of Mitali Bunce as a character! It takes place after AWTWB and Mitali finds out that Simon is Lucy’s son and she is overwhelmed with remorse of her treatment of Simon. And you can argue that she’s done nothing wrong, because she couldn’t have known, but it still feels incredibly cathartic to see Simon and Mitali have closure.
I am afraid I may have miscalculated. I tried to see ‘underrated’ as fics under 200 kudos, but it turns out that either the Check, Please! fandom is very active with fic reading (which I can believe, since it’s the only fandom that picks up on my fics on tumblr!) or that I just read super popular fics without knowing. Like, I wanted to recommend this fic that I thought was a niche feel good enemies-to-lovers, but it turns out it has over 2000 kudos! So, the three fics that I recommend here are the 3 with the least amount of kudos (all between 200 - 600, I believe).
Graduation Day by IBoatedHere on AO3 (G, ~27K)
Groundhog Day who? I don’t know her! I only know Graduation Day. This fic does what it says on the tin: Jack has to relive his graduation day and he doesn’t know why. I really liked how Jack got familiar to his day and how he used that to play around with his actions, but what I liked the most was reading how Jack was feeling about all of this. The time with the meds. The time with Shitty. The time he fucked off. Jack really did it all, huh.
i didn't know i was lonely til i saw your face by dharmainitiative on AO3 (T, ~59K, WIP)
So, this is a New Girl AU, but I’ve never even watched New Girl. Still, I am so hooked on this story and its ensemble cast. It’s a WIP and will it ever be finished. who knows? But it definitely deserves a spot on this list and I think it’s a must read, because all the characters work so well together. Also, there’s a Johnson running gag. I can always appreciate a Johnson cameo.
it's punch a homophobe day by Liji on AO3 (G, ~170)
I don’t know who still has to do this in the Snowbaz fandom, so I’ll just tag some gleeks! @quizasvivamos @thnxforknowingme @esperantoauthor @coffeegleek (god, Tumblr...) @redheadgleek @blurglesmurfklaine