Alternatively Titled: Ella Makes A List of Her Favorite Klaine Fics Then Cries Forever Because She Misses Her Babies
Congratulations on falling into my fandom. Well done. I support this endeavor wholeheartedly. Basically, what you’ll gather from this list is that I love longfics and I love AUs and I love overused tropes, so those three things show up most often on here. I found fics on AO3 when I could, scarvesandcoffee when I couldn’t, livejournal/ff.net as a last resort, and a couple that have been deleted except for PDF downloads are scattered in here as well. This is probably plenty to get you started, but just ask me if you need more or you’re looking for more specific tropes & stuff.
In no particular order, here is Ella’s introduction to the world of Klaine fic:
Little Numbers by iknowitainteasy - 38K - PG-13 (barely - I would consider it PG)
Blaine sends a text message to a wrong number by accident. Things progress from there.
The first fic I ever read & set the bar for everything I ever read after - also includes a playlist for your listening pleasure
Swing Sets & Sandboxes by beautifulwhatsyourhurry - 43K - PG-13
Kurt Hummel is 7 years old. He makes a new friend, little Blaine, on the playground one day. This is their story.
*chants* kid fic! kid fic! kid fic!
Jitters by whatiknew - 29K - PG-13
Blaine Anderson gets up at 5am every day to serve coffee with Santana Lopez. And that is the easiest part of his day. As he starts his sophomore year at NYU, Blaine tries to navigate his inevitable conquering of Tisch while figuring out how to talk to the beautiful boy who’s started frequenting the coffee shop. There might be dragons involved.
The story is awesome, but what really kills me in this one is the art (done by pencilpushingenthusiast, who just so happens to be my favorite fanartist of all time)
Louder than Words - it’s not super long but I don’t know the exact number - PG
A rosy cheeked stranger walks into Kurt’s bookshop one autumn evening, and the story begins.
Stay Perfect (PDF link) by naivewaltz - PG-13
Blaine is an English major, afraid to actually talk to Kurt - because he’s way too perfect to be single, anyways. Encouraged by Wes and David, he starts putting notes into Kurt’s mailbox - handwritten copies of Shakespearean sonnets and other love poems, signed only with the initials B.A. Kurt starts writing notes back to his almost anonymous admirer, unaware that B.A. and the really cute but probably straight guy in his World History class that he stares at all of the time and follows to the library on occasion… are the same person.
Roses In December by ckofshadows - 93K & counting - R
In a cozy coffee shop in a small town, a boy with beautiful blue eyes sits at the same table every day, as if he’s waiting for something, or someone. Blaine feels strangely compelled to sit down and talk with him… and discovers the unimaginable.
This is a WIP with one chapter left until completion, but it’s absolutely perfect and thus I will add it to the list even incomplete
It’s Not Babysitting by anxioussquirrel - 89K - Explicit
Kurt Hummel is 28 and has been living in New York for ten years now. He has a good job, nice apartment and two best friends anyone could wish for: Sebastian, a snarky lawyer, and Cooper, a workaholic investment specialist. What he doesn’t have is luck in relationships. But then Blaine, Cooper’s 17-year-old brother comes to NY to spend the summer. He turns out to be gorgeous and quickly develops a huge crush on Kurt…
The best thing, in my opinion, to ever come out of the GKM. Also, Sebastian and Cooper as the best friends in this story are so perfectly written it’s not even funny.
Interludes (and the rest of the Symphony Verse) by shandyall - 38K (417K total) - Teen+ up to Mature in later stories
Blaine has spent most of his life feeling like the only thing people notice about him is that he stutters. He’s working hard to overcome his (mostly self created) roadblocks when he meets Kurt in an online class the summer after his freshman year of college.
There’s nothing I don’t like about this verse at all except that I hardcore cry every time I read it. Bonus: it has the best OC ever written in my opinion - his name is Matt and he’s lowkey the love of my life.
Go Your Own Way by zavocado - 188K - Explicit
Kurt Hummel just wants to get through his Junior Year at McKinley in one piece. But when the new guy from Dalton Academy Reform School for Boys takes an alarming interest in him, he’s certain he’s going to be in for a wild ride. Badboy!Blaine, Klaine, AU
This is almost 200K of angst (fair warning - it’s pretty dark) but a definite fandom staple
20 Year Old Lover by heyblaine - it’s a whole bunch of one-shots - NC-17
AU in which 39-year-old Blaine Anderson’s life gets a lot more complicated when he meets, and additionally falls in love with, the 20 years younger intern Kurt Hummel at Vogue.com
Literary brilliance in the form of age-difference fic
The Fiddler and the Maestro by dahlstrom - 69K - Mature
Symphony AU. Kurt is the 27-year-old first violinist and concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in Portland. Blaine arrives in town to guest conduct their concert of Holst’s The Planets.
Hearts and Homes (PDF link) by beautifulwhatsyourhurry - 78K - M
A cold winter night finds Kurt stranded after some car trouble, only to bring him face to face with a sick, shivering, homeless boy beneath a bridge. That boy, of course, turns out to be Blaine.
Let me Count the Ways by luthien82 - 26K - Explicit
Kurt Hummel’s love life has been lukewarm at best in the last few years. Okay, let’s be honest here: it had been practically non existent. Why he agreed to twelve blind dates set up by his girl friends, he will never know (and always blame on too much alcohol). And it’s really rather inconvenient when, instead of falling in love with his dates, he’s getting more and more interested in the bartender…
My babies being oblivious & Blaine as a bartender…it’s perfect
Syrup and Honey by heartsmadeofbooks - 116K - M
Kurt Hummel is 25 years old when he finds himself being the owner of the bakery he had been dreaming about his whole life, just in time to sweeten up Blaine Anderson’s days.
Crema by twobirdsonesong - 47K - Mature
Kurt’s just landed a job at Vogue as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant. One of his tasks is to bring her coffee in the morning. Enter Blaine, the barista. This is the story of how they change each other’s lives.
Like half of their canon relationship revolved around a coffee shop - there’s no way there weren’t gonna be an excessive number of coffee shop AUs on this list
Life Less Ordinary by allittledizzy & savvymavvy - 140K - Explicit
Blaine’s life is privileged, fantastic, and entirely routine until he changes things up and tries out a new coffee shop, where one struggling NYADA student named Kurt Hummel happens to work.
For Better or For Worse by sotto_voice - 24K - PG to R
Kurt is an up-and-coming New York City wedding planner working on the biggest wedding of his career, and Blaine is the frontman of an unfortunately-named band from New Jersey. Booking an untested band with a distracting lead singer is either going to be the best or the worst decision that Kurt has ever made. He’s not sure which, just yet.
Two of my favorite tropes - wedding planner!kurt and band AU
Where There’s Smoke by stoney - 88K - NC-17
Fireman AU, set 7 years after graduation. Kurt is Kurt, except that he never met Blaine Anderson. Blaine grew up in Brooklyn with his mother and firefighter father. Rachel and Kurt have graduated NYADA, Kurt gained a Masters from Tisch, and now they’re in their first post-college apartment together ready to tackle their dreams. Unfortunately, Rachel never learned how to properly cook and almost sets their new house on fire. Enter Dreamy McFirepants.
Dat fireman AU tho…you knew there has to be at least one on here
An Accidental Chance by slayerkitty - 56K - R
An accidental tweet. A chance phone call. Or what happens when famous TV star Blaine Anderson accidentally tweets his phone number.
Loosely based on an incident where Grant Gustin accidentally tweeted his phone number. There’s this story and a sequel, plus a million beautiful follow-up oneshots.
Boys of Summer by whenidance - 24K - Mature
AU where Kurt and Blaine are childhood friends because each summer, their families stay in neighboring lake cabins. The summer the boys are sixteen, the Andersons don’t show, but the next year when Kurt and Blaine see each other, they’ve grown up quite a bit. They quickly discover they might be a little bit in love with one another. Good thing they have a long summer ahead of them and plenty of firsts to figure out together.
Unwanted by portraitofemmy - 27K - NC-17
Kurt’s a Dom who never wanted a sub. Blaine’s a sub who’s never been wanted. This is a story about finding the things you need in the place you least expect them.
Life is Like a Song by luthien82 - 60K - Explicit
Kurt and Blaine have been best friends since college. They would do anything for each other, which Blaine proves when Kurt confesses he has to go home for a wedding - a wedding where everyone expects him to bring his long time boyfriend. The thing is: Kurt doesn’t have one. But he has a Blaine, who is willing to help. Enter one group of crazy, well meaning friends, a week full of wedding preparations, and lots of sexual tension and you’ve got yourself a mix that’s just bound to blow up in their faces…
Fake wedding date/boyfriend - need I say more?
Bites by foxxed - 36K - M
Kurt Hummel is a Chef de Cuisine with a tongue as sharp as his knife. But when the restaurant across the street finally opens, Kurt is confronted with an old culinary school rival - the always smiling and opera-singing Italian Chef Blaine Anderson and things are about to heat up faster than the average stove.
Pivot and Slip by alilactree - 16K - Mature
Blaine is a former boxer still struggling with the demons of his past. Kurt is a yoga instructor who may be able to help Blaine with his pent up frustrations, and find the confidence to go after what he wants in the process.
The Wisdom of Wildflowers by the-water-nixie - 34K - NC-17
It’s been ten years since Kurt set foot in the halls of William McKinley High School, but the death of a friend has him headed back to Lima and spending time with his old friends. The week brings sorrow, reminiscences, love, and maybe the chance to mend the tears in old relationships.
Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust by aelora - 36K - R
After a bad break up with the love of his life, Blaine Anderson, his senior year of high school, Kurt Hummel had pretty much given up on dreams, and instead, focused on reality. Still, it’s kind of difficult to mock the dreams of the brides he plans weddings for, especially once he begins working for the one place where dreams are made - the Disney Weddings Group at Walt Disney World. It’s even more difficult to turn a blind eye to his own dreams when Blaine turns up portraying Disney’s hottest new character, the Swan Prince, and begins a ridiculous campaign of attempting to win Kurt back that includes castles, fireworks, fairy tales and a giant talking mouse. Blaine needs to break past the walls Kurt has built up over the last six years. Is that special Disney magic enough to prove to him that dreams really can come true?
Klaine fic set at Disneyworld with Disney prince Blaine and wedding planner Kurt…AKA everything I’ve ever wanted
Everyday by whatiknew - 67K - NC-17
A few days after their 2nd wedding anniversary, Kurt is in an accident and falls into a coma. Blaine struggles with the decision to let him go, and the night before they’re set to pull the plug, Kurt wakes up.
One problem: He thinks it’s 2008 and that he is 14 years old. No New Directions, no Finn and Carole, and no Blaine.
Blaine helps Kurt try to remember his old life while they consider starting a new one.
You know I’m a sucker for amnesia fics & this is truly one of the best…
Snapshots by borogroves - 142K - Mature
August 27, 2044. They say a picture paints a thousand words… and Kurt and Blaine have a whole scrapbook.
Everything I’ve ever wanted from an otp - domestic daddies Klaine whose kids are all grown up & they’re looking back on their life
Obviously, I have tons more to rec, but this should keep you afloat for now. Happy klaining!
PS if you want to continue deep down the klaine shipping hole so far that you reach the Sebklaine fandom, I have a whole bunch of recs for that as well as what’s in my tag, if that’s something you’re into.