So, this is my own YOI Fic-rec list, compiled from my absolute favorites I’ve been reading during the last three months.
But first, a couple of notes:
Not a lot of angst here (there is some) because I much prefer fluff (and smut), or both (as my friend likes to put it – smuff). Almost all of the stories are T and up, most are M and up.
I don’t do sad endings, y’all. The YOI story is so fucking optimistic, it deserves to be treated as such (sure, if your kink is major character death, go for it, it just won’t be on MY list).
I much prefer the novels, dammit, the longer the better, but there is a section with one-shots and short stories, I just like it less.
I ADORE healthy relationships with good communication, and except for the obvious here, most of these are.
So what do we have here?
A few Fill in the Gaps (FITG) stories, a few Time Travel (TT) stories, two major skating AUs (one of them probably one the best known fics in this fandom) and one completely different AU, One Sub/Dom story that cured me from “50 Shades” (don’t judge me), lots of fluff and domesticity, lots of communication in relationships, lots of social media shenanigans, a few crack stories and a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE ON THE ICE.
The only ships are Victuuri and Otayuri (when they’re older), as I don’t ship them with anyone else, and other ships as side notes.
Honorary mention - The Rival series – Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches/Of Bright Stars and Burning Hearts, by Reiya. Complete/WIP (Rated E)
General: Ah, boy. So much has been written about this series I don’t really have to add a lot. If you are in this fandom and read fic, you will have heard about this story long before this.
Just for the record – a “What If” AU, told first from Yuuri’s perspective (UMFB&MHA, complete) and then from Victor’s (OBS&BH, WIP), about what would have happened if one small detail was different and the result would be a rivalry between the two. One of the first fics I read and a DAMN GOOD ONE. Like I said, it’s the only one on this list with actual long lasting ANGST, but it’s also beyond sweet.
Amazing world building, wonderful characterization, handling difficult issues very well, and very good writing.
LOOOOOOONG. As in, novel length. For someone like me, that’s wonderful.
OBS&BH has a pretty regular update rate – especially regarding the fact that Reiya is a FUCKING MEDICAL STUDENT, so tons of kudos to them for keeping the updates as regular as they are.
Reiya (kazliin) is very active here, and answers asks and gives us world building and top ten lists and LIFE I tell you.
One of the best usages of Social Media snippets.
A third fic is planned, with lots of fluff and extra scenes, which is something we are looking forward to in the extreme.
Don’t skip the music connected to the story, as it is very important!
General: At age 14, Yuuri goes to train with Yakov in Russia and meets his idol, which turns out to be a real dork. The story spans years of both their lives and their relationship (with each other and other people), and it so wonderfully researched and wonderfully written.
Long, and getting longer. As far as we know, the story is supposed to be around its middle point, and as it currently has 21 chapters and 126,442 words, you do the math.
Amazing (!!!!!!) Original Characters, ones that you don’t want to let go of, and can’t really remember that are not a part of Canon.
The skating descriptions are STUNNING.
Pretty regularly updated.
Social media shenanigans – and texting – from before WhatsApp, oh, dear lord.
Additional fic (Life and Love off the Ice) always being updated with titbits and extra scenes.
General: One of my favorite FITG fics, and one of the best written. It begins after chapter 7 and goes on after the finale. Lots of really cute Victuuri, tons of healthy communication and fluff (…and smut, yeah).
Did I mention the COMMUNICATION? I don’t think I did. C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N. Yeah.
Wonderful characterization of all those involved, with extra cuteness when it comes to Yuuri’s family.
Healthy sex. Really. And it progresses in a REASONABLE PACE.
General: Well, this one is really tons of smut (a lot in the first chapter, less in the second), but it also portrays Yuuri as somewhat more experienced than you would normally see, so that’s cute. First Chapter is pre-canon, second is FITG for S01.
Yuuri and Yuri, LOLZ.
Best sex talks EVER.
Quite a lot of crack. Seriously. These people are HILARIOUS. Snap Stories. Phichit. Dear god.
General: Remember the Dom/Sub story I talked about? THIS IS IT. It’s mostly CC (with a bit before canon and divergent from a point), FITG for the sweetest relationship in the world. Some chatroom talks, a couple of Dom/Sub Scenes between Victuuri and HEALTHY COMMUNICATION.
Did I mention the communication?
YUURI IS THE DOM AND VICTOR IS THE SUB. It fits so well, my god.
The Dom/Sub scenes are handled so beautifully.
Nice and long (you see a pattern here, don’t you?)
General: The best Otayuri fic I found, where Yuri goes to stay with Otabek for the summer in Almaty. Pretty slow burn, but seriously good read. Some angst (though I’d call it a tear jerker), but worth it.
Absolutely STUNNING writing and descriptions.
Almaty in summer is described so life-like it’s as if you’re there.
Both Yuri and Otabek are so well written and their interactions are funny and sweet. And real.
Second fic in the series (Line and Verse) has extra scenes before and after and is just as well written.
General: WW2/Cold war AU, where both Yuuri and Victor are spies. I’m not big on AUs that aren’t skating, but this one is… Just fucking beautiful. Some angst and it can be a tear-jerker, but it’s really, REALLY worth it.
One of the best written stories I found, including characterization, plot development, pace, descriptions and emotion.
Nice and long.
Yuuri is not a timid little thing! Yey!
THEY JUST LOVE EACH OTHER ABOVE ALL ELSE, MY GOD.
I cried quite a lot during this, but it’s the good kind of tears.
Very well researched.
The sex scenes are not explicit but the go RIGHT TO YOUR BONES.
There will be extra fics in the series (Birdsong) to accompany the main one, with more about the side characters and a bit more about our Victuuri.