Hey guys! I’m Mara from mysmolhedgehog, and since I’m new to this account I figured I could list some of the best long fics I’ve read (some of them are quite obvious, but bear with me). Because this list is about longer fics, all of them will be over 50k. Hopefully I will end up doing a similar list of shorter fics soon!
Pull Me Under- 140k. As the first British footballer to come out at the prime of his career, it helps that Louis Tomlinson is in a long-term, committed relationship. Even if that relationship is fake. (Featuring Niall as Louis’ favorite teammate, and Zayn as Liam’s boyfriend, who just happens to be good friends with one Harry Styles.)
(I’m not even joking, Pull Me Under was the first fic I ever read).
Love Is a Rebellious Bird- 135k. AU in which the boys still make music. Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who has “made Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and Liam are around too. Don’t hum Bolero.
Young and Beautiful- 220k. Louis, to his horror, attends an elitist university in which the name Zayn Malik means something, Niall Horan doesn’t stop talking, there are pianos everywhere, and Harry Styles, only son of a drug-addled, clinically insane ex-rocker, has a perfect smile and empty eyes.
(I’m currently re-reading this for about the 4th time because I love it so much).
Fall Into Your Gravity- 70k. AU. In which Harry is an overnight pop sensation and Louis steals plants, Zayn pulls Liam’s proverbial pigtails and Niall’s just pleased there are more girls for him.
Wild and Unruly- 124k. Harry is a cowboy sitting on the biggest oil reservoir in Wyoming, and Louis is the paralegal assigned to pressure him into selling his land.
The Finish Line (Is A Good Place For Us To Start)- 122k. Louis Tomlinson, one-time Formula 1 World Champion, is looking forward to the 2013 season. He’s got Zayn in his garage and Liam in his ear, he’s got Cowell Racing backing him despite former indiscretions, he’s got experience and the best race car out there. Not to mention he’s the only racer they have, after Oliver dropped out late last year.It hasn’t occurred to him that Oliver would have to be replaced by February. That is, until he finds himself at a party celebrating Harry Styles leaving Ferrari for Cowell. Harry hotshot Styles, who broke a record last year and is probably looking to make a big splash. Harry Styles, who is talented and somewhat intimidating. Harry Styles, who left Ferrari for reasons unknown and seems kind of lonely and harmless in person. Lonely, harmless, hot as fuck. Whatever.The first thing Louis does is take him under his wing. From there it’s nine months of slow-burning romance, the past catching up to them, turning into the human puppy pile that is OT5 and a lot of feelings until, of course, reaching the finish line.
Escapade- 146k. In the grand scheme of things, finding a date for a wedding should be no problem for Louis Tomlinson. He’s rich. He’s handsome. He’s reasonably well behaved. But when the wedding is for his lifelong best friend (and former boyfriend), and is happening in under a month, finding a date for the ceremony and accompanying festivities becomes more of an adventure than he ever could have planned for.
Things My Heart Used To Know- 60k (not completed). Anastasia!AU in which Louis is Dimitri, Liam is Vlad, Niall is Pooka, Zayn is Sophie and Harry looks just like a long lost Russian prince. Or the one where Louis and Liam are con men trying to pass Harry off as Alexei Romanov in order to collect the reward money. The thing is, Harry looks and acts so much like the long-dead Tsarevich that it’s really messing with Louis’ head - and maybe his heart. Meanwhile, Niall is a human miracle, Zayn is supposed to be waiting for them in Paris and no one realizes what they’ve got themselves into until it’s too late to turn back.
Let’s Fall In Love In a Place You Want To Stay- 134k. A George of the Jungle / Tarzan AU where Louis is a model who meets Wild Man Harry in the Congo. He was raised by apes and barely speaks a word of English and turns Louis’ life upside down.
Outwit, Outplay, Outlast- 61k. “Tommo and Harry are gonna do it. I don’t know when, but they’re gonna do it. They’ve got the mattress, the pillows, everything’s in place, and they’re gonna do it. I really wish those two the best of luck.” –Taylor Swift, “Chapera"Or a Survivor All-Stars AU in which Harry and Louis are just in this game to win the million dollars, but they end up with something better. Featuring Harry’s yellow swim shorts, Louis in snapbacks, and OT5 shenanigans.
An Eternal Enigma- 67k. Louis is a reluctant king with a head full of fairy tales, and Harry is an emotionally-challenged musical prodigy. Zayn is a hopelessly romantic painter, Liam is the castle’s resident ghost with sporadic amnesia, and Niall is the accidental head of the kingdom’s most prevalent spy ring.Very loosely based on the lives of Ludwig II of Bavaria and Richard Wagner.
Jump Before We Fall- 114k. Louis and Zayn’s lives revolve around running a hotel by the sea, Harry is a student who wants a life far from home for just a little while, Niall doesn’t know where life leads him and Liam thinks he has already found all purposes in his life.
The Dead of July- 100k. Being an Avenger means continuing to be Captain America and smiling and being honorable for the public and Harry does his best. But it doesn’t give him time to figure out who he is supposed to be once he takes off his uniform and puts the shield to the side. Just being Harry had always involved Louis, and Harry fears he doesn’t know how to exist without him.or: Harry is Captain America, and Louis’ been dead for 70 years.
Into the Blue- 117k. AU. In which Louis is Harry’s scuba instructor and quite happy to provide the requested special treatment, pun fully intended. It can’t be all that difficult to convince Harry that they’re on the same page, right? Also, Niall and Liam may or may not be dating, and Zayn is surrounded by emotionally stunted idiots. He bears it with dignity.
This obviously isn’t an all-encompassing list, I just wanted to mush a couple of the best fics I’ve read into a pile in the hopes that y’all can find some awesome fics to read! A list of my favorite fics under 50k should come soon!
Title:Such Great Heights Author:softlyforgotten Rating: NC 17 Word Count: 93,300 Approx. Summary:
Draco Malfoy, wide-eyed and pale and in a decidedly ragged shirt, was
crouched next to the pile of whatever the dragon had been eating. Harry threw himself to a halt and yelled, “Merlin, how many times do I have to save your life?”
story, oh my god, so amazing! I can’t believe it took me this long to
find it and read it! It’s basically about a dragon. Not just a dragon, the dragon Harry, Ron and Hermione rode in their escape from Gringotts.
almost one year after the war and the dragon has been roaming all over
the country. Harry feels responsible for the creature and goes looking
for it. What he didn’t expect to find was Draco with the dragon, who is
also on the run, by the way. Erm, Draco that is.
Of course Harry is immediately intrigued. What is Draco Malfoy doing with the dragon?
it turns out he’s been taking care of it. As in, protecting her and
feeing her and basically keeping her safe. You remember the dragon was
sick, traumatised and basically abused living all those years
underground in Gringotts, right? She was in bad shape, and Draco’s been
taking care of it. Naturally Harry wants to get involved, and Draco,
though none too happy about it, reluctantly agrees to let Harry see the
I’m going to move fast-forward to: eventually they start sleeping together, and it’s just such a mess because they are the absolute worst to communicate. They fight and argue and bicker all the time.
And then there are all the legal problems they face: Draco (and his
family – also on the run) aren’t cleared, the dragon is wanted by the Ministry, Draco is super attached to his illegal dragon, and
Harry is confused and super attached to Draco.
it’s so much more than that, because they are living with the trauma of
the war, there’s a sense of hurt/comfort in so many relationships
(Harry has so many people living with him at Grimmauld Place), Bi!Harry,
the characterisations in the story are amazing, like, omfg, truly amazing, and then there are all the feels. Awesome fic.
A mutants/superpowers AU. Louis and his friends attend the Cowell Institute for General Education and Mutant Training in London; when
Louis meets Harry, the newest student at the Cowell Institute, he
immediately recruits Harry to help play matchmaker for his friend Zayn.
Harry and Louis are so caught up in meddling in Zayn’s love life,
though, that they don’t notice that their own friendship is progressing
into something more. Meanwhile, an ominous threat up north grows slowly
until suddenly, no mutant - or human - is safe.
Louis is an unrecognised and disenchanted journalist
working at Real Exposure, a tabloid that’s on the brink of going under.
In order to save the paper, Simon, the editor-in-chief, decides they
need a story that will shock everyone and keep the name Real Exposure on
Enter Harry Styles, the former teenage popstar
turned tabloid darling. Simon is certain Harry is hiding dark secrets
about his past, and Louis is tasked with going undercover to dig them
up. But when Louis gets a lot closer to Harry than he originally
planned, he ends up having to make some serious decisions that could
affect his entire career.
The world ends on a Saturday, which throws a bit of a
wrench into Louis’ weekend plans. Now civilization appears to be
destroyed, his roommate has run off into the countryside on a romantic
quest, and Louis’ only hope of surviving is an ASDA employee with a pair
of swords and too much time on his hands.
At least the apocalypse is over and done with – anything else that goes wrong is really just a footnote.
Alien AU, with a hint of Royal AU. A summer barbecue at the Tomlinson’s
is interrupted by a naked visitor from a peaceful planet far, far away.
Can an alien and a human survive a summer together for the sake of the
Title:Stately Homes of Wiltshire Author:waspabi Rating: NC 17 Word Count: 57,500 Approx. Summary: Malfoy Manor has mould, dry rot and an infestation of unusually historical poltergeists. Harry Potter is on the case.
a fantastic story this is. It’s fun, entertaining, super interesting
and it has some amazing characterisations of – damn, everybody, really.
I’m not kidding!
It has gorgeous
characterisations of Draco, who is trying to very hard to salvage his
Manor from decay while at the same time dealing with all sorts of
poltergeists and with a (at first) reluctant Auror detail tailing
him to monitor any potential Dark activity. An Auror detail who is
completely (unwillingly and unaware at first) smitten with Draco. Of course I’m talking about Harry. :D And Harry has such a lovely characterisation, too.
is the sort of story that pulls you in and those 57K fly by because you
don’t want to stop reading it. There’s plenty of bantering and
bickering, too, lovely scenes with Ron and Hermione (they rock, really),
Pansy and Greg (who also rock). And then there’s the plot itself, that
shows you what the Manor meant to Draco, during the war, what it means
to him to be in charge, and there’s more, there’s Harry’s conflicted
feelings about his job, and all through his Harry and Draco are so them. Definitely an instant favourite. :)
Title:A Thousand Beautiful Things Author:geoviki Rating: R Word Count: 104,000 Approx. Summary:
Draco Malfoy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an
ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor,
an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend. Content/Warning(s): Canon divergence (AU) after OotP.
I cannot believe I hadn’t recced this before, because it’s really amazing and definitely one of my favourites.
an AU after Order of the Phoenix, in which Draco is a spy for the Order
and starts training with Snape for when the time comes. It’s not
linear, because the story starts when the war is over and won and
Draco’s facing Lucius’s death.
different POVs, and all brilliant. We got to see the development of Dean
and Draco’s friendship after the war (Dean is so, so awesome! But so is
Seamus!), after Draco saved Dean and Seamus, we get Draco’s POV and
even Snape’s POV. It’s very complex and rich in characterisations.
heart of it is, we learn that back when Harry and Draco were at
Hogwarts, before the war broke, Lucius cast a spell on Harry that would
trigger after his death. This spell would make Harry every evening to
insult and abuse his friends (verbally) until exhaustion, and if left
alone he’d be a danger to himself. Draco witnessed Lucius casting the
spell, but during the war, and even after the war, dealing with the
Ministry and the aftermath - because even though he was cleared as an
ally of the Light, people still don’t trust a Malfoy - he forgot, and
it’s not until Dean mentions Harry’s having a hard that he remembers,
sees the effect of Lucius’s curse first hand, and he’s faced with a
choice. He could break the spell, but he could also lose everything, for
to break the spell he needs to make a Vow of Silence.
fantastic, this fic. The way Draco is there for Harry through these
‘cursed’ evenings, the way he see the story (past and present) unfold,
the way Draco changes with time, friendships made, and Harry’s growing
need for Draco, it’s all so very good, man! Read it if you haven’t, and
you know, if have, read it again because it’s truly brilliant. :D
(Tagged both war era and EWE because it jumps in time)
Summary: Ninjas IN SPACE! Join Soragakure’s pirate ship captain, Uzumaki Naruto and his crew of misfits on an epic adventure, spanning whole galaxies as they fight to gain control of a viciously dangerous viral mainframe, parts of which are contained in the partly-cyborg bodies of nine men and women all over the known universe. Enemies become friends and friends become something more in a frantic race to outrun the unscrupulous Akatsuki organisation and the corrupt Alliance of space cities and steal a weapon that may mean the end of creation as they know it.
summary: Park Jimin is a dancer in Seoul who is just trying to make it in the world. Min Yoongi somehow ends in Seoul helping his grandmother run her dance studio. Troubled pasts and unknown futures await the two, but maybe they can deal with it together.