What are some of your all-time favorite LoVe chapter fics & one-shots?
Hi there! Thanks for the ask! A long whiles ago we received a similar ask and in response Kait and Suzanne put their Veronica Mars fic starter kit together. We’ve been meaning to update it for some time and this was a fantastic kick in the butt.
All of the fics below have already been recommended by us but they’re definitely our Logan x Veronica, “YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE” kit.
We’ve each picked one fic in a wide variety of timeline categories giving you thirteen different fics. Our individual all-time lists would be LONG, but this is a pretty good one for us merging our minds, we think. It will also likely be updated once Mr. Kiss and Tell is officially released as other fics are written which take into account both TDTL and MKAT canon details.
A Trace of Meaning Author: ghostcat3000 Rating: T Genre: Friendship/Humor Setting: Pre-series Spoilers: None Chapters: 1 Word Count: 6, 833 Status: Complete Summary: 13 year-old Logan Echolls and 14 year-old Veronica Mars wait at the Kane Estate for their held-up sleepover hosts to show up. Pre-series canon speculation. Notes: Veronica is one part sweetness and two parts sass. And Logan is one part “I wanna snuggle you” and two parts “I want to smack you.” If thinking this fic is canon is wrong, then we don’t want to be right.
HIs Friend, Too Author: arbailey Rating: T Genre: Angst/Romance (well mostly romance, tbh) Setting: Pre-series AU Spoilers: 1.22, “Leave It to Beaver” Chapters: 12 Word Count: 42, 162 Status: Complete Summary: When Veronica catches her best friend with an ageing action star, everything falls apart. Notes: A “what-if” that changes the course of the series. Well-written. It’s nice to see how Veronica and Logan’s friendship develops past Lilly’s transgressions.
MID-SEASON or POST-SEASON AU:
Sins of the Father Author: Emiko74 Rating: M Genre: Romance/Mystery Setting: AU Season 3 Spoilers: 3.07, “Of Vice and Men” Chapters: 13 Word Count: 44, 731 Status: Complete Summary: As their freshman year at Hearst draws to a close, Logan and Veronica’s relationship begins to unravel. But a new mystery could bring them together again. Notes: One of our all-time faves. Goes AU after 3.07 – so the rapist is revealed but it deviates from canon in terms of the identity. SO damn good. Better mystery than those we got in season three, in our opinion. Funny, and poignant, and super sexy too.
Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own Author: mysilverylining Rating: T Genre: Romance/Adventure Setting: Season 1 AU Spoilers: 1.03, “Meet John Smith” Chapters: 26 Word Count: 249, 611 (so far) Status: In progress Summary: Silly Duncan stopped taking his meds. Now, one dead Fitzpatrick later, Logan and Veronica need to get him out of town. Too bad they hate each other. Notes: Some parts are funny, some parts are angsty, and all will keep you on the edge of your seat. It has UST up the wazoo and you’ll keep reading until your eyes cross. Also has one of the hottest fakeout makeouts in the history of the trope.
FUTURE FIC AUs — WRITTEN BEFORE NEW MOVIE CANON:
Follow the MacGuffin Author: happilyshanghaied Rating: T, with some chapters rated M Genre: Romance/Adventure Setting: Future Spoilers: All three seasons Chapters: 40 Word Count: 204, 743 Status: Complete Summary: After a botched FBI case sends Veronica scrambling back to Neptune, she decides to lick her wounds while working at Mars Investigations. What starts out as a simple cheating spouse case for one of the city’s most notorious residents, quickly goes awry and triggers a series of events that unravel a twisted plot leading her to the last person she’d expect to find. Notes: Harkening back to ye olde days of seasons one and two, this fic is noir. You’ll be in awe at her wondrous exposition, and you’ll want to shake every character until all their secrets pop out. And there are a lot of secrets. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. If you indeed manage to finish all 200, 000 and change words of this fic, there’s a sequel! Yes, that’s right, folks; this fic will leave you wanting more and you won’t be kept waiting – Red Herringsis in progress, and is currently 23 chapters and 235, 758 words so far.
Full Circle(on LJ. Link goes to epilogue; links to each chapter there.) Author: gertinator Rating: PG-13 to R, with some chapters rated NC-17 Genre: Romance/Mystery Setting: Future AU Spoilers: 2.22, “Not Pictured” Chapters: 22, with an epilogue Word Count: 134, 297 including epilogue Status: Complete Summary: Veronica and Logan find their way back to each other and solve a mystery, too. Notes: Another perfect future fic. It’ll make you laugh, cry, and fall in love even more with the characters (especially one Logan Echolls). You just… you need to read this fic. Uses the addiction metaphor like the movie, but from Logan’s POV and makes it a little more clear.
“I Fell in Love Again” Series Author: bryrosea Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Ensemble Rating: PG-13 Genre: Drama/Mystery/Romance Setting: Movie Spoilers: The Veronica Mars Movie Chapters: 7 Word Count: 24, 389 Status: Complete Summary: A series of one shots set in and around the Veronica Mars movie, all from Logan’s POV. These can be read independently. All of the titles are taken from song lyrics from the movie soundtrack. Notes: What a fantastic movie-verse fic. Like the summary says, this is a series of one-shots that focus on Logan’s POV. And it’s done BRILLIANTLY. If you ever wanted to fall in love with LoVe again (see what I did there?), or if the movie’s focus on Veronica’s POV left you yearning for Logan’s take on things, this is the series for you!
The Long Way Home Author:absolutelyiris Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Keith, Wallace Rating: E Genre: Romance/Drama Setting: Movie through Post-TDTL Spoilers: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line Chapters: 3 Word Count: 18, 439 Status: Complete Summary: “We should take the long way home.” Veronica’s POV. Snapshots that begin in the cab ride which we see in the movie through Logan’s return from deployment. Notes: This. Fic. THIS FIC!!!! Holy mackerel. This fic. Is that not a clear enough statement of our love for this fic? We feel like it is. First off, we’re not joking: this is close to perfection. The only reason we’re not giving it the full “perfect stamp” is because absolutelyiris is still writing and we have no doubt some of her future stories will knock us on our ass with feels. But…it’s poignant, and honest, and SEXY, and just damn good. Read it once. Take a break. Read it again, because DAMN.
MOVIE-VERSE AU FICS:
“Learning to Count on You” Series Author: CaitlynMacKenzie (aka susanmichelin) Pairing: Logan/Veronica Rating: PG-13 through R Genre: Romance/Mystery Setting: Post-Movie AU Spoilers: The Veronica Mars Movie Chapters: 73 thus far Word Count: 255, 552 Status: In progress Summary: The story picks up after the Veronica Mars movie. Logan is still on deployment and Veronica is working at Mars Investigations on a routine cheating spouse case, when Wallace walks into her office with terrible news. Now Veronica is drawn into a case that is very personal for her and the stakes to solve this one are extremely high. It continues with “A Closed Set” (complete) and “Espionage” (in progress) but there are other mid-story or prequel elements sprinkled throughout. Notes: Rich character interaction, exciting mysteries, and a pretty cute addition to the Echolls family, this series is 255,000+ words of a pretty compelling argument that a happy ending is not outside the realm of possibility for Logan x Veronica. Above all, this fic is SMART and is clearly written by an author who loves every individual character for what they bring to the Veronica Mars table.
“Waypoints” Series Author: machaswicket Pairing: Logan/Veronica, Wallace, Dick Rating: PG-13 Genre: Friendship/Drama/Romance Setting: Future AU Spoilers: 3.20, “The Bitch is Back” Chapters: 4 Word Count: 27, 673 Status: In progress Summary: Based on a spoiler that was leaked prior to the movie, Wallace runs into Logan while they’re both on the job. They talk, Logan gives Wallace his number to pass on to Veronica. Notes: What do we want? Part five of “Waypoints”!!! When do we want it? NOW!!! A series of fics (right now a quartet, but we are hoping and praying for a fifth fic) that has Logan in his movie profession, Veronica in her pre-Neptune movie profession, and the two of them being so freaking adorable and wonderful and grand that we just want to punch their faces.
BONUS FICS (aka, we were too stubborn to take them off our list):
Change Is All I Got Author: wowsugarpuss Characters: Veronica/Logan Rating: M Genre: Romance/Angst Setting: Season 3, AU Spoilers: 2.22, “Not Pictured” Chapters: 1 Word Count: 12, 941 Status: Complete Summary: Logan comes home for the holidays to spend Christmas with Veronica and her family. Notes: Veronica and Logan are in a long distance relationship, which makes the time they’re able to spend during Christmas seem incredibly crucial. The emotions and FEELINGS are just RIGHT THERE. Each person fighting to be normal, and it’s just sigh inducing to see Veronica completely in character be open about needing Logan. Also, SEXY. Sexy like, WOAH. And heartbreaking because IT’S CHRISTMAS and both Veronica and Logan want some things to be different than they are. Appearances by Wallace, Keith, and Alicia.
Like A Rolling Stone Author: annieoakley1 Rating: M Genre: Romance/Drama Setting: AU pre-series to future Spoilers: 3.20, “The Bitch is Back” Chapters: 2 Word Count: 16, 428 Status: Complete Summary: Logan is a time traveller. Notes: Not a crack!fic. Actually just an amazing fic tbh. Based on The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, though familiarity of the book isn’t necessary. Logan involuntary travels back and forth through time, visiting Veronica throughout her life. This fic manages to be sweet and angsty at the same time. It’s just perfection, honestly.
A Strange New Story Every Time Author: gyzym Rating: PG-13, with one NC-17 scene Genre: Romance Setting: Future Spoilers: All three seasons Chapters: 1 Word Count: 19, 295 Status: Complete Summary: Ten years clean of Neptune living, Logan’s past finds him at an all night grocery store. Notes: This is absolutely essential reading for the fandom. Probably one of the most popular and most recommended fics EVER, and for good reason. The characterization of Logan is perfect: he’s grown up and responsible but still witty and charming. (To quote Ryan Hansen, Veronica’s great, too.) Seriously, read this fic if you haven’t already. If you already have, read it again. It’s just that good. (We’ve probably read it twenty times between the two of us. You think we’re joking?)
Could you please recommend fics where Logan takes care of a sick or injured Veronica and the other way around as well? You guys are the best!
Two near identical requests, one near perfect list of fics provided by Miss lilamadison11! She asked us if she could make some fic recs, and since she has a history of giving awesome lists we said “OF COURSE!”
She even broke it up for us into previously recommended and newly recommended fics.
As their freshman year at Hearst draws to a close, Logan and Veronica’s relationship begins to unravel. But a new mystery could bring them together again. (**Caring for Logan happens near end of the fic.)
Logan and Veronica rebuild their friendship through running Mars Investigations together. On the anniversary of their two years working together, Veronica makes it clear that their arrangement isn’t working for her anymore.
Veronica’s junior year at Hearst College; there are two new mysteries to occupy her time. Logan is trying to reinvent himself, but can’t seem to get away from Veronica. Old enemies are holding a grudge, and Veronica is in serious trouble. (**A lot of taking care of EVERYONE in this fic. Part one focuses on Veronica taking care of Logan. Part two focuses on Logan taking care of Veronica.)
New to VM Fic Recs:
Basket Case Author: utsusemia Pairing: Logan/Veronica Rating: R Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Angst Setting: Post-season two, AU Spoilers: 2.22, “Not Pictured” Chapters: 1 Word Count: 7,127 Status: Complete Summary: What if Keith had actually died in the plane? Notes: Although the premise is quite sad, there is a hopeful end to this story. It also has some lovely moments of mutual comfort and friendship and love.
Cast Away Author: halfway2home Pairing: Logan/Veronica Rating: R Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance Setting: Season three, AU Spoilers: 2.22, “Not Pictured” Chapters: 1 Word Count: 5,843 Status: Complete Summary: If she couldn’t tell him, she’d write it down. Notes: Logan and Veronica find an unconventional way to work through some of their issues. Love this fic.
Damaged and Bruised Author: apckrfan Pairing: Logan/Veronica Rating: R Genre: Hurt/Comfort Setting: Season one, AU Spoilers: 1x15, “Ruskie Business” Chapters: 1 Word Count: 1,808 Status: Complete Summary: Veronica gets a late night visit from Logan Notes: Logan goes to Veronica for help. She comforts him and their friendship and romance begins to blossom. Short and sweet. Be warned that there is mention of abuse which could be triggering.
His Everything Author: snuffybaby Pairing: Logan/Veronica, mentions of Logan/Parker, Veronica/Piz Rating: NC-17 Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance Setting: Season three, AU Spoilers: 3x16, “Un-American Graffiti” Chapters: 1 Word Count: 8,455 Status: Complete Summary: When Logan gets into trouble, who gets called? Notes: “In case of emergency call Veronica Mars.” Logan is in a car accident and Veronica is listed as the next of kin. She takes care of him much to Parker’s dismay. But this fic doesn’t do a disservice to Parker. It’s a nice alternate to how season 3 could have ended.
Promises to Keep Author: snuffybaby Pairing: Logan/Veronica Rating: NC-17 Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance Setting: Season two, AU Spoilers: 2.01, “Normal is the Watchword” Chapters: 1 Word Count: 5,882 Status: Complete Summary: They may have broken up, but Veronica made a promise to Logan and he intends to make sure she keeps it. Notes: An AU where Veronica is on the bus crash and Logan jumps off the cliff to save her. She’s in a coma after and the story takes off from there while everyone waits for her to wake up. As with many of her fics there are some sweet Logan/Veronica moments.
Stay Author: Bryrosea Pairing: Logan/Veronica Rating: PG-13 Genre: Hurt/Comfort/Romance Setting: Future, AU Spoilers: 3.20, “The Bitch is Back” and elements of The Veronica Mars Movie Chapters: 1 Word Count: 12,594 Status: Complete Summary: An unexpected emergency brings Veronica back to California a little earlier than planned. AU, set about three years before the timeline of the movie. Notes: One of my favorite future AU stories to come out after the movie. Bryrosea described it as angsty, but I found it to be the perfect mix of sweetness and angst. Bonus - while it is not canon to the movie, it takes elements (like Logan joining the navy and Veronica at Columbia) from it and weaves those effortlessly into the story. I’ve bookmarked this one to read over and over again.