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I am just some person who has read too damn much fanfic. I really wish there was a way I could annotate my favorite stories on here. Maybe there's an essay or something that will eventually emerge. I bet you would just love that.

I might try to write a story one day, if I get the courage, probably in the Zelda milieu. Preliminary results have been horrific, but then again, one must write the bad out of oneself.

You know what I haven't found? A really good long form OoT/MM story, like 50 chapters of angst or something with a fluffy ending. There's plenty of good BoTW material, and TP seems to have a huge amount of wonderful stories, but I haven't hit the OoT story that captures my attention in the same way. Send me an IM if you think of one.

General Guidelines for Finding Good Fanfic

It took me quite a while when I got into fanfic to find really good stories, like the 10% Sturgeon's Law stuff, separated from the chaff. I did find, however, that there are some ways to do this. I tend to like slightly more mature fanfics, with at least some conflict between the characters, and some romance, so keep that in mind if I do actually decide to annotate my favs.

Sometimes the stories with the most reviews are the best. I have noticed that reviews, as opposed to favorites or follows, tend to be a better predictor personally for a good story. This is not always true, though (obviously, because then I wouldn't use the word "some"). A good bet, though, when looking through a new fandom is to sort by most reviews.

Sometimes you have to dig. Some of my favorite stories are from alternate sources: favorites of people whose stories you enjoy, parts of curated collections, and just random crap you stumble upon when you filter by 'M' and select that pairing between "Link" and "Impa". There is some seriously good stuff at the fringes.

The action is at 'T' and 'M'. By 'action' I don't mean nookie necessarily; I'm thinking mature situations that can reflect the difficult things you run into in real life. These tend to be the most interesting to moi, and if you're looking for something romance and angst oriented, these are going to be more difficult to achieve at 'K' ratings. It's still possible, but making sure you check the 'M' rated updates is de regeur for me at this point, especially since the defaults here don't include them.

Check Multiple sites. Some material is cross-posted, but much of is not. This site tends to have longer running stories with more depth, and AO tends to have shorter ones with less content restrictions. Check both if you really want everything.

1k words is tough, 100 chapters is too. Having a story that is too short can be difficult to get into, especially in the fields I appreciate, although it is possible. Having 100 chapters can be intimidating, although I have to confess that several of my favorite stories are quite long. There's several where the main romance doesn't even really kick off until Chapters 99-100! I gather what I am saying here is just be judicious with your time - there's a ton to read, but some of the real biggies are good. Don't be intimidated.

Canon is good to stick to, until it isn't. Many people get their serious dander up if a story doesn't stick strictly to canon. This can be difficult if the fandom is vague (I am looking at you LoZ). The truly good stories I have read have taken the source fandom and transcended it: OC's that don't supplant the main protagonists but complement them and fill out the story, events that did not happen in canon but are internally consistent, exotic interpretations of in-game material. The way I look at it, if you stretch and break canon and I don't care because it's consistent with your story and interpretation, then that is a huge win. Many of my favorites fall in this category.

Save what you like. These sites are transitory, and full of free material. This means that if the author decides to pull your favorite story and take it off the site, it's like dropping your car keys in the lava: they're just gone, man. There's so much good stuff no longer on the site. Save early and often, like you should be doing at work you slacker.

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Gladiator by Seyary-Minamoto reviews
In a world where the Avatar wasn't found, the Fire Nation took over two nations and they strive to overcome the last one. Water Tribe warrior Sokka seeks to fight for his people's rights, but he's captured by his enemies. His life is no longer in his hands as he fights as a Gladiator, and his fate will eventually depend on the Fire Nation Princess, who needs him for her own ends...
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 316 - Words: 4,531,112 - Reviews: 5961 - Favs: 3,389 - Follows: 3,232 - Updated: 9/22 - Published: 3/26/2013 - [Sokka, Azula]
Something You Stole by ChronicallyEclectic reviews
Link's adventures through the Twilight realm had taught him to expect the unexpected. Unfortunately even that didn't prepare him for the shock of being accused of apparently stealing one of the Princess's most precious possessions! What did he steal? He doesn't know and she wont say. Romance/Drama/Humour. Cover image by Janus3003 on Deviantart
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 35 - Words: 321,767 - Reviews: 174 - Favs: 154 - Follows: 200 - Updated: 9/1 - Published: 5/28/2019 - Link, Zelda, Shad, Ashei
ME2: Getting up Again and Tales to Astonish by axismundix reviews
After more than two years, John Shepard is resurrected to find a much changed galaxy. His crew is scattered to the winds, and he is in the hands of the terrorist organization Cerberus. And now is asked to do the impossible. Again. Meanwhile, Jane Shepard, given command of the Alliance Corsairs, is working behind the scenes to prepare for the imminent Reaper threat. Tali/Shepard Rom
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 85 - Words: 339,773 - Reviews: 470 - Favs: 219 - Follows: 273 - Updated: 5/10 - Published: 11/23/2017 - [Tali'Zorah, Shepard] J. Garson, Garrus V.
When Heroes Fall by Selphie Kinneas 175 reviews
TP. The Hero of Twilight, now but a shell of his former self, is left utterly broken after his journey to save Hyrule. His heart in pieces, his soul shattered, he leaves a son he did not know he had behind. When heroes fall, who is capable of picking them up again?
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 35 - Words: 284,387 - Reviews: 504 - Favs: 452 - Follows: 562 - Updated: 4/2 - Published: 7/24/2015 - Link, Zelda, OC
The White Mask by Freedan the Eternal reviews
A looming empire on its border, and violent cult among its citizens, Hyrule's peace is once again broken. Accompanied by a new generation of heroes, a tired and aged Link must pick up his sword to lead the fight against the darkness one last time...
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 132,131 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 87 - Updated: 11/24/2021 - Published: 8/3/2019
Memento Vivere by Enkida reviews
Sin is a memory, Vegnagun is scrap metal and a new era of peace has swept over Spira. It's not enough for Rikku, who is still waiting for her own story to begin. But what happens when her search brings her on a pilgrimage to the past... literally?
Final Fantasy X - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 66 - Words: 434,136 - Reviews: 1195 - Favs: 732 - Follows: 700 - Updated: 11/13/2021 - Published: 9/10/2006 - [Rikku, Auron] Jecht, Braska
Devious by Darcie11 reviews
It was not enough being the hero. He was the queen's champion, a knight of the highest order; nothing was out of his reach but for his greatest desire. No, in order to win the heart of the queen he had to be devious. Post Twilight Princess, Zelink. Villainous prequel.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: M - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 27 - Words: 250,943 - Reviews: 548 - Favs: 555 - Follows: 695 - Updated: 8/28/2021 - Published: 6/13/2015 - [Zelda, Link]
The Strength of Courage by EquinoxWolf reviews
Link is no one's idea of a hero, not even close. But when darkness falls over Hyrule, he is thrown into a perilous adventure that will teach him the virtue of courage and set him on the road to becoming a man. (M for violence, coarse language and adult themes)
Legend of Zelda - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 111 - Words: 589,551 - Reviews: 1087 - Favs: 997 - Follows: 937 - Updated: 10/10/2020 - Published: 7/8/2014 - [Link, Midna] - Complete
Second Time's the Charm by Indigo44 reviews
Several months after Midna shattered the Mirror of Twilight Link clings to hope of seeing her again. He finds help from an old friend and is given a second chance to make things right. But can he do it within a week? LinkxMidna. Finally complete.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 22,871 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 9/17/2020 - Published: 4/16/2007 - Link, Midna - Complete
A King for Midsummer by Lyxie reviews
Another CrazygurlMadness Lyxie trash collab. Everyone in Hyrule knows about the magical love story between a queen and a gardener. Wedding bells are tolling, and theirs will be the wedding of the century… Assuming it happens. Warning: tiki drinks, beach volleyball, sneaky spies, and over-the-top conspiracies abound. Sequel to "A Princess for Midwinter."
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Romance/Parody - Chapters: 8 - Words: 42,838 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 105 - Follows: 65 - Updated: 9/11/2019 - Published: 9/5/2019 - [Link, Zelda] - Complete
The Silent Kingdom by Freedan the Eternal reviews
One year after the death of Ganondorf, Link finds everything he cares for torn from him once again. In the company of Midna and Princess Zelda, he must travel to a faraway land to find an ancient magic power to save not only Hyrule, but the world...
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 154 - Words: 1,099,627 - Reviews: 1932 - Favs: 1,835 - Follows: 1,372 - Updated: 7/26/2019 - Published: 1/30/2007 - Link, Midna - Complete
One Last Year by CrazygurlMadness reviews
"I don't know how to remember. Time passes, but nothing comes to my mind. Except you. You're the key," Link said, softly. "You have to be." / A Breath of the Wild fic about Link, Zelda, and the memories that bind them.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 45 - Words: 228,190 - Reviews: 1578 - Favs: 2,340 - Follows: 1,298 - Updated: 5/4/2018 - Published: 6/30/2017 - [Link, Zelda] - Complete
A Place to Call Home by zestycrouton reviews
'"So where are you headed off to next, Fairy Boy?" she asks casually over lunch one day, and he hesitates. Where is he going? Where is there left to go' Post-MM. Part of the ongoing 'Timeline' mini-series.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,406 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 81 - Follows: 14 - Published: 1/19/2018 - Link, Zelda, Malon - Complete
Constellations by zestycrouton reviews
"How far did one have to sail to leave even the stars behind?" A moment between a pirate and a hero. Post-WW/Pre-PH. Part of the ongoing 'Timeline' mini-series.
Legend of Zelda - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,318 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 13 - Published: 1/15/2018 - [Link, Tetra] Zelda - Complete
Confessions of a Queen and Her Knight by myshadowspirit reviews
"It was dangerous. Me needing one person so much was dangerous. It wasn't healthy. When did this infatuation start; this obsession? For as long as I could remember, I felt like I was always chasing after her. I was chasing after her for no real solid reason. Even when I hardly knew her, I had this overwhelming desire to please her."
Legend of Zelda - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 53 - Words: 250,487 - Reviews: 353 - Favs: 294 - Follows: 223 - Updated: 3/21/2015 - Published: 10/16/2012 - Link, Zelda - Complete
After the Fall by Ashbear reviews
It's the fall that defines your path. It's how you continue after the fall that defines who you are. In one second, a bullet changed everything. If the words you confessed weren't meant to be heard, would it be enough to erase the past?
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 90 - Words: 613,948 - Reviews: 2088 - Favs: 474 - Follows: 359 - Updated: 10/16/2014 - Published: 10/10/2004 - Rinoa H., Squall L.
You Came Back to Me by T. Bryson reviews
After the events of ME3, Commander Shepard awakens on Earth and is taken to a hospital for care. His friends, all of whom thought he was dead, go to the hospital to be at his side as he recovers. Heavy on character development/interaction. Tali/Shepard focus.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 113,303 - Reviews: 307 - Favs: 1,065 - Follows: 522 - Updated: 10/23/2012 - Published: 7/16/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard - Complete
Too Lost to be Found by GratefulInsomniac reviews
A House-Cuddy reunion story. Brought together by unforeseen circumstances, outside of Princeton, what are the possibilities for them. This takes place 3 years after House went to jail. Season 8 is ignored. Complete.
House, M.D. - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 111 - Words: 357,146 - Reviews: 2328 - Favs: 267 - Follows: 167 - Updated: 6/30/2012 - Published: 2/4/2012 - L. Cuddy, G. House - Complete
Razor's Edge by Tairis Deamhan reviews
Mass Effect 2 novelization, the life of one spectre that's seen more than his share of the galaxy's dark side. If you've already died once the question becomes what's worth living for? It's the question that will have to be answered to save a galaxy.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 37 - Words: 260,290 - Reviews: 442 - Favs: 1,397 - Follows: 557 - Updated: 3/11/2011 - Published: 6/13/2010 - Shepard, Tali'Zorah - Complete
A Matter of Honor by Adridere reviews
COMPLETE - Almost 4 years after the war. Aang is engaged to Katara and is up to Zuko to teach him the facts of life. Yep, the bees and the birds. Crazy kings, bananas and the ultimate contest for the hand of a reluctant maiden. Zutara/Taang
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 185,294 - Reviews: 1437 - Favs: 2,029 - Follows: 705 - Updated: 1/1/2009 - Published: 7/8/2008 - Toph, Aang - Complete