Fanfiction Site List
Why Publish on a Fanfiction Site?
Posting your creation to a fanfiction archive is a much better option than keeping it on your own webpage or blog. First of all, it's free and you won't have to worry about web hosting costs or buying your own domain. Second, you'll get tons of people eagerly reading your story and posting reviews (just make sure to properly categorize and tag your fic to maximize your chances of getting readers). Finally, these sites are designed to make readers' experience as good as possible by presenting the text in an easy-to-read way on both desktop PCs and mobile devices, as well as offering ratings or reviews for each chapter.
Whether you enjoy reading fan fiction and are looking for a good story, or wrote one of your own and are looking to publish it online, this list of fanfiction sites should come in handy.
These websites host fan fiction based on many different sources.
The largest fanfic archive in the world, FanFiction.net offers a modern publishing platform for writers, and thousands of stories based on anything from anime and comics, to movies and plays for readers. The HP fanfiction section is especially large. However, as a reader you should keep in mind that stories on this site can be posted without approval, so many of them are of poor quality.
Archive of Our Own
AO3 is an archive for transformative fanworks that was created to address the shortcomings of FanFiction.net. They boast robust search capabilities, character and pairing tags, integration with other fanfiction communities like LJ, and more. The site has no ads and is ran by Organization for Transformative Works.
A new site for posting and reading stories from all fandoms, FictionPad is remarkably easy to navigate thanks to their modern, responsive UI. Twilight, Naruto, and Harry Potter categories are currently the most popular.
A moderated creative writing community which accepts fan fiction based on various media such as anime, books, games, etc. There is also a section for original works. However, their Anime & Manga category is by far the most popular.
FicWad hosts a solid number of fics from various categories, with "Celebrities" and "Anime" being the two most popular ones. They also allow original works to be published in addition to fanfiction.
Quotev is more than a fanfiction archive: they allow you to post your original stories, quizzes, and surveys as well. However, fan fiction seems to be one of their most popular categories, so you will be in good company if you go there specifically to read or write fan works.
A site for posting 18+ fanfiction that wouldn't be accepted at other archives.
Harry Potter Archives
The following sites are for HP fics only. Some might have specific requirements for story length, type, pairings, etc.
A small invitation-only archive ran by fanfic writer Jeconais, FanficAuthors.net offers some of the best and most interesting Harry Potter fics ever written. If you're looking for good stories to read and don't have the time to wade through the junk, this website is probably your best bet. In addition, they provide links to download the stories in ePub and other formats.
Claiming to be the best and oldest Harry Potter fanfiction site on the web, this archive currently contains over 78,000 stories categorized by genre, pairing, and format. All submitted stories have to be validated first, which usually happens within 72 hours. They have yearly awards for various types of stories.
The popular Harry Potter fansite, MuggleNet, has a section dedicated to fan fiction as well. Their archive isn't that large (over 10k fics), but the average quality should be relatively good as all stories are moderated by the staff. MuggleNet is stricter than some other archives as they do not allow crossovers, excessive Out of Character, and fics which are not canon-compliant.
An older site with an outdated design and layout that still hosts quite a number of great stories.
One of the largest HP fanfiction archives with the downside of a somewhat confusing layout and system, FA is actually comprised of four sites: Schnoogle (novel-length stories), Astronomy Tower (romance), The Dark Arts (drama, angst, mystery, etc.) and Riddikulus (humor fics).
Sink Into Your Eyes, a site dedicated specifically to stories centered around Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. They have some strict submission rules in regards to that, so fans of the H/G pairing will definitely enjoy the stories hosted there.
A generic HP fanfiction archive which aims to provide only quality stories to the readers. Every submission is first reviewed by the staff of the site.
PatronusCharm is a small site ran by the same person as Dark Lord Potter forums. The members are rather demanding on quality, so you can expect to find some pretty good reads here. They frown on "stories written by the typical junior high girl" (quote from the PatronusCharm FAQ). There are all types of stories hosted on this archive, but the emphasis seems to be on independent or dark!Harry.
The Sugar Quill
A selective HP fanfiction archive which only accepts stories with good, canon-compliant characterization and does not allow crossovers. Harry / Ginny pairing seems to be the most popular here, and most fics follow this direction.
Potions and Snitches
A site for stories belonging to the "Severitus" genre, where Snape is a mentor and / or a father-like figure to Harry. However, no SS/HP slash is allowed.
Like the name suggests, this fanfic site is for stories centered around Hermione Granger. There are no special requirements for the genre or the rating; our favorite bookworm just has to be the main character of the piece.
A Harry Potter coomunity which has sections for fanart and fanfics. This is a smaller archive with only around 3,000 works published.
Twilight Fanfic Sites
Sites for hosting stories based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight universe.
A moderated Twilight fanfic archive where stories are categorized depending on when they take place, as well as other characteristics. A good number of fics in this archive.
Modern look, easy story sorting by various aspects, and over 5,000 archived works. Image upload for stories supported.
Like its name suggests, this website is dedicated to high-quality fanfics featuring various Asian celebrities. Original fiction with Asian characters is also accepted. The archive is moderated to maintain quality.
Asianfanfics is a fast-growing site that features Asian fanfiction from many genres and ethnicities. As one of the most feature-filled fanfiction sites, it includes a tagging system, automatic update alerts, automatic backups, chat, videos, galleries, weekly featured stories, and an automatic import utility for Winglin stories.
Winglin is one of the more popular destinations for Asian pop-culture fanfiction. The site has a rather basic interface and not too many features.
Other Specific Archives
These sites are dedicated to fics based on a single source.
A popular site for fics based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon.
The Original Naruto Fanfic Archive, or TONFA, is the oldest and largest archive for hosting stories based in the Naruto universe.
A site for bandfics, and fics about rock bands in particular.
Stories based on the various Star Trek incarnations.
What Is Fanfiction?
Definition of fan fiction and the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Fan fiction (commonly known as fanfiction) is a loosely defined term for fiction about characters or settings, written by admirers of the original work. Fanfics are not commissioned by the owner and creator and are very rarely published professionally. Most fan fiction writers assume that their readers have knowledge of the canon (original) universe in which their works are based. More on Wikipedia...
According to some sources, fanfiction existed as far back as the 17th century, but it's becoming particularly popular these days when we have so many forms of entertainment. The Harry Potter fanfiction phenomenon is especially impressive. There are so many fics written by the fans of the series, that you could say J. K. Rowling awakened the generation of children not only to reading, but creative writing as well!
Why Write It?
A few things to consider
Why would you even write a fanfic? Some might say "it's not like you are getting paid for it". It's true that you won't make any money from your fanfiction (and if you do, that's probably illegal) but there are many other benefits, such as improving your writing skills, stimulating your fantasy and giving your favorite story a "better" ending or a spin-off you always wanted to see in the original work.
Let's not forgot the social aspect, too. Internet lets you publish your story instantly, getting a lot of readers to post reviews and comments that will help you improve. Plus, it feels great to get positive reviews from people saying that they loved your work. Of course, then there's always the pressure from your fans to release the next chapter sooner. If this happens to you, just remember that you are writing the story for yourself first, and take as much time as you think is needed (don't release half-baked chapters just because your readers demand it). See it this way: if people are begging you to write faster, that means your story is really good!
Tips For Writing Your First One
Some basic advice for newbie fanfiction writers
- Spelling and grammar are important. If you think those are your weak points, get someone to proof-read your story if possible ("beta" in fanfiction slang), or at least run a spell-checker. Finding a beta and letting him to read your story before releasing each chapter is always a good idea even if your spelling is great.
- Try to understand the feelings and motives of the characters in the original work. Explain the changes they experience in your fic. A person can't go from a wuss to a badass in one day, simply speaking. There's nothing stopping your fantasy and getting crazy with the characters, but in that case people usually tag their stories as AU (Alternate Universe).
- It's an excellent idea to have a rough draft of the whole fic, or at least an outline, before starting to post chapters online.
- Do not give in to the pressure of readers. Don't get discouraged by the negative comments, but pay attention to constructive criticism. Your readers might give you good ideas for improving the story, but always remember that you are the author.
- Your story should make sense. Yes, you can write whatever you want - however, it's usually a good idea to think of a nice plot, not to have any perfect characters just taking revenge on everyone during whole fic. That being said, a well-written crackfic can be quite fun!
- Finally, the specifics of fanfiction aside, it's really like writing any other kind of story. You still need to have some writing skills (and there are tons of information online how to improve them). Fanfiction is actually a good way to start writing, and should be much easier than creating an original work from scratch, because you already have characters and world created for you. All you have to do is play around with them.
What do you think is the best site for reading or publishing fanfics?
Read Fanfic on Your Kindle
Many of the websites listed here offer an improved reading experience by allowing you to choose the font, reduce the column width, or darken the background. Yet nothing beats reading fanfiction on an e-ink screen of your Kindle or other ebook device. Here are some tools to help you do that:
- FanFictionDownLoader supports a large number of sites. You can use it straight from your browser (Google login required), or download a calibre plugin. It can save fics in ePub, HTML, Mobi, and text formats. A list of most popular downloaded works lets you see what stories other people are enjoying.
- FicSave is a website for downloading stories from FanFiction.net, FictionPress.com, and Adult-Fanfiction.org. Unfortunately, only these three are supported so far. One of its best features is sending the story straight to your Kindle via email. This way, if you have WiFi enabled, you don't need to bother connecting your device via USB to transfer the file.
- FanFictionDownloader is a similarly-called, yet different software which is available as a standalone Windows program as well as a web-based version for Kindle only. The Windows application is my personal favorite; it can output in 14 different formats, monitors your clipboard for copied story links, and can download only the chapters you selected instead of the whole thing. Then all you have to do is connect your e-reader via USB and upload the story.