We here at the Collective love our fanfiction. I first delved into the fanfiction world almost ten years ago, when I was a quiet and introverted freshman at uni. As college progressed, I didn’t have the time to read like I once did, but once I finished grad school, I jumped right back in only to realize the fanfic ‘verse is MUCH bigger than it was 8 years ago. It’s a bit overwhelming if you’re new to it, especially if you don’t know the lingo, so here is my quick and dirty guide to fanfiction for the newbie.

Choosing the ‘verse

As I’ve said before, the beauty of fanfiction is that it showcases how incredibly creative and talented we fans can be. But, fanfiction is like a drug, and you’ve got to pick the right one that does it for you. Now, before we go any further, if you’ve been to the three biggest fanfiction websites–fanfiction.net (FFN) or archiveofourown.org (AO3) or Wattpad–you’ve probably noticed the excessive use of the exclamation point (!) in the tags. The exclamation point denotes an emphasized characteristic of a character or of the universe in which the fanfiction is set, i.e. Possessive!Draco or Omega!verse. So when it comes to choosing the ‘verse you want to read, be aware that tags with the exclamation point are pretty much the road signs–they’ll take you where you want to go or warn you away from things you don’t want to read.

Some common terms about fanfiction ‘verses:

AU–Alternative Universe. This could be as simple as the story taking place in a coffee shop (a popular setting) or it could be one of the author’s own imagining. Either way, AU means it is not set in the canon.

This is what we call an AU.

The Canon–This term encompasses everything that defines the particular work(s) on which a fandom is based. In other words, everything created by the original author/creators. If it’s in the show/book/movie, it’s canon. Fics are usually labelled as canon or non-canon compliant. (If it’s AU, it’s pretty certain to be non-canon. Most of the time.)

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Although I have a distinct preference for fluff and smut, I tend to enjoy a good End!Verse Destiel fic. Sure, there’s angst but with dark times comes super sexy smut, which keeps me returning to 2014 for more. “The End” S05xE04 has to be one of my favorite episodes of Supernatural EVER, and so I naturally went to the Collectress to help me find End!Verse fics.

Boy, was that a mistake.

Her angst scale and mine just do not match up, plus she claims not to enjoy (Read? Like? She’s very covert when it comes to fanfic) End!Verse. WHAAAT?! NOOOOOO!! Sigh…so, dear Collectors, I took it upon myself to read a crap ton of angsty smut and then put together a top ten End!Verse fic rec list that won’t make you want to roll up into a little ball of sadness with a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream for a month. Porn is a real motivator.

xoxo The Collectiva Diva (tweet me destiel porn recs and I will love you long time)

(Click on the fic title for the link)

1. Scratchmarks by bookkbaby

This is my favorite End!Verse fic ever. Seriously. Every time I read it, I wish it were longer. The story starts off super hot, with 2014!Dean, 2009!Dean and 2014!Cas getting super kinky and then it goes all emotions and deep truths. Cas has walls up and 2009!Dean is determined to break them down before returning to his own time.

READ THIS NOW.

2. Set your self on fire by trinityofone

Yes, so much yes. Dean never did tell Cas what happened in 2014. He probably won’t tell his Cas about the dreams, either.

I hope you dirty birdies are at home or on the incognito page of your work computer, because some of these fics will make you feel all wibbley-wobbley inside and the artwork is lovely! Since I started watching Doctor Who and reading fanfic around the same time, this ship pairing happens to be my het OTP and the first ship I ever boarded. I love the chemistry between River and Eleven, mostly because River is a sexpot and the Doctor looks like he could use a good wank every once in a while. Oh myyyyyyyy…

All that UST has to become RT sometime, right?
All that unresolved sexual tension has to become resolved sexual tension sometime, right?