YA Book Recommendations for Fanfiction Tropes and Plots

Given fanfiction readers’ love of  stories they should be an ideal audience for readers’ advisory, but where do you start?  How can you reach out to them without learning more than anyone wants to know about their fic reading habits and peculiarities?  Let’s start with some familiar tropes!

Pretend Dating

Popular pretenses for a fake relationship include family pressure, financial reasons, undercover work, or saving face with an ex with the point being to force the potential couple into close proximity so that feelings can develop or be exposed.

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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

One of Them is Famous

In this popular trope, one member of the potential couple is famous and the other half is just a regular girl or boy who may or may not be an adoring fan.

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill 


In meta fic the characters are aware they are in a story or are at least aware of the tropes being used in the story.  Fans of meta fic will likely enjoy:

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Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Groundhog Day (Time Loop)

Characters  are stuck in a loop where they must live the same thing over and over until a particular result is achieved.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

The Loop by Shandy Lawson

Friends to More (GLBT+ Edition)

Someone is crushing on their friend, luckily it turns out their sexual orientations are compatible. Yes, this is a common trope in everything but it’s also pretty much the basic fanfiction plot in every fandom I’ve ever seen. We’re doing gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters because of the most popular ships in fandom.


Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall 

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz







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