I promise (thisismylastlie) wrote,
I promise

EXO FanFic Rec

I read a lot. These are the best of the best (of what I've read, at least). (Note: For EunHae/KyuMin fic recs, please visit here.)

** I also added a new to-read list at the bottom, as well as pending multi-chaptered recs that I need to read more of before 'officially' reccing.

♥ FOR THE EXTRA SPECIAL ONES (meaning I either always go back to reread this fic or can't seem to forget about this fic).

Multiple Pairings

Zodiac (BaekYeol, TaoRis, KaiSoo, HunHan; AU, romance, adventure, fantasy, drama; PG-13)*
"The Oracle has seen the twelve united. War is coming to the Nations. We must prepare for battle."
-- thoughts: one of the best fics of the fandom so far in my opinion. it has a little bit of everything, and it's an all-around joy to read.

The 12th Floor of Apartment E (BaekYeol, KaiSoo, XiuHan, TaoRis; AU)* —connected oneshots
Varying summaries.

Network Chaos (BaekYeol, KaiSoo, HunHan, TaoRis, XiuChen; AU, humor; PG-13)
wherein they're all obsessed with networking sites that only produce chaos and a lot of unhealthy feels.

fineprint (HunHan, TaoRis, BaekYeol, KaiSoo; AU, romance, action, angst, humor; NC-17)*
The general consensus is that cake is good, cars are not, and Chanyeol shouldn't be allowed near gas stations, ever.

Office Antics (BaekYeol, KaiSoo, OT12; AU, humor; PG-13)*
Twelve guys and one software startup. Baekhyun's that new guy, Chanyeol's the guy who falls for the new guy, Kyungsoo has pedo problems, Junmyeon's the obvlivious CEO, Kris is the cutthroat CFO, Yixing's out to get more vacation time, Tao's a receptionist (sorta), Minseok is a closeted romantic, Jongin's the intern that actuall does stuff, Sehun's the intern that doesn't, and Luhan and Jongdae just like messing around.
-- thoughts: one of the best fics ever /cries/ i've reread this three times so far omg

Project EXO (HunHan, SuLay, BaekYeol, KaiSoo, TaoRis; AU, action/adventure, sci-fi?; PG-13)*
No summary provided. (But several members are government experiments in this utopia of sorts, who break free to fight their corrupted government...?)
-- thoughts: i honestly don't think this fic is given enough attention because, in my opinion, it has a very intriguing plot and, so far, amazing characterization. the only reason it's not a favorite yet is because i haven't caught up with it yet, but honestly, this is a really enjoyable read.

EXO Superhero Drabbles (KaiSoo, HunHan, SuChen, BaekYeol; AU, humor; PG)
A day in the lives of the superheroes we know and love so well.
-- thoughts: i had a superhero idea too, so seeing this kind of disheartened me a bit, but reading it cheered me up immediately because these are just so funny. like. really. funny. omg.

Dead Heart (KaiSoo, BaekYeol, SuChen; AU; PG-15)
Your heart should have stopped beating a long time ago, yet here it is aching for another.
-- thoughts: uh amazing? all for zombie movies and stuff, and this was wonderfully written. i feel like this fic could have a sequel, which i don't say for many fics, but this one just has a lot of potential for a longer story. but the threeshot itself is nice :)

Tired and Wired (KaiSoo, BaekYeol, HunHan, others; AU, drama; PG-15?)*
none provided
-- thoughts: omg so it took me several nights to finish this (forty-freakin-five chapters omfg), and i do not regret it at all. this fic is just /tears my heart out and gives it to the author.

Bon Voyage (HunHan, KaiSoo, BaekYeol, TaoRis, SuChen, XiuLay; AU, fluff, romance; PG-13?)*
None provided (but basically they're all on a cruise ship and some of the members are workers while others are actual guests and it's pretty interesting so far).

Chanyeol/Baekhyun (BaekYeol)

Absolute Chanyeol (AU, romance, angst; PG-13)
Fic is locked, so summary is inaccessible. But this is a fandom classic.

Close Your Eyes One Last Time (AU, humor; PG-13)
No summary provided.
-- thoughts: soooo funny omg

Stationary Sidewalks (Baekhyun/Chanyeol + Tao; AU, angst, romance, tragedy?)
No summary provided.
-- thoughts: you know those fics where you remember them later and you get hit with all these feels? yeah, this is one of them.

Shoe Store Love (AU, fluff, humor; PG-13)
When Baekhyun is fired from his job, what happens when his best friend drags him to a store that he'd never seen before?

Moments Like These (AU, romance, fluff; PG-13)
Baekhyun makes love easy.
-- thoughts: sERIOUSLY SO CUTE

make a day feel like a minute (romance, humor; PG-13)
Chanyeol doesn’t want to ‘get to know’ the guy who comes to every show dressed in a bright gold jacket and carrying a glittery sign with Chanyeol’s name on it. Except, well, he kind of does. (It is a bitchin’ jacket.)

The Particular Complexities of Friendship (AU, romance, humor, fluff; PG-13)
"Just friends" becomes a rather unconvincing excuse after you've been living together for some time, doing who-knows-what.

Casualties, and How We Benefit (AU, romance, angst; PG-13)
Their relationship rebuilds itself in stages, much like a full-scale pandemic.

why like this (AU, romance, humor; NC-17)
in which baekhyun is a classical pianist with social anxiety problems and chanyeol has no major.

Eden's Morning (AU, angst; PG-13)
Open up a browser's history and you can read someone's story.
-- thoughts:  how she chose to tell the story was amazing.

Folie a Deux (humor/crack, ot12; R)
What do you do when your sex life hits a plateau? Cue ten overly helpful friends to the rescue with their plethora of spicy suggestions, and mix in a clueless couple with an insurmountable amount of bad luck – the perfect recipe for hilarity and disaster.
-- thoughts: this will make you cry tears of laughter omg

Then Came You (AU, romance, drama?, humor, fluff, side!KaiSoo; PG-PG-13)*
No description available.

-- thoughts: this gave me so many feels tbh i always anticipate updates ;;

Lovesick (au, romance, fluff, humor; PG-13)
Baekhyun tries to figure out if he has the lovesick virus.

Kris/Tao (TaoRis)

Simple (AU, romance; PG)*
Kris discovers that love sometimes isn't simple. But that doesn't mean it's not worth it.

The ABC’s of Taoris (AU, romance; PG-13)*
Tao is a foreign exchange student from China. He lives with Kris in Vancouver for a year. What could possibly go wrong?

Be Human (AU, angst; PG-13)
Parallel with Absolute Chanyeol. Fic is locked, so summary is inaccessible. But this is a fandom classic.

Gucci Gucci (romance, fluff, humor?; PG-13)
Pout and you shall receive. It’s Tao’s motto when it comes to Kris, and it hasn’t failed him yet.

i’ll give it all to you, someday (AU, angst, tragedy; R)
They met in an internet forum for people like them, lonely and with thoughts that are much too loud for themselves.
-- thoughts:  omg i just dunno what to say for this eXCEPT TEARS

如烟 (like smoke) (angst; G)
Summer. Ever since that year, he's always looked forward to summer.
-- thoughts: the ending. that is all.

Sleepwalker (humor; PG)
Wu Fan sleeptalks. And sleepwalks. The rest of EXO-M tries to solve this problem.

Things to Ask Yixing (AU, romance, humor; PG-13)
No summary provided. (But Tao steals cakes that Kris bakes and dating him apparently fixes the problem.)
-- thoughts: omg this one was really cute ;_; i love it

Pacifier Blues (crack)
Fic is locked, so summary is inaccessible.

‘This’ (AU, romance; PG-13)
Zitao works at Gucci and Wufan buys him way too many bags.
-- thoughts: seriously just read every taoris by her okay

The Pros & Cons of Overthinking (AU, humor, romance; PG-13)
In which Wufan is a greek god and Zitao thinks with his dick.

the salt you breathed (romance, drama; PG-13)
No summary provided.
-- thoughts: i don't know why but i just REALLY love this ;;

Excuses, Excuses (humor, crack, romance; PG)
Tao says he visits Kris because he's in love with Kris's buffalo. Kris believes him. Utter chaos ensues.

notice me this year (AU, romance; PG-13)
Zitao has an unfortunate crush on the most desirable guy at school, Kris Wu. He also hangs out with these losers, Lu Han, Byun Baekhyun, and Oh Sehun. All-in-all, it is a practice in daily embarrassment and masochism.

after the cherry blossoms fall (AU, romance; PG)
Sequel to "notice me this year." Kris Wu is the most popular guy in high school. He definitely does not watch bad television dramas because he enjoys them. And it's not as if he's never been on a date, or had a first kiss, or understands how to deal with having a crush on his underclassman Huang Zitao, or how to handle talking to other people in general. Nope, he's definitely just as cool as all the girls say he is. Definitely.

buckets for jupiter (AU; PG-13)
Zitao pens an advice column, never talks to his roommate, and finds that, as predicted, the newspaper does in fact end up ruining his life.

Once Upon a Dream (AU, romance, drama; PG-15?)
Fairytale!AU In a world where fairy tale marriages are common and expected, Kris follows the advice of his fairy godmother to travel for seven days and seven nights, to climb to the highest room of the tallest tower — only to discover that this particular Sleeping Beauty is NOT asleep, and most definitely NOT female.

Sehun/Luhan (HunHan)
First Kisses and All That Jazz (humor; PG-13)
In which Exo-K fights to be Sehun's first kiss and Luhan is oblivious as fuck.

By the Time the Bar Closes (AU, humor; PG-13)
Lu Han works at the United Nations, Zitao steals office supplies, Wu Fan owns a feng shui gong, and Sehun is....Sehun.

Take a Hit for the Team (Luhan-centric; drama?; PG-13)
Lu Han ages both forward and backward, bearing sacrifice for success.

Crossword Puzzles (AU, humor, romance; PG-13)
Luhan should never have left China.

there will come soft rains (angst, romance, tragedy?; PG-13)
No summary provided.

The Exo High School Host Club (AU, romance, humor?; PG-13)
No summary provided.

Kai/Kyungsoo (KaiSoo)

Arbitrage (AU, romance, angst; NC-17)
There are three tracks to Do Kyungsoo's life. Track A, trader at an investment bank. Track B, new recruit of a race crew called EXO. Track C... track C involves someone named Kai and a whole lot of bad decisions. [Fandom Classic.]
-- thoughts: omg do i have to say anything? who hasn't read this? idk just pay attention as you read this and try not to cry~

you’re like a very far shooting star (humor, fluff; PG)
Jongin is not one for romance, but he really wants Kyungsoo to notice him.

The Implications of Time Travel (Kyungsoo-centric; angst/gen?; R)
As Kyungsoo develops the power to read others, he loses himself slowly in thought.

Thoughts: Pernicious (Kai-centric; angst; NC-17)
Kyungsoo falls apart inside his own head, and Jongin can only watch from the sidelines. (a remix of The Implications of Time Travel above)

So We Meet Again (and Other Clichéd Phrases) (romance; R)
This is not a romance, by definition. This is Kim Jongin, both too famous and too dense to write his own memoir. This is Kim Jongin, stumbling awkwardly back into love.
-- thoughts: one of the best kaisoo fics imo idk i just really liked this one

finest thing in history (AU, romance; PG-13)
Between struggling in university and working shifts at the restaurant, Jongin is fighting to bring his life together after his parents disown him. Meeting Do Kyungsoo, however, changes everything.

Paper Mache (AU, romance; PG-13)*
Trapped in a cardboard box, Kyungsoo always feels at home.

i see your empty lies (don’t leave me) (AU, angst; PG-13)
No summary provided.

Anterograde Tomorrow (AU, romance, angst, tragedy; PG-13/R)
Kyungsoo is stuck in the hours while Jongin begs the seconds, because time stops for someone who can't remember and runs from someone who can't miss the last train home. [Fandom Classic.]
-- thoughts:  best summary ever, and cha's wordplay is just ugh. amazing.

Color Me with Love (romance; PG-13)
No summary provided.

Words & Heartbeats (romance; PG-13)
No summary provided.

Is it alright for me to believe? (AU, romance, fluff?; PG)
in which kyungsoo thinks he's ugly, post-it notes are stuffed in his locker and jongin saves the day.
-- thoughts: so k a w a i i

Jumping off a cliff (romance; PG-13)
kim jongin gets stuck in that tangled maze that is life. do kyungsoo is jongin's way out.

Countdown (AU, romance, tragedy; PG-13)
Jongin sees but doesn't see enough.
-- thoughts: the eNDING

Pythagorean (AU, romance, drama; R)
Looks are not always what they seem, and when an oblivious Jongin is met with an unexpectedly powerful foe, a failed bet turns into a battle of wills - with both contenders determined to win.

Summer Children (Zodiac!AU, romance, smut, fantasy; PG-13 - NC-17)
Kyungsoo leaves the Earth Nation to fight in a war. He meets a really stupid boy along the way (aka the kaisoo sidestory that goes alongside Zodiac).
-- thoughts: one of my favorites ever tbh

station n (AU, angst; G)
They meet on a train.

so long (AU, angst, romance; PG-13)
This is why Kyungsoo smiles, takes Jongin's hand, tries to subtly coax his mind into believing in "now."

Steep Me in Soundless Passion (AU, romance, angst; PG-15)
Do Kyungsoo makes tea bags. Kim Jongin is the pianist who thinks all he has to offer is the sound of heartbreak over black and white keys. But Kyungsoo proves him wrong with nearly perfect handwriting and breathless, soundless appreciation.
-- thoughts: definitely needs more recognition, but it's beautiful. myung is an outstanding writer with an envious skill with words.

i’m a freak show you can’t look away from (AU; PG-13)
Kyungsoo is incapable of handling affection, so Jongin becomes a problem. Chanyeol and Baekhyun are entirely of no help either, be it to Kyungsoo or themselves.

Fistfuls of Salt (AU, romance; PG-13)
When hate is a strong word and love is a weak one, Kyungsoo's life is one big contradiction.
-- thoughts: omg idk what it is about this fic but i keep going back to it ;_; so good

take your heart (and add it to mine) (AU, romance, fluff/humor; R)
No summary provided.

Night Dancer (AU, romance; PG-13)
Kyungsoo likes physics. He's not cut out for things that science can't prove, like love or feelings or ghosts, quite frankly.

Street Rats (AU, romance, angst/drama, slice of life; PG-13 – NC-17)*
Kyungsoo is a dreamer, ready to wake up, but not yet ready to live.

Our Way Home (AU, angst, romance, friendship; PG)
Jongin was made of nothing but cotton, glass eyes, fur and fabric. He was Kyungsoo's favorite teddy bear.

Love and Other Ailments (AU, romance, humor, fluff; PG-13)
jongin has been equipped with wonderful people skills and great friends. (no, not really)

aim, hurl, catch (AU, angst; R)
No summary provided.

i fear, i fear, 'twill prove a giddy world (AU, romance; PG-13)
jongin leaps, and slowly (but surely) falls apart

12 Days of KaiSoo (AU, fluff, romance; R)
Jongin gives himself a deadline: confess to his best friend by Christmas.

Challenge Accepted (AU, smut; NC-17)
Jongin has a porn collection and his computer crashes. Kyungsoo is his go-to tech repair. Challenges are thrown and met. Jongin blames it all on Chanyeol.

Overspilts (or, This is How We Étendre) (AU, romance, fluff?, smut; NC-17)
No summary provided.

A Certain Shade of Green (AU, romance, humor?; PG)
The mall is just an odd place, and it gets even weirder during the holidays, Kyungsoo finds out.

Default State of Being (AU, romance, drama, smut; NC-17)*
Kyungsoo is a gay romance novelist and Jongin serves as his muse of sorts.
-- thoughts: love the characterization and the smut

baby, it's cold outside (AU, romance, fluff; PG)
Christmas dinners can sometimes bring the unlikeliest of people together.

Wonderful Tonight (AU, romance, fluff?; PG-13)
Jongin a horribly un-suave cheap date, Kyungsoo likes to threaten him, and Sehun is really just looking for some gossip (but it's all good...?)

The Way You Look Tonight (AU, romance; NC-17)
Second dates are better (aka Kyungsoo continues to threaten his boyfriend and Jongin acts like a scared kitten).

Transient (angst; PG-13)
It was a vicious cycle, in which Kim Jongin is everything Do Kyungsoo needs, and at the same time nothing he wants

hope is a dream (that doesn’t sleep) (AU, romance, fluff; PG-13)
This is a story, a dream found in reality. This is Kyungsoo realizing that reality isn’t perfect, but as long as Jongin is there, everything fits together.

The Demon Who Came to Tea (AU, humor, romance; PG-13/M at the end)*
Kim Jongin, the most awkward dark magic wizard ever to practice magic, gets more than he bargained for when he tries summoning a demon for the first time.
-- thoughts: unique and funny. love this fic so much ^^

If You Call, I'll Come to You (AU, romance, fluff; PG)
college AU. Kyungsoo finds a lost dog and somehow, well, he kind of ends up with another.

like a disney movie (AU, romance, fluff; PG-13)
kyungsoo falls sick and loses his voice one day at work so baekhyun and luhan play a practical joke on him that ends with more benefits than consequences.
-- thoughts: could have sworn I put this on my list earlier OTL what other fics have I missed by mistake T.T anyway, this is really cute and one of my favorite fluff fics ^^

Don’t Hold Your Love Over My Head (romance, fluff; PG-13)
Jongin wants more intimate time with Kyungsoo, but how to do it when the kids are always around?
-- thoughts: honestly, i'm not the biggest fan of fics where members have kids and it's all domestic and stuff. it's cute, but yeah, it's not my favorite thing. but this one! oh my gosh, this will make you like fics like that. cute and funny :)

The Tree Nymph and His Human (au, romance, fluff; G)
In which Kai, a gardener who's always had a strange but strong attachment to the earth around him meets a whimsical Tree Nymph named Kyungsoo.

in the street lights, you are my stage (au, romance; PG-13)
at dawn he dances to a voice on the radio.

Self-Discovery (au, romance, fluff; NC-17)
Jongin and Kyungsoo began their journey to discover new places and new cultures. They never would have expected to discover something completely new about themselves.
-- thoughts: rating is for a smut scene towards the end, which can be skipped if you don't feel comfortably with smut. very cute fic other than that :')

Try (au, romance, drama; PG-13?)
Jongin didn’t believe in commitment. Kyungsoo didn’t believe in relationships.

Please Don't (au, romance, drama; PG-13?)
With every kiss from Jongin's lips, Kyungsoo feels his heart break a little more.
-- thoughts: i like the development - it was gradual and fitting. also, this is a threeshot.

summer, 21 (au, romance; PG-13)
a love story in 21 days
-- thoughts: pei will break your heart and make you like it. also, this is a really long oneshot.

the marks on his skin (au, romance, fluff; PG)
Jongin and his friend, Kyungsoo, are art teachers. Kyungsoo lets the kids draw or paint on him as they please. And Jongin likes the marks on his skin.

I, I Love You (Like a Love Song, Baby) (mall!au, romance, humor; PG-13)
Jongin is a skater and Kyungsoo is a lotion connoisseur.
-- thoughts: i love this so much don't even get me started tbh omg just read the entire mall!au tbh

Clubrooms & Weirdos (college!au, romance, humor, ot12; PG-13)*
It takes five minutes for Jongin to be recruited into a club he's never heard of, five seconds for him to fall for a certain pair of intriguing wide eyes and quite possible no time whatsoever for him to realize that this is most definitely not the reality he asked for.

Someone Else (au, romance, angst/drama; PG-13?)
Kyungsoo tended to keep things to himself. Jongin changed all that.

In Between Reasons (au, romance, slight angst; PG-13?)
In which Kyungsoo is drowning in caffeine and suffocating in depression and Jongin just might be his savior.

the way we want it to be (au, romance, drama; PG-15)
when jongin was referred to kyungsoo to solve his ghost problem, he had never thought kyungsoo would give him so much trouble just to convince kyungsoo to help.

Shine Like Stars (au, romance, fluff, drama, ot12; PG)*
Kyungsoo hadn’t known what to expect when he finally decided to tell his mother that he was gay, but being sent to an all-boys summer camp in the middle of nowhere certainly wasn’t it.

Come December (I Will Be Here) (au, romance; PG-13)
Kyungsoo reminisces; Jongin seeks warmth. This holiday season, they find a home in each other's arms.

thunderbirds (au, romance, fantasy; R)
It takes ninety days for his constellations to break free of their designated places to ruin his life and save it.

can't fight (the moonlight) (wolf!au-ish, romance, drama/angst?; NC-17)
kyungsoo had never questioned the story about the broken tree branch and a reckless unicyclist, but maybe he should have.
-- thoughts: best wolf fic imo

Goodbye Summer (au, romance, fluff, slight angst; PG-13)
Several glasses of lemonade, a jar full of promises and ten years of loving Kyungsoo later, Jongin grows to hate the label 'friend'.

Crystal Clear (au, romance, fluff; PG)
Jongin noticed those eyes.
-- thoughts: so damn cute

caught between dreams and secret loves (au, angst; R)
It was never meant to be anything more than a one-night-only fling, but when feelings become embroiled in it all, things can indeed spiral out of hand.

in my dreams (you're there with me) (au, romance; PG-13)
Kyungsoo sees Jongin in his waking hours and in his dreams. (sequel to caught between dreams and secret loves)

Always By Your Side (romance; G)
One morning, EXO wakes up and Kyungsoo is four years old.  And for some reason, he keeps on clinging to Jongin.

Not a Vampire (humor; PG-13)
Kyungsoo is NOT a vampire. Really.

Cocktail (au, romance; PG-13)
Kyungsoo blinked up at him. Tall, ink-blank hair in the light and white, white teeth. And at least a mile of bare, toned arms.

make me understand, s'il vous plaît (au, fluff; PG)
(No summary provided, but basically this is a short drabble with Kyungsoo tutoring Jongin in French.)

Miscellaneous Pairings

as the smoke clears (watch as ashes fade away) (Suho/Sehun; AU, romance, drama/angst?; PG-15)
And in the end, Junmyun learns it isn’t only Sehun who needs to learn to let go.

that summer magic (Junmyeon/Jongdae; AU, romance; PG-15)
Jongdae spends most of his on-shift time at Everland amusement park wishing that, as advertised, his dreams would actually come true.
-- thoughts: long but so worth it omfg i can't even put into words how much i loved this! the entire progression was wow so fucking perfect one of the best i've read in fanfics tbh ;_;

so long gay boys (Suho/Chen; AU, fluff, humor, crack; PG-13)
None provided (but basically Chen has a crush on Suho, who invites him to go along with Suho's friends to his lake house and etcetra. Other pairings are in here too, such as KaiSoo and HunHan).
-- thoughts: very, very fun read!

Gen / Character Focus

spoiled & rotten (Kai-centric; gen? angst?)
in which Kai learns to be the new golden child of SME.
-- thoughts: i need to read more gen/-centric fics omg but anyway i love this!

Furry Little Problem (Jongdae-centric, OT12; humor; G)
Jongdae wakes up as a cat. Literally.

note: lol my bias is so evident look at all that kaisoo and now would be a good time to mention I don't read fics for pairings I don't ship aha. yeah. sorry /sobs. these are all based on my personal preferences. there are many good fics not found on here, simply because i didn't read it yet or never plan to read it. there are a lot of other good fic recs out there, so please also refer to those if you want more variety.

if you have any fics for me to read, I will love you forever ;_; but please keep in mind that i am very picky as to what goes onto my fic rec -- it needs at least adequate grammar and an interesting plotline and appropriate characterization. there are fics that i like that aren't even on this list honestly ;;


LIST OF FICS ON MY TO-READ LIST: (kaisoo, suchen, baekyeol, sulay)
- memento (mori)
- the KAIstones(ers) meet the DOrobinsons (i know the title is questionable but trust me lol)
- s.u.h.o.
- butterfly kisses
- the perks of being tsundere (srsly i need to read a lot of reine's tbh /sighs in shame)
- optimum temperature
- the painter of bones
- runway freaks
- Make Them Hear You
- Out of My League

LIST OF AFF FICS I'M WAITING FOR COMPLETION (if they finish nicely, they'll be added to the list): (all kaisoo)
- part of the pack (i know it sounds like a wolf!au, but it actually isn't)
- siren song (the pirates!au we've all been looking for even if we don't know it)
- sea foam
- how (not) to be a slytherin
- ramyeon rendezvous (smmmmut with an upcoming plot)
- entropy (actually this is pretty ot12-ish)
- apocalyptic romance
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