for @helianthus21 (waaay later than I wanted to post it but. you know. life.)
After @sweetlittlevampire did one for me for after I finished the show, I thought I’d pass on the torch ;) These are entirlely fet by my bookmarks on Ao3, so very incomplete. Honestly, the amount of amazing fanfic in this fandom is astounding. I tried to focus on you preferneces and sprinkled in some of my other favourites, too. Enjoy! <3
Post Canon (with a lot of them focusing on the twin heros)
With Absolute Splendor by Lise
Author’s summary: “If you’re going to get married,” Jiang Cheng ground out, “then you’re going to damn well get married at Lotus Pier.” Wei Wuxian blinked once. Again. Then: “what?”
Or: the one with sibling reconciliation, brother-in-laws from
hell, and Jiang Cheng trying to sort through his feelings while
acknowledging them as little as possible.
My comment: The best grumpy, loving asshole Jian Cheng pov I have possibly ever read. It is delightful! He is a family man without a family and in this fic he has finally had enough and drags his brother back to himself kicking and screaming (even if that means he has to put up with his aweful future brother in law)
Attempting the Impossible by Ariaste
Author’s summary: Jiang Cheng gathers up his determination in both hands and goes
to the Cloud Recesses to embark on one of the most difficult endeavors
he can imagine: Repairing his relationship with his brother. To his surprise, he discovers he’s become an uncle again… several times over. Wei Wuxian, what the fuck?!
My comment: My absolute favourite post canon reconciliation fic and imo an absolute must-read! The author has Jiang Cheng’s inner voice down to a T! The story is funny in its narration but often brimming with emotions! Again, Jiang Cheng is 100% a family man and he cannot help himself but love all his new nephews and nieces the instant he realises they are part of his family! The kids themselves are absolutely delightful and both Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji get to be overworked and perpetually tired parents. Also, the backstory on how they got all their children will leave you both tearing up and wheezing with laughter. :D (There is a podfic version of this fic, too, which I highly reccommend!)
A Civil Combpaign
In which Jin Ling has gotten it through his head that he wants to marry Lan Sizhui, convinces himself that it is obviously only for political reasons and then goes to Jiang Cheng of all people for advice on how to court someone. It goes about as well as could be expected.
My comment: Both these fics are a riot and an exceptionally well written one at that. :D The first fic focuses on Jin Ling’s desaster teenage antics and his growing realisation that he does in fact have feelings for Lan Sizhui (he truly proves to be his father’s son in this fic in all but sexual and romantic orientation). The second fic focuses on Wei Wuxian’s efforts to help Jin Ling while also juggeling his son’s feelings and his husband’s abandonment issues.
ok, jiujiu by kakikaeru
Author’s summary: Uncle’s jaw works in the way that suggests he’s about to say
something irredeemable. Jin Ling, in a move of diplomacy he hopes the
Chief Cultivator appreciates, distracts him with spicy food and his
favourite subject: the incompetence of his own officials.
“I hear the lakes in the south east are having drainage
problems?” he asks nonchalantly, sticking three big slices of braised
pork belly into his Uncle’s bowl.
Jin Ling just wants to get through the Discussion Conference with his Sect, his dignity, and his heart intact.
My comment: This is part two of a series (part one focuses on Lan Jingyi. It’s also a delightful read. 100% rec!) and it’s the epitome of “the kids are alright”. also from the author’s tags: “they’re taking ancient mystical china into the negative fourth century with their good attittude”. The juniors are delightful in this! Jin Ling is actively learning to be patient and growing as a person partber (to ouyang zizhen!!!) and sect leader and he is done with his uncle’s bs because he cannot stand him isolating himself further. It’s just a really really good read. Also wangxian from jin ling’s bewildered perspective is hilarious.
murky waters by newamsterdam
Author’s summary: Convinced Jiang Cheng and Wei WuXian will never reconcile of their own
accord, Jin Ling takes matters into his own hands by trapping both of
his uncles alone, together, without their cultivation.
My comment: Another “Jin Ling forces his uncles to get their shit together” fic! They seem to be a popular trope in this fandom :D This one is part one of the delightfully titled “
JC and WWX’s Get Along Sweater“ series. There is a lot of trauma being wrenched to the surface (Jiang cheng without access to his core … brings up bad memories) and it’s honestly heartbreaking how they still shout at each other about their love but have forgotten how to listen. By the end there is hope though.
Linger by the door by piecrust
After Wei Wuxian leaves Gusu, he travels the world and finds a number of places and people to call home along the way.
My comment: One word: healing. Wei Wuxian needs to find his own place in the world again and he gets to do it in this fic. The author wrote some delightful OCs, but also features Jin Ling, Song Lan and Jiang Cheng. In the end, Wei Wuxian still needs some convincing that Lan Wangji might actually like him back. Jiang Cheng gets a headache. It’s hilarious and beautiful.
Build me no shrines
by occultings (mishcollin)
Author’s summary: A few months after the events of Guanyin Temple, Wei Wuxian and Lan
Wangji take on a night hunt of an unusual sort: The Burial Mounds are
spreading, quickly and with no apparent explanation. In Wei Wuxian, it brings old, long-buried things bubbling to the surface.
My comment: I adore case fics, especially if they build in existing lore and expand on it. This one does exactly that and also employs my faourite trope of sentient magical places! On top of that, the case forces the characters to face their trauma. There is also some tentative yunmeng bros reconciliation, but again, not the focus.
myself through someone else’s eyes by thunderwear
This is a series in which Lan Xichen deaged himself and took his own memories. Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian look for a way to reverse it first, but upon realising they can’t, decide to raise little Lan Huan themselves.
My comment: The premisis might sound silly , but the story really isn’t. There is a lot of dealing with trauma and abandonment issues and the various problems of the Lan family. But also a lot of cute kid stuff and wangxian family. Also, Yunmeng bros reconciliation. :D
Best man for the job; a detailed treatise on Chief Cultivation by Aerlalaith
Author’s summary: “Just these?” He had thought, perhaps, given Jin Guangyao’s
notorious organizational skills, there might be a few more, but it does
not overly trouble him.“Oh no, Chief Cultivator,” Jin Guangtian says. “This is just the index.”(The peerless Hanguang-Jun faces his greatest challenge yet: bureaucracy).
My comment: This one is hilarious!! 10/10!
Time travel AU that has Jiang Cheng travel back in time! (for a change)
My comment: So satisfying to read! Jiang Cheng spents a lot of time looking at his mouch younger family and friends and going we were kids. we were just kids! and the rest of it trying to correct the mistakes of the first timeline.
wide enough and wild by impossibletruths
Canon divergent AU. Wei Wuxian takes the Wen refugees beyond the edge of the cutivation world’s reach instead of to the burial mounds. Lan Wangji follows.
My comment: A really well written fix it with amazing character developement. A lot of times, these “Lan Zhan stays with Wei Ying at the BM” don’t feel quite right to me because imo, he had not undergone the character developement necessary for such a choice. This fic did let him go through that character developement. Spoilers: This has a happy ending and everyone who isn’t dead already by the start of it gets to live ;)
The Rage of Daughters by givemeunicorns
Yanli lives AU! And gets to tell the men in her life a piece of her mind. And be more than a passive bystander who dies for manpain. There is a very satisfying speech in chapter four that legit made me cry. WIP but has been updated
A Traveller’s Song by herecomesbucktofuckshitup
Author’s summary: Cangse Sanren survives the night hunt. She goes back to her
husband’s home in Lotus Pier to honor his memory and raise their son.
My comment: I put this under fix-it because any story that lets more women survive is a fix it in my book. If this also changes events during the canon timeline (which i suspect) remains to be seen because this is still a WIP. My favourite part is what a well rounded, multifaceted character the author makes Cangse Sanren. She gets to be human! It’s sad that that is commandable but you know … women in fiction often don’t. Also the kids! Little Wei Ying, Lan Zhan, Lan Huan, Jiang Cheng and Jiang Yanli are all absolutely to die for!!!
The Way It Wasn’t
Author’s summary: After Jiang Yanli’s death, Jiang Cheng casts a spell to make it so Wei
Wuxian never existed, only to find that without him, the Wen clan won
the war and subjugated the world. But his sister is alive in the new
world, so he’s going to have to find a way to make it right.
My comment: Very plot heavy and very emotional. Jiang Cheng goes through it in this fic! While things get really bad at some point, he does a lot of coming to terms, too and yes, they do get Wei Wuxian back.
Death of a Ghost by Gotcocomilk
In which Wei Wuxian came back as a ghost to haunt Lotus Pier, but only reveals himself to Jin Ling without telling him who he is. He becomes Jin Lings teacher and friend, but naturally, he cannot stay hidden from Jiang Cheng forever.
My comment: This story was so well executed. When Jin Ling is older he is such a teenager! So there is a lot of humour in this story, but it is also really really sad at times. Jiang Cheng and Wei Wuxian do a lot of soul searching in this one to eventually become brothers again.
Tall Once More In The Spring Wind by FayJay
Basically, Cangse Sanren hears about her friend’s (Mama Lan’s) predicament, goes to the cloud reccesses, takes her and her sons and runs. They then procceed to build a sect together.
My commentary: This one isn’t finished and hasn’t updated in a while but I stil had to rec it because ALL THE LADIES LIVE!!! And they also get to raise their children alongside each other and Baoshan Ren is there and honestly this is pure (well written) wish fulfillment and I love it!
critical path analysis by chinxe
B99 AU. Do I have to say more? :D okay, i’m gonna. Basically, the bet from b99 s1 with Lan Wangji as Amy and Wei Wuxian as Jake. Their date ends about the same.
My comment: Just really funny and nice to read. 10/10 would reccomend
For a Good Time, Call
In which Lan Wangji finds his best friend’s porn on onlyfriends and all his internal rules for interacting with his (seemingly) unrequited crush fly out of the window. Basically one emotional crisis after the next with a lot of focus on mental health issues and sex workers rights.
My comment: This is my current favourite WIP! The author updates pretty regularly and every chapter leaves me craving more! The author has Lan Wangji’s internal voice down to a T. Our dude definetely has severe social anxiety, but over the course of the story he slowly unravels his internal barriers and steps out of his comfort zone and acts on the desire to express himself. Which is so goddamn beautiful in its execution! All the while he compartmentalizes the shit out of his ongoing emotional crisis. This fic is just … so satisfying in how it deals witha lot of very heavy issues. And it still manages to be funny as well! Spoiler aler: They obviously get together eventually which resuts in some of the best smut I have ever read. I cried! Reading smut!!!
say it’s here where our pieces fall in place by Lirelyn
Modern AU. Lan Wangji is a single dad and regular customer at the coffeeshop where Wei Ying works. He already has a giant crush on him and secretly hopes that when Wei Ying will finally meet A-Yuan it will endear him to him. What they find out instead is that Wei Ying is “Xian-Gege” who A-Yuan has often cried out for since Lan Wangji adopted him. It turns out that Wei Wuxian was A-Yuan’s babysitter before the boy got adopted. They start meeting regularly and Lan Zhan falls ever deeper in love, all of this while Wei Wuxian comes to terms with his own trauma and reconciles with his own family.
My comment: This was just a very very comforting read! Healing and communication all around. Both Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji have some deep seated issues surrounding their upbringing and both of them get to confront them. There is also some really nice sibling dynamics on display, both between the yunmeng trio and the twin jades. Also features incredibly cute A-Yuan and background 3zun.
see you yesterday by glyphic
Modern with cultivation AU in which both Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji live in New York which is, as apparently all population centers in this au, swarming with ghosts. The war against the Wens still happened, as did a version of the events that let to him becomming the Yiling Patriarch, which let to him self-exciling to New York. Lan Wangji is in the city for his Phd. That’s just the backstory though. The story starts with Wei Wuxian dieing. And then waking up again. And dieng again. and again … He soon learns that he is in a kind of groundhog day scenario in which he can never seem to survive the day. After having died over twenty times in increasingly bizzare ways, he meets Lan Zhan and learns that he, too, is stuck in the same day. They start investigating their situation together and soon learn that there are more idiosyncracies in their lifes than they thought.
My comment: THIS FIC!!!! This is a WIP but a) it’s still being updated and b) IT’S SO GOOD!!! I cannot stress enough how gripping this story is! It has everything! Great characterisation, amazing pacing, urban fantasy with a touch of xianxia worldbuilding that sucks you into the world as if you’ve always lived there and a truly gripping mystery with horror elements that has you at the edge of your seat the entire time! This author knows what they are doing! The first two chapters are Wei Wuxian’s and Lan Wangji’s first couple of dozen deaths respectively and those alone will leave you breathless as they both become increasingly desperate and start to question themselves and at times their sanity. It’s just … so good! Go read!
and so my heart beats wildly by lily_winterwood
Modern with cultivation AU in which cultivation has become an international sport. It covers several world championchips and one olympic tournaments over the course of which Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji meet, become rivals, than something like friends and eventually fall in love (obviously). Basically all other characters are there as well!
My comment: This is one of those fics that it’s so huge that I can’t comprehend that someone had the tenacity to write it. ^^ It’s very exciting to read, fast paced during the competitive cultivation events, more languid when it needs to be and also really really funny. The absolute highlight for me was the depiction of the fanculture surrounding the sporting events. The author includes fanservers on discord and twitterthreats and stuff like that and they are hilarious and also slihtly terrifying because it’s like looking into a funhouse mirror. :D I listened to the podfic of this which I can also highly reccommend! The link is, as always, in the notes of the fic.
your touch in the dark (your voice in the silence) by b_ofdale
When music begins to fill the silence of his apartment, Lan Wangji falls
in love with it; not as fast, however, as he does with the busker down
My comment: I loved this one. It perfectly captured the kind of whimsical atmosphere that I associate with sitting down and listening to a busker for some time. It’s melancholic and lonely and there is so much tenderness there, even though there’s also a shitton of mutual pining, as per usual. ;) Also, as an a-spec person myself, I vibed hard with wangxian in this fic.
some things go forward by everythingispoetry
In which Wei Wuxian is a long-term patient and volunteer on a cancer ward and Lan Wangji is a patient. They fall in love. (duh)
My comment: It’s clear from the fic that the author has some experience with these kinds of situations. It is written
and with a level of detail that cannot be made up without experience. It’s also very funny at times and A-Yuan is there, too and will absolutely melt your heart! The romance between wangxian is very slow-burn, but in a way that feels completely natural. There is a happy ending!
The Hanging Tree by chatonnerie
Hunger games AU! Follows Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian during their time as tributes. It’s very suspenseful. I stayed up past 5 am to finish it. :D
save a sword, ride a socialist by sysrae
In which Lan Qiren and Jin Guangshao are conspicuously terrible, Lan
Wangji decides to fake-date Wei Wuxian about it, and literally no
braincells are consulted.
My comment: This fic is a riot! Lan Zhan is his best stubborn self and decides if his uncle tries to arrange a marriage for him and won’t accept that he is gay, he’s going to be difficult on purpose.
Sophie’s favourits that don’t fit under any of these categories
Only me, leaning on sunlight
I have recced this fic before and I will do it again. The entire premise is that Lan Wangji has a really nice day (post canon). I swear to you, this fic is my happy place. The describtions of all the ways in which Lan Wangji relaxes are so vivid that I can feel my puls calm down each time I read it.
在此恭迎夷陵老祖; to yiling laozu, the great and venerable by yiqie
In which the Yiling Laozu becomes known as the foremost expert of romance in the cultivation world, so he has to answers a number of desperate pleas for advice.
My comment: A fast read, absolutely hilarious and at times weirdly poignant and sweet.
One Rogue Spark in My Direction by hansbekhart
Set during the period of Wei Wuxian’s death, Lan Wangji meets Song Lan and Xiao Xingchen and finds if not comfort than maybe something like recognition.
My comment: Listen, I was sceptical when I saw a threesome tag between these three BUT this fic made it entirely believable to me. This is one of those smut fics that honestly 120% deserves the tag “character study”. There is a mutual recognition between songxiao and Lan Wangji in this fic that almost brought tears to my eyes, especially because each and every thought Lan Wangji has and each sensation in also permeated with his grief and yearning for Wei Wuxian. Just … read this fic, it’s worth it. Also see
A Lot of Edges Called Perhaps, which is a post-canon by the author and refernces this fic.
This love like a flood, a fire, a fear by natcat5
Basically the entire story from Lan Wangji’s perpective. The plot is more novel based, the characterisation more cql based.
My comment: I love this story for the way it pulls Lan Wangji’s character developement which is very subtextual, especially in the novel, to the survace. The period from Wei Wuxian’s death to his ressurection is tough to read. Lan Wangji hasn’t just lost his soulmate, but had also the entire foundation of his worldview uprooted. When Wei Wuxian comes back to live the author adds some very poignant scenes. They skip the gay panic and go straight to learning to live again and coming to terms with their altered selves and their trauma. Basically, all the communication your heart could desire!
This fic deals with Lan Wangji’s grief that, even after Wei Wuxian has come back to him, does not fully leave him.
My comment: Even before this fic, I had the hc that Lan Wangji is prone to depression. Tbh, with the way he is shown to grieve, even during his childhood, for a long time and with his whole being, he seemed the type to me. So I was extatic to find this fic. The author deoicts grief as Lan Wangji’s companion, one that does not help him, but he still cannot fully shet because it’s his alone. It’s a heavy read but I found myself comforted afterwards, as Lan Wangji finds ways to deal with his depressive epidodes and accepts both Lan Sizhui’s and Wei Wuxian’s help when they happen.
and he sang about the stars
Author’s summary: "Xichen has loved his brother so much he thinks his heart might
bear him ill will at this point. He will always ache when he is gone,
like one of his arms is missing. He will try to soothe his brother’s
troubled heart for a thousand years, if loving this boy is what will
bring Wangji the most happiness, but it pricks at him like a doctor’s
needles to see his brother’s open devotion treated like nothing by its
Lan Xichen and the brother he loved and nearly lost.
My comment: In my opinion this is THE twin jades fic! Honestly, after this, you will not be able to think about Lan Xichen without crying for a week! The way this fic deals with both of their emotional trauma is absolutely breathtaking. It is fascinating to read this story because it drives home that while the jiang brothers might be much louder and more obvious in the way they were wounded, the Lan brothers bear just as many scars. It’s absolutely devastating to read about how they, too, had to grow up way too fast and how they grew apart in the process (without really realising it until it was too late). Nothing I say can do this story justice anyway. Just read it!
yours truly by queen_gee
Author’s summary: The second he noticed the direction of her gaze, he shoved the
box at her. She took it out of reflex; it was heavier than she expected,
the wood thick and glossy under her fingers. She didn’t get the chance
to ask what was inside before Jin Zixuan blurted, “My mother wishes for
me to write Maiden Jiang letters of my affection in order to reinforce
the betrothal. However, I… am uncertain of how to do so, and would like
to request your assistance as both a woman and a trusted cultivator.”
MianMian stared at him. Looked down at the box.
“You want me to write your fiancée love letters,” she clarified.
Or, the one where MianMian writes Jiang Yanli love letters as Jin Zixuan and the ladies fall in love instead.
My comment: Not Wangxian! :D Just really really well written femslash that had me week in the knees with wanting by the end of it!