Updated: Jan 2
Many people read fanfiction to live vicariously through characters they love or aspire to be like. Fanfiction works are often considered to be of a higher quality than most professional media with better character development, advanced story arcs, broader inclusiveness and more experimental. The stories are also published with no fee for the reader and have appropriate accessibility to the author. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 best fanfiction websites so you can jump into the world of fanfiction a little easier.
1. Archive of Our Own
Since its inception in 2008, Archive of Our Own (AO3) has establiSshed itself as the go-to fanfiction website with over 50 thousand fandoms and 10 million published stories. AO3 requires account verification and displays no advertisements, which reassures users of its safety and trustworthiness. Users have a vast range of filters and tagging options through the search system to select stories that may interest them without having to read through irrelevant clutter.
Tumblr stands out from the pack, as it primarily functions as a social media platform with amazing community features that showcase memes, fan art, and fanfiction. The casual format enables writers to reach and engage with large audiences given the 500+ million blogs. The customizable, user friendly layout and great search functionality provides valuable tools for fanfiction stories.
Founded in 2015, Commaful is one of the newest fanfiction sites and is known for being the world's largest fanfiction multimedia source. They might have the smallest library of fanfiction on our list but Commaful’s engaging visuals and clearly structured layout set it apart from its competitors. The advanced chat system is icing on the cake.
Founded in 2006, Wattpad has amassed over 90 million readers globally and is widely considered the best fanfiction source for both amateur and professional writers. The user-friendly website and app makes it easy to access through almost any device. Advertisements are widespread across Wattpad, but they can be handled through paid subscriptions
Fanfiction.net has been around since 1998, making it the oldest and largest fanfiction archive available. Its most popular features include its user-friendly interface, mobile app for easy accessibility and basic messaging system for users to communicate amongst themselves. The site is split primarily into ten major categories with original character stories being the most popular.