This is for anyone who's like "I want to read TSN fic and I've never read TSN fic before where do I start??" or you're just like "Aro give me some TSN fic recs" and I'm like "*tsn fics spill out of my pockets* oh my god I'm sorry nO WAIT DON'T JUST START PICKING THEM AT RANDOM I NEED TO ORGANIZE THEM BEFORE I GIVE THEM TO YOU.*"
I don't think there's a "way" to read TSN fic, though to get the best experience (my experience) there are just some stories that you have
to start out with, you know? Once you get some of the classics out of the way, you know what you're looking for and then you start looking up fic by rating/genre/length/era.
This is a post where I can compile all that for you. ALSO I'm doing this because I have been asked (multiple times) for TSN fic recs at length and considering I've been doing nothing but reading TSN fic for the past
six months year
year and a half, I am honored to take on this duty. I wasn't active in TSN fandom when everyone else was active, I'm... just a fan. Who came to say hi.My TSN rec list | My RPF rec list
These are the fics I label as the 'classics', although tbh there are a lot of classics (nearly any TSN fic is a classic in all honesty) so it doesn't actually MEAN anything. They're just the gateway fics to make you even more emotional after you've already watched the movie and demand and thirst for more stories and stories because these fics made you almost
as emotional as you were when you first watched the movie?? (Almost, we are not Aaron Sorkin yet.)
I would say these can be read in any order but I did list them in the order that I would personally read them.
★ Never Marry For Money
- the we accidentally woke up married one and then we become friends with benefits :^)
★ Boy Falls From The Sky
- SPIDER WARDO. SPIDER WARDOOOOOOO. this is my favorite spiderwardo fic (ok every spiderwardo fic is my favorite, but,)
★ sweet on you
- the bakery AU, where Facebook happens but Mark and Eduardo don't meet until after Facebook and Eduardo is a baker
★ Best Practices In Workplace Relationships
- the one where Mark is Mark and Eduardo applies to be the personal assistant of the CEO of Facebook :^)
POST-DEPOSITION RECONCILIATION - CANON
Post-depo recon fic is honestly my favorite, if I had to pick an... era, trope, whatever you want to call it. I LIKE THE ANGSTY ENDING but I gotta see Mark and Eduardo back together again, rebuilding themselves. That's what fic is for :')
★ write it on the skyline
- Mark thinks Eduardo died in a plane crash and there's a lot of angst and it's REALLY GOOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL I CRIED
★ Throw Your Back Into It
- they are fuck buddies and Eduardo is trying to find ways to continuously please Mark sexually even though Mark is still being an asshole
★ Drive All Night
- the one where they communicate via a car that reads out loud your facebook feed. because technology is amazing.
★ Trivial Pursuits
- THE TRIVIA GAME ONE!!
★ Cryptography for Beginners
- Mark sends Eduardo encrypted messages and Eduardo doesn't exactly want to decrypt them, except he does
★ these things get louder
- the one where Mark finds out extremely belatedly that everyone thought he and Eduardo were dating
★ almost finally, finally
- THE SUPER DUPER AWESOME SEQUEL TO THE ONE ABOVE WITH ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIP DRAMA AND TENSION STILL AND HHGGGG
★ There I Fixed It
- the one where mark fucks shit up on purpose to get eduardo's attention. ok mark.
★ I'm Alright (I Just Forget You All The Time)
- Eduardo is depressed (and the depression is handled so well and realistically) and Mark is such a good help and I just, I cry, I love them so much ;__;
★ The star to every wandering bark
- this is just so good, and so slow, and I'm so *clenches fist*
★ How One Thing Leads to Another, A Story of Coincidence
- this is way way way in the future when Mark and Eduardo are oldies and it gives me feelings about these old men BUT YOU KNOW WHat I love it. there's just. parents :") and. adults. and. I weep
★ what a vulgar moon
- Mark tries to get it on with some people but... Eduardo is a snarky bastard
★ i'll be watching you
- Mark hacks into Eduardo's webcam and, as usual, has questionable ethics
★ Murphy's Law
- Eduardo/Mark & Chris/Dustin (and ot4 eeeeee) roadtrip fic B))
★ been at this far too long
- lots of hate-y sex and vague reconciliation, i LOVE it
★ Your Bed's Too Big For The Room It's In
- PORNY, FUCKED UP, I LOVE IT SO MUCH
★ Your Fluttering Fingers On My Skin
- Eduardo has to teach Mark how to dance for a charity event 8)
★ Strength In Numbers
- the one where Mark swears that he has a point. also, bathroom sex.
★ Delays in Communicating
★ with your breezeblocks
- this is like, THE ideal post-depo recon
★ the further I fall I'm beside you
- this is GREAT
POST-DEPOSITION RECONCILIATION - AU
BASICALLY still post-depo recon fics except this time there are AU elements (either after the deposition, or just in terms of world) that don't quite make it a movie-canon fic, even though the events of the movie still happen. Just in different ways.
★ guess it's hard to fall
- the A/B/O one, aka the omegaverse fic that changed my life, aka I really fucking love this fic please
★ the time is come when the day is done
- the zombie apocalypse one where, uh. there's a zombie apocalypse
★ the secrets you don't show
- ANOTHER SPIDERWARDO WE ARE BLESSED
★ Sky That's Always Blue
- the one where Eduardo controls the weather
★ You Think You've Changed Your Mind
- the one where Mark gets telepathy out of nowhere... post-depositions. by telepathy I mean he's just reading Eduardo's thoughts. without any control. also: phonesex!
★ with you in any water
- Eduardo is bipolar and I cry a lot (in a good way not in a romanticized mental illness way I promise)
★ We're Just Ashes and Wine
- THE ONE WHERE MARK GETS INTO JAIL SO EDUARDO VISITS HIM AND THERE IS ANGST AND H/C AND FORGIVENESS
HARVARD ERA - CANON
Because nothing hurts more than what they used to be.
★ crept out out the front door slow
- the one where Eduardo makes out with guys when he's drunk, and then it gets angsty
★ One Foot Off The Ground
- Mark blows a lot of people, then he has sex with Eduardo. also a lot. and then there's angst. and basically it's just heartbreaking and really good. also it's the prequel to a series that is not OTP friendly but it's still wonderfully written and this fic has the most E/M moments but you should read this when you're alone and have a lot of time and chocolate and tissues with you, not when you're walking around the MOMA with your family
HARVARD ERA - ALTERNATE REALITIES
The one where they are HAPPY IN HARVARD and the dilution does NOT HAPPEN THANK YOU VERY MUCH
★ hepburn had it easy
- the my fair lady AU, which is just so T__T it concerns the final clubs, ohoho
★ Call Me (any, anytime)
the tech help AU!
★ Relationship Status: It was always about you
- the coffee shop AU
★ Help, I'm Alive
- zombie apocalypse at college, my favorite
★ What You See Is What You Get
- THE ONE WHERE THEY ADOPT CATS AND it's the cutest thing ever and Mark loves cats and is in denial about it
★ Anatomy of an Unfortunate Seduction
- Mark seduces Eduardo, there is a lot of secondhand embarrassment, and I squeal
- the one where Mark has a sprained wrist and has Needs so... Eduardo helps him out...
- what it says on the tin. erm. yeah.
Basically fics that go through the time span of the actual movie (from Harvard Mark to CEO Mark) but there are heavy AU elements because these are, well, AU fics. Except Facebook still happens.
★ In Every Line Of Code
- the one where Eduardo is Mark's robot
★ In Webs and Knots
- tHE EPIC BDSM AU where Mark and Eduardo's relationship is ~not all as it seems~ and now Eduardo needs to come back to California for Mark and reveal it all. secrets are exposed. sexy secrets.
★ All the Better
- the werewolf-community fic because werewolf Eduardo is *clenches fist* and violent Mark/Eduardo is *clenches toes*
★ Holes In You
- this is so satisfying and tender and angsty and hrhrughg barfs out my feelings
NO DILUTION OR DEPOSITION
- the one where they get married so Eduardo doesn't get deported
★ feels like we could escape
- the road trip fic ;A;
★ No Need Coming Back for What He Already Had
- "You don't think Wardo was involved, do you? I mean, do you think..." oh Sean are you in for a surprise :^)
★ (Your Doors Are) Wide Open
- eduardo gets a fake (omc) boyfriend for investment. mark is jealous
★ the fuse is burning
- FUCK OR DIE FUCK OR DIE!!! well mostly fuck or put up with an incorrigible Mark Zuckerberg for the rest of your life
MARK MEETS EDUARDO AFTER FACEBOOK
Yep, this is the "Mark meets Eduardo after Facebook" fic list, because sometimes life would've been better for them if Eduardo hadn't given Mark the startup because they were best friends and classmates. Or would it have been?? Read these (awesome!) fics to find out :D This is like canon, but altered canon, and I'm so glad it's a popular thing.
★ call to me with words i never knew
- Eduardo is an investor who is looking into buying shares in Facebook, and also just hanging out with Mark :^)
★ Harbors Of My Own
- the bachelor auction one!
★ kept boy
- the kept boy one, except then it gets angsty and there's so much heckign backstory and it's good and painful
'Borderline crack' I know isn't what most people would go to in this fandom for immediate reading but... sometimes you gotta have some cute and funny shit that also happens to be totally ridiculous (either in style or premise) to balance out the angst!!
★ on the path unwinding
- the Wardolope one. as in antelope (not cantaloupe.)
★ Pilea involucrata
- PLANTWARDO. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE.
★ Destiny is an ice floe on a darkened sea
★ Cats Are Creepy
- cat!Mark. I have such a not-guilty-pleasure for this trope, and cat Mark just makes me. wail. wEH
★ Weather the Storm. And the snow and the hail and the wind and the sun
- Eduardo is a weather god. yup.
★ Soco Amaretto Lime
- this is a crossover with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert and frankly I love it
★ Fuck You, Flip Flops
- glkjlskdjglkJGLSKJGLKJSLDKGJ SDGLKJSDG
★ When Gabe Saporta and Eduardo Saverin first met
- HOW IS THIS NOT MY FAVORITE FIC IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE FUCKIN WORLD
This fandom ALWAYS does amnesia (and amnesia-like tropes) straight. I love it. Thank you fandom.
★ How to Make a Second Chance
- 2004 & 2007 Mark switch places. Cue chaos
★ just the memory of your face
- Mark loses his memory and has no idea who his husband is
★ The Perverse Clarity of Nostalgia
- Eduardo has amnesia after their reconciliation and I cry. I cry so much.
★ forgiving what we cannot forget
- OH HERE'S ANOTHER ONE WHERE EDUARDO HAS AMNESIA good job everyone
★ old roads i go down
- I am so disgusting in love with this one where Mark has amnesia and Eduardo is a dick to him I LOVE THIS OEN
THE KIDFIC & DEAGING LIST
I loooooove kidfic. It's actually really rare for me to be invested in something with two grown ass adults BUT that is what TSN is for. And it's also convenient basis and fodder for kidfic, and I KNOW Mark and Eduardo would make excellent fathers, so I am just. Alway happy about this.
Also I just like it when they're children? For some reason?
★ And everything nice
- the one where Mark has a baby and hires non-canon nanny!Eduardo
★ The House I Grew Up In
- Eduardo turns into a kid while they're in Harvard and likes Mark best
★ for now we are young
- the one where Eduardo turns into a kid AFTER the depositions and Mark is such a good (but also not really) surrogate guardian :D
★ here comes the sun
- the big fluffy fic of daddy Mark and GUESS WHAT HIS KID'S NAME IS MAX JUST LIKE IRL. also it's long and named after a Beatles song
- where Eduardo's kid is the most mischievous kid ever AND I LOVE HER and Mark and Eduardo are delightfully awkward around each other but also gay. also Mark draws.
HIGH SCHOOL AUS
Every fandom needs its high school AUs and TSN doesn't fail to deliver!! I adore all of these and want everyone to read them, they are all good and glorious in their own ways.
★ you go talk to your friends talk to my friends talk to me
- the one that's named after a taylor swift lyric
★ Unexpected Relations
- (one of) the step brothers AU where there is a lot of pining and feelings and I'm emotional
★ sure to fall (in love with you)
- the popular kid/nerd one ;))
★ Let The Future In
- the one where they're neighbors
★ Love In A Major Key
- the music/marching band one where MARK PLAYS PIANO AND I DIE
★ we've got the dream's disease
- a good ol high school AU where Synapse is the new Facebook
★ the years they come and go (but today is here to stay)
- THE SUMMER LOVIN AU
★ Whispers in the Dark
- THE SUMMER CAMP AU!!! god I love this fandom so much
★ A Teenager In Love
- I REALLY ADORE THIS ONE A LOT I DON'T THINK IT HAS ENOUGH LOVE
★ been here all along
- DUSTIN AND CHRIS-centric but with really cute E/M in the background. basically a Mean Girls + You Belong With Me AU
★ too young and heads too strong
- my favorite genderswap high school AU for this fandom, t b q h
★ In motion
- the one where they're on the cross country team and it's GREAT AND FUN AND I LOVE DYING OVER BOYS WHO RUN I GUESS?
Classic trope especially for an empire like Facebook and shit. Basically a lot of mob stuff going on or crime syndicates or being agents or breaking the law or whatever, IT'S JUST A LOT OF FUN. You know, that sort of thing.
★ You Only Live Twice
- the one where Eduardo becomes a CIA agent and then - oh no - his mission is to protect Facebook
★ The Twelve Labors of Sean Parker
- the one where Sean is my favorite narrator ever and there is AWESOME MAFIA WORLDBUILDING and also they're all sort of like mutants, or superheroes, and I just love this fic a lot ok
★ lost and found
- eduardo gets kidnapped. because of Mark. good job u guys
★ I Have But One Heart
- mafia AND kidnap fic. that is long. and Eduardo is still my favorite. that is all
★ undocumented feature
- the tech dystopian fic, wherein I'm a huge nerd because I love it so much, and also.... it's amazing
★ Another Vision of Us
- THE ONE WHERE THEY'RE ALL CON ARTISTS and pull off cons and shit and also . I am gay
★ No Sympathy For The Devil
- THE MAFIA/GANG AU. This is so intricate and well-thought out; the worldbuilding in this is FABULOUS
★ House of Cards
- SO SO SO FUN and ridiculous and plotty and fUN
UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OF COURSE
★ Erasing footsteps
- Eduardo wishes upon a star and changes the past also I scream
- tHE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE AU AND I'M JUST *CLENCHES FIST*
★ Complication With Optimistic Outcome
- Mark is a lowkey time traveler but like 99% of the fic is in multiple other POVs. it's like 80% gen and IT'S SO GOOD. IT'S MY FAVORITE. IT'S MY FAAAAAAVORITE I'M GONNA SCREAM AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS WITH HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS FIC??? GO d
★ world enough and time
- ANOTHER time's traveler's wife au because WHY THE FUCK NOT!!!
I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED TO ME
★ take a bite of me
- kinkmeme fill. vampire hunting. eduardo is sexy. we're all hot for him.
★ The Fountain
- Mark is the fountain of youth, Eduardo is a vampire?? I'm gay????
★ And if I can't have everything, well, then just give me a taste
★ Punch and Puncture
★ The vampire one that doesn't have a proper title
★ Carved Your Name Into Me
- this is... such a fucking trip, I love it so much
TSN crossovers/fandom fusions are a specific brand of wonderful that I've honestly never encountered in any other fandom before. Mark and Eduardo's relationship is always played up so well and I love it so much?? anyway
- shout out to this fic for being my favorite TSN fic of all time because I am LOST trash but it's not a lot of LOST-yness, it's mostly Eduardo and Mark trapped on a tropical island, just the same island that's on LOST. You don't need to watch it to read it!!! it's very good regardless
★ winters have come and gone
- I LOVE TO FUCKING DIE. this is the Narnia AU that's SO FUCKING GOOD and I just HURT because I HATE EVERYTHING, I HATE EVERYTHING, I'M ALWAYS WOUND UP BECAUSE OF THIS FIC
★ Places That Don't Know My Name
- tHE DOCTOR WHO FUSION that will break your heart even if you don't Doctor Who because I sure fuckin' don't
★ Place Between Here and the Destination
- and then, the sequel
★ X Marks The Spot
- the Boy A crossover-fusion... you don't have to have watched the movie to see it, but... it's better (worse) if you do ;a;
★ Shermer's Theory
- the Another Earth AU, though honestly I think it's a lot better if you read it if/when you HAVEN'T seen AE yet. if you have you'll probably know what happens, but it is just so so enjoyable when you haven't watched the movie \o/
★ No Wealth and No Ruin
- the Dead Like Me fusion. iT'S SO GOOD. I cried. it's also super long.
★ The Rules of Endogamy
- the hdm (daemons!) verse, though you don't need to HDM to read it :^) it's actually a little bit more Mark/Erica than Mark/Eduardo, but there is a heaping amount of both and I just. I love them all so much.
★ He's a Riot
- this is gen (with Mark & Eduardo friendship) BUT IT'S A NOW YOU SEE ME CROSSOVER FUSION SO ??
★ Five Birds with One Stone
- the strangers on a train AU except you don't need to know SOAT to read this. it's just so. WAILS
★ With Secrets at our Fingertips
- THE SUPER LONG AND AMAZING CURSE WORKERS AU I don't even curse workers but it's so good. listen.
★ All Our Errors On Repeat
- the groundhog day AU one where you don't need to groundhog day AU to read and basically I am the equivalent of a thousand frogs shrieking in agony
★ If I could take it all back then I would (But I won't)
- here's another fucking groundhog day au because no one has any chill, ever. also there is, like, wallkissing? my fav thing ever?
★ the Zombieland crossover (you SHOULD z-land before reading this because Jesse is a wonderful Columbus, but) where Eduardo falls in love with Mark, in another world. meanwhile Marilyn is awesome
★ call & response
- based on What Dreams May Come except you don't gotta watch/read it. basically it's just post death angst and fills me with a lot of angsty glee :D
★ The Fragile
- Never Let Me Go AU. as you do. incredible and HAPPY I promise
★ The Irreplaceable
- another NLMG au. GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU CRY.
God fucking bless
★ From Cover to Cover
- novelist!Mark, and his agent!Eduardo
- POLITICAL VERSE. i love this 'verse so much. and if you want the fics in chronological order: one
★ Just a Life Story and No Climax
- pornstar AU!
★ target locked
- I'm fINE IT'S FINE I DON'T NEED TO FEEL ANOTHER THING AGAIN
These are things that are under 5k and don't really fall under any particular category from above, but are still wonderful to read, especially when you just need your E/M fix!! Which I do, all the time.
★ all secrets sleep in winter clothes
- the depressed Mark fic, but Eduardo is a sweetheart and I love them both
★ the atlantic was born today
- UGH I LOVE THIS
★ Call Me
- Eduardo sets Mark's cellphone ringtone to, uh, their sex noises
★ keep the noise low
- some lapfucking porn without plot... B)
★ Leave Normal For The Joneses
- this one is domestic and sort of relationship/character-explorey and SO GOOD, I LOVE IT
★ It's the wrong kind of place, to be thinking of you.
- infidelity fic, Mark is the other woman, I love infidelity fic where Eduardo is the cheater okay SORRY
★ Choppy Waves in the Ocean
- HAIR PETTING KINK
CHRIS & DUSTIN
This is a section dedicated to Chris and Dustin, both of whom speak probably less than 50 words in the movie combined, but have been fleshed out by fandom because fandom is amazing. Some of these center around them as a pairing or one of them in particular (and looking like a gen focus), but will always have Eduardo/Mark, either in the background or C&D playing matchmaker for the facebook boyfriends.
★ what not to do when your boss is dating the guy he had erased from his memory: a user's guide by c. hughes
- the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind one, because Chris Hughes's life is difficult
★ The (Metaphorical) Parent Trap
- DUSTIN IS AWESOME, and gets markwardo together. congrats dude.
OTHER SHIPS I LOVE
there will be more here one day SOZ
★ 139 Embarcadero Rd
★ What a Girl Wants
- Eduardo/Sean, Sean wakes up dfab, this is just.... hilarious
LADIEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS. there's het and lesbians here. I would separate but there's an equal but minimal amount of each
★ (Like Catching) Sunlight In A Jar
- this is actually from Amy's POV, but it's Amy/Dustin and Eduardo/Mark fixit is happening in the background and it is so feel-good and glorious. i LOVE IT
★ And the Whole World Waiting
- an AU where Erica and Christy are Mark and Eduardo, who are irrelevant :^))))
★ All BU Girls
- .. Erica pegs Mark. also, some E/M
★ years in squares
- THE ONE WHERE MY ENFJ MOM MARYLIN HAS A WIFE and becomes Mark's lawyer and watches Markwardo get together and also? I have a heart. apparently.
★ A Closetful of Dildos
- I fucking love this one okay it's Erica/Dustin and very side but obviously lovey Mark/Eduardo and also Erica has a crush on Eduardo which #samedude. anyway it's like. really nice to read and coming-of-age-y and I love it
★ Wait a Minute
- het cisswap (girl!Mark) but a LOAD OF FUn. eric is such a good genderbent character and at one point Chris says "you heterosexuals are predictable" to everyone else which hard same
★ Rubber Ring
- MORE HET GIRL MARK this time though like everyone's a huge family and Mark is pregnant and I love everyone in this bar
★ wonderful is true in truth
- this is like, THE best lesbian markwardo out there. ngl. it's so intricately a story I absolutely adore it
★ Under the Sheets
- genderswap pwp basically and I am just really g ay for lesbian markwardo
★ The Gender of a Generation
- this explores the world of their genders being women SO well I love it also Eduarda has a lot of sex with lots of girls and I cheer her on YOU GO GIRL
★ you see straight through me, don't you
- I just love this girl!Eduardo one okay??? yeah it's hetswap but it also makes me emo
THE WIP LIST
Okay I know no one likes to read an abandoned WIP but sometimes there are things you gotta do for the OTP, okay? OR JUST FOR GOODFIC, REALLY.
★ crybaby vanderlyle geeks
- oh my go doh og doh OHG O D basically everyone thinks Eduardo's dead/disappeared but he just really has severe amnesia in a country where no one recognizes him and then the Fab Four come and it's just so good and I'm sad forever
★ The Way We Get By
- the Shameless AU!!!! you don't need to shameless to read it though B)
★ Kiss By The Book
- tbh the best unfinished A/J wip
★ Baby, Nothing Comes For Free
- THE PRETTY WOMAN AU
★ Like A Spy Movie After The Cold War Ended
- Eduardo and Mark try to set up Dustin/Chris, eXCEPT it's post depositions and it's a lot of E/M plotting and thinking they're being sneaky but also still not being friends, so it's just A LOAD OF FUN
- Eduardo sells his facebook shares, Mark is appropriately offended. cue, uh, spontaneous conversations
- D/s verse, vaguely like omegaverse but without all the animalistic stuff. really fascinating
★ writer, this is a fill, also where have you gone :(
- E/M & C/D post-movie shit where Chris is leaving and Dustin is emo and trying to get everyone back together and Mark is Mark and what the fuck is up with Eduardo THIS FIC IS HONESTLY SO GOOD BUT IF YOU READ IT YOU'LL GET UPSET THAT IT'S A WIP TOO BUT IT'S ALSO GOOD SO WE HAVE TO SACRIFICE OUR HAPPINESS FOR GOOD FIC WHICH IS FINE BECAUSE I'M PERFECTLY OKAY WITH THIS LIFE HA HA
★ quero você como eu quero
- wake up in a parallel universe play post-depositions wherein I am emo forever
★ A Second Shot
- A/J hitman Andrew fic and Jesse is his target and there is plot and I love it
- I NEVER CLAIMED TO BE A GOOD PERSON OKAY warning for underage age difference
★ Fortune and Men's Eyes
- THE LEGENDARY PRINCE EDUARDO FIC
- C&D are convinced that Mark belongs with Eduardo and figure that Mark has a secret relationship and tries to break off that secret relationship off.... unbeknownst to them, the secret relationship is with Eduardo :D