In today’s #yoiconph2017 #blog, Chihaya walks us through a very interesting fan fiction genre: X Reader. What is an X Reader fic and what makes it so appealing? Read on to find out and pick up some fic recs along the way!
What’s So Good About X Reader Fan Fics? Some Recommended Reading
First of all, let me tell you what an X Reader is to all the fans out there who don’t know about it. X Reader is basically a type of fan fiction where the reader – that’s you – is the protagonist of the story. Most of the time, it involves romance between the reader and a specific character from TV shows, anime, Vocaloid, and more.
This kind of fanfic is mostly targeted to female audiences – Male X Readers are very, very rare, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any!
Now, what’s so good about X Reader fan fics?
Well, let’s face it. At least one of you took a liking to Victor before shipping him with Yuri Katsuki —I guiltily raise my hand. I’m sure there are also others who are love with our Katsudon Boy too. And, of course, there’s also the Russian Fairy, Yuri Plisetsky, and many, many more characters in Yuri!!! on ICE.
X Reader fan fics can put you in the story, allowing you to imagine you are there. Unlike Original Characters (OCs), you can relate more in X Readers because the writers let you put your own description of your appearance in the story, your name, and, in some fan fics, your preferences about certain things like the favorite food you eat 24/7 or that shirt you love to wear during weekends at home. Basically, they do their best to try making it relatable as possible.
Here are a few X Reader fan fics I found on different sites:
- “Sweeter than Chocolate” by Winibie
https://archiveofourown.org/works/9915071 (One Shot)
Premise: A Yuri Plisetsky x Reader one shot in which the two of you have been a dating for nearly a year. That made you understand that he wasn’t very good at being romantic, making you expect nothing for Valentine’s Day.
Excerpt: He looked at you for a moment, his eyes that reminded everyone of a soldier meeting your soft and welcoming ones, he broke the stare and instead turned his attention to the ice, he raised his one hand and asked so quietly you almost didn’t hear him, “Skate with me?”
Thoughts: A fluffy one shot where our little Russian Punk tries to be a very romantic boyfriend for you. I swear it’s really, really cute!
- “That Fateful Winter’s Night” by Tenfaced_matryoshka_girl http://archiveofourown.org/works/9293378/chapters/21062291 (Ongoing)
Premise: A Yuri Plisetsky x Reader fanfic wherein he met a girl the same age as him 11 years ago (specifically when they were 4-years-old), saving her from the cold winter snow. They eventually became friends for a short while, but the mysteriously disappeared right after—only to meet her again 11 years later in Japan.
Excerpt: “(y/n)’s parents came back. They tried to hurt her again. They… they tried to kill her.” He said sadly.
“No! It’s not fair! Why can’t she just stay with us! We could help her!” Yuri yelled, sniffling. Kolya took his grandson into his arms and rocked him slightly.
“I know… I know, Yurochka.” Yuri clutched his grandfather’s shirt and sobbed for an hour on end.
“She wanted you to have this.” Kolya handed Yuri a letter.
It was a child’s drawing of a small blond boy and a (h/c) haired girl on a frozen pond in winter.
The note read:
“We’ll see each other again. I promise.”
Thoughts: I’ll have to warn you all that this fanfic mentions sensitive topics like child abuse and alcohol. But that aside, this fanfic is great! On the next few chapters, they included the scenes in the anime and the only difference is that you, the reader, are in it!
- “In Focus || Viktor Nikiforov” by DarkkMatterAlchemist http://archiveofourown.org/works/9232454/chapters/20938292 (Ongoing)
Premise: A Victor Nikiforov x Reader fanfic in which the reader is one of Yuri Katsuki’s friend who loves to draw, but is not confident enough to share it with anybody.
Excerpt: Talent is blinding, no matter where you find it. On the ice, on a field, with an instrument, or on a canvas. Whether it’s in their blood or in their effort, talent is everywhere. Everyone has a talent for something and, once it’s exploited and worked with, it’s blinding and inspiring. Some with their own talents may find inspiration in the talents of others. When a creative artist finds inspiration in others, the other party is referred to as a muse.
Thoughts: I love the writer’s writing! I gotta say, the story really intrigued me when I read that the reader was an artist in the story and of course the very first few paragraphs of it. It currently has 9 chapters.
- “His First Love” by PrincessInTheShadows
https://www.wattpad.com/361972246-yuri-on-ice-one-shots-his-first-love (One Shot)
Premise: A Yuri Katsuki x Reader angst one shot in which the story starts where Yuri met his first love and ended up never telling her how he really felt for her.
Excerpt: Yuri’s smile was enough to make her heart race and encourage her to do it. She slowly stepped three times before gliding her right foot on the ice. By the time she did, she immediately lost balance and expected a fall facedown. But what she felt was a warm and soft body pressed against hers. Arms wrapped around the waist that helped her balance again. Yuri, as promised, caught her. But not her heart.
Thoughts: All I can say is that I wrote this one shot so I don’t have much thoughts about this story, haha! I’m also a writer so I couldn’t help not sharing at least one of my works. But other than that, I can assure you that it’s a sad story since I also teared up while writing this. (Maybe because I easily get emotional, but whatever.)
- “Snowmen Don’t Survive the Winter” by Cirrocumulus http://archiveofourown.org/works/9534278/chapters/21559004 (Ongoing)
Premise: The silence is eerie and cuts itself in two, so that only voiceless gasps remain.
He’s more beautiful than ever then, as bare as the snow on a New Year’s Eve, though you know that this won’t survive till then.
Excerpt: Back in your room you quickly resume your place on the bed, only to still watch the sports channel despite the crossword puzzle calling for your attention. One bite and another vanish in your mouth, your sandwich soon reduced to little more than a tiny rectangle. Blond tresses sway with the music, skates slide over ice as though they could cut it in two. Inhale, exhale, muscles tense and yet tender. You wonder, briefly, how someone so young can accomplish so much with seemingly no effort. It’s jealousy and jarred joy that rip your mind in two as your body slowly shifts, closer towards the TV, hands on your knees so more details become yet more obvious. You believe he holds more grace in one finger than you do in your entire body and cannot refrain from wondering how such a life must feel like. All work, most likely. But pure joy and crushing defeat lay close beside each other, as though they are lovers in an eternal embrace. Maybe you prefer your way of living, never to be praised, but never to be facing the judgement of millions of people, either.
The announcer’s voice cuts away your remaining thoughts. “And this was Yuri Plisetsky, from Russia. An enthralling routine for sure, but let’s see what the scoreboards will say in a moment!”
Thoughts: I also don’t have much thoughts about this fanfic since it still only has one chapter. But all I can say is that the writing is so descriptive and beautiful! The reader, according to the story, seems to be older than Yurio.
And that’s all of the suggested stories I have in mind! Yuri!!! on ICE is still a pretty new anime so there aren’t a lot of other fan fics out there for other characters like Seung Gil, Guang Hong, Otabek, JJ, and the others, but I’m still on the go to finding – and maybe writing – one!
What about you guys? Do you know any good X Readers you’re currently reading? Feel free t comment below!
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