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02 August 2014 @ 09:03 am
Index by Category, Part 2  

House "What-If" Rec List - Index by Category

This is Part 2 of our Index by Category. It covers the second half our twenty Fic Categories. View Part 1.

Part 2

On the House "What-If" Rec List we share some of our favorite House, M.D. fics, 'verses, and authors that form a genre we call "What-If."

Here are our recs, indexed by fic category.


  • What-If: This rec list is focused on a genre we call "What-If." In our review of the literature, several categories presented themselves. Stories range from wildly fantastical to essentially realistic, but all depart significantly from canon reality.

  • Recs: We've chosen our top few rec reasons for each work, and listed them alphabetically. Of course, these stories have additional facets that led us to share them with you.

  • Data: Use the sidebar at right to view our recs by by title, by category, by rec reason, by word count, by date, or in the author directory. The main rec list (by title) has the most detailed information per entry, but we deliberately left out pairings. Don't judge a fic by its pairing; jump in and savor the storytelling.

  • Links: Why so many links per fic? Stuff disappears, and we like to be prepared. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to read and leave feedback where you feel most comfortable, no matter how long ago fics were written. We also encourage you to contact authors directly via their journals to let them know you read their work.

  • Lost and Found: If you encounter any broken links or have trouble locating fics, please contact us by PM. Thanks.

Deity Chat

Character talks with a deity, the devil, or some other kind of supreme being. Some of these are also Wishful Thinking fics.

Human Variation

Some people naturally have wings or a tail, for example. Also applies to 'verses where all humans are somehow biologically different than in our reality.

Life-Altering Events

…with profound consequences. Contractverse, brainwashing, serious injury, disability, etc. Many of these are also Recovery Fics.

Magical Realism

Magic happens in a very recognizable context. In some stories, this may include overt manifestation of religious, mystic and/or folkloric elements. Type 1: Magic is real and/or normal in this 'verse, not crack. Type 2: Magic happens as a plot device ("She put a spell on me — but that's impossible!")

Parallel Universe

Character enters an alternate universe, or deduces that there is one. Can be an original AU, or an existing fic 'verse/fanon.


Superpowers, prophetic dreams, etc. Can be acquired or inherent.

Recovery Fic

Chronicles healing in the aftermath of a life-altering event, usually involving serious injury or psychological trauma.

Science Fiction

More classic sci-fi elements — character as an android, space travel/aliens, time travel, etc.


Turned into a ___ (kid, animal, vampire, etc.). Bodyswap, genderswap.

Wishful Thinking

Wish I'd never been born/met House/had muscles removed; wish my best friend weren't dying. Character tries to alter the past to change his present, or makes a deal to change the future.

Back to Part 1 of the Index by Category.