the west wing fan fiction

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 26 Jan 2012



The West Wing is a show created by Aaron Sorkin and as such as close to perfect as a tv series can get... at least until Thomas Schlamme and Sorkin left or were forced to leave (opinions differ on the reasons) and John Wells took over. Witty, fast-paced, moralistic without being tedious, it used to be an esemble show extraordinaire for four seasons - the pale imitation that its watchers had to settle for afterwards cannot hold a candle to the original. In the show, Democratic President Josiah Bartlet had been elected to the highest office in the United States and now had to face various challenges of different natures, supported by his family and his senior staffers whose offices are located in the West Wing of the White House. Despite several disagreements, disappointments and tragedies and through two terms, President and staff would walk through fire for each other (which they did more than once, figuratively speaking) and do their best to change America for the better. The contrast to reality couldn't have been bigger - if only the "Bartlet for America" campaign had been real...



The main pairing on this page is
Josh Lyman & Donna Moss.

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Anne Callanan & Kathleen E. Lehew
e-mail: annemcal@gofree.indigo.ie
howlingvoyager@livingston.net
Archived at: Code Blue: A West Wing Fanfic Archive
The Powers That Be
Title: A Frightened Peace offsite Story Length: ~ 193 KB
Series: Part 1 of The Powers That Be Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: none
Pairing: none Time Frame: Season 3
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Some time after "Night Five", Marine One has an accident, and as it always happens, things go from bad to worse in very short order.
Title: Farther off from Heaven offsite Story Length: ~ 197 KB
Series: Part 2 of The Powers That Be Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: none
Pairing: Jed & Abbey Bartlet Time Frame: Season 3
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Friendship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Just after "Dead Irish Writers", the President has to face two crises - one of a personal, another one of an office-related kind.
Title: Falls the Shadow offsite Story Length: ~ 230 KB
Series: Part 3 of The Powers That Be Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: none
Pairing: Jed & Abbey Bartlet Time Frame: Season 3/Season 4
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Post "Posse Comitatus", the White House struggles with the truth of the NTSB report: the last battleline is drawn, but who is the enemy?
Title: Blood and State offsite Story Length: ~ 388 KB
Series: Part 4 of The Powers That Be Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: violence
Pairing: Jed & Abbey Bartlet Time Frame: Season 3/Season 4
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Friendship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: How do you fight a war without rules? Everyone learns the hard way.
Title: Staring into the Abyss offsite Story Length: ~ 224 KB
Series: Part 5 of The Powers That Be Rating: R
Category: Het Warnings: none
Pairing: Jed & Abbey Bartlet Time Frame: Season 3/Season 4
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: The threat is far from over.
Review: Anne and Kathleen's story arc is still missing its finale, but it is utterly captivating nonetheless. A gripping, suspenseful tale that far too vividly paints a nebulous, looming danger, a spot-on characterization of the Presidential couple, Leo McGarry and, to a lesser extend, the rest of the West Wing staffers, and a spotlight turned unto Ron Butterfield and the other Secret Service agents make this storyline a joy to read. Plus the banter and affection between the protagonists and a slew of little details from the show are undeniable proof of how well-versed the authors are in the first three seasons' canon. Inspired.

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Madeleine Mitchell Carr (aka Maddy Carr)
e-mail: madeleinemitchellcarr@hotmail.com Archived at: Jenny's WWFF Archive
Title: The Rose Garden Conspiracy [1], [2], [3], [4], [5] (author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 244 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Het Warnings: none
Pairing: Donna Moss & Josh Lyman, Ainsley Hayes & Sam Seaborn Time Frame: Season 2
Genres: Humor, Romance Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: A stolen memo, a meeting in the Rose Garden and the IRS. A mystery is afoot. Does it have something to do with Josh's missing coffee mug? And what is CJ hiding in her office? Why is Donna in Ainsley's cupboard with Sam?
Review: This is a veritable comedy of errors, and one that feels just like the show itself to boot. The dialogue is spot-on, the characterizations are perfect, and the slapstick is a work of art. If you are in need of a cheer-up after too much drama, read this.

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MAHC (aka Amanda)
e-mail: mahc1562@bellsouth.net Archived at: FanFiction.net
Title: As I Was Drifting Away Story Length: ~ 1.621 KB
[1A], [1B], [1C], [2A], [2B], [2C], [3A], [3B], [3C], [4A], [4B], [4C], [5A], [5B],
[5C], [6A], [6B], [6C], [6D], [6E], [6F], [7A], [7B], [7C], [8A], [8B], [8C], [8D],
[8E], [8F], [8G], [9A], [9B], [9C], [9D], [9E], [9F], [9G], [9H], [9I], [9J], [9K],
[9L], [9M], [9N], [9O], [9P], [10A], [10B], [10C], [10D] (author page @ ff.net) offsite
Series: As I Was Drifting Away Rating: NC-17
Category: Het Warnings: character death
Pairing: Donna Moss & Jed Bartlet Time Frame: Mid-Series not specified
Genres: AU, Drama, Romance Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Donna Moss watches as the President faces his greatest tragedy and greatest challenge. How can she sit by and watch him drift away?
Review: MAHC is usually a very good gen writer, but this story is my guilty little secret. The Donna MAHC writes about is quite obviously a Mary Sue, the people whose names we think we know behave very much OOC - in fact, the whole plot is only marginally connected to the real West Wing since the author uses the show's setting as a jumping board to launch her own romance novel. Why do I like it? I don't know. As an original story, we would be calling it a Harlequin romance, even a "Cinderella" rip-off, and hide it from sight in embarrassment. Still, it is strangely addictive. If you dare, see for yourselves.

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Nomad
e-mail: nomadic_writer@yahoo.co.uk Website: Nomad's Realm
livejournal: ljnomadicwriter nomadicwriter @ AO3
Title: Further to Fly [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10] (story index | author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 2.096 KB
Series: Further to Fly Rating: PG-13
Category: gen Warnings: none
Pairing: Jed & Abbey Bartlet, Zoey Bartlet & Charlie Young, Sam Searborn / OMC Time Frame: Post-Season 3
Genres: Drama, Friendship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Whoever said the second term would be easier was lying.
Review: Nomad takes up all those personal cues we know from the first three seasons of the show and weaves them expertly into an entirely new tapestry - Josh's PTSD, Leo's drinking, the President's M.S., Sam's growing disillusionment, Zoey and Charlie's relationship, etc. She also has no obvious favorite, and all staffers get the same attention. The end result is so gorgeous you won't miss the show at all; it all fits: dialogue, personal interaction, political situation, all the great and small details of what we've come to know and love. If you don't want to read but one story in this fandom, choose this one. You won't regret it.

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SpitztheCat
e-mail: author@thejoshuamonologues.com Website: spitzthecat's Josh & Donna Fanfic
Mailing List: The Joshua Monologues Update List @ Yahoo! groups
Title: Silent Night offsite Story Length: ~ 227 KB
Series: none Rating: R
Category: Het Warnings: adult themes
Pairing: Donna Moss & Josh Lyman Time Frame: Season 4
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Drama, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: A car accident two days before Christmas changes everything.
Review: A multiple 2003 Jeds Winner, this story deserves every award it got and is perfect for all Josh-lovers out there. Josh has to suffer through an unimaginable ordeal with little to no help from his friends, and learns how fleeting the things that we usually take for granted in life. The impact on Josh and Donna - and their relationships with the other White House staffers - is portrayed in an utterly believable way, the drama is heart-wrenching and immediate, and the whole storyline makes you want to take up arms in Josh's defense. SpitzTheCat is an extraordinary writer - whose other stories are certainly worth checking out as well.

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Xanthe
e-mail: xanthe@xanthe.org Website: xanthe.org
livejournal: ljxanthelj, ljxanthestories
Title: Lifeline offsite Story Length: ~ 385 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: rape, violence
Pairing: Jed Bartlet / Leo McGarry Time Frame:
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Drama, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: When Leo starts behaving strangely, Jed is left to unravel a sad story that has been untold for 30 years.
Title: Only Human offsite Story Length: ~ 285 KB
Series: none Rating: R
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Jed Bartlet / Leo McGarry Time Frame:
Genres: Angst, Established Relationship, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Romance Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: A health crisis for Leo causes Jed to reassess his priorities - with unforeseen and dramatic consequences.
Review: Xanthe's stories are a bit of an antagonism for me. Part of said problem is the fact that I cannot imagine that any US President and Chief of Staff could manage to pursue a sexual relationship while in the White House and not have it come out and ruin them. The second is that while I understand the emotional appeal of that pairing, the aesthetic one is severely lacking. Nonetheless, I admire the backstory (Xanthe's whole "June 17th" universe) the author has created and the ease with which she manages to blend the past she invented with the canon of the show.

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