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10 Popular Turning Red Fanfiction Stories to Read in 2023

If you are looking for some popular Turning Red fanfiction, then this is the post for you.

Turning Red is an animated fantasy-comedy that came out in 2022 and was produced by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

It follows a thirteen-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl called Mei, who turns into a giant red panda when she experiences strong emotions.

If you like animated comedies, Turning Red might be just the thing for you.

Along with the movie, there is also a whole world of Turning Red fanfiction.

But in this post, I will write about some of the most popular Turning Red fanfiction according to hits received on Archive of Our Own.

1. turning red oneshots

For this fanfic collection of one-shots, the writer took requests from readers for the subjects of the stories.

But most of the stories contain subjects that are either fluffy or combine angst and fluff.

There is no smut, but just things that really follow up with the movie.

And it feels like some of the stories are true coming-of-age stories as well.

There are 18 chapters in total and the requests are closed for now.

And all the main characters from the movie make an appearance in one of the short stories.

2. Five Is The Perfect Number

Fanart of Mei

This fanfic takes place after the end of the movie and shows Tyler trying to fit into Mei’s group of friends.

Tyler and Mei have never been friends.

In fact, they never seem to see eye to eye on anything.

So everyone is surprised when Tyler is trying very hard to get into Mei’s friend group.

Nobody was expecting it or understood why Tyler wanted this so badly.

But Mei and her friends do their best to deal with the situation and make the entire group feel at home again.

This fanfic is a really sweet story about friendship and fitting in.

Another true coming-of-age story that fits the canon perfectly.

3. Hanging by a Thread

This story shows the concert battle but from the perspective of the 4-star Town.

It shows how they reacted to Meilin in her beast form showing up out of nowhere and how this impacted the concert and their performance.

The writer did a great job putting in some original characters and transforming minor characters from the movie into the main characters for this story.

It is only one chapter, but it really feels like a part of the original story.

And it gives us insight into how people from outside the main friend group were experiencing all of the drama.

4. Once Enemies

Meilin fanart

This fanfic takes place right after the end of the movie and follows Mei and Tyler.

They have never been friends, they actually don’t even like each other.

But when Tyler joins the 4-star Townies, things change, and Mei and Tyler are forced to get to know one another better.

And this turns into actually liking each other and even developing more feelings.

So now they have to figure out if and how a relationship works without it interfering with everyone and everything around them.

The story is a fun a sweet one for all the fans of the Mei and Tyler ship.

With 13 chapters, there is enough to read and see what all your favorite characters go through.

5. Boys will be Boys and Girls will be Pandas

This fanfic is another true coming-of-age story with a lot of romance.

Tyler never thought he would fall in love with Mei, the girl he used to hate and tease.

But feelings are a strange thing that somehow live lives of their own.

So here they are, carefully testing out the waters and trying their best in this first relationship.

Both Tyler and Mei realize that it takes more than just romantic feelings, especially when one of them can turn into a red panda.

The fanfic is 11 chapters long, and along with the romance and fluff, it also contains a lot of funny moments.

6. I’ll Keep My Mouth Shut

This entire story is off canon but still features the characters from the movie.

Its focus is mainly on Tyler, and the writer made their own twist on what Tyler’s parents must be like.

Tyler has a big party, and his parents are not happy with that at all.

But when Tyler and his dad get into a fight and Tyler is accused of saying all the wrong things, he makes a drastic decision.

And now Tyler is refusing to talk, but even he isn’t sure if it is to spite his dad or just because he doesn’t want to talk.

Because the story is about Tyler, you get a different take on most characters.

The story is original, well-written, and has four chapters so far.

7. worse things

This is a one-shot story from the perspective of Jin Lee.

Jin is a very observant father who sees things his wife does not see.

Jin has noticed that all of Mei’s friends are nice but also all girls.

And especially the relationship Mei has with Miriam is interesting to him.

So when it becomes clear that Mei and Miriam are more than just friends, it is up to Jin to explain it to his wife.

8. Mariposas, Farfalle and Butterflies

Encanto Fanfiction Fanart

This fanfic is a crossover between the following movies:

  • Encanto
  • Turning Red
  • Luca
  • Onward
  • Coco

Mei, Luca, Alberto, Ian, and Miguel are all in their own world but have the same dream simultaneously.

In this dream, Mirabel Madrigal asks them to come to Encanto and help save her village from the danger lurking.

So every one of them goes to Encanto in search of Mirabel.

But when they arrive, Mirabel tells them she never asked for any help and that Encanto isn’t in danger.

Now they have to figure out who sent that dream to them and what is going on.

This is a very original story that combines different fandoms in a great way.

9. A Secret Wish

In this story, Mei has finally accepted her panda form thanks to the help of her friends.

But she still feels different from the rest and would love to do something back for her friends.

So one night, she makes a wish to Sun Yee, which is granted.

Now all her friends have a panda form, just like her.

And Mei can return the favor by helping them accept this new form and control their emotional impulses.

This is a story about true friendship with a lot of funny elements.

10. Breathe With Me

This one-chapter story follows Aaron and the rest of the band, so there is no mention of Mei or the other girls.

Aaron is the pop singer of the band, and he loves singing in front of so many people.

And most of all, he loves being in a band with his friends.

But there are times when it is all a bit overwhelming, the singing, the pressure, all of it.

And this overwhelming feeling starts to hurt Aaron, but he has no idea what to do about it.

This is a story about friendship and the support from our loved ones.

Turning Red Fanfiction: Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you find some great Turning Red fanfiction!

These aren’t the only fanfics based on Turning Red on AO3.

So you may want to look at the other fanfics with these tags and find your own favorite among them.

And if you have questions about this topic, feel free to leave a message in the comments below!

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