With over 4200 fics, finding what you like can be a little difficult so we are bringing you a Month of Fic Recommendations! Every day will be a new topic and we’ll list a handful of fics pertaining to that topic. We will do this every day for a month, leading up to July 9th, which will mark 12th anniversary of MTT online! We did our best to get a good cross-section of authors and not list any stories more than once. That said, this is still just a sampler of the many many great fics at MTT!
Now without further ado, the fic recs!
Here’s the list of the topics, click the day to jump directly to the list of recs you’re interested in!
- June 10th
- Art Show (Business School)
- Author of the Month – Rach3l
- Almost Famous Fics (Just out of the Top 25 lists)
- Recent Works-In-Progress
- “Five Times” Fics
- Drunk JAM
- Late Season Fics
- Dwight & Angela Fics
- Viva Las Vegas!
- The Quiet Years (fics posted in 2015-16)
- Recent (Completed) Fanfics
- 55-word fics
- High School/College AUs
- The Dundies
- The Other Couples
- Author of the Month Series
- Recent (Completed) Fanfics pt 2
- (intentionally) Bad Fanfic
- Fun Run
- Chatting/Messaging Fics
- AU Epics
- Affairs to Remember
- Fight! Fight! Fight! (aka Post-Cocktails Fics)
- Honorable Mention
Day 1: Series
a series is a collection of distinct stories that were intended to be read together. Here are a few of our favorites:
Baby Talk by LoveFool: Written long before Cece came around, this series offers an alternate look at how Jim & Pam became parents.
Elements by Paper Jam: A series of themed fics, set in a universe that goes AU at the end of The Merger. Languages, Colors, Weather, Celestial Bodies.
First Dates by Lexiconiful: a series of Jim and Pam’s first couple of dates.
Indie Rock & Keds by Nightswept : Jim and Pam, college life and more.
Jam Sessions by Jodithgrace: a multipart story of Jim and Pam, beginning with Five Days in which Jim meets Pam for the first time, and continuing past Casino night. Some stories are narrative, some e-mails and one is a phone call.
Week Days by Talkative: That first week together and then their summer apart while Pam is at Pratt.
Day 2: June 10th
Some fics centered around that faithful day Pam and Roy were supposed to get married
Trouble Breathing by mixedberries: Pam’s wedding, kind of. She knows that she will still sit at her desk at work, looking out over Jim’s empty chair, and wonder what she will say to him when he walks through the door.
Day 3: Art Show (Business School)
Ever watch Business School and wish there was more JAM to be had? Don’t worry, we gotchu.
Day 4: Fics by Rach3l, MTT’s Author of the Month
Every month we select an author to feature and June’s AOTM is the incredibly prolific Rach3l, known for her immersive AUs as well as her steamy writing.
Give Us Liberty or Give Us Death (series) : Cameras, cameras everywhere, with a far more sinister purpose. Set in a dystopian version of America, but the people aren’t taking it lying down.
Love, loyalty, friendship: Jim and Pam’s first date and the ensuing weekend.
Sin Aesthetics: A dark take on JAM, if everyone in the world had superpowers. When everyone’s super… no one will be.
The music of my heart, or whatever: What if Jim and Pam are musicians who meet in college? What if they maybe don’t think too highly of each other, until a chance encounter involving public transportation throws them together unexpectedly?
Tomorrow’s Gonna Be a Brighter Day: Pam calls off her wedding. Roy loses it. Jim’s in Stamford, but not for long. A hospital stay and the recovery afterward.
Please visit the Author of the Month thread on the forums for the full list of all our AOTMs and even more fic recs!
Day 5: Proposals
While we know and love the rainy reststop proposal, here are a few alternative takes on the big moment
Four Times Jim Tried to Propose…..and the One Time He Finally Did by time4moxie: Even when he’s got the girl, sometimes Jim finds himself being laughed at by the Fates….
Day 6: Almost Famous Fics
At MTT we have a Top List section that has the Top 25 most read fics, most reviewed fics, etc etc. But there are many great fics who *just* miss the cut, so this list contained some “off-podium” fics that are well worth a read!
~Epics that just miss the “Longest Fic” list~
The Lie by DoofusPrime: For Jim Halpert, being used as a scapegoat by Michael for something he didn’t do is the last straw. When he decides to quit, Pam – and others – must decide just what he means to them and what it will take to keep him around.
~Well-reviewed and Jellybeaned fics~
~Lots of hits and ePub downloads~
~On many Fave Lists~
When in Rome… by StarryDreamer: Three years have passed since Pam left Scranton for New York, and Jim is still very much on her mind. Will a work-related trip to Rome, Italy be the catalyst that reunites Pam with Jim once and for all?
Day 7: Recent Works in Progress
Here are a handful of great fics still in the process of being completed. If you love any of them, as a member you can add fics to your favorites and that way get an email alert any time your favorite is updated!
The Adventures of Jimmy Halpert by BigTuna: One day, while riding his bike through the forest, mild mannered paper salesman Jim Halpert is bitten by a radioactive bear and becomes ‘Bear Man.’ At least, that’s the story we’ve been told. Ever wondered what really happened?
Day 8: “Five Times” Fics
There are so many great “Five Times/Ways/etc” fics it’s practically its own genre! They’re typically short so we are listing 10 fics, but know lots of faves are missing so we encourage you to do a Title search of “Five” (or Four) to find many more!
Day 9: Drunk JAM
Although we very rarely got to see it, we know from episodes like Dundies and PDA that Drunk JAM is a good time, thankfully we have fic to give us more!
Don’t Let Dunder-Mifflin Near The Fruity And Delicious Drinks by dundiefromgod: 55-words on what happens when different Dunder-Mifflin employees get drunk.
In Vino Veritas by Peskipiksi: “In Wine, Truth.” We’ve seen Drunk Pam (banned from Chili’s), and we’ve seen Drunk Jim (drunk driver/biker), but what happens when we put Drunk Pam and Drunk Jim together? Set during Season Three.
Day 10: Late Season Fics
Let’s face it, Jim and Pam were kind of put on the back burner in Seasons 7 and 8 and when they did actually get a storyline in S9 it was, let’s just say, highly polarizing. Thankfully there were (and still are) very talented authors who helped provide more late-season JAM for us.
Just A Saturday Morning by more_awake: After spending a week at home while pretending to be on jury duty, Jim reflects on the past few weeks, gets some news from Michael, and spends a morning with his wife and kids.
Day 11: Dwight & Angela Fics
At MoreThatThat we are admittedly very JAM-centric but we have lots of stories about the show’s other great romance: Dwight & Angela. So if you’re looking for a little less mixed-berry jam and a little more Monkey and Possum, this list is for you! Shoutout to MTT user and D&A superfan dwangela for helping us compile this list!
Angels in Your Angles by 69 cups of noodles: He knows she smiles behind her book when he gets up, stands behind her, puts his hands on her shoulders and tells her that she brings balance to the force.
dwangela’s comment: explores the inevitable conflicts between these two quirky characters with incredibly in character details.
How She Sleeps At Night by shoutoutout: Andy comes over, Dwight comes over, then Angela sleeps. A look at one night in Angela’s life.
dwangela’s comment: One of my favorites and digs into the lesser written about relationship between Andy and Angela and Dwight.
Lenses by Mi Mariposita (found at fanfiction.net): He was stubborn; she was severe. So how, exactly, did they end up together?
dwangela’s comment: This is without a doubt, the best Dwight/Angela fanfiction in existence.
Okay by carbondalien: “Pride was a sin, wasn’t it?” After the proposal, Angela reflects on what was and what is to be.
dwangela’s comment: just a short oneshot, but a lovely one nonetheless with a presentation of Angela’s pride in contrast to the vulnerability she must have felt in the moments leading up to the final scene in Goodbye Toby.
Sensory Overload by There There:Dwight, Angela and the five senses that brought them to the last moment of season 4.
dwangela’s comment: So incredibly well written (and lengthy in contrast to most Dwangela fics). It covers Casino Night from Angela’s perspective and is just all kinds of amazing. Highly recommend.
The Most Dominant of Schrute Genes by Big Tuna: Which genes happen to be the most dominant of the bunch? While Dwight was an efficient worker, it wasn’t easy for him to keep track of fatherly things. For example, the daily post and his daughter, both of which were currently missing.
dwangela’s comment: This one is a short little future oneshot written way before Dwight and Angela actually got married. It is very, very funny.
Day 12: Viva Las Vegas!
No fandom is complete without a few Vegas fanfics that involve lots of drinking, a little eloping and overall a good time. Here are a few fics that send Jim & Pam to Sin City.
Any Day Will be Fine by bashert: Post S4 finale: Her eyebrows furrow in confusion for a moment before a smile creeps onto her face. “I left you like three hours ago,” she says. “Missed me that much already?”
Day 13: The Archive “Quiet” Years
After the show ended things were a little quiet at MTT and new fanfics were infrequent, because of that the few fics that were posted didn’t get much attention. Here are a few we think are worth revisiting and, if you are an archive member, worth giving reviews and jellybeans to.
all the things that happened after casino night (and all the things that didn’t) by thatsparrow: A series of one-shots retelling season 3 from Pam’s perspective
Day 14: Recent (completed) Fanfics
We have lots of talented authors writing and adiing to our great collection at MTT, here are a few more recent fics we think you will enjoy. Make sure to click “Most Recent” at the top of the page at mttjustonce.net to see all the most recent fics!
Day 15: 55-word fics
Once upon a time at MTT, a challenge was issued to write a fic getting Jim and Pam together or apart (preferably together 😉 ) in just 55 words. As a result, many MTT authors have tried their hand at writing a micro-fic. Here are just a few to check out:
Many more mini-fics to be found at the 55 Challenge
Day 16: High School/College AUs
What’s a fandom without at least a few fics that sends it’s character back to school? Here are some fics that imagines Jim and Pam meeting a few years earlier.
Strawberry Waffles, First Kiss Stories, and Your Head on My Shoulder by andtheivy: Jim has become an expert at lying, but when tragedy strikes, there’s only room for the truth. Jim, Pam and a trip down memory lane that goes further than they knew.
Honorable mention to: Indie Rock and Keds by Nightswept, The music of my heart, or whatever by Rach3l, Trivial Pursuits by Comfect (all featured on other days), and First Loves and Second Chances by NobleLandMermaid (still in progress)
Day 17: The Dundies
How can I explain it? Between white sneakers, second drinks, a drunken kiss and an unasked question in the parking lot this episode has inspired a lot of fanfics. Here are just a few:
The Best Dundies Ever by shan21: What if Pam refused to let Angela drop her off at home after the Dundies? “I want to go to Jim’s,” Pam said, interrupting Angela’s thoughts. Angela felt as though her head might pop off and land in one of her cup holders. Would the depravity of this night never end?
virtue the cat explains her departure by sideviewhotel: Her breath catches when their eyes meet and she’s worrying her bottom lip between her teeth again so he just has to lean in and kiss her. His hand slides over her ribs to splay against her back, pulling her against him even more until there’s barely enough room for them to breathe without their skin touching.
Day 18: The Other Couples
While JAM is the most predominate couple in Office fanfic, there are some great stories about many of the other couples of Dunder Mifflin, so if you’re hankering for some Phlob, Erandy, Kryan, or Molly, this list is for you!
Day 19: Suspense/Mystery
While there’s some suspense and mystery on The Office, it’s less “who done it?” and more “who ate the last donut?” variety. But if you want some true suspense and mystery here are some fics to check out.
Day 20: Authors of the Month Series
In 2016 we started our Author Of The Month series where we’d pick an MTTer whose stories are all worth reading and feature them on the front page of the archive. Here are a couple recommendations from 5 of our past authors of the month, and make sure to check out the AOTM series for all authors and even more recommendations!
Turnabout’s Fair Play by ficklevillain: A series of drabbles, set after Back From Vacation and deviating from there. Pam makes Jim face the same difficult decision (and consequences) that she had to deal with.
Day 21: Recent Fanfics pt. 2
MTT has lots of talented writers continuing to add to our great collection! Here are a few more recent fics we think you will enjoy. Make sure to click “Most Recent” at the top of the page at mttjustonce.net to see all the most recent fics!
Being Honest by JamLove17: When Roy attacks Jim in the office, it isn’t his first time hurting someone. Pam acts odd during her apology to Jim, and for the first time since the merger, he can’t bring himself to ignore it.
Day 22: (Intentionally) Bad Fanfic
Once upon a time at MTT a challenge was issued to write intentionally bad fanfic, and the authors did not disappoint! Here are some fics with bad dialogue, terrible similes/metaphors and in some cases cringey love scenes, all written with the intent to make you laugh (and possibly groan)
The Agonizing Angst of True Love Gone Awry: a cautionary tale in ten parts by Azlin :When true love goes a little too far… bad!fic for the truly twisted Jam fan in all of us.
Day 23: Hurt/Comfort
The premise of Hurt/Comfort is simple: one character is injured in some way, the other takes care of them, many emotions ensue. Here are some fics with Jim and Pam nursing each other back to health.
Light on by Dedeen: “Tears slowly unleashed from the back of my eyes darkening the spots they trickled on my sweater. Jim kept his expression stoic and his hand firmly clutched to mine, squeezing tightly. The baby kicked hard and I sobbed even harder.”
Day 24: Fun Run
After three seasons of will-they-won’t-they and countless fanfics, the Season 4 Premiere “Fun Run” finally gave us some official Jim-and-Pam-as-a-couple action. And MTT exploded with lots of fanfics about PB&J’s navigating their new romantic relationship, here are a few faves:
Cameras Don’t Catch Everything by malcolm lake: My version of what Jim and Pam may have been talking and thinking about away from the cameras during the first few episodes of Season 4. An effort to fill in the blanks
Day 25: Crossovers
What happens when Jim & Pam meet Mulder & Scully? Or get transported to the universe of memory-erasing in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? You got yourself a crossover! Here are a few to check out:
All They Need is Time and Relative Dimension in Space by lolaradish: This is a crossover fanfiction for all the Doctor Who fans in here. It’s Jam, of course, but with the sci-fi element of DW.
and yet it tasted like them all by kasuchi: It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. House, CSI, and Doctor Who get a little time in the sun here.
The Inequalities of Memory by questionforyou: What if Jim and Pam erased all memories of each other? Would they be able to start again? How would Roy and Karen react? Loosely based off “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Day 26: Technology
Online forums, emails, phone texts, for better or worse electronic messaging now play a large part in our relationships and how we communicate. Here are some fanfics where these kinds communication methods take a central role.
Subject: RE: RE: RE: RE: 25 (actually 23) Relationship Questions by sorano916: Not everything that Michael sends out is spam…
Trivial Pursuits by Comfect: The Office meets Parfumerie/She Loves Me/Shop Around the Corner/You’ve Got Mail. Pam and Jim meet earlier in life in AOL trivia chatrooms without knowing who each other are.
Day 27: AU Epics
Alternate Universe stories, or AUs, allows writers to take our beloved characters and put them into a much different setting and situation while keeping that JAM heart. Here are some AU Epics we think you’ll get into.
In My Life, I Love You More by andtheivy: “It’s always been Jim and Pam.” What if it always was? What twists and turns do a lifelong friendship take? A story of Jim and Pam and love, in varying incarnations.
Learning to Live Again by italianfood: Pam moved to New York instead of starting work at Dunder Mifflin. Years later she returns and she meets Jim, but they’re at very different points in their lives.
One Week by iamapam1883 The story of Jim and Pam retold in an AU manner over the course of a week. Pam is a PR person at a Scranton Museum, which hosts the annual Scranton Art Festival. Jim works for the Scranton Times and is assigned to do the story on the festival.
Day 28: Drabbles
Drabbles are short fics that typically focus on the internal thoughts and emotions of a character And since they’re no more than a couple hundred words in length, you can read lots of them quickly! Here are a few of our favorite drabbles:
Day 29: Affairs to Remember
Jim and Pam shared a kiss on casino night but (briefly) parted away from there, but what if more had happened while Pam was with Roy, or even while was Jim with Karen? Well, you practically have a whole sub-genre of fanfic!
Even a Little Lie Can Break A Heart by fasterthansnakes: “God, Jim. There’s been an…there was an accident and…Roy came back and he got upset and…God, he shot Della, Jim, Roy shot her.” And suddenly Jim’s not even breathing.
The Modern Office Worker and the Delicate Art of Seduction by Candi: After the events of beach day, Pam decides that desperate times call for desperate measures. She only has three days before Jim has his big job interview and she’s got to do something to show him why he should stay right there in Scranton.
The Seduction of Miss. Beesly by vicodinfm: We all loved the big declaration, the single heartbreaking tear on Casino Night. But what if Jim had decided to go for it a long time ago, and what if he’d gone about it a subtler, darker way?
*Though it’s not on MTT, a shoutout needs to be made to the Warning Labels series found on AO3, which has Jim and Pam carrying on an affair during nearly all of Season 2.
Day 30: Fight! Fight! Fight! (aka Post-”Cocktails” fics)
While we easily get to hit “next episode” now, when “Cocktails” first aired, it was *six weeks* until “The Negotiation”, leaving fans to debate and speculate what was gonna happen now that Roy knew about Pam’s kiss with Jim and was out for revenge. The result? Lots of fanfics with Jim and Roy throwing down! Here are just a few:
Crapulence, Divulgence, and Other After-Effects of Drinking by GreenFish: Post-Cocktails. Many, many truths are revealed.
Day 31: Mod Honorable mention
Even though we’ve made somewhere around 200 recommendations, we MTT mods still have lots of fics we love that either didn’t quite fit in any categories or would have made some of our long lists even longer. So to finish off our Month of Fic Recs here are our Honorable Mentions!
BecauseOfYou’s honorable mentions
February 3rd (Or how Pam Beesly got schooled by Georgia O’Keefe, Maggie and Punxatawny Phil) by Vampiric Blood: Jim gives Pam some wonderful birthday gifts that get her thinking… Set about a week after Drug Testing.
My True Love Gave to Me by time4moxie: Jim receives a gift the day after Christmas. And then another one the next day. And again for the 10 days after. Is it a joke, or has his True Love come forward?
She’s a candle burning in my room by Sweetpea: You were wrong about the sex. Not about how great it would be, no, but how you would stop being consumed with thoughts of her 24 hours a day once you could be with her.
NobleLandMermaid’s Honorable Mentions:
The Jim Paradox: Season 3 and The Pam Dichotomy: Season 3 by scrantonbranch: For the meta lovers out there, the Jim Paradox and Pam Dichotomy are a scene-by-scene analysis of Jim and Pam’s character development in season 3.
And that’s about it! We hope you have found at least few new favorites through our list here, and will be coming back to consult frequently. As we said at the start, this is far from a comprehensive list of fics you should read at MTT! We encourage you to check out the Top Lists at the archive as well as our other recommendation lists for many more fics.
And of course if you want to make additions to any of these list, please feel free to comment!