Are you counting the days till Stranger Things Vol. 2. Are you still in your Jopper FEELS over the reunion in Season 4, Episode 7 “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”? Then, are you in for a treat today. We’ve done the fic research for you. We got you. This is our sacrifice (ha).
Look, the reason we read fic is just …this. Fanfiction was made to expand on the feelings right before and right after things like the Jopper reunion. It’s made to love us stuff more. So, if you need some happy comfort before the second half of the season comes, here are some of our favorite Jopper reunion fics.
Starting with …
This one’s more everyone else about Hopper and Joyce, which is kind of delightful, particularly considering we are also on the outside looking in. And we see it. We feel it. There’s also Eleven the matchmaker, which is a thing I’m pretty sure is canon, even if it hasn’t truly happened yet.
I’m just going to copy the synopsis and run away:
Jim Hopper is not a religious man.
But here, standing in the frozen depths of hell, Demogorgon behind one door and a troop of armed Soviets behind the other, Jim thinks this is the closest he’s ever felt. He’d prayed for a miracle. To a god he didn’t believe in.
And here she was.
THERE WAS ONLY ONE BED, OKAY? Or post-reunion comfort fic, and honestly, the trope is amazing and all, but in this case, I almost buy it. Plus, would Joyce really let Hopper out of her sight?
This one goes a bit into the after, and it also gives us both Joyce’s POV and Hopper’s POV of the monumental discussions post-rescue, and of course, the feelings. Some things don’t need to — shouldn’t — go unsaid.
I love it when Jim Hopper gets all poetic — even if it’s just an inside monologue, and I love fics when everyone is shipping our ship. And let’s face it, shipping Joyce and Hopper has been a thing most everyone who knows them has been doing for a while.
This one isn’t that long, but it feels real — not just to the moments, but the characters. They’ve gone through a lot, Joyce and Jim, and that hug really felt like a culmination, and also a beginning, something this fic perfectly encapsulates.
A Hopper and El reunion fic! Because we really, really need that in Stranger Things Vol. 2?
Everyone’s assuming this is coming, so there isn’t that much fic, but I’ll end with this one which has not only a reunion, but Eleven calling Hopper dad to his face, my favorite thing ever.
Are you excited for Stranger Things Vol. 2? Do you have any other Jopper reunion fics? Share with us in the comments below!