|Date(s):||Published May 18 – 29, 2016|
|Length:||65,983 words; 8 chapters|
|Genre:||Modern AU, College AU, Roommates AU, femslash|
|External Links:||AO3 link|
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She by thefooliam is a very popular Clexa fanfiction hosted on Archive of Our Own. It is a modern AU in which Clarke and Lexa are college roommates. The fic was published in 8 chapters from May 18 to 29, 2016.
The summary from AO3:
Her roommate looks at her sometimes and Clarke is never sure if they’re going to kill or kiss each other.
When Clarke Griffin forgets to complete her sophomore year residency application, she returns to college to find that they’ve paired her with the last roommate she ever expected to get.
The fic won Best Roommates Fanfiction at the 2017 Clexa Fanfiction Awards. On AO3, it is the most popular The 100 fanwork by bookmarks, second most popular by kudos, and fourth most popular by hit counts; as of January 2021, it has in excess of 377k hits, 21k kudos, 1.4k comments, and 4k bookmarks.
In response to readers asking for a sequel, the author said:
...I've said before that it would be very easy to write a sequel, but that I don't want to. I think that it's important to keep these versions of the characters happy. I feel like writing a sequel would probably cause me to throw them unnecessary unhappiness and strife and I really don't want to do that. That's literally my only reason lol.
Reactions and Reviews
Hands down, this is like, the better and gayer version of Nicholas Sparks. Beautiful as fuck. Seriously you made me cry myself into dehydration and the fluff is just upgoubjspuiogwpuioeghiopwug keep writing dude, you're one of my favorite author (not in fanfiction, in general). Love you and your stories
Holy shit. This was the BEST fanfic story I've ever read in my life. Your writing made it so easy to read. It's like reading a well edited book. I hope to read your stories in a published book one day. Seriously. I've been losing tons of sleep reading this fic and I don't regret it at all. I hope they get married and buy a house together. Clexa lives on.
This was just so... I need a moment. This was such a beautifully written story. Angsty af but also funny, sweet, sexy and just so full of punches in the feelings. Angsty!Clarke was such a fucking hot mess of feels. She made me angry and sad, and scream in frustration for being such a dumbass at times, but same goes for Lexa too. I found so much in this story that I could identify with and parts of it made me extremely uncomfortable because of that, but I think that's a good thing. It made me process and think.
It was such a beautiful story to read, painful and yet so beautiful and I'm really glad you actually gave them proper time to be together and not just a "last chapter" happy ending as it were but good amount of time to get close and evolve as a couple
And I really loved little things like Raven coming around and saying to Lexa that she likes it when she talks and would like it if she did that more often. That was just a beautiful moment it warmed my heart so much. And Octavia being the hothead that she is, going to Clarke and knocking some sense into her. I really liked the way you wrote Lexa being welcome to the group but not in a sort of instant way like in so many stories I've read, this felt more organic and natural, the slower pace of it considering the kind of person Lexa is and their relationship dynamics.
I was so afraid you'd bring back Finn for some more drama but SO thankful you didn't. Because he served his purpose and as dumbass as Clarke could be, once she got together with Lexa, she would never in a million years go back to Finn. Thank you for not taking that story there! It was really painful to read as it was, kind of wish it wouldn't have lasted as long as it did, but I understand the purpose of it and the way Clarke was in this story. That was her journey and she needed to go through all that in order for it all to work. You had Clarke explained it in the end beautifully.
This was such an amazing roller coaster ride from start to finish, I'm still processing. Thank you so much for writing it. Definitely one of the best Clexa stories I've read.
I reread this for the fourth time already and this is still, hands down, the best Clexa fic I've ever read. My fave. I read this like last June and it's March of 2017...here I am rereading the bible that is THIS FIC. I hope you're doing well!
Holy shit, I don't even go to this fandom, but that was...that was amazing and perfect and thank you for writing it and sharing it. I'm an hour and a half late to work because I couldn't put it down. And I'm not even sorry about that.
This makes me sob so hard. There were so many points in the story where I just felt like everything was paced so well. The sex didn't just come right away, it came at a time that felt right. Everything fell into place at the right time, and I feel like that might just be the most important thing in a good story, good timing and placement. The emotions you weaved into the storyline were wonderful and extremely fitting, I loved the way you incorporated everything, how you could change the tone of the story on a dime. It was such a nice refresher having all these different emotions weaved into one extremely solid, worthy storyline. I could write pages upon pages about how good your story was but then I'd have to go through the story line by line and praise them all and that would just take too much time, not that I'm saying it isn't worth that time. But I just want to let you know that this was an absolutely wonderful story and I loved it so so so much. Keep up the good work! Your writing is absolutely fantastic! Much love~
Hi it's been years since this was finished but I just want you to know this is my comfort fic. Whenever I don't know what to read and I want something familiar that I love and never get tired of, I always turn to this fic. Here I am, about to read it again, for probably the 20th time because I just love your characterization and the plot and just the perfect amount of angst and pining and slowburn. I don't know if you still check this account at all but just know that you have a super fan here. Hope you're having an alright 2020, can't wait to reread and pretend like I don't just about have the whole thing memorized at this point. :)
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- Fanmade trailer by Liza David
- Reply by thefooliam on AO3. June 8, 2016. Archived version.
- Review by Cido16 on AO3. May 30, 2016. Archived version.
- Review by Survivingtheplague on AO3. May 30, 2016. Archived version.
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- Review by Anon12 on AO3. March 15, 2017. Archived version.
- Review by robie on AO3. March 20, 2017. Archived version.
- Review by LavenderMandarin on AO3. August 30, 2019. Archived version.
- Review by Root21 on AO3. October 5, 2020. Archived version.