GENERAL FANFICTION ARCHIVES
Contains fanfiction from a number of sources, including but not limited to television, movies, books and anime.
This archive boasts the largest collection of fanfiction online. Stories are not vetted and are of varying quality.
Archive of Our Own
Developed as a reaction to FanFiction.net’s searching limitations, AO3 contains fanfiction as well as other transformative fanworks.
The newest site to this list, FictionPad was developed to promote more a community sensibility and offers a variety of interactive features.
Largely devoted to Anime and Manga, this is a moderated site in which works are reviewed before publication.
A rapidly growing community, stories are not reviewed before publication.
Popular with high school students, this site contains a number of stories by first time authors.
SPECIALIZED FANFICTION ARCHIVES
Often specialized archives devoted to a specific work will emerge. For example, an archive may be based on a specific show or may be based on a specific coupling. Below is a sample of these types of archives.
There are a number of Harry Potter related archives but this one is especially diverse and is frequently updated
This site contains only stories involving Carol and Daryl from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Other characters may appear but all the stories revolve around these two and tend to be romantic in nature.
This site features fanfiction dedicated to the Twilight series. It contains stories related to the books as well as the films.
Tumblr is an increasingly popular way for fans to share fanfic recommendations. For instance, this popular Tumblr lets fans know the best, crowd sourced stories related to the WB's Supernatural.
Show speciifc wikia sites are also gaining in popularity as a means of sharing fanfiction recommendations. This site, devoted to the very popular Dr. WHo franchise, offers links to popular stories as well as character overviews for newbies.
PRESENTATION: WHY FANFICTION?
These slides present a nice overview of the mechanics of fanfiction. To view full screen, click on the white box with the two arrows located on the bottom right of the player.
While a perception exists that fan fiction is nothing but poorly constructed stories, it is actually a form of writing that is as varied as any other. But because of its association with popular culture, fan fiction provides a particularly accessible way to engage students. This page is designed to provide an overview of fanfiction and its associated vocabulary.
Below are some of the terms most often used in relation to fanfiction. For a comprehensive list, please visit the FanFiction dictionary.
**Please note that these definitions come from Fanfiction Slang.
|A/N = Author's Notes||refers to an author's personal notes about the story|
|Angst||refers to a genre of stories with prevalent physical or, mainly, emotional torment of characters.|
|AU = Alternate Universe||refers to a story of which there is a (often major) plot, setting, or character deviation away from established canon.|
|Beta Reader||A beta reader is an editor of fan fiction.|
|Canon||refers to elements established by the original source material (TV show, book, movie, etc...) itself for either plot, setting, or character developments.|
|Character Death||refers to stories in which a major or minor canon character dies.|
|Concrit = Constructive Criticism||refers to a specific type of feedback in which polite, helpful suggestions or edits are offered to improve the quality of a story|
|Crack (-fic)||refers to stories in which completely ridiculous, unbelievable or insane things occur, often without reasonable explanation but great enjoyment.|
|Disclaimer||refers to the legal statement of ownership, or non-ownership, authors make regarding the use of canon characters, settings, premises, etc.|
|Drabble||refers to stories of exactly 100 words in length.|
|Fandom||refers to the fan-based community dedicated to a particular TV show or other cult-inducing medium, including movies, books, music, comics, and any other canon source material|
|Fan Service||refers to scenes or moments within the original canon source material that are deliberate nods to the fans.|
|Fanvid||refers to music videos and montages created by a fan using a combination of clips from original source material set to a song or tune.|
|Flame||refers to inflammatory (rude, cruel, mean, hateful, unjust) remarks made about an author or their work.|
|Fluff||refers to stories that tend to be short and sweet, with little to no depth, but often quite comforting to read.|
|Headcanon||refers to the personal beliefs or interpretations about canon that an author or reader makes to explain or account for some aspect of the actual canon.|
|Lurker||refers to a reader who does not comment or review a fic or post.|
|Mary-Sue||refers to the presence of an original character that represents an idealized image of the author.|
|Missing Scene||refers to a, usually, short story written to fill in, add to, or flesh out a gap in the canon episode's storyline.|
|Newbie||refers to a fan, author or reader, who is relatively new to the fandom (or the concept of fandom in general) and does not yet know all of the ways of the fandom.|
|NSFW = Not Safe For Work||refers to stories or images that contain elements, usually of an explicitly sexual nature, that make them inappropriate to be opened in a public domain such as one's place of employment.|
|OOC = Out-Of-Character||refers to the fact that the characterizations used by an author are not those established by canon standards.|
|OC = Original Character||refers to a non-canon character created by the author that is featured prominently in the story.|
|Oneshot||refers to a single story that can be read and understood in full without having read any other prior story.|
|OTP = One True Pairing||refers to an author's preferred relationship pairing between certain characters within a fandom.|
|Pairing||refers to the main characters featured in a romantic or sexual relationship within the story. May be het (m/f) or slash (m/m or f/f) or consist of multiple characters.|
|Post-Canon||refers to stories set after the official canon's timeline ends.|
|POV = Point of View||refers to stories written from a certain character's perspective.|
|Pre-Series||refers to stories set before the official canon's timeline begins.|
|Prompt||refers to a story idea issued in the desire that it will spawn a plotbunny and inspire an author to write a fanfic.|
|Ship war||A war between two followings of different 'ships, usually sharing one common character, thus the reason for their fighting.|
refers to the presence of a homosexual relationship featuring at least one canon character.
|TPTB = The Powers That Be||refers to the unseen controlling powers of a fandom's canon, they who brought it into being and who have the power to change it.|
|Troll||refers to someone (who is often anonymous) who deliberately and often repeatedly makes inflammatory or off-topic comments in a ploy to rile up other people and create dissension.|
Please note that these items are available through InterLibrary Loan.
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