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Fan fiction


  • Fiction that incorporates characters and/or settings of books, television programs, etc., of which the authors are fans.
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  • Form

    • Fan fiction
  • Variants

    • us: Fanfic
  • Broader Terms

  • Sources

    • found: Oxford English dict. online, Apr. 4, 2006 (fan fiction: fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing; also fanfic or fan fic)
    • found: Internet fictions, 2009: p. 44 (Fan fiction--non-profitable, non-commercial texts based on other fictional texts (series, movies, and books) and written by their fans--has boomed with the development of the internet, to which it has moved from privately printed fanzines) p. 46 (initially, fans' activities were based in usenet and then yahoo message groups; then they were largely relocated to the forums, and nowadays towards blogs; fan fiction's set of internal genres includes "missing scenes" fanfiction, "Alternative Universe" fan fiction (AU) where the whole canon may be completely changed, and "crossovers" combining different sources in one story)
    • found: James, E. Web literature : publishing on the social web, via WWW, Dec. 7, 2012 (web fiction is original fiction written for and published to the web; unlike fan fiction, web fiction is published on blogs or blog-like websites, and its writers typically have more serious aspirations and write in story arcs)
  • General Notes

    • Fiction that incorporates characters and/or settings of books, television programs, etc., of which the authors are fans.
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-15: revised
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