A guide to Fanfiction Slang/Language (Cause it can get damn confusing!!)

Hi everyon!! Hows everyone doing?? good thats good!!

I was reading one of my many many Fanfics the other day and sometime even now i have a bit of trouble understanding some things like when they say its:

Cannon Pairing Au/Ah Edward and Bella story

I mean at first i was like What the hell?? I know what most if not all of it means now but when i was first starting out i was like man i wish they had a guide or something to tell you what what means??

So about a year or more later while im suppose to be doing my assignments and i got bored i thought why not do it now!!

Brilliant idea BB!!

Well at least i hope it is??

Anyway enough of my rambling and down to buiseness!!

Below you will find The ratings they use in Fanfiction, Nicknames for Fanfiction and other nicknames for other stuff and really just all that i could think of even if it is soo simple that you want to say "Duh BB"

So please enjoy and if you you do read this please tell me what you think!!

Fanfiction Definition:

a fictional account written by a fan of a show, movie, book, or video game to explore themes

and ideas that will not or cannot be explored via the originating medium;

also written fan fiction, also called fanfic

Fanfiction Nicknmaes:

  • Fanfic
  • Fic
  • FF

Fanfiction Rtaings:

B = Intended for preschool level and younger children between

the ages of 1 and 4. Content should be free of any coarse language,

violence, adult themes, and ideas very young children cannot comprehend.

K = Intended for general audience 5 years and older.

Content should be free of any coarse language, violence,

and adult themes.

K+ Suitable for more mature childen, 9 years and older,

with minor action violence without serious injury.

May contain mild coarse language. Should not contain any adult themes.

T = Suitable for teens, 13 years and older, with some violence,

minor coarse language, and minor suggestive adult themes.

M = Not suitable for children or teens below the age of 16

with possible strong but non-explicit adult themes, references to

violence, and strong coarse language.

MA = Content is only suitable for mature adults.

May contain explicit language and adult themes.

Fanfiction Slang/Language/Symbols:

AU/Alternate Univerese - This means the world (universe) is different. The physics, geography, technology etc. are different, e.g. no vampires in Twilight. Popular in this category are HS (high school) and college fan fictions, where the canon characters are written as students in real world school.

AR/Alternate Reality - This is where the world is the same, but some (or most) basic canon facts are different, e.g. In Twilight The Cullen's and/or Bella Swan never went to Forks. AU and AR are often used interchangeably, with AU being more common in most fandoms.

AT/Alternate Timeline - This refers to fan fictions that take place in another time than the canon (e.g. in Ancient Greece, when the canon is in present time), or change the time line itself. A special case of this is TT (Time Travel), where characters travel back or forth in time.

AH/All Human - This is used for fan fiction where canonical non-human characters are depicted as human. For instance, All the vampires in Twilight are human. Usually in such cases the characters retain their names and personality, despite the change in species.

Mary Sue - An unusually powerful or favored-by-the-author character. This character may represent the author's own wish-fulfillment fantasy. Often the Mary Sue character will rescue the nominal main character from a series of impossible situations, or nurse him back to health after he is seriously wounded or driven to the edge of insanity. The term can be used derisively by saying a story is contaminated by "Mary Sue-age" where the "Sue-age" is a homonym of "sewage." A male Mary Sue is sometimes referred to as "Marty Stu" or "Gary Stu". Though "Mary Sue" is not exclusively a fan fiction term, it is strongly associated with fan fiction due to the frequency with which Mary Sue characters appear in fan-created works.

Gary Stu/Larry Stu/Marty Stu - Is the equivelent of a "Mary Sue".

Fanfic Oneshot - A oneshot is a fanfic that consists of only one chapter and/or is first published in its completed form, as opposed to a fanfic consisting of multiple chapters which are published over time.

A/N - Authors note -

Author's note, when the author wants to create an aside to explain something. Traditionally, these notes are placed at the beginning or end of the chapter and are used to explain everything from research they've done to create the chapter, to apologizing for the long wait between chapters, to stating when they believe they'll update again. In some instances however, the AN will be in the middle of the chapter (usually distinguished by bold or italics), although this is usually frowned upon by readers.

Collab - Short for "collaboration", this ia a fanfic written by several authors working together. A collab may involve different authors for different chapters, or all authors working together on the entire fic. Collabs in which each part is written exclusively by one author are called round-robins.

Concrit - Short for "constructive criticism". Within the realm of fan fiction, "constructive criticism" nearly always refers to criticism of a specific work, rather than a general criticism of the writer.

Gen - "General" or non-romantic, used as an official subgenre category on many archives, including fanfiction.net. There is some controversy about what qualifies as a "gen fic", but usually it denotes a story in which there is no sex and any and all romance is a background element of the story, while the main plot centers around non-romantic themes.

"Gen fics" also tend to lack a specific focus of any kind. They are not focused around any particular genre (romance, comedy or humor, tragedy or angst, adventure, drama, fantasy, horror, mystery, sci-fi, suspense, etc.). If the author can't fit their story in to one (or sometimes two) of those categories, they may label it a "general" fic.

H/C - Hurt/Comfort - "Hurt/comfort" in a plot framework in which one character experiences pain (physical or emotional) and another character offers comfort. If one character is being comforted from severe trauma, an HU fiction may also be a darkfic depending on the origin and amount of focus on the "hurt" aspect of the story. HC fics may also qualify as a lemon, lime or PWP if the "comfort" is provided sexually.

IC/In Character - "In-character" is a term that refers to the behavior of characters which is consistent with their previous behavior in canon (see: OOC), and occasionally in fanon.

Wow thats longer than i thought!!

Thats not all of though so i will have to do it in 2 maybe even three parts well see how we go!!

Now Part 2 may be up 2morrow?? if its not then it will be up sometime next week!! but i am determined to finish this!! i just didnt realize how much info there was!!

Please tell me what you think and if it has helped!! i would really really love that!!

I hope you enjoy it and sorry if anything is wrong or anything like that!!

Until next time!!

xoxo BB Cullen!!

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Tags: Dictionary.com, Sources, are:, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fan_fiction_terms, http://www.thementalisttvshow.com/page/FanFiction+Rating+Guide

Comment by ß.Gomez on November 17, 2010 at 6:07am
I need to thank you very much! Ive been writing my own fanfic for a couple months. I too didnt understand most of the slang, so thanks for teaching me what it all means.
Im going to have to make some additions to my story
Comment by imaGINAtion on November 17, 2010 at 6:48am
~Thanx! Some of these were really very helpful...This breakdown was much needed!! (LOVE FF!!!) :D
Comment by ClumsyVampireGirl on November 17, 2010 at 7:24am
TY! I thought I was the only one who didn't understand every dang term...
Comment by J.E.B. (Jacob Edward Black) on November 17, 2010 at 8:09am
thanks me too.....lol
Comment by TeamEdwardForever<333!!=) on November 17, 2010 at 12:16pm
Thanks! I was wondering what AU meant! Thanks!(:
Comment by Scarlet Isabella on November 17, 2010 at 1:49pm
same here I've been writing ff for about 8mo and had no idea what some of those meant, thanks hun!
Comment by Tricia on November 17, 2010 at 4:10pm
Thanks did have trouble with AU OCC is out of character, some of it is confusing. So yeah thanks.
Comment by Katina Mae on November 23, 2010 at 2:29pm
Thanks! Just started readinf ff about a month or two ago. The lingo is still pretty new to me.
Comment by Team Jaspward =) on January 21, 2011 at 8:16pm
Thnx! Helped a bunch! :) I was reading a fic and there was something in front of the last sentence of a chapter that said "LTIF" what does that mean?
Comment by BB Cullen on January 25, 2011 at 12:25am
Hey Team Jaspward!! It ortapends what fic you where reading?? some authors have there own little lingo that you get used to, there is a Fanfic out there called Last Tango In Forks (by AwesomeSauce76) and most people shorten there stroies name so in this case it would be LTIF I hope that helps?? If you tell me the Fanfic your reading I could figure it out easier!!

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