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Smut[ edit ] Smut is sexually explicit or pornographic writing. This could refer to a small portion of a story, or in its entirety. The terms "lemon" and "lime" are often used to allude to the upcoming sexual scene. Songfic[ edit ] Songfic, also known as a song fic or a song-fic, is a genre of fan fiction that features a fictional work interspersed with the lyrics of a relevant song.
As many lyrics are under copyrightwhether songfics are a violation of that copyright law is a subject of debate. Some fan fiction websites, such as FanFiction.
Net, have barred authors from posting songfics with lyrics outside the public domain. Author's notes can be written at any point during a fanfiction in some cases interrupting the flow of the piece by appearing within the body of a fanfictionbut are typically found directly before the beginning of a fanfiction or after it has concluded, and also at the starts or ends of chapters if the story is updated periodically.
This means anything related to the original source including the plot, settings, and character developments. Legal issues with fan fiction Disclaimers are author's notes typically informing readers about who deserves credit for the original source material,  and often containing pseudo-legal language disavowing any intent of copyright infringement or alluding to fair use.
Such "disclaimers" are legally ineffective and based on misunderstandings of copyright lawparticularly confusion between illegal copyright infringement and unethical plagiarism.
Fanon[ edit ] Fanon is an idea that is widely believed to be true among fans, but is unconfirmed, preventing it from being labelled as canon. Fanon may refer to a whole interpretation of the original work, or to specific details within it.
Headcanon[ edit ] Headcanon is a fan's personal, idiosyncratic interpretation of canon, such as the backstory of a character, or the nature of relationships between characters. It may represent a teasing out of subtext present in the canon, or it may directly contradict canon. If many other fans share this interpretation, it may become fanon.
Mary Sue[ edit ] Also of note is the concept of the " Mary Sue ", a term credited as originating in Star Trek fan fiction that has crossed over to the mainstream, at least among editors and writers. In early Trek fan fiction, a common plot was that of a minor member of the USS Enterprise's crew saving the life of Captain Kirk or Mister Spock, often being rewarded with a sexual relationship as a result.
The term "Mary Sue", originating in a parody of stories in this wish fulfillment genre, thus tends to refer to an idealized or fictional character lacking flaws, often representing the author.
Additionally, OTPs are also subsetted as OT3s, which reference the reader's one true bonding with three people; this number can be changed to refer to larger bondings. RPF[ edit ] An abbreviation of "real person fanfiction". Describes fanfiction-like works written about real people, usually celebrities, instead of fictional characters.
SI[ edit ] An abbreviation of self-insert, usually referring to either a story in the eponymous genre or to the author avatar within one.
TW[ edit ] An abbreviation of " trigger warning ". Trigger warnings are meant to warn people of content in fics that could be harmful or "triggering" to those who have dealt with situations such as abuse.
Fan fiction is tagged using various TWs so that readers may prepare for or avoid certain content. Sometimes CW, an abbreviation of "content warning", is used instead of or in addition to a TW. Trigger warnings are usually inserted when the subject matter of a work deals with things issues like drug abuse, mental illness, abuse, or extreme violence.
Interactivity in the online era[ edit ] Reviews can be given by both anonymous and registered users of most sites, and sites are often programmed to notify the author of new feedback, making them a common way for readers and authors online to communicate directly.
As a result, the author of the story can either disable or enable anonymous reviews, depending on their preference. Internet fan fiction gives young writers a wider audience for their literary efforts than ever before, resulting in improved literacy.Robert J.
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