TFN Fanfic Lexicon
A comprehensive guide to terms in and out of Star Wars fan fiction.
All you need to know to be a saavy fanfic surfer.
"Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system
where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk."
Jenkins, in Textual Poachers: Media Fans and Participatory Culture.
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The TFN Fanfic Archive only accepts G, PG, or PG13 submissions.
Inclusion of a particular definition in this lexicon does not
constitute archiving approval of that type of fanfic.
ABH. Anywhere But Here. Fanfic where the
author puts 'you' exactly where you want to be, and told in second person point
of view, ie. "You walk over to the Temple and Yoda whacks you on the leg
with his gimer stick." ABH stories are usually NC-17. They are difficult
to do well and have limited popularity. See also: RATING.
ACTORFIC. Actor fiction. Fanfic that involves real-life actors,
musicians, politicians, etc. Generally considered a violation of privacy and
an invitation for getting sued. Variants include Actor Slash and Real People
Slash (RPS). See also: SLASH.
ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. Also AU or
A/U. Fanfic set in a universe which is different from the canon show universe.
AUs are also known as What Ifs (What if Luke had joined Vader?), Elseworld (DC,
Marvel fandom) and Uber (Xena fandom). See also: CANON;
FANON; EXTENDED UNIVERSE; PARALLEL
ANGST. Emotional pain. Can add intensity to a story or turn it
into one big whinefest. Angst may also refer to fanfic which have emotional
pain as the main plot. In Star Wars fanfic, Obi angst and Anakin angst are quite
common. See also: ANGSTFIC; H/C.
ANI/AMI. Short for Anakin/Amidala romance.
ANGSTFIC. Usually a first person point
of view story where the character is severely depressed. Some angstfics may
contain character deaths.
ANH. A New Hope, or better known
as the first Star Wars movie, or Episode IV.
ANIME. Japanimation or Japanese animation, stereotypically big
hair and huge eyes. Usually the animated version of popular manga. See also:
ARCHIVE. A virtual web library of fanfic from multiple authors,
usually collected from Usenet postings or mailing lists, after getting fanfic
authors' permissions. Fanfic archives used totake every story on a newsgroup
or mailing list; archives accepted everything. Now the prolific amount of fanfic
makes archiving everything a nigh impossible task. Archives have submission
guidelines on what is acceptable and have evolved to clearly indicate the story
contents with keywords, and crossindex by title, author and character. Most
major archives have one or more dedicated archivists to keep up with story posting
to the web.
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BABYFIC. Fanfic that has the main characters adopting or having
1 or more children of their own. Usually used to refer to a subgenre of Mulder
Scully Married (MSM) fanfic.
BADFIC. Short for bad fiction. Badfic is
often written by new writers, but can also be done by more experienced writers,
deliberately, to entertain and inform readers about common cliches, plots or
conventions that should be avoided. The term arose out of the XFiles fanfic
community, which started a Badfic Hall of Shame. The idea for deliberate badfic
itself originated from the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest (BLFC). See also: BLFC;
MARY SUE; MST.
B/D. Also B&D. Short for Bondage and
Domination. Adult fanfic about mind and control games, sometimes with humiliation
involved. See also: S/M.
BDSM. Adult fanfic containing bondage, domination, sado-masochism.
Usually concensual unless accompanied by a warning. Term used in ratings. See
also: B/D; S/M; RATING.
BETA READER. A fanfic editor who betas
or test reads a story, giving feedback on plot points, characterizations, grammar,
typos and generally providing encouragement. Invariably, fanfics undergo an
improvement with a beta reader, because of the valuable outside perspective.
BETA VERSION. Also called first draft or betafic.
Rough draft of a fanfic, the version sent to the beta reader for commentary.
BLFC. The Bulwer-Lytton
Fiction Contest is an annual literary competition at San Jose State University
which challenges entrants to write the opening sentence to the worst of all
possible novels. Edward George Bulwer-Lytton was a minor Victorian novelist
and the original author of the notorious line, "it was a dark and stormy
night." See also: BADFIC; MARY
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CANON. Professional source material, or the
official facts as stated by the original book, movie, or show episode. In the
Star Wars universe, the 'holy text' or canon are the movies and the novelizations
of the movies. This may include cut scenes. Everything else, such as the comics,
the other novels, interviews, etc. are not canon. See also: FANON;
CHALLENGE. A set of rules for a contest or game among a group
of writers, often on a mailing list. Usually results in a flood of short humourous
CHANSLASH. A slash story where one partner is under the legal
age of consent. See also: SLASH.
CHARACTER DEATH. Warning placed in the header of a story in which
one or more major characters dies.
CON. Short for CONVENTION. A fair or
expo with dealers selling books, games, collectibles, fanart, and fanzines.
Guests of honor such as sf writers, tv actors or writers give talks and sign
autographs. Other activities include film showings, costume contests, award
presentations, panel discussions, art shows, demonstrations and workshops. The
largest con is the annual world science fiction convention, Worldcon.
Star Wars fans can find local get togethers in Fanforce
and the Netherlands are
planning cons but no big SW cons in North America are on the horizon for 2001.
CONREPORT. Also CONREP. A personal report of a convention
by a fan, about the program and their activities.
CROSSOVER. Also X-OVER and XO. Subgenre of fanfic using
character or scenarios from two or more different sources. Often romantic. Ie.
A Star Wars/XFiles crossover that pairs Han Solo with Scully.
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DARK JEDI. Fallen Jedi Knights who become
seduced by the power and ease of the Dark Side of the Force. Many of them were
Sith masters as well, drawing strength from both sets of lore. Note that the
existence of Dark Jedi is controversial and hotly disputed. Extended universe
supporters state that being a Jedi is akin to religion, and if you've turned
dark, you've stopped being a Jedi. Canon supporters disagree and state that
once a Jedi, always a Jedi. See also: SITH; GREY
JEDI; EXTENDED UNIVERSE; CANON.
DEVIL'S TRIANGLE. Used exclusively by Anakin/Amidala
romance supporters who think the love triangle idea is a travesty and betrayal
of all that is Star Wars. Any Amidala/Obi-Wan romance is regarded as an abomination.
See also: LOVE TRIANGLE.
DISCLAIMER. A copyright notice attached at the beginning of a
fanfic, acknowledging the real owners of the universe or characters and no financial
gain is intended.
DRABBLE. A story of exactly 100 words, no more, no less. Up to
15 words extra are allowed for the title. Hyphenated-words-are-argued-about.
The drabble craze started in British SF fandom in the late 1980s, and the term
originates from a Monty Python skit: "Drabble. A word game for 2 to 4 players.
The four players sit from left to right and the first person to write a novel
wins." However to be playable, the 'novel' had to be cut short. Brian Aldiss
became enthusiastic about mini-sagas of 50 words, and one writer even advocated
8 words, but eventually the Birmingham University SF Society decided on 100
words. Many respected SF writers joined in the The
Drabble Project and the resulting collections were sold, all proceeds going
to charity. Lately, drabbles have been drawing attention again, beginning in
Doctor Who fanfic and then other bigger fandoms like Trek. Variants of 150,
200, or 350 words have appeared. However, the most common form is still the
100 word drabble.
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EGOBOO. An EGO BOOst. Originally a letter,
article or fanfic being published, but also being on a panel, or being talked
about favorably in a conreport. Can be anything that produces intoxication and
"a painless but unsightly swelling of the head." In fanfic, egoboo
usually refers to flattering comments on your fanfic from a reader and is the
'currency' in which readers pay authors for sharing their stories. See also:
ESB. The Empire Strikes Back, part of the
original Star Wars trilogy. Also called Episode V.
EXTENDED UNIVERSE. Also EU or E/U.
Any Star Wars information derived from a source that is not the films. This
list includes but is not limited to books, comics, toy boxes, computer games,
etc. See also: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE.
EZINE. E-lectronic fanZINE;
Also less commonly, NETZINE. A publication whose primary medium is electronic.
See also: FANZINE.
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FAN. Short for "fanatic". Originally
used to indicate a fan of science fiction (SF), especially someone who attended
cons. The word had negative connotations, as fans were people were seen as social
misfits who were told, "it's only a show" and admonished to "get
a life". Nowadays, with the continuing convergence of media and culture,
a fan can be anyone who buys collectibles, books, reads or writes fan fiction,
creates fan art or fan music and socializes with other fans. Among SF fans the
plural is correctly fen, but this is rarely used. See also: FANDOM;
FANDOM. A collective term used to describe
all fans and their activities. Ie. Star Wars fandom gave rise to the "Fandom
Menace" that created the fever pitch excitement and famous lineups in the
wait for Episode 1. The origins of science fiction fandom lie in the 1930s,
when correspondence between fans hit critical mass and a few clubs were created.
See also: FAN; FANFIC.
FANFIC. Short for FAN FICTION or FANFICTION.
Sometimes also referred to as simply FIC. Unauthorized, not-for-profit
fiction about copyrighted characters, or the use of original characters in a
copyrighted universe. Fanfic can be in the form of vignettes, short stories,
novels, scripts, or poetry.
The origins of fan fiction probably lie somewhere near the beginning of time,
along with human storytelling. All fiction is derivative; there are few truly
original plots, and everything else a variation on those themes. Shakespeare
often drew on old legends and myths for his plays. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
inspired John Lydgate to write a continuation "The Siege of Thebes"
in the 1400s. Lewis Carroll's work, Alice in Wonderland prompted 200
writers, including Christina Rossetti, Frances Hodgson Burnett and E. Nesbitt
with their own versions. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice spawned a
number of unauthorized sequels and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories gave rise
to the Sherlock Holmes Literary Society with members like Ronald Knox and Dorothy
Sayers. They in turn, inspired the creation of the 'Great Game', where fans
willingly suspend their disbelief and pretend that Sherlock Holmes was a historical
person and Doyle a literary agent for Dr. Watson.
More recently, fanfic was collected by Amateur Publishing Associations (APAs),
shared by post through fanzines, and sold at conventions. The first Trek zine
was in 1967. As time passed, fanzine authors like A.C. Crispin, Peter David,
and Susan Garret became professional authors. Internet access became more widespread
in the 1990s and this had a dramatic effect on the amount of fanfic online.
Fanfic, traditionally the purview of science fiction lovers, now appeared for
various other genres such as sitcoms, medical, police, and law dramas, soap
operas, movies, comics, video games, literary books and even pop singers.
Until the explosion of XFiles fandom, fan fiction was generally disdained because
the reasoning was, if it was good, it would be published professionally. The
old school of thought was "People who write SF for fanzines learn little
besides how to write bad sf for fanzines". Today, this is no longer true.
Published writers have been known to write fanfic for fun, and as more people
join online communities of interest on the net, more fanfic writers will appear
and gain followings. See also: FAN; FANDOM;
FANON. Fan created fact that nearly all fans
take for granted as true but is not supported by the official source. In some
circles of Star Wars fanfic, "An-Paj" the Healer with his many wives
has nearly become fanon, or that Qui-Gon's Master was Yoda. See aso: CANON.
FANZINE. Also ZINE. Amateur magaZINE
published by FANs. Originally fanzines were more like club newsletters.
Fanzines include editorials, poetry, articles, fan art and fan fiction. The
quality of fanfic in fanzines is usually greater than on the net, due to editorial
control, but most fanzines are one-shot publications or produced irregularly.
The growth of net fiction has diminished the importance of paper fanzines, although
occasionally one will still see a story removed from net circulation and submitted
to a paper fanzine for publication. Tension exists between online fanfic and
fanzine communities because of this and various other reasons. See also: EZINE.
FEEDBACK. Thank-you email sent to authors
expressing appreciation for their story; may contain critique. Feedback praising
a fanfic author can motivate some to be more prolific and in others, simply
swell their egos. See also: EGOBOO.
FILK. Parody of an existing song with different words. Or folk
music with a SF theme. The term may have originally been a 1953 typo by Karen
Anderson in a SAPS zine for "folk singing". It is also believed, by others,
to be an abbreviation for "filthy folk singing".
FILKER. Someone who performs filk songs.
FIRST TIME. Romantic fanfic which have the main characters getting
together for the first time. Often passionate and explicit.
FLAME. Rude email or feedback. See also: NEGOBOO.
FLUFF. Lighthearted short fanfic.
FORCE. The Force is a mystical energy field
created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the
galaxy together.There are two polarities to the Force: light and dark, and living
and unifying. The light side of the Force is for knowledge and defense while
the dark side is what we call evil, and is a place of anger, fear and agression.
The dark side of the Force is quicker and easier to master, but it has severe
disadvantages in that it consumes and controls one's actions. See also: LIVING
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GEN. Short for 'general'. Conflicting use. Slash
writers usually use this term to indicate fanfic suitable for all ages, but
it can also be used to refer to fanfic with heterosexual adult relationships.
See also: SLASH.
GENRE. A type of story, ie. romance, adventure, angst, humor,
VIGNETTE etc. Can also mean a more specific type of
story, such as Ani/Ami (Anakin/Amidala) stories in Star Wars fanfic. See also:
JA; LOVE TRIANGLE for different subgenres.
GREY JEDI. A concept brought up by Lucas in
referring to Qui-Gon Jinn. Some fans have taken it to mean that Grey Jedi do
not see in terms of Light or Dark. Instead, Grey Jedi perceive that all else,
including the Republic, and the Jedi Council, are secondary to serving the Force
itself - no matter what the consequences - "I shall do what I must."
This has inspiraed the creation of the Order of the Grey RPG (role playing game),
similar to a roundrobin. Refer to GreyJedi.com
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H/C. Acronym for Hurt/Comfort.
A subgenre of fanfic where one vulnerable partner suffers emotional or physical
abuse or pain, and is then comforted by the other partner. In adult stories,
the comfort often leads to sex. The main plot element is reaction to the character's
pain, which can be quite intense in some stories. This type of plot may be used
in slash fanfic or to provide the beginning to a hopeless romance. Some critics
have speculated that the massive appeal of this subgenre to its mostly female
audience may fulfil a need for nurturance. Hurt/Comfort is similar to angst
or torture fic; the most common example of this in Star War fanfic
is Obi-torture, where young Obi-Wan is hurt and needs to be rescued by Qui-Gon.
See also: ANGST.
HEADER. Info at the top of a fanfic clearly stating the content.
Standard header info states the tv show or media, including crossovers, and
rating, romantic pairings if any, language, spoilers, story summary/teaser and
violence warnings if applicable.
HET. Short for "heterosexual". Fanfic about a romance
between a male and a female. Term used by slash writers. See also: GEN;
HUGOS. Hugo Awards.
Fans vote for their favorite science fiction in various categories, including
novel, short story, movie, fanzine, fan writer, and fan artist. The Hugos are
presented at the Worldcon every year. See also: CON.
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IDIC. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination.
Phrase meaning openmindedness. Originally, a Vulcan philosophy from Star Trek
positing that beauty, growth and progress all result from the union of the dissimilar;
a synergistic effect that individuals alone cannot replicate. Sentient beings
should learn to celebrate differences and acknowledge similarities. IDIC is
symbolized by a circle with a triangle through it, where the circle indicate
the infinite, nature or woman, and the triangle represents the finite, art or
man or some other opposite.
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JA. Short for Jedi
Apprentice. Refers to the series of books about the young Obi-Wan and his
training to become a Jedi Knight. Started by Dave Wolverton and continued by
Jude Watson for young adults, the JA series has widespread appeal among adult
readers as well. JA fanfic has two main characters, Obi-Wan
Kenobi and his Master, Qui-Gon
JEDI CODE. The creed, or system of beliefs of the Jedi. The basic
catechism is: "There is no emotion; there is peace. There is no ignorance; there
is knowledge. There is no passion; there is serenity. There is no chaos; there
is harmony. There is no death; there is the Force." Some other fundamental principles
include: "Ever seeking knowledge and enlightenment, a Jedi never uses the
Force to gain wealth or personal power." and "A Master can take but
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LEMON. Fanfic containing pointless erotica, usually between two
female characters, although not always the case. Originally an anime term.
LIVING FORCE. The Living Force is what allows
Jedi to be sensitive to other living beings, to be intuitive and read other
people's minds. When properly attuned to the Living Force, a Jedi lives 'in
the moment', also known as the 'here and now'. When Qui-Gon admonishes Obi-Wan
in Episode 1 to be "mindful of the living Force", he is telling his
student to let go of forebodings from the distant future, and to focus on the
present and what needs to be done. The interested reader is referred to the
article The Living
Force by E. Durack, the Jedi Creed
and the Jedi Academy for further discussions
on the nature of the Force. See also: FORCE; UNIFYING
LoC, LOC. Letter Of Comment. Usually used
in reference to detailed feedback printed in a fanzine. See also: FANZINE;
LOVE TRIANGLE. An angst ridden situation
where two people are in love with the same person, or one person is involved
with another, and the third suffers unrequited love for one of them. The love
triangle plot is a time honored literary tradition; King Arthur, Guinevere and
Lancelot is one famous love triangle. Star Wars Episode 2 is widely rumored
to have a love triangle with Anakin, Amidala, and Obi-Wan. See also: DEVIL'S
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MANGA. Japanese comics, which make up 40%
of all publications in Japan. There are mangas specifically aimed at adult men
and women, as well as teen readers. See also: ANIME.
MARY SUE. A character who is a thinly disguised
version of the author. A major warning sign is the new character who becomes
romantically involved with one of the main characters and/or saves his life.
First coined in 1974, the original Mary Sue was a beautiful half-human, half-Vulcan
who rescued Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy. According to Paula Smith, "the
truest mark of a Mary Sue is not how she's described or what she does, but the
effect the sheer fact of her existence in the story has on the other characters
in the story. If program characters start worrying endlessly about her, or go
all gooey because she's just so darn cute or smart...the girl's a Mary Sue."
Male equivalents have been named Maurice Stu, Marty Stu and Gary Stu. Concerned
authors should consult the Star
Wars/Star Fox Mary Sue Litmus Test.
MIDI-CHLORIDIANS. Microscopic life-forms that
reside within the cells of all living things and help us communicate with the
Force. They are a part of us as we are a part of them and neither one of us
can exist without each other. Individuals with a high midi-chloridian count
have a greater ability to contact and control the Force, but true attunement
with the Force comes only from intense concentration and study. Interested readers
are encouraged to visit TFN's Midicholoridian
Study for a more indepth treatment of this topic. See also: FORCE.
MIND WHAMMY. An irreverent term for the Jedi Mind Trick, which
allows the Force user to control the thoughts or actions of the subject. Usually
found in humorous fanfic. Whether the Jedi Mind Trick always requires hand movements
or not, is in dispute.
MST. Acronym for Mystery Science Theatre 3000
(MST3K), a US tv show which dissects bad movies line by line with mocking commentary.
MSTing or misting a fanfic, involves doing the same thing and the satirical,
acid comments are called 'riffing'. MSTing is controversial. Some call MSTing
no better than flaming, others consider it a an art form in and of itself. See
also: BADFIC; MARY SUE.
MULTI-UNIVERSE. Also MULTI-FANDOM, sometimes MULTI-MEDIA.
Usually used in reference to a zine or archive that include fanfic from more
than one fandom. A multi-fandom archive for example, can contain Star Wars,
Star Trek, and XFiles fanfic.
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NEGOBOO. Negative egoboo, criticism or flaming.
See also: FLAME, EGOBOO.
Jedi Order. Refers to the series of books set in the New Republic, 2 decades
after Return of the Jedi, where Luke struggles to rebuild the Jedi Order.
NON-CON. Also N/C. Non-consensual sexual act, ie. rape.
NOROMO. Anti-shipper. A disbeliever in a romantic pairing. See
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OBI-TORTURE. A type of story where Obi-Wan goes through pain and
suffering, either emotional or physical and must be rescued. See also: H/C;
OT. Original Trilogy. Refers to
Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. See also: PT.
PADAWAN. A young student of the Force, paired with a mentor-teacher,
or Master. Sentient beings strong in the Force were brought to a Jedi Temple,
were they became trainees or initiates. When chosen by a Jedi Master, the initiate
became a Padawan learner.
PARALLEL UNIVERSE. A parallel universe
never comes into contact with the original universe and has major differences.
Ie. A story where Vader was female. In contrast, an alternate universe (AU)
is one that splits from the original universe. Ie. A story where Qui-Gon didn't
die. In Star Wars fanfic, Parallel Universe is rarely used. Alternate Universe
is the term used to describe anything different from the original movies. See
also: ALTERNATE UNIVERSE.
PARODY. Humorous imitation of an original work.
PASTICHE. Material that imitates previous works of other artists,
often with satirical intent. An example of a pastiche is the Simpsons. The term
is rarely used except in reference to Sherlock Holmes fanfic.
PLOT BUNNY. Also sometimes PLOT DEMON, SNIPPET or
OUTLINE. Fanfic plots or ideas. Fanfic writers swap, adopt or exchange
plot bunnies. Inspired by a quote from John Steinbeck: "Ideas are like
rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you
have a dozen."
PREQUEL. A literary, cinematic, or dramatic work that precedes,
introduces, or leads up to a later work. Episode 1 is a prequel to the original
trilogy of movies that includes Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of
PRO. Short for "professional". Refers to those who make
most of their living by writing; does not include anyone who has ever been paid
for a story.
PT. Prequel Trilogy. Refers to the Star
Wars trilogy that includes The Phantom Menace, or Episodes 1-3. See also: OT.
PWP. Plot What Plot or Porn Without
Plot. Fanfic about the relationship between characters, with little or
no larger plot. Usually romantic and explicit.
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ROUND ROBIN. RR for short. A story written
in installments by multiple writers, often in a mailing list, discussion forum
or message board. One writer contributes one chapter, another writer contributes
the second chapter, etc. Also known as "pass around" stories in some
Star Wars fanfic circles.
RATING. Fanfic ratings are based on the
American Motion Picture Association codes.
G. General, appropriate for any age group.
PG. Parental guidence suggested. Swearing, more adult themes
or other topics not appropriate for a general audience.
PG-13. Implies sex or violence.
R. Restricted. Swearing, nudity, violence, or other topics not
appropriate for those under 17.
NC-17. No Children under 17. Graphic depictions of sex or violence,
for adults only.
ROTJ. Return Of The Jedi, part of the original
trilogy of Star Wars movies. Also called Episode VI.
RPG. Role Playing Game.
Not a computer game, but a combination of an interactive novel and a game. One
player, called the Game Master or GM, designs adventures, while the other players
take on the roles of various characters and write them according to the rules.
Requires a rule booklet, and special polyhedral dice, D6 (six sides) to D20
(20 sides). RPGs can be thought of as an intense version of the roundrobin,
with more monitoring. The interested reader should check out Starwars-RPG.net.
See also: ROUND ROBIN.
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SHIPPER. Short for relationShipper.
A fan who believes in a romantic relationship between a certain pair. Originally
from XFiles fandom, shippers were originally a fringe group who fervently believed
that Mulder and Scully "belonged together". The term Shipper has now spread
into other fandoms, and one can see fanfics described as 'shippy' to describe
their romantic bent.
SITH. The descendants of an ancient race of
Force-sensitive, insect humanoids and Dark Jedi. The Sith learned to harness
the Dark Side of the Force to perform many heinous acts. The interested reader
is encouraged to examine The Completely
Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia for a more complete entry and background.
Note the origins of the Sith are disputed by canon supporters. See also: DARK
SLASH. Fanfic featuring people of the same
gender romantically involved, often written by females. The term originates
from a splinter group of Trek fandom that wrote Kirk/Spock stories, 'slash'
being the (/) between the names of the characters. Slash is also known as "alt"
or "alternative" fiction in Xena and sometimes Buffy fandom. Note
that the (/) between any two names indicates a romantic pairing, ie. Anakin/Amidala
or Leia/Han fanfic.
S/M. Also S&M, SM. Sadism and Masochism.
Involves pain and humiliation. See also: B/D.
SMARM. Nonsexual love and comfort between two characters. Often
found with H/C and associated with slash. See also: H/C; SLASH.
SONGFIC. Fanfic inspired by and based on the lyrics of a song.
Often sappy, melodramatic pieces that seek deep meaning in the pop song of the
SPOILER. Info that reveals and "spoils" important plot
points that the reader has not yet seen. Put in the header of a fanfic, it indicates
a story which uses events in a recently aired episode of a tv show, or movie.
See also: HEADER.
SQUICK. To be disturbed at a personal level; turn-off.
SUBTEXT. In fandom, any canon action that implies sexual attraction
between two characters. Subtext exists only in the minds of the viewers and
is most often used in Xena fandom.
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TBC. To Be Continued
TEASER. Summary of a story, usually put in the story header, to
help readers decide whether to read further or not. See also: HEADER.
TPTB. The Powers That Be. The writers/directors/owners
of the original show or source material. Often used in a sarcastic way.
TMI. Too Much Information. Almost always
TPM. The Phantom Menace.
TROLL. Rude person who posts flames or deliberately inflammatory
comments. See also: FLAME.
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UNIFYING FORCE. The cosmic part of the
Force, in which you can see the future and find your destiny. Sometimes visions
provided by the Force can be shockingly vivid, and at other times, like peering
down a path with infinite forks. Different futures will be achieved by different
actions, and the path to them is not always clear from one's present position.
See also: FORCE; LIVING FORCE.
UST. Unresolved Sexual Tension. Chemistry
between characters who are not romantically involved in canon. Coined by XPhiles
to describe Mulder and Scully but the term has migrated to other fandoms.
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VERGENCE. An intense concentration of the Force associated with
inanimate objects or places, and more rarely, with a living being. These beings
have high midi-chloridian counts, and can touch and use the Force with little
or no training.
VIGNETTE. A short slice-of-life fanfic,
usually having to do with character development.
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WILL OF THE FORCE. The feeling that a certain
course of action is 'right' and fulfills a higher purpose. It refers to the
nudgings of the universe, to put Force sensitive listeners on the path most
likely to result in the greatest good for all. It may be difficult to follow
since personal interests are secondary to the larger, more universal interests
of the Force. A Jedi should be attuned to both the Living Force and the Unifying
Force to know the true will of the Force. See also: FORCE;
LIVING FORCE; UNIFYING FORCE.
WIP. Work In Progress, or a rough draft.
Fanfic where the ending has not yet been written, or which has not been betaread.
See also: BETAREADER.
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A (Very) Brief History
of Fanfic by !Super Cat
"Digital Land Grab" by Henry
In the Beginning
Was Ronald Knox
A History of Fan Fiction
by Michaela Ecks
A Glossary of Fanfic Terms
Dr. Merlin's Guide to
Fan Fiction by Melissa Wilson
The IDIC Page by William
The Living Force
by Elizabeth Durack
The Completely Unofficial Star Wars
Official Star Wars Site - Lucasfilm!
Mary Sue Essays, Rants
and Notes From All Around Fandom
Too Good To Be True:
150 Years of Mary Sue by Pat Pfleiger
Badfic: The XFiles Hall of Shame
Rei's Anime and Manga
Star Wars books from
Del Rey and Lucasbooks
Wars Novels in Chronological Order
Nitid: Thanks to JediGaladriel for the definition
of "Devil's Triangle" and clarification of "Dark
Jedi". If you find any corrections or additions that should be made, contact us so that we can make those changes.
Last update: Feb 23/2001
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