hey what’s up with the “!” in fandoms? i.e. “fat!” just curious thaxxx <3









I have asked this myself in the past and never gotten an answer.

Maybe today will be the day we are both finally enlightened.

woodsgotweird said: man i just jumped on the bandwagon because i am a sheep. i have no idea where it came from and i ask myself this question all the time

Maybe someone made a typo and it just got out of hand?

I kinda feel like panic!at the disco started the whole exclamation point thing and then it caught on around the internet, but maybe they got it from somewhere else, IDK.

The world may never know…

Maybe it’s something mathematical?

I’ve been in fandom since *about* when Panic! formed and the adjective!character thing was already going strong, pretty sure it predates them.

It’s a way of referring to particular variations of (usually) a character — dark!Will, junkie!Sherlock, et cetera. I have suspected for a while that it originated from some archive system that didn’t accommodate spaces in its tags, so to make common interpretations/versions of the characters searchable, people started jamming the words together with an infix.

(Lately I’ve seen people use the ! notation when the suffix isn’t the full name, but is actually the second part of a common fandom portmanteau. This bothers me a lot but it happens, so it’s worth being aware of.)

“Bang paths” (! is called a “bang"when not used for emphasis) were the first addressing scheme for email, before modern automatic routing was set up. If you wanted to write a mail to the Steve here in Engineering, you just wrote “Steve” in the to: field and the computer sent it to the local account named Steve. But if it was Steve over in the physics department you wrote it to phys!Steve; the computer sent it to the “phys” computer, which sent it in turn to the Steve account. To get Steve in the Art department over at NYU, you wrote NYU!art!Steve- your computer sends it to the NYU gateway computer sends it to the “art” computer sends it to the Steve account. Etc. (“Bang"s were just chosen because they were on the keyboard, not too visually noisy, and not used for a huge lot already).

It became pretty standard jargon, as I understand, to disambiguate when writing to other humans. First phys!Steve vs the Steve right next to you, just like you were taking to the machine, then getting looser (as jargon does) to reference, say, bearded!Steve vs bald!Steve.

So I’m guessing alternate character version tags probably came from that.

100% born of bang paths. fandom has be floating around on the internet for six seconds longer than there has been an internet so early users just used the jargon associated with the medium and since it’s a handy shorthand, we keep it.












So I’m on AO3 and I see a lot of people who put “I do not own [insert fandom here]” before their story.

Like, I came on this site to read FAN fiction. This is a FAN fiction site. I’m fully aware that you don’t own the fandom or the characters. That’s why it’s called FAN FICTION.

Oh you youngins… How quickly they forget.

Back in the day, before fan fiction was mainstream and even encouraged by creators… This was your “please don’t sue me, I’m poor and just here for a good time” plea.

Cause guess what? That shit used to happen.

how soon they forget ann rice’s lawyers.

What happened with her lawyers.

History became legend. Legend became myth….  And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost.

I worked with one of the women that got contacted by Rice’s lawyers. Scared the hell out of her and she never touched fandom again.
The first time I saw a commission post on tumblr for fanart, I was shocked.

One of the reasons I fell out of love with her writing was her treatment of the fans… (that and the opening chapter of Lasher gave me such heebie-jeebies with the whole underage sex thing I felt unclean just reading it.)

I have zero problem with fanart/fic so long as the creators aren’t making money off of it. It is someone else’s intellectual property and people who create fan related works need to respect that (and a solid 98% of them do.)

The remaining 2% are either easily swayed by being gently prompted to not cash in on someone else’s IP. Or they DGAF… and they are the ones who will eventually land themselves in hot water. Either way: this isn’t much of an excuse to persecute your entire fanbase.

But Anne Rice went off the deep end with this stuff by actively attacking people who were expressing their love for her work and were not profiteering from it.

The Vampire Chronicles was a dangerous fandom to be in back in the day. Most of the works I read/saw were hidden away in the dark recesses of the internet and covered by disclaimers (a lot of them reading like thoroughly researched legal documents.)

And woe betide anyone who was into shipping anyone with ANYONE in that fandom. You were most at risk, it seemed, if your vision of the characters deviated from the creators ‘original intentions.’ (Hypocritical of a woman who made most of her living writing erotica.)

Imagine getting sued over a headcanon…

Put simply: we all lived in fear of her team of highly paid lawyers descending from the heavens and taking us to court over a slashfic less than 500 words long.




Reblogging because I can’t believe there are people out there who don’t know the story behind fan fiction disclaimers. 

reblogging for the lotr quote

and also bc this is useful information




It is the summer of  1975 and this Star Trek fan was hard at work editing her fanzine, The Communicator. She is surrounded by paper tribbles, a by-product of The Fannish Writer in her natural habitat.

*photo used with permission of both the photographer and the editor.

Our formothers worked hard for their fic.

[my Firefox/Google spell check has “forefathers” but not “foremothers.” Surprise.]



Star Trek: Classic Fanzine Fics and Much Much More

Classic Archives

Orion Press Orion has been around since the late seventies publishing everything from fiction, interviews, lost crips, fanart and so much more. 

Scotpress A UK fanzine started in the mid seventies and has gone through a few incarnations but this website is an archive of fics from all three zines.

TrekTales A site deticated to collecting fanfiction from classic fanzines. As well as housing fics from a more recent time period.

Gloria’s Fanfiction Started writing trek fic in the 1980′s. Her Kirk and Spock fics are amazing. They’re friendship/brotherhood but can be read as slash.

Reccomended Stories

A Trekkies Tale Where the term Mary Sue came from. A parody work.

KS Commentary on TOS Funny review of various episodes with K/S goggles on. Enjoyable even for those who don’t subscribe to that pairing.

Modern Archives 

Ad Astra Founded in 2009 and houses almost 2000 star trek tales. 

Djiin’s Lair Started in 2004, has a wide range of different fics with pairings and gen.

K/S Archive Self explanatory. The grand daddies of Slash Fiction. Houses more than 8000 K/S fics.

Ster J’s Fics Mostly slash but some gems in there too.

Nesabj Their site is down but some fics are now on FF

Gamin Davis Archive

Great Trek Novel Recs

You can find lots at your local second hand bookstore or just borrow them from the library! But if you like star trek books, read them!

• Any/All of the Movie Novels. Especially the Motion Picture which is by Roddenberry himself and I quite liked the one from the Voyage Home. You get to learn a bit more of the character’s inner lives post Khan. 

Collision Course. Yes it’s by Shatner, yes you should read it. Come on, teenage Kirk and Spock? Space Detective times? And wtf is going on with Sarek?

Sand and Stars By Diane Duane. It’s two books in one but two books you should definitely read, especially if you like Vulcan and Spock.

Mind Shadow and Black Fire Both Spock centric but very good.

The First Adventure There was a discussion about this recently on tumblr. A novel where Spock rides a flying horse. Also features a monkey in a starfleet uniform and cat people. Its set during, well the Enterprise’s first adventure. Kirk has to escort a circus trope across the Stars. Features most if not all of the classic crew members. And we learn a bit more about those we don’t see often.

Uhura’s Song An Uhura centric novel with some of the most amazing world building I’ve read. One of the character’s is a bit Mary Sueish but it works, especially in the end.

Anything by Vonda N Mcintyre

• The Log Entries There are about 10 in the series and the are adaptions on animated episodes. By Alan Dean Foster.

• Essentials Stories anyone and everyone should read: (x)

• Star Trek Manga Actually are quite good and there are three in the TOS Series. Shinsei Shinsei Kakan ni Shinkou and Uchu.

There is so much more but many sites are now down. I found most of these back in days when I first got into the fandom and searched them out for you guys to enjoy. And enjoy them while you can, many might not be around for much longer.





My problem with Cassandra Clare isnt really even the plagiarism. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have a big problem with that.

My biggest problem with Cassandra Clare is that she’s a shitty person and a fucking bully.

I think that part of it gets lost in translation as the years go by and we lose our access to the historical record of fandom.

But don’t let big name YA novelists try to sell this picture of the poor, much maligned fan-writer who made a few content errors in the past and plagiarized a little. Like first, no. The plagiarism was extensive and flagrant. It was never a misunderstanding or a small, passing error.

But more importantly, people who were around in the day, who remember, know that she was a fucking bully and a generally terrible fangirl and human being.

And like, Im gonna shame some of the YA authors on that list going around of people calling US–the ones with a long memory–the bullies. Some of them know better. I KNOW they know better. So to see them backing her is like, weirdass YA cronyism and that’s disappointing shit.

The North remembers.

Aw I just kinda started reading her books, anyone care to fill me in?








More musings on writing advice:

Honestly, I think “yes, you are allowed” is something a lot of fandom needs to hear right now. We had, what, a decade of “what not to do” writing advice, starting with anti-Mary-Sue campaigns and on through sporking and fanficrants and RaceFail, and now everything is this cracked parody of social justice and ~this is problematic~ is the ultimate “what not to do.” And just look at the messages we’ve taken to heart: don’t get too big for your britches, everything has to be accurate and realistic, no one the reader is supposed to sympathize with should be within shouting distance of “problematic.” We’re writing about these larger-than-life characters whose lives are full of over-the-top, implausible events, and it’s like we’re afraid that if we handwave or take narrative shortcuts or spin crazy yarns about their adventures or don’t treat Bad Shit Happening with the expected amount of solemnity, somebody’s going to call us out for not doing our due diligence.

In fact, the one “yes, you are allowed” message we’ve taken to heart is that we’re not beholden to the original canon, which is a phenomenon I… have mixed feelings about. But the point is, that message combined with the fear of fucking up, of writing “unrealistic” or “problematic” stories about monsters and aliens and superheroes, means that mundane AUs and domestic fic are the path of least resistance. And not only is fic being pushed towards the generic, the moral pressure that drives fandom SJ makes it feel almost… risky?… to stray from the fanon status quo. Breaking the mold, instead of being a sign of creativity, increasingly feels like a sign that you’re Doing It Wrong and may in fact be a bad person. I have seen people say that they want to write about post-CA:TWS Bucky but don’t, because they don’t want to slog through dealing with the “obligatory” recovery issues. Or that they’d feel guilty, like they were committing some sort of erasure, if they wrote pre-war fic without Queer Brooklyn and The Docks a bunch of romanticized-poverty porn.

For the love of God, fandom. You are allowed to come up with whatever fictional means you feel like to undo the Winter Soldier’s fictional (and almost totally unspecified) brainwashing. He’s an amnesiac cyborg assassin hopped up on a knockoff version of the super-serum that lets Steve Rogers get flung off a freeway overpass hard enough to overturn a bus and get up with barely a scratch. He starts getting memories back whenever they leave him out of cryo long enough. If you want the serum to heal his brain damage and leave him twitchy, angry, and guilt-ridden, but more-or-less compos mentis, so that he can go face down his demons without spending months on Steve’s couch eating soup and relearning how to be a human? YOU CAN. YOU ARE ALLOWED. THAT IS A STORY YOU ARE ALLOWED TO TELL. The “it was the super-healing” handwaving already puts you about fifteen realism steps ahead of the comics, where Steve used a magic monkey’s paw ex machina to bring back Bucky’s memories with the power of his love. And then a bunch of stuff happened and Bucky wrestled a bear in a Siberian gulag, okay, and this is the level of Srs Bsns we’re starting from.

You can do whatever the fuck you want. If you want to dwell lovingly on all the interpersonal issues and mental scarring that resulted from that time aliens made them do it because they got fake married in space, go for it. But do not pull out the DSM and start checking off PTSD symptoms out of a sense of duty if what you actually want to write is banter, UST, sarcasm about absurd situations, reckless displays of loyalty, and porn where they realize the depth and true nature of their feeeeeelings about each other. Both of those things are okay things to want.

tl;dr Internal story logic > realism. Write whatever ridiculous tropey or out-there shit you want, and use exactly as much judiciously-applied realism as you need to sell the story.

Please read the whole damn thing, because I feel like this is super important for everyone to hear.

Fandom is a meme, and it has its fads, mostly borne of emulation. Before the advent of SJ, there was a time where there was a “realistic sex” diktat, and there were posts going around with instructions like “use condoms, water-based lube and nothing else, cleaning up after sex with a damp towe is The Most Important” and other stuff about “realistic” sex practices that should be used in fanfiction as well. (And – it’s fine, you know, if people who don’t know anything about sex want information and want to give a realistic to their fics, but if you want to bypass that entirely, “yes you are allowed”.)

So anyway around that time I wrote this threesome fic in the Sherlock fandom and I remember someone reblogging it and commenting “it’s a great fic and the sex is pretty realistic, except they don’t clean up with damp towels at the end” and I was like “what the fuck is wrong with you what is this damp towel business and how on earth is it a bad thing that I haven’t added it in my fic” and then I remembered all the fics that I had read at that time which had dutifully incorporated The Damp Towel™ and I realised that it was merely the fashion of the times. And after that it was the advent of Omegaverse so no one gave a shit about damp towels anymore

Like, I guess it’s always a cycle, you get a certain type of fic everywhere, then someone tries for something a bit different (like realistic sex at a moment where unrealistic sex abounds) and then all the cool kids want to do it as well, and then it becomes The Law, and then people get fed up and go 180° at the other end of the spectrum

Right now I’m kind of bored because recently a majority of the fics that I read are very prim and proper, with disclaimers that are kilometers-long if the fics ever venture into something even remotely shady morally speaking, and I have a marked preference for fics that explore stuff that’s not Healthy or Sane or even Consensual, because to me fandom and fanfics are this big laboratory that really should allow you to delve into the unconventional and the morally grey (oh, the Golden Age of the Sherlock fandom… the amazing fics I read back then…)(not necessarily all the time, though. I mean exploration and pushing the boundaries of what is philosophically and ethically acceptable or not are definitely cool, and then sometimes you want all the fluff and the safe, sane and consensual. I’m just saying, a little bit of everything is good)

So I hope that the dam will crack soon, as it always does, and I’m interested to see what monster will come out of it

I know I’m like, #1 cheerleader for realism in fic, but I’m in agreement with this: Internal story logic > realism.

If it makes sense in the context of your story, and it’s consistent throughout, the reader will handwave right along with you.

Natasha, man!  Remember Natasha!  “The last set of wings is at Fort Meade, behind three guarded gates and a 12-inch steel wall.”  Natasha: *shrugs*  

I think I needed to read this today. Thank you, @shinelikethunder  ❤



So I’m on AO3 and I see a lot of people who put “I do not own [insert fandom here]” before their story.

Like, I came on this site to read FAN fiction. This is a FAN fiction site. I’m fully aware that you don’t own the fandom or the characters. That’s why it’s called FAN FICTION.

Oh you youngins… How quickly they forget.

Back in the day, before fan fiction was mainstream and even encouraged by creators… This was your “please don’t sue me, I’m poor and just here for a good time” plea.

Cause guess what? That shit used to happen.












“A Fragment out of Time”, published in 1974.
Kirk / Spock.
page 1
page 2

I had to share it with you because I can’t stop laughing, and every time I reread it it just gets funnier and fUNNIER

This fan fiction is older than the push-through tabs on soda cans.

Your grandma wrote this on her Commodore 64.

I miss my Commodore 64

Oh my dear, sweet children. The Commodore 64 came out in 1982. This was produced on a typewriter and probably mimeographed. And while it may seem funny now, it took more courage to write and distribute this than you will ever  know.

Reblogged for that last comment.

respect your elders

“It took more courage to write and distribute this than you will ever know.”

(Hunger Games salute to our foremothers)

“May the porn be ever in your favor.”








I highly recommend, if you are on the fence about the Cassandra Clare case. You read this court document.

The fact that you can put each character and plot point next to each other and they are the exact same. Says something. I didn’t think they were going to have much of a case. But when it’s this similar. Down to a rebellious sister whose cooking is mocked. I have no sympathy for CC and I will no longer be supporting her books/shows/endeavors.


Holy shit it’s literally word for word:

There’s literally 15 pages that list every single similarity! It’s insane! I’m surprised Clare didn’t get sued earlier. Can someone who’s read both series confirm that these comparisons are accurate though??

Cause I saw someone asking in the reblogs and someone else claiming that the Dark-Hunter series was published after The Mortal Instruments….

The first Dark-Hunter book was published in 2002. Whereas City of Bones, the first in the Mortal Instruments, was first published in 2007. And before people continue to defend Clare, remember that she has a history of plagarism in her fanworks.

Also, there’s this from the initial report of the lawsuit:

 On Friday, Kenyon sued Cassandra Clare aka Judith Rumelt aka Judith Lewis, claiming her “Shadowhunter” series initially used Kenyon’s trademark “darkhunter.”
    After Kenyon demanded that Clare remove the word “darkhunter” from her work, Clare used the term “shadowhunter” for her protagonists instead, according to the lawsuit. The word “hunter” was also removed from the book title.
    Clare’s book, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” was published in 2007. Since then, Clare has expanded her use of the term “shadowhunter” despite assurances that she would not, according to Kenyon.

You can find the initial report of the lawsuit here.

I’ve read the first three books (but they’ve been on my reread list for a while) in the series and I can confirm from my recollections that having read through that list? The similarities are pretty fucking damning.

Also, for those who want further reading on the subject of this lawsuit, you can read more here. That contains these two points:

12. In 2006, PLAINTIFF was alerted by some of her distressed fans of the potential
publication by CLARE of a work that incorporated PLAINTIFF’s Dark-Hunter Marks.
PLAINTIFF demanded that the term “darkhunter” and the Dark-Hunter Marks be removed from
CLARE’s work. CLARE removed the term “darkhunter” and the Dark-Hunter Marks from her
work, substituting instead the term “shadowhunters” for her protagonist, but removing any
reference to “hunter” (whether “shadow” or “dark”) from the title
; the book was published in 2007
as “The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones.” Despite PLAINTIFF’s continuing protests and continuous assurances from CLARE and CLARE’s publisher that she/they would not expand the
use of the “shadowhunters” term or adopt it as a trademark, CLARE has persisted over time in
expanding her use of the term “shadowhunters” from a mere description of her protagonists, first
to a tag line on the cover of her works and eventually to a complete rebranding of her works so as
to be confusingly similar to the Dark Hunter Series
. CLARE’s works are now listed on CLARE’s
website, “shadowhunters.com” under the category of “Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters” and
include the series of “Mortal Instruments” novels along with “The Infernal Devices,” “The Dark
Artifices,” “Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy,” “The Bane Chronicles,” “The Last Hours,”
and “The Shadowhunter’s Codex”, each a “Shadowhunter Book” (and collectively, the
“Shadowhunter Series”).

13. The Dark-Hunter Series and the Shadowhunter Series are so similar that CLARE’S
own publisher mistakenly printed 100,000 copies of a Shadowhunter Book referencing the DarkHunter
Mark on the cover
. Upon written demand by PLAINTIFF, CLARE’s publisher destroyed
tens of thousands of the Shadowhunter Book that contained PLAINTIFF’s Dark-Hunter Mark on
its cover. Despite the destruction of tens of thousands of copies of this Shadowhunter Book,
thousands of Shadowhunter Books including the Dark Hunter Marks on the cover have now been
sold and substantial commercial confusion has resulted

Bolding is mine for emphasis.

And for those who want more, here’s the fanlore page for Cassandra Clare.

^^This should clarify things if people are wondering what the fuss is about. It’s more than a couple of similarities (which books based on the same sort of thing are going to have)

^^^^ in addition to what I said earlier. (Not sure what I said? Scroll down two posts please lol.)

Lol, I’ve been following this story with the popcorn by my side, ready.

And look at the side-by-side logo comparison 

Just Old Fandom Things



  • Disclaimer: I do not own!  Please don’t sue!
  • plot bunnies
  • please R&R!
  • rated M for lemons!
  • calling non-anime/manga slash yaoi or yuri
  • don’t like don’t read!
  • (A/N: hi this is an author’s note in the middle of the text)
  • this chapter is dedicated to…
  • replying to reviews at the bottom of the chapter
  • authors having conversations with themselves/a character at the beginning of the chapter
  • songfic

Some explanations for why this existed!

– In the early 90s,
basically this Batman cartoon script writer plagiarized two fanfics and
got sued. Even though this was a case of professionals plagiarizing fandom,
it was fandom that caught the backlash. Throughout the 90s, content
owners were terrified that they might “accidentally” resemble a fanfic
and get sued for it–even though the guy who was sued didn’t do anything
“accidentally.” So they thought that the only way to be lawsuit-proof
was to completely destroy fandom, and sent out a lot of C&Ds for
internet-posted fanfic. They tried to drive us off the internet and back
into zines so they could claim they hadn’t read them and be

By the 00s, we had a new wave of people who
understood vaguely there was some kind of threat about lawyers, but
things had calmed down and most of the teenagers joining in the Harry
Potter and anime waves didn’t know the full story, they just thought
they might get sued for copyright infringement or something.
Fanfiction.net, adding to this confusion, at one point had it in their
actual TOS that you had to disclaim for legal reasons, and without a
disclaimer your story could be pulled. Fandom’s relationship with
content owners has changed dramatically since then, for better or for
worse, and AO3 has some lawyers of their own. We’re in a very different
position now.

– Plotbunnies still exist, we just call them
“headcanons” now, which IMO is worse because a headcanon is something
you implicitly assume about a character that isn’t in the text but you
slip into all your interpretations (e.g. “Luke is gay”) and a plotbunny
is a small idea for a plot that’s self-contained. I’ve seen AU
“headcanons”; by default an AU cannot be your headcanon! It’s a

I know some of you will hate the name because it’s twee, but if plot ideas that hop around in your head like rabbits doesn’t make some kind of intuitive sense to you, I don’t know what to tell you. Anyway, it’s not like fandom suddenly stopped being twee about things uwu~

Say what you will about begging for reviews, but my cross-posted fics
on FFN regularly get way more actual verbal interaction from people than
the same fics on AO3. FFN has a very pro-commenting culture, something a
lot of writers miss. It was always considered a bit gauche to have to
ask, but maybe the fact that so many writers did ask allowed the classy
few to not as and still be seen as wanting reviews, something that seems
to elude people on AO3. (I’m pretty guilty of this too, I’m terrible at
leaving comments/reviews or responding to mine and I’m sorry, but I am
aware that interaction makes the fandom go ‘round.)

Even the much less popular variant, “I won’t post the next chapter till I have five new reviews!” might be annoying, but is it really so bad that these teenage girls thought they should stop laboring if they weren’t getting any appreciation or compensation for it? Or even that they should be upfront about what it was they expected and wanted out of this instead of just passive-aggressively stopping without telling anyone why? We’re expected to communicate our desires so much less now and not outright TELL people what it is we want in order to continue laboring. It’s weird. Appreciation really isn’t a lot to ask in exchange for labor. People ask for money now and that’s all right?

– I should probably still say NO FLAMES on things. I don’t enjoy getting negative responses to my hard work that I did for free and out of love. And most of it, then as now, was condescending “this is for your own good” bullying under the guise of concrit. Why has fandom always been so mean? Why are we still so mean? We’ll never know.

– “Lemons” isn’t really any weirder than “PWP.”

– And okay, the words for slash are actually pretty complicated. Because you see, “slash” meant all shipping at first? It was for the slash in Character/Character. But it was known for the slash in Kirk/Spock. So it started to mean gay. The problem with that is what do you call f/f? Femslash? Yowch, even in neologisms the feminine is marked. It’s sort of awkward, an afterthought. Xena fandom had “altfic,” which has a nice history and all but 1) by the 00s I was using “altfic” to mean any non-canon ship, and 2) Xena/Gabrielle is canon, what’s alt about it? Then there was “saffic,” which is CLEVER and I LIKE IT, though it still assumes fic-centric, like what do you call f/f art, vids, meta, etc? Plus: not everyone had heard the term “slash,” and not everyone liked it. It sounds more like a horror movie than a romance. And besides, everyone seems to think that Western Live Action conventions are more than fine for anime fandoms, but the minute an anime term makes it into mainstream that’s laughable and stupid? Why? What’s bad about the fact that we, as a fandom, collectively, have some influence from Japanese culture? Why can’t the peas touch the mashed potatoes?

At least “yaoi” and “yuri” doesn’t mark the feminine as a variant of the masculine default, k.

– Don’t like don’t read is still very, very true. Now it’s, “I tagged and warned accurately, it’s your own fault if you went and read it.”

– Y’know, I get why inline A/Ns are unprofessional, but fandom isn’t very professional anyway. Sometimes they were annoying, but sometimes it made it more like squeeing over a thing with your friends. They were…intimate, somehow. Less a product and more a conversation. I think that kind of informal not-fic-fic is still around in the form of tumblr posts that are half meta or plotbunny/headcanon, and half fiction. Here’s one of mine, if you want to see what that looks like. There’s stages between squeeing and polished fiction. Some people want their fic to look all-polished all the time. That isn’t the nature of fandom though, there’s a lot more rough edges and informal interaction here.

– Eh, published authors have dedications, so why not. Writing is hard, sometimes people help you to write and that’s important. Half the time it’s their beta anyway.

– FFN doesn’t allow public review replies. Basically you can send a PM, or you can put responses as a footnote on your next chapter. It’s just a way of keeping interaction up, seeming approachable, and making friends. Classic social networking. I’m bad at being a social human being so I never did that, but I vaguely admire anyone extroverted enough to manage it.

– I have like 80 OCs in 2016, so….yeah. OCs are great. It was hard for us writers when we got convinced they were all Mary Sues and we could ONLY use canons. Really held us back in our character development skills and our ability to make original fiction. Also I’ve read fanfic with OCs I liked. Plenty of canons introduce new characters in new installments, why should fic never do that?

– Ah, the muses. When you’re a writer, you basically have a sort of mini-voice of the character in your head, that helps you write them IC. Or whatever you consider to be IC for them. This is normal. In my day we just made a joke out of it, instead of thinking it meant you were fictionkin.

Anyway, I’d take a 800 word conversation with the muses over “I’m trash, come join me in the dumpster” any day of the week. At least talking to the muses was sometimes entertaining.

– Songfic is mostly dead, in part because FFN killed it. Lyrics are copyrighted, and apparently that was an issue? However, it lives on in the form of lyrics on gifs, graphics, comics, and of course in vids. Even the 8tracks playlist can probably claim songfics in its lineage. As more visual and auditory mediums became more accessible to us, we had better ways to pour out all the fannish feels songs gave us. Remember the days when all you could do with those feels was copy/paste lyrics into a fanfic, and pour one out for the bad old days.