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I have noticed, that in my browsing of the fanfiction world, there is a lot of vocab out there that only a true lover of fanfiction would know. So let's share some of it here.

General Vocab

AU: Alternate universe ie characters in a different story or world from their original anime or manga
Beta-reader: Basically an editor who edits your stories and offers ways to improve etc.
Crack:
Cross-over:
Drabbles:
Flame: Text or speech directly insulting an author, pairing or story, usually in the form of a review
Fluff: Generally happy content
Futurefic: A fanfiction set int the future
Hiatus: Put on hold
Kanon: Pairing
OC: Your own character that you brought into the story
One-shot: Simple story - no future chapters
OOC: Out of character
R&R: Read and review
Review:
Shoujo ai: GirlXgirl
Shounen ai: BoyXboy
SomeoneXsomeone: Pairing
Song-fic: A fanfiction inspired by or based on a particular song
Two-shot: Slightly longer than a one-shot, usually consisting of two chapters
Yaoi: More mature boyXboy stuff
Yuri: Same as Yaoi except it's girlXgirl

Genres

Action: Fighting etc
Adventure:
Angst: Sad or painful stuff
Crime:
Drama:
Family: Stuff to do with families
Fantasy:
Friendship: Friend and friend relationships
General: No main genre
Horror:
Humour: Funny stuff
Hurt/comfort:
Mystery:
Parody:
Romance: Relationship things
Sci-fi:
Spiritual:
Supernatural: Spirits, ghosts, fate etc
Suspense:
Tragedy: Usually involves death, serious injuries etc

Ratings

K:
K+:
T: Teen
M: Mature

Will update when I have time.
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Posted 2/3/08
one shot means it's just a simple story- it has no future chapters
OOC: Out of Character...it means it's not the character's attitude which you have placed them in the story
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Posted 2/23/08
kanon means pairing
flames means direct insults
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Posted 2/29/08
what does fluff exactly mean?? is it a negative or a positive?
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Posted 3/29/08

7nmelz wrote:

Yaoi: Not exactly fanfiction, but basically it's mature boyXboy stuff
Yuri: Same as Yaoi except it's girlXgirl


that's not true, i'm a yaoi writer. yaoi and yuri is just fanfiction that happens to have a guyxguy or girlxgirl pairing instead of a het pairing.
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Posted 3/29/08

xoxmangoxox wrote:


7nmelz wrote:

Yaoi: Not exactly fanfiction, but basically it's mature boyXboy stuff
Yuri: Same as Yaoi except it's girlXgirl


that's not true, i'm a yaoi writer. yaoi and yuri is just fanfiction that happens to have a guyxguy or girlxgirl pairing instead of a het pairing.


Hmm, that's what a lot of writers think. But technically it's true, yaoi is a slightly more mature side of shounen ai That doesn't mean it's a het pairing, it's probably just a bit more... um, intimate...? But anyways, it's based on the writer's opinion, so don't worry about it.
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two-shot means a two chapter short story, slightly longer than a one-shot, which is one chapter
oc is Original Character, your description could work too ^^
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emm0548 wrote:

what does fluff exactly mean?? is it a negative or a positive?



A fluff is a kind of fanfic which has a happy ending or generally happy content, rather than smut (pornography) or angst (sad stuff).
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Crack basically means or is two characters that don't really know, react, or like each other, but the author tends to put the characters to together simply because of good theories, love of their fav characters, or ways for the characters to interact with one another and fall in love?
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Crossovers are two fandoms being put together, or fandoms dimensions colliding in better understanding.
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Drabbles are little ficlets that are usually short fanfiction/fiction stories.
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Reviews are constructive, praising comments for the author to improve or make their egos bloat.
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Umm.. you forgot PWP - Porn without plot or Plot? What plot?
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there is also lemon lol which pretty much means for mature audience only since the main characters will be doing a little something something with each other, if you know what i mean
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