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Fan Fiction On deviantART

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 7:00 AM by SingingFlames:iconsingingflames:

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What Is Fan Fiction?

Everyday, we are inspired by movies, television, novels, and other forms of media. They engage our minds with a variety of stories and characters, their plights and triumphs, their everyday minutiae. Fan fiction authors are so enamored with these other worlds and their inhabitants that they must partake in the stories which have brought them so much enjoyment. They expand on the current universe, explain gaps in the narrative and delve into characters' motivations.

A good fan fiction (or fanfic) is more than simple borrowing another writer's characters and universe. The fan fiction author must immerse his or her readers in the story, make them believe it is a natural extension of the source material. Characters have their own mannerisms and quirks; each universe has its own history and rules that need to be followed. The fan fiction author must master the nuances of those characters and the world they inhabit (unless purposely writing a parody).

Fan Fiction On deviantART

Fan Fiction has its own gallery, located inside Literature. Here are two screen shots of the "Browse Art" screen, showing Fan Fiction's location and its sub-galleries.

Fanfic Category Screen1 by SingingFlames  Fanfic Category Screen2 by SingingFlames

Inside the Fan Fiction gallery are several sub-galleries: Drama, General Fiction, Horror, Humor, Romance and Sci-Fi. Any submissions to Fan Fiction should go into the most applicable sub-gallery.

Fan Fiction Terms

When browsing fan fiction, there are many terms that pop up repeatedly. Here are some of the more popular ones.

  • Alternate Universe (AU) - Also Alternate Reality (AR), Alternate Timeline (AT). An AU fiction has some detail or details that differ significantly from the source, be it with the characters or the setting.
  • Angst - Angst stories revolve around emotional trials and/or suffering.
  • Canon - Canon is the source material that fan fiction is based off of. It is any information provided by official sources, connected with the franchise.
  • Crack/Crackfic - Crackfics are fan fictions written with the intention of being ridiculous, beyond normal humor standards.
  • Crossover - Crossovers take two or more franchises and combine them into one fan fiction story.
  • Drabble - A drabble is a short story, usually one hundred words long. Some people consider any extremely short story to be a drabble, regardless of word count.
  • Fanon - Fanon encompasses commonly held beliefs by the fandom that have not been confirmed by official sources. Many fanon concepts are depicted so often in fan fiction that they become considered canon.
  • Fluff - Fluff stories are happy, light-hearted stories, and usually not serious.
  • Hurt/Comfort (H/C) - Hurt/Comfort stories involve one character's emotional pain and another character helping the first, comforting him or her. Often these stories involve pairings.
  • Lemon - An erotica story that focuses mainly on its explicit aspects. Because of the nature of these stories, they usually do not comply with deviantART submission guidelines and are therefor not allowed on deviantART. If you discover any fan fiction on the site that falls under this classification, you can report it.†
  • Mary Sue/Gary Stu - This character is an overly perfect character. He/she outshines the canon characters, often preforming tasks better than them. Many times, the Mary Sue/Gary Stu is related to a canon character or becomes involved in a romantic relationship with one (or more). Mary Sues/Gary Stus are often a way for an author to insert a projection of themselves into the story.
  • Name Smooshing - Formally known as Portmanteau. This occurs when two names are "smooshed" together to indicate a specific pairing (e.g. Chandler and Monica, from Friends, smoosh into Mondler).
  • Original Character (OC) - Also Fan Character (FC), Original Male Character (OMC), Original Female Character (OFC). An original character is a character created by someone outside of the official source.
  • One True Pairing (OTP) - Also One True Threesome (OT3), and can continue upward as long as the author desires. This is the speaker's perfect couple (threesome, etc.) in that franchise.
  • Pairing - A pairing is a romantic relationship between two characters.
  • Porn Without Plot (PWP) - Also Plot, What Plot? An erotica story that focuses mainly on its erotic aspects. Because of the nature of these stories, they usually do not comply with deviantART submission guidelines and are therefor not allowed on deviantART. If you discover any fan fiction on the site that falls under this classification, you can report it.†
  • Real Person Fic (RPF) - This stories involve real people, usually movie stars or famous singers.
  • Songfic - Songfics are fan fictions inspired by songs or song lyrics.
  • ! - An exclamation point, placed between two descriptors, can be used to qualify a certain aspect of the story. The first descriptor explains the variable; the second tells us what is affected. This is often used in conjunction with alternate universe stories, to clarify the difference from the canon storyline, or to specify in which universe a story takes place. Examples: Movie!verse, Child!Thor.

Fan Fiction helps us explore new and thrilling stories of our favorite characters from the big screen and the small, and from our favorite novels and video games. A myriad of stories await you, ready to be enjoyed, right here on deviantART. We would love to share our visions with you!


Do you have any fan fiction stories you would like to share (your own or someone else's)? Link them in the comments!

FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?

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VixehKitteh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not really a fan on Lemons and 'porn' crap on that... Very disturbing, indeed. Some people don't realize that others can be sensitive to this kind of writing and never put a maturity thing on it.. It's very unhealthy for some deviants to be writing this stuff.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lemons and porn stories are not allowed on deviantART (ones that break dA's submission guidelines - FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?). If you run into any of those, you can report them. There are stories that may only require the Mature Tag (adult situations, but not to the extent of breaking the guidelines). If you find any of those, you can report them as "Mature Tag Needed" and the staff will review the deviation.
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Name smooshing! :lol: Ha! I have wondered for a very long time whether there was a word for that. XD I gotta say, I think the funniest one I ever heard was from the Iron Man franchise, with Tony x Pepper.... PEPPERONY. AAAAAAAAAA JUST WHAT. XD XD XD

Also, now I'm happy I just learned the word "portmanteau". :dummy:

Also also, here's a lovely little The Legend of Zelda story by Tavoriel: Communication by Tavoriel And I know what all the Zelda fans are thinking, looking at that thumbnail. Most will be grossed out or laugh, while a small percentage will get hyper or start swooning.

I'm in the former group. :XD: I think Link x Ruto (Lito? Rutink? Rink? Rulink? Linkto? Luto?) is ridiculous.

But this story just handles the scenario in such a fantastic way, and stays remarkably true to the characters. It's a great little read. :) I highly recommend it. :thumbsup:

Also also also.... as long as I'm here, I'll be shameless and advertise this little rotten gem of mine, for any Zelda fans out there who just need to get their DEATH-FIX:  Some foreversLink opened his eyes.
The old wooden rafters met his gaze.  The fire had died down, leaving only a subtle flicker from the hearth to illuminate the room.  There was the high shelf and its bottles of medicines... the little box with the blue ocarina shards... Epona's lucky shoe, rusted with age, hanging from a nail in the wall.  There was the wardrobe with the chest hidden inside, concealing its last few pinches of mountain gold dust beneath a Watararan shawl.  The old walking stick leaned against it, trailing with leather cords and owls' feathers and wolfos' teeth from Mido.
There was the bureau strewn with maps and quills; there was the bunny hood on its hook by the door.
And there in the air above his face bobbed the glimmering white light of a fairy.
She looked winded.  Link could see it in the languid pulse of her wings, and in her foundering to stay aloft, and he knew what she had done.
"Not again, Navi," he whispered.  H

Haha, wait, isn't that a thing too? Deathfics? Put that in your list! :laughing:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ha ha! Thanks for sharing that! Because it sounds like pepperoni, as in a pizza topping. In fact, I'm hungry now. :rofl:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
LOL! Pepperony? That has to be the best one I've ever heard. :rofl:

Thanks for sharing! :la:
Tavoriel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thank you so much for sharing!
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
I love that story!! :XD: It's so good! :clap:
FiremanHippie Featured By Owner Edited Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to start writing stories, and post them herd. how can I start.
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! Are you interested in how to submit the stories on deviantART, or the process of writing? There are numerous tutorials here that can help you with either one. :)

Here are a couple tutorials on the different ways to submit literature deviations:
How To Submit Literature: The New Interface. by Shadeow630fire Writer Tutorial: Literature Deviations by IrrevocableFate  

If you'd like some writing tutorials, let me know and I can find some good ones for you. :D
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Writer
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