OTW Fannews: Terms in Use

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  • As fandom has become more visible, the terms it uses have spread out into new areas. At this point various bands have written songs titled “Fan fiction” and Australian musician Geoffrey O’Connor has recently titled a whole album “Fan Fiction”, while there is also a band with the same name.
  • In one of a constant stream of fanwork contests across the web, Vita.mn discussed their fanfiction entries and made some curious claims. “After weeding out the slashfic (which is to regular fan fiction what ’50 Shades’ is to ‘Twilight’)…’Second Player’ tells the tale of the Mario Bros. from Luigi’s perspective — only they’re not actually brothers in this otherwise spot-on continuity nod. They’re a couple who fell in love in the days before Pride Parades and Rainbow Road Races, and had no choice but to disguise the true nature of their relationship or face the scorn of the Mushroom Kingdom. If you’re worried that this sounds like slashfic, don’t be. It’s a well-crafted original take on a beloved video-game icon and his less celebrated brother, and it traces their lives together in a way that leaves you rethinking every Mario-branded game you’ve ever button-mashed your way through. The goal of any great piece of fanfic is to enhance the original work, so read ‘Second Player,’ then go back and play ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and see if you don’t find it a little more interesting and far more tragic.”
  • In an interview with IT expert Taylor Judd about password security, he discussed hacker strategies using a fandom example. “So they’ll say, ‘Ok it’s Joe Schmoe Password123 on Battlestar Galactica fan fiction, the first thing I’m going to do when I see that is I’m going to go to gmail.com and see if that username and password works there.” (No transcript available).
  • Of course, fandom is constantly inventing new terms as seen at Richard Armitage Frenzy. “Fandom forensics is when a fangirl (or fanboy) goes into detail mode to solve a mystery. What happened?! When?! Who did it?! Who was there?! Did the tie have a tie clip?! If so, whose was it?!”

What fandom terms have you seen used (or misused)? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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