The Vocabulary of Fandom: F

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The vocabulary of fandom gets feverish with the letter F. This letter is the Queen since Fandom begins with F as well. However, many other naughty words begin with F too. So, let’s discover all of them!

F/F (FxF): Female/ female. It refers to lesbian relationships in fan fiction. You can also use femslash, femmeslash, or yuri for this genre.

Faction: is a smaller group of fans within a fandom. Some fans might have a favorite ship and create a fandom. There can be nasty wards among factions. Some are “ship wars.”

Failwolf: is a character that is a ridiculous failure due to his lack of social skills. The character might also be reduced at communicating. The term is usually affectionate, and it comes from Teen Wolf.

Fanart: are original illustrations, and photo manipulations featuring characters from fandoms, shows, movies, etc. It’s transformative art. This means that you take some original work or original source material and you work on it. You cannot get any profits from it. Otherwise, you’d be breaking the copyright law. Fanvids and fanworks are also fanart. And so are manips (short for manipulation).

Fandom: is a fan-based community revolving around a show, a movie, comics, books, music, etc. Fandom is used to define a group of fans in general terms. It includes not only fans as people, but also the original sources they love, and any related material they create, both online and the real world.

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Fanfic/ fan fiction: are derivative stories that feature characters and settings from original shows, movies, books, etc. It’s a type of transformative work. You cannot get any profits from it. Otherwise, you’d be breaking the copyright law.

Fangirling: the act to show your support for a fandom, character, or celebrity. It can be extreme and very emotional, or it can be less noticeable. Online, it can be shown using memes or sharing about the fandom without any pause.

Fanmix: is a musical selection of songs creating an album. Listeners can either listen to it online or download it. It usually has some type of cover art. It can also be an add-on to a fan fiction story. It’s another type of transformative work.

Fanon: is the standard plot or character elements that are usually fan-made, and not found in the official canon stories. Fans accept them anyway. These are unofficial details of the character or the setting.

Fanpoodle: a fangirl.

Fan Service: are scenes or moments from the original material (canon) that are nods to the fans. They can be in-jokes or bonus scenes that fans can recognize readily as being targetted to them. Canon creators appreciate fans, and that’s why they include them. Actors can do so too. For example, many might go along with ships that aren’t canon buy they promote them anyway.

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Fansubs: anime episodes available for download online. They have been translated and subtitled by fans. These are usually available after some hours of airing. The quality of these episodes varies, and their legality is doubtful.

Fanvid: is a fan video with music. It’s a montage using source material and a song. It’s also a type of transformative work.

Fanwork: is any form of transformative work that aims to explore or promote the canon material of a particular fandom. It can be a piece of fan fiction, fan art, fanmixes, podfics, cosplays, fanvids, etc. They’re non-profit. If they’re, then they’re infringing copyright laws.

Fanzine (or Zine): is a collection of fanworks, usually fan fiction, published in the shape of a magazine. Nowadays they can be online. Issues are available to members of a club. Before the internet, zines were the only way fans had to share fan fiction about their favorite fandoms.

Feedback: are comments that readers make to fanfic or fanart authors. Fan fiction readers might want to write a public review if they liked the piece (or if they disliked it). Feedback can be short or long. Constructive criticism is welcomed. However, cruel comments aren’t welcome. Those are considered flames.

Feels: is the short term for feelings. It refers to the feelings the fans feel when watching or reading certain scenes. The story has an emotional reaction, and thus, fans are compelled to share their feels.

Ficathon: are writing challenges and festivals. Authors are encouraged to submit stories. Sometimes these stories are about a certain prompt or topic.

Ficlet: is a short fan fiction story. It’s usually between over 500 (a drabble) and 10,000 words. But, to be fair, there is no specific length for a ficlet.

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Filk: is like poetry. Filks are stories written along the lines of a song, or following the lyric’s structure, tempo, and beat. It can be a parody of the fandom, or the song itself.

Filler: are installments in a serial that fill time or pages without contributing to the plot at all.

First Time: are fan fiction stories where the characters either fall in love for the first time or also have sex for the first time.

Fix-It: is a fan fiction genre where the author tries to fix or rewrite something from the original narrative. It either failed, or something was wrong in the original. These fics usually follow canon to the point where they want to fix something. For example, when a beloved character dies, an author can ‘fix-it.’

Flame: are inflammatory, rude, cruel, mean, and unjust criticism towards a fan fiction piece or an author. Flaming is very bad netiquette, and it can get you banned from forums, groups, and communities.

Flashfic: are stories that challenge a community. They’re often answers to daily or weekly prompts. These fics are short and written, “in a flash.” These can inspire authors to write something longer later on.

Fluff: are stories or scenes where there’s no plot. They tend to be short, sweet, and pleasant.

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Freeform: is a term from the AO3 system (Archive of Our Own). The AO3 uses four different tags: character, fandom, relationships, and additional/freeform. A freeform is anything an author imagines. If many authors use the same or similar tags, they can link the freeform tags into a searchable new one. The people who do this tagging are called Tag Wranglers.

Fuck or die: is a situation where the characters need to have sex, or something evil will happen. Usually, the characters don’t want to engage willingly, but they end up consenting to it. The awkward feeling after sex and the angst are elements of this type of fiction.

Furry: is connected to anthropomorphic animals, but also to things that are furry. A person can be furry too. In this case, the person roleplays or claims to be a furry animal. People that claim to be furry are often accused of bestiality. Furry can be used as an adjective or as a noun.

Fusion: is a special AU Crossover. The characters of a fandom are put in the setting of another fandom. The fiction then builds an interesting parallel universe.

Future fic: are stories of characters set up in the future. These stories are just speculation.

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