Labels can be useful, but also a curse. When talking on Twitter about writing a post about sexuality, I realized that as a fangirl I had a heroic life in high-school. The problem is that I lived mostly among books, comics, shows, and movies. My preferences for the real life where non-existent, or annoying. To compare humans to any fictional badass character in the books can be a blessing, but also a curse!
Very much like labels, using a word like “nerdysexual” to try to explain something can be both good and bad. Labels can be a pain, especially if misunderstood. As a fangirl, a geek, and someone who loves reading books and comics, losing myself in worlds of fantasy is as natural as breathing. My crushes lived in paper worlds that someone else imagined. They also lived in shows and movies! All in all, I would end up writing fan fiction at some point.
And, yes. It was naughty.
Here you have a list with some focal vocabulary related to ships and fan fiction. Enjoy!
Angst: Although it’s often used to describe fan fiction that is dark and characters that suffer a lot; it’s also used for situations or literary pieces with the same dark and suffering charged characters.
ATTHS: “And then they have sex.” From the X-Files fandom. It’s used by authors who don’t want to describe explicit sex in their fan fiction pieces.
AU: Alternative Universe.
Archive: A website that publishes fan fiction stories from many different authors.
BAMF: Badass motherfucker. It’s used to describe strong, independent and badass female characters (or a male character if you read slash).
Beta/beta reader: An editor of fan fiction; someone who reads the story before it is released to the main public.
AU: (acronym) alternative universe
Archive: (noun) a website that publishes fan fiction stories from many different authors.
Beta/beta reader: (noun, compound noun) an editor of fan fiction; someone who reads the story before it is released to the main public.
Bromance: (compound noun, brother + romance) a close relationship between two men, but nonsexual. It can also be a complicated love relationship between two straight men.
Canon: (noun) description of the events that happened in the movies as they happened.
Conventional relationship: (expression) a relationship with two characters that has taken place within the Canon.