The Vocabulary of Fandom: E

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It’s been a while since we met the letter D in the vocabulary of fandom. After such a long silence, it’s just fair to continue with the elitist E.

Ebert’s Law: says that someone doesn’t need to be good at something to know that another person is bad at it. Said in other words, you don’t need to be a chef to recognize that food tastes bad. If you find a comment on your artwork or fan fiction piece stating that it’s rubbish, and you answer with a “you couldn’t do better,” then you’re breaking Ebert’s Law. This law is named after Roger Ebert, a film critic.

Elitist: a person who considers him or herself better fans than anybody else. Sometimes you see people defining themselves as “true fans.” These are elitists that are generally mocked as wannabes. There are no better nor true fans. Just fans enjoying fandom.

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ELF: might refer to those beautiful humanoids that live in Rivendell. However, in this case, it’s an acronym for “Evil Lucas Fiction.” It refers to stories where Lucas Wolenczak is the target of mistreatment of all kinds: physical or emotional. (From seaQuest.)

Ensemble: are stories featuring most of the cast from a fandom. For example, fan fiction of Avengers Ensemble is all about the whole group. A team of characters appears together in het, slash, or mixed relationships.

Epistolary: are pieces of fan fiction that contain letters, emails, documents, articles, etc. They might be written like a letter or a document, or they can contain snippets of them.

ER: is short for “established relationship.” It refers to stories featuring characters that already have an established relationship before the story began.

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ETA: is short of “editing turn around.” It refers to a note that states that the author or commenter has added or corrected something in their writer after it. It can be a typo or a massive change in the text.

Eurominutes: are the extra minutes of an episode that were cut out from an American broadcast due to time and advertisements. Blame advertisers for losing episode goodness! (From Highlander.)

EWE: is a short for “epilogue? What Epilogue?” Some fans prefer to ignore the existence of the epilogue that JK Rowling wrote at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In it, characters are married and have children. They just ignore this epilogue. (From Harry Potter.)

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Eyesporking: is used when you want to emphasize that something is so terrible that your eyes are going to bleed or your brain is going to melt. If someone tells you that your fanfic is “eyesporkingly bad,” you’re doomed since this is the worst comment you can get. It means that the piece is so hideous and horrible that you want to pull out your eyes from their place, preferably with a spoon or a fork.

Have I missed any words? Leave them in comments 🙂

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