The Vocabulary of Fandom: P

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The vocabulary of fandom gets its own plot with letter P. It might be a slight paranoic letter, however letter P inspires in its own way with parody and different points of view.

Pairing: it’s the main romantic relationship of the story. It can be het (male/female), or slash (male/male, female/female), or it can have more than two characters. Many readers choose to read them because of the characters in the pairing. Stories that have pairings aren’t the same as those focused on friendships. Usually, pairing stories are defined by the author by m/f, m/m, f/f, etc. Gen fiction is all about platonic relationships, and they describe it by using “&” or a comma between the m, f, or names of the characters. You can also find pairings that use the names of the characters, like Holmes/ Watson. But you can also find the combination of the names by “name-smooshing” them, like Johnlock, or Wincest. Also note that people who aren’t used to the fandom, might not know about the pairings. So, when in doubt, use full names somewhere so that newbies can enjoy your fics too.

Parody: is a skewed story only made to made fun of the original canon. These stories are usually humorous. But sometimes they can kill the story by being merciless.

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Pastede on yay: is an adjective that means something is false. Imagine a fic author says that he has won many awards thanks to his writing. Now imagine that his writing is horrible. He might get comments like “awardz are pastede on yay.”

Phear/ ph34r: is a misspelling of fear. It indicates that a story is so bizarre that it should make you tremble. It could also be used when describing a website, or a piece of news, etc.

Picspam: refers to stories or posts that have lots of images. These stories are almost all made with pictures or manips. They use so many of them that can seem spammy. Picspams should be listed on the author’s warnings since they can slow down your computer. Picspams can have a story, or just be a collection of the favorite pics of a character or actors.

Pit of voles: is the archive site of Because there are tons of terrible fanfiction in the archive, a fan decided to call it “pit of voles.”

Plagiarism: happens when someone uses unauthorized copyrighted material, or they imitate the language and thoughts of an author with the goal of misrepresenting and make the readers believe it was the author and not a copycat who wrote the story. Plagiarism not only includes writing but also redistributing without permission. If you want to work on some author’s fic, contact them and ask. Many times they’re happy for you to do your thing. However, if the author says no, respect. You should also take a look at the disclaimers of the author. Many time they state what you can do or can’t with the fic pieces.

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Plot: it’s the storyline or plan of a fanfic. The plot refers to suspense elements, romance, humor, etc. If a story has only sex scenes, and no other elements, we could say that it has no plot that allows the story to go somewhere else.

Plotbunny: it’s an uncontrollable story idea that demands to be written. The author cannot help it and write it. Authors usually have plotbunnies for subplots. When an author cannot take care of their bunnies, they can share them with other authors so that they can develop the stories. Some people say that the number of bunnies an author can have is directly proportional to the time the author spends writing. These bunnies can be serious or completely silliness.

Podfic: it’s a type of transformative work where fanfic stories are recorded as podcasts. It can be that the author decides to read his own stories, or it can be someone else with the author’s permission.

Porn [Smut]: are stories with graphic sex. They can have plot or not. Sometimes you can find smut in stories that are more “adult.”

Post-canon: are stories that are set after the official canon has ended. These stories are pure speculation and can be Jossed later on if the official canon develops more stories. It’s a synonym for “future-fic.”

POV: is the acronym for “point of view.” These are stories that are written from a character’s point of view so that readers can experience everything that happens from a different perspective. It could be a minor character’s POV or the main character’s one. The POV can even be omniscient, meaning that the reader knows all about the thoughts of the character in the story.

PPC: is an acronym for “protectors of the plot continuum.” It refers to a group that is so overwhelmed with bad endings in a bad fic, that they feel compelled in rewriting those endings.

Pre-series: are stories set before the official canon begins. These stories can range from days before the canon begins, to years. These stories are useful to imagine back-stories in the same universe or an alternate one. These stories can also be very easily Jossed by the official canon.

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Pre-slash: are stories where a slash romantic relationship hasn’t begun yet, but there’s a lot of potential for it. The attraction of the two (or more) characters is there. These stories are “gen,” but because they are oriented to slash couples, authors tend to use “pre-slash” in the author’s warnings. However, there’s no such word as “pre-het.” Because in our culture f/m relationships are the norm, author’s don’t use “pre-het” in their warnings.

Profic: are original stories that are written professionally, with the hopes of publishing them. Many authors have started their careers by writing profics. Once they become famous, they usually erase all traces of their fanfics so that they don’t have any copyright problems. Many famous authors decide to write fanfiction too. They typically use a pseudonym.

Prompt: are story ideas released in the wild with the hopes that they’ll fire a plotbunny. Many prompts are just a word or even a picture. Others are longer and give a lot of details.

PRON/ PRoN: is the intentional misspelling of “porn.” It’s used for slash, smut, and porn stories, fanfic or fanart. It’s usually not being filtered by any algorithm due to the misspelling.

PWNED: is the intentional misspelling of “owned.” It’s used as a synonym for “defeated.” Imagine you’re playing online games, and your opponent beats you with a clever move or remark. You’re “PWNED.”

PWP: is the acronym for “plot, what plot?” It refers to stories that have very little or no plot at all. They can be character studies or just plain sex. Because of sex, PWP also means “porn without plot.”

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