Fan fiction glossary
Not sure what squick means or whether you're writing drabble? Find out with our handy list of fan fiction terms.
Beta reader: A fellow fan fiction fan who reads your story and makes suggestions for improvement before it is submitted or posted online.
Canon: The original story and its accepted 'official' features (such as characters and plot).
Cosplayers: Fans that make and wear their own costumes based on a story's characters.
Drabble: A fan fiction that is usually 100 words or less.
Fandom: The community that surrounds a TV show, film or book. Fan fiction writers, artists, poets, and cosplayers (fans that make and wear their own costumes based on a story's characters) can all be members of a fandom.
Ficlet: A fan fiction story approximately 100 words or less.
Mary Sue: A poorly developed character, too perfect and lacking in realism to be interesting
Plotbunny: A rapidly developing idea for a story that won't leave you alone until you write it.
Schmoop/Fluff: A romantic, 'fluffy' fan fiction story.
Slash: Fan fiction that features existing (usually heterosexual, or 'Het' ) canon characters in homosexual relationships. Lesbian relationships or encounters can sometimes be termed Femmeslash, to differentiate.
Squick: A cross between 'squeamish' and 'ick' - an awareness that there may be aspects of a fan fiction story that some readers may dislike, such as a character dying, sexual content or violent scenes.