FANFICTION – Jargon, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

Jargon, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

Hi All,

It occurred to me that not every one visiting my blog

would be familiar with some of the jargon, abbreviations, and acronyms used in fanfiction,

so I decided to make a small list of explanations.

Feel free to contact me if there’s any I’ve missed!


A/E = Alternate Ending

A/N = Author’s Note

AU = Alternate Universe

Canon = when a character, event, or plotline follows the original book/movie

CB = Cock Blocked

Citrusy = sexy (as in, if an author says it’s full of citrusy goodness, it’s a chapter full of sexy stuff!)

Crossover = when one story crosses two fandoms (eg: characters from Harry Potter in a Twilight fanfic)

Drabble = Short chapters (traditionally capped at 100 words) updated daily, or at least, more regularly than an ongoing story with larger chapters.

EPI = Epilogue

FF = Fanfiction

FIC = Story

FLUFF = Gooey, sweet romance

HEA = Happily Ever After

HFN = Happy For Now

Lemon = a sex scene

Non-Canon = when a character, event, or plotline doesn’t follow the original book/movie

OC = Original Character (one created by the author and not in the original book/movie/TV show that inspired the fic)

OOC = Out Of Character

One-shot = A short, one chapter story

Outtake = a behind the scenes, or alternate direction for a chapter that has no bearing on the outcome of the existing storyline. It may be told in another character’s POV

POV = Point Of View (eg: using Twilight as the example: if the story was being told in Edward’s voice, an abbreviation for that would be: EPOV)

PWP = Porn Without Plot (an alternative is PNP, meaning Porn No Plot)

Slash = M/M or Man on Man storytelling

UST = Unresolved Sexual Tension

WIP = Work In Progress

YAOI = Man on man storytelling (usually romance)

YURI = Girl on girl storytelling (usually romance)

11 responses to “FANFICTION – Jargon, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

  1. Hey! I’m glad that some people actually help translate this stuff. It makes it easier for others to read our fanfictions! ^^ I’m doing something similar because to few people understand the terms. (and the last thing we need is some poor unknowing person to read a ‘Lemon’ with out knowing what it is….)

    Thanks from fanfiction writer Katherine Apollo Karma.
    Write on!

    • I know exactly where you’re coming from! When I first began reading fanfic, I can remember thinking: What the hell is a lemon? And what do they mean by “citrusy goodness”

      Personally, I think of the “yummy” bits as being sweet and peachy, but, hey, as long as its tangy, all is good!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!



  2. Thank you for this. I’m just learning about fanfiction and this will help a lot! Does anyone know how to tell which authors wrote what and how to find fanfiction in general? I’ve read a few really good pieces but know that there’s a wealth of quality work out there that I have no clue how to find.

    • Hi Andrea! A friend of mine runs a review site where she not only reviews books, but fanfics. She also writes herself under the penname mw138. Her blog is called Slashsessed and a link to it can be found on the right hand side column of my blog. There is another site that also lists great fanfics, but I’ll have to get back to you on that one as I can’t remember its name off the top of my head – Sorry!
      Hope that helps!

      • Thanks so much for this. I didn’t even know what fan fiction was until I saw something on the Goodreads site about best unpublished books and they linked to fan fiction. I’ve run into a lot of PWP and drabbles along the way and that’s not what I want; now I know what it means but I wouldn’t have if not for your list. I’m going to the blog you mentioned now and if you think of the site that lists fanfics, please let me know. Again, thank you very, very much for both the list and your response.

      • No problem, Andrea – glad ot be of assistance. It’s thanks to the wonderful readers of fanfic that I plucked up the courage to submit something to Dreamspinner Press!
        If you visit here are some great authors on that site who write slash (M/M) fiction. There a many more terrific writers on the site, but these are some whose stories I’ve read and enjoyed immensely.
        marriedmyedward, cbaty, Beautiful Figment, D.Kinney, Drizl, HeartofDarkess, ICMezzo, Layne Faire, maryhell, Pandora Galacia, TwistedforTwilight, naelany, mw138, MusicMovesMyPen, MizzHyde, Sue273, KM525, kgq.

        Hope that gives you a good start!

        Let me know if you also like het stories!

  3. Thanks for the glossary Lily. I know most but I didn’t know the fruity ones. I never knew a sex scene was lemon, or citrusy signified overall sexy. You learns something new every day! 🙂 love the new look Blog BTW ….SWEET! 😀

    • I’ll be honest, Macky. For months and months when I first started reading and then writing fanfic, I had no idea what the acronyms and jargon meant. I used to think: Lemons? What the F*&k are lemons?
      I still wonder why they’d call them lemons (in Aust if you buy a dud of something they say you bought a lemon! I hope to god none of the love scenes I write are duds LOL) Personally, I think of the lovescenes as “Peaches” in other words, JUICY!!!!!! but hey, that’s just me!

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