fan fiction


Definition of fan fiction

: stories involving popular fictional characters that are written by fans and often posted on the Internet

called also fanfic

Examples of fan fiction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Call it a new ecosystem of musical theater fan fiction, where creativity flourishes in unpredictable ways. Washington Post, "The most exciting theater now is a figment of our imagination," 22 Dec. 2020 Others used the chat service Discord to create virtual spaces where thousands of new devotees could celebrate the hackers with memes and fan fiction. Dale Beran, The Atlantic, "The Return of Anonymous," 11 Aug. 2020 These edits frequently give creators a chance to romance their favorite characters, à la Wattpad fan fiction. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "‘Harry Potter’ and the Prisoners of Quarantine," 17 Nov. 2020 The notion that romantic partners and fan fiction and Beyonce memes are all dominated by such connections is easy to sell. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19," 27 Oct. 2020 Copyright and intellectual property were elusive concepts in the Eastern Bloc, so the teenager saw no problem in designing something that would fall into the fan fiction category. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures," 23 Oct. 2020 There will be performances by burlesque performer and fire eater Lilian Sin; comedian, ventriloquist and musician Count Smokula; and Unipornicorn Theatre, a troupe that does live readings of fan fiction works. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, "Horror movie fans, Phoenix FearCon is online this year. Here's how to tune in," 13 Oct. 2020 Writers in the Secret Garden, by Cecilia R. Aragon and Katie Davis, details the supportive comments and constructive criticism that make fan fiction’s collaborative online forums effective teaching environments. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "The Books Briefing: The Writers Who Don’t Work Alone," 7 Aug. 2020 From Facebook, Reddit and Nextdoor to homes for more niche topics like fan fiction, many online communities and groups are kept afloat by volunteer armies of moderators. Washington Post, "Burnout, splinter factions and deleted posts: Unpaid online moderators struggle to manage divided communities," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fan fiction

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fan fiction was in 1939

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

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“Fan fiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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