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 Here’s hoping this doesn’t affect the One Direction fan fiction. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 There’s the odd, almost absurdist sense of fan fiction being writ large in witnessing this peck of Peters counseling each other over tragedies, joking with each other about web-shooter issues. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2021 The pitches for these visions of the future range from optimistic to outright fan fiction. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 25 Nov. 2021 These flourishes demonstrate the writers’ appreciation of the original Bebop but some of them can feel like fan fiction. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 As such, FighterZ almost becomes playable fan fiction. Daniel Dockery, Wired, 9 Nov. 2021 The result is somehow both fan fiction and history lesson: The former because it’s a fantasy; the latter because these figures have been largely ignored by history books and mainstream Western mythmakers. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 Although not all writers make their collaborations so explicit, an interdependent approach to creation is common in fan fiction. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 20 Aug. 2021 No doubt the audience is happy to keep speculating about what’s next for Roman and Gerri — and writing slime-puppy fan fiction in their spare time. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Fan fiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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