Recently, the most disturbing news I’ve heard in a long time came across my Facebook feed. It was supplied by Matt Bell, a writer and creative writing teacher of my acquaintance who had heard this very troubling thing from the students in one of his classes.
They told Professor Bell that when it comes to tagging dialog in their fiction, “said is dead.” He inquired where they learned this, and they answered, “school.”
Is it just me, or are they rather late with the outrage? I seem to remember being taught this in middle/high school and I graduated high school in 2001! Or maybe my (private) school was just ahead of the game? (Which would be funny for a variety of sad reasons.)
I don’t know if anyone has ever done this before but, here ya go… The Different Types of Fanfiction!
I probably left a few out, but these are the most common, compared to their base fiction’s canon plot. Enjoy! XD
The crack fic is enough for a reblog.
These are great! There can be different words used for some of these in fan circles (e.g. gap-fillers are a kind of addition) and I’ve never actually seen a fic called an aberration (some term themselves AUs, actually, since they diverge from canon), but these diagrams are a good way to visualize the various types.
Oh, look, it’s actually Thursday now! :) It’s also the last day I have this week to really get stuff done—tomorrow I’m only working a half-day and have a ref desk shift and an all-hands meeting, so I won’t have much time to focus.
And that’s it for me today.
Today I staffed our one-librarian satellite office downtown, so it was pretty much like being on the reference desk all day. With computer problems. It wasn’t even 9 a.m. when I decided the day’s word was probably going to be *headdesk* (or ARGH).
Soundtrack of the day:
Ah, Tuesday… somehow this morning I got confused and fleetingly thought it was Thursday (if only!).