finding well written fanfiction for your OTP


finding out it’s multichapter AND completed


finding out there’s smut in every chapter and it still maintains plot


finding out there is a sequel that turns into your NoTP/NoT3



important ship tropes:

  • fake dating
  • SECRET dating
  • being locked in a room or trapped in a small space
  • finishing each other’s sentences, KNOWING WHAT THE OTHER IS ABOUT TO SAY
  • tou chi NG!!!! FOr eheA DS!!!!!!11!!
  • wearing each other’s clothes
  • doing that thing where they accidentally get real close and, like, stare meaningfully at each other for a few seconds too long
  • channeling the inner romcom and having an epiphany about how much they care about each other and RACING TO CONFESS THEIR LOVE
  • fucking. Now or Never Kiss
  • defending each other to scathing tertiary or otherwise minor characters but ONLY WHEN THE OTHER ISN’T AROUND
  • reincarnation or time loop or OOOOH TIME TRAVEL SCENARIOS
  • dramatically saving each other from certain death or barely surviving something that almost makes the other break down and just smirking wearily and mumbling flippant smartass remarks to HIDE THE DEPTH OF THEIR FEELINGS
  • undercover as lovers, the classic
  • ALMOST KISSING. like getting so close that they start to close their eyes and hold their breath and then SOMETHING HAPPENS and they jump apart, that is MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY ACTUAL KISSING
  • casually sitting on each other’s laps during ensemble cast conversations or scenes
  • did i mention F AKE DATinG


the problem with tumblr is that you arrive all fresh and innocent with your otps and your canon-compliant headcanons, but you’re on here long enough and one day you realize its 1 am and all your otps have turned into threesomes and you’re trying to figure out how they could conceivably all become art thieves and/or space pirates.



"Have you ever seen the research capacity of fandom? It’s incredible. Turns out [Steve Rogers] had Snickers and Hershey’s in the 1940s but he’d be pretty alarmed to find the kind of apples he used to eat are extinct and chickens are now three times as big. Turns out his sex education would be better than the kind in schools now, and that living through the Great Depression might put him into a state of grim nostalgia regarding the failures of the current banking system. Turns out Steve Rogers lived in a queer neighborhood, six blocks from an “artsy queer house,” and he wouldn’t say “under God” during the pledge of allegiance."

Wrote about historical accuracy in the Cap 2 / CATWS fandom! Thank you sairobee, actualmenacebuckybarnes, historicallyaccuratesteve, and mswyrr for letting me use your art or fic, taking time to answer my questions, and being generally amazing!

So this happened. :D

pratyeka asked: "Not that it matters, but I'm pretty sure lemon and pr0n were used at roughly the same time by different subcultures, in case you need it for a paper or something! 'Lemon' came from some popular anime porn thing from when we were babies and found its way through the pervs down to the anime smutfic writers. So that's a thing. (I learned the word 'lemon' first because my first fanfics were Sailor Moon haha my sad youth I was horrified)"

Yeah, I guess the lemon thing was going on pretty much exclusively in anime circles for years before it finally started trickling over into the other fandoms? When I first saw it was actually in Vampire Diaries fanfic descriptions, and the author was definitely also an anime fan.

I still haven’t really seen it that much amongst authors who aren’t/haven’t at some point been writing in anime fandoms, though. So idk if it’s really actually migrated fully out of the anime community yet even.





we all remember the first time we came across a smut fic

*snort* Back in my day we called it pr0n (or sometimes prawn) so it would get past the email filters on Yahoo!Groups, and we stared at one another in confusion when these goddamn anime fandom kids showed up and started running around talking about lemons because what the actual fuck are they talking about.

Get off my fucking lawn.

I GOT SO FUCKING CONFUSED THE FIRST TIME I SAW A FIC REFERRED TO AS A “LEMON.” I was like what the actual fuck does that even mean, and then the author who was doing it was like “oh this one’s like lemonade because it’s light smut” and I was like o_O what the actual fuck is happening WHERE IS THIS COMING FROM HELP ME. And one of my friends was like “I think it’s an anime fandom thing?” And I was like “…….. IT’S STRANGE.”

chead asked: "hey what's up with the "!" in fandoms? i.e. "fat!<thing>" just curious thaxxx <3"








I have asked this myself in the past and never gotten an answer.

Maybe today will be the day we are both finally enlightened.

woodsgotweird said: man i just jumped on the bandwagon because i am a sheep. i have no idea where it came from and i ask myself this question all the time

Maybe someone made a typo and it just got out of hand?

I kinda feel like panic!at the disco started the whole exclamation point thing and then it caught on around the internet, but maybe they got it from somewhere else, IDK.

The world may never know…

Maybe it’s something mathematical?

I’ve been in fandom since *about* when Panic! formed and the adjective!character thing was already going strong, pretty sure it predates them.

It’s a way of referring to particular variations of (usually) a character — dark!Will, junkie!Sherlock, et cetera. I have suspected for a while that it originated from some archive system that didn’t accommodate spaces in its tags, so to make common interpretations/versions of the characters searchable, people started jamming the words together with an infix.

(Lately I’ve seen people use the ! notation when the suffix isn’t the full name, but is actually the second part of a common fandom portmanteau. This bothers me a lot but it happens, so it’s worth being aware of.)

"Bang paths" (! is called a "bang"when not used for emphasis) were the first addressing scheme for email, before modern automatic routing was set up. If you wanted to write a mail to the Steve here in Engineering, you just wrote "Steve" in the to: field and the computer sent it to the local account named Steve. But if it was Steve over in the physics department you wrote it to phys!Steve; the computer sent it to the "phys" computer, which sent it in turn to the Steve account. To get Steve in the Art department over at NYU, you wrote NYU!art!Steve- your computer sends it to the NYU gateway computer sends it to the "art" computer sends it to the Steve account. Etc. ("Bang"s were just chosen because they were on the keyboard, not too visually noisy, and not used for a huge lot already).

It became pretty standard jargon, as I understand, to disambiguate when writing to other humans. First phys!Steve vs the Steve right next to you, just like you were taking to the machine, then getting looser (as jargon does) to reference, say, bearded!Steve vs bald!Steve.

So I’m guessing alternate character version tags probably came from that.



My dad just came into my room and shouted at me in Klingon.

Am I more embarrassed that he did that or that I know he said I was a disappointment to the empire?

You should be most embarrassed that you’re a disappointment to the empire.

"Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of by the folk."
— Henry Jenkins (Director of media studies at MIT)







there is literally no difference between academic scholars discussing their interpretations of a text and a bunch of people yelling YOUR HEADCANON IS WRONG at each other

As a Masters student I can vouch for this.

The difference is citations.


As a PhD candidate I can guarantee this is 100% accurate

I’m starting grad school in the fall and I’m going to be studying fandom, so basically I’m going to be CITING PEOPLE YELLING ABOUT HEADCANONS, so. BAM.