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    I was looking at some new fan fiction and noticed a bunch of abbreviations that I hadn’t paid attention to before.

    I generally don’t look at the Genre or Warnings stuff, but I noticed a few new ones: Slow-Burn, Under Magical Influence and the head scratching HEA/HFN which I only realized after thinking for a second was Happily Ever After/Happy for Now.

    But then there was one fic that stated it was: Action-Adventure, Dramedy, Erotica, Fighting, Fix-It, Fluffy, Comedy, HEA/AFN, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Porn w/ Plot, Romance, Slow-Burn AND tragedy.

    Aren’t some of those contradictory? Or does it simply mean that the story encompasses all of these things at a certain point in the drama? But isn’t that somewhat true of all stories?

    Doesn’t just saying Dramedy kinda cover it all? Or are people looking for very specific things in a fic? Or is it just to be listed in various classifications of search engines on fan fic sites?
    Last edited by American Aurora; 30-06-21, 04:40 AM.

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    I get the impression that often people want to hit certain notes when they're reading and avoid others and the categories serves in the main to let people know if it is a story that will appeal to them. As you say, all those elements could appear in any stories but someone who doesn't like fix it fics would just avoid that one, or a big hurt/comfort fan would read it despite not liking fix it fics most of the time. So it has started to become about expanding the blurb, the summary of the story to give readers information that might draw them in. So, I would assume it has all of those things at certain points.

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      If you have found these on Elysian Fields then HEA/HFN and Slow-Burn are indeed recently added tags you wouldn't have seen there before.

      I think many people search for fics by using tags and if you want your fic to pop up as a suggestion for someone who is looking specifically for Erotica you have to add the tag. I guess if you have a fic that's epic enough you can have comedy, tragedy, and drama all in one fic. I know that many people as a rule avoid fics that do not have the tag HEA/HFN. I also know that many people as a rule avoid fics that are not rated at least NC-17 or above. I used to think the rating was a warning but it actually isn't.

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        Originally posted by flow View Post
        If you have found these on Elysian Fields then HEA/HFN and Slow-Burn are indeed recently added tags you wouldn't have seen there before.

        I think many people search for fics by using tags and if you want your fic to pop up as a suggestion for someone who is looking specifically for Erotica you have to add the tag. I guess if you have a fic that's epic enough you can have comedy, tragedy, and drama all in one fic. I know that many people as a rule avoid fics that do not have the tag HEA/HFN. I also know that many people as a rule avoid fics that are not rated at least NC-17 or above. I used to think the rating was a warning but it actually isn't.

        flow
        Ah, that's interesting - I can see people trolling through fan fics with an eye on the ratings. The dirtier, the better.
        It’s just that the tags started to remind me of Polonius from Hamlet when praising the travelling players:

        POLONIUS: The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited. Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too light! - Hamlet, Scene 2, Act II, by William Shakespeare
        A tragical-comical-historical-pastoral play. Even Shakespeare thought that was too much - and, ironically, you could probably describe Hamlet itself that way.
        Last edited by American Aurora; 04-07-21, 12:08 AM.

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          This is more about the hashtags people use on their fics, but it's funny so I thought I'd post.

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          • flow
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            I laughed about AU - Canada ;-)

          • Double Dutchess
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            I wonder if the dramatic offscreen goldfish death is about Willow's goldfish.
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