Bystander Fic

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Synonyms: Outsider fic
Related: Point of View, External POV
See Also: Unreliable Narrator
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A bystander story is one told from the point of view of an outsider or third party to the action. Though the narrator is often an original character, such stories tend to avoid being labelled Mary Sues through focusing on canon characters and events, with the OC as a relatively passive lens. The bystander PoV may serve to highlight how unusual the canon characters' views are.

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