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Synonyms: Live Kennedy Universe, EWE
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Denialfic is a genre of fanfiction in which a major event in canon is ignored or contradicted, such as the death of a character or a development that makes pairing two characters more difficult. Denialfic may explain why the canonical event in question didn't happen the way it appeared to, or may just ignore its existence.

In many ways, denialfic is a form of alternate universe.

Some Fandom Examples

Remus/Sirius shippers in Harry Potter fandom often wrote post-Order of the Phoenix denialfic. Another common genre of denialfic in HP fandom is Epilogue? What Epilogue? fanfic, which ignores the events of the much-deplored epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace fandom, it was so common among Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan shippers to write as if Qui-Gon's death never happened, that people placed Warnings for fics that followed canon.

Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles is another fandom where denialfic was common. As fans became more and more dissatisfied with later books in the series, many began writing fics that ignored everything after the third or fourth book.

Many fans of Beauty and the Beast (TV) ignore or retcon the third season and Catherine's death, this is sometimes called "She's Not Dead" or SND fic for short.

In Blake's 7, the series-ending episode, "Gauda Prime", ends with one character shooting another; many Post-Gauda Prime stories ignore that inconvenient fact.

In Forever Knight, the final two episodes, "Ashes to Ashes" and "Last Knight", apparently kill off most of the main cast. Most Last Knight stories reinterpret events so that one or more survives.

Some fans ignore the existence of the Sherlock episode "Reichenbach Falls" or the character of Mary Morstan and write or read fiction where neither reality exists.

If there are enough fans who are in denial about a particular canon event, they may self-identify by giving their group a particular name, such as Clan Denial (Highlander fans who denied Richie's death [1]) or Tribe Denial (Sentinel fans who denied that the show could end with Blair's death. [2]) These groups may have their own archives or mailing lists strictly for denialfic.

Some Fan Comments

From a Stargate SG-1 fan:
On Monday, February 4, 2002, I finally saw via squinty vision the SG-1 episode Meridian, Daniel Jackson's final episode on Stargate SG-1. That episode. The one in which he dies/ascends/whatever the hell happened.

Okay, I cried a bit. I've carried the sadness around with me for several days now. I'm a bit puzzled by why such a wonderful character would be so misused by the writers and producers of SG, but hey -- I have no inside information, I'm the wrong demographic, I have no power. I'm just another middle-aged woman who gets off writing and reading about Jack and Daniel exploring their complex relationship.

The only power I have is as a writer of fanfiction, a much-despised genre. Only my husband and three close friends know how I spend my free time, and one of those friends I met because I write. So how much power is that?

Well, it's just enough power that I can keep Daniel alive/unascended/whatever the hell happened. I can do that. And so I have.

In my world, Meridian never happened, and SG-1 remains intact. If I ever do write a post-Meridian story, I will label it clearly (and as you can tell from my index of stories page, I'm not big on labeling).

Just wanted y'all to know. [3]
From an X-Files fan:
"Spoilers: Breaks with canon after "Requiem." Seasons 8 and 9 never happened. Mulder and Scully have a son named William, but he wasn't born in a ghost town or adopted by farmers or anything stupid like that. [4]


  1. Clan Denial homepage Last accessed October 16, 2008
  2. Wayback Machine, Archived version of Tribe Denial page Last updated June 04, 2001. Last accessed October 16, 2008.
  3. A Note on Meridian, Archived version
  4. an author's comment about their fic, A Beginner's Guide to Tightrope Walking
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