Slavefic

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Synonyms: slave!fic
Related: darkfic, non-con
See Also: kink
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Slavefic is a fanfiction genre in which one character is enslaved to another or has to pretend to be a slave. It usually refers to stories in which slavery is used as narrative kink, rather than historical fiction dealing with slavery accurately. However some fans use the term slavefic for any and all fanfic or profic featuring slavery or indentured servitude, including stories intended to make moral points.

Some slavefics are set in an Alternate Universe where slavery is an accepted economic and cultural institution. Some stories treat this as a significant moral problem to be resisted and overthrown if possible; others treat slavery as an unchangeable institution. Many other slavefics are science fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction.

Slavefics range from stories suitable for children, to fics featuring graphic violence and explicit (sometimes non-consensual) sex scenes. Slavefics have a reputation for having romances between the slaves and owners, and while this is certainly a common storyline, there are in fact a large amount of gen slavefics around as well. There are also many dark slavery stories, in which there is a relationship between master and slave but it is essentially rape and does not end in romance.

BDSM stories are sometimes labelled as slavefics. If there is consensual sexual domination and submission in a story with no true slavery, then it should technically be described as D/s or BDSM, not as slavefic; however the term is increasingly used in those contexts and some fans would argue that it encompasses all fiction which involve terms such as 'slave' and 'master', even if the relationship is consensual and not legally slavery. Alternatively the term 'M/s' is sometimes used for stories which feature lifestyle BDSM, or stories in which characters consensually choose to act as master and slave.

A related type of story is 'servantfic', in which the main characters are a servant and his or her employer.

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