Backstreet Boys

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RPF Fandom
Name(s): Backstreet Boys (BSB)
Scope/Focus: fanfiction written about the musical group Backstreet Boys
Date(s): 1997 to present
See also: NSYNC, Popslash
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Backstreet Boys is a musical vocal group that is one of the major Popslash fandoms. The group does not label itself as a boy band, but everyone else calls them that. Its members are AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson.

In 2010-2012, they formed a temporary supergroup with boyband New Kids On The Block, NKOTBSB.


Backstreet Boys fandom emerged in the late 1990s as a largely het fandom, with many fics featuring Mary Sue type original female characters.

The fandom later experienced a resurgence as a primarily slash fandom as part of what was then called popslash.

Sexually explicit stories were often called "visuals" and there was a website campaign called What Would Backstreet Think? that objected to such content in fic.


Nick/Brian was one of the earliest, and most popular slash pairings. Other common slash pairings include Nick/Kevin, AJ/Kevin, Nick/Howie, Howie/AJ and Howie/Brian. See List of Popslash Pairing Names for some of the more popular pairing names. Crossover pairings with other boy bands like 'N Sync were also not uncommon.

Notable Fanworks


First Wave

Second Wave




The BSB fandom seems to have had a strong tradition of hosting awards for fanfiction.

Mailings Lists

The majority of these mailing lists were on Yahoo! Groups and have since gone defunct.

Archives and Fannish Links

Inactive Archives

Single Author Archives