Bob (genre)

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: gen
Related: het, slash
See Also: pairing
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"Bob" is a term used by some fanfic writers as a variance of gen to indicate a story that has sexual elements or pairings, but those are not central; the definition used by musesfool in her meta about gen, is "stories where there is a sexual element but it is not the point of the story".[1]

It was coined in 2007 by vehemently and first used by Cofax: "I just don't know that segregating fic by just this one criteria is the best way to solve it. Eh. I may just do as Vee suggests, and label all my stories "Bob" in future." [2] The original suggestion was made in jest, and a proposed change was made to Mix, but fans being fans, Bob is the term that took off.[3]

"Bob" appears to be a term with a limited, narrow usage.


  1. ^ Musesfool. baby, i got my facts learned real good right now, posted 21 July 2009. (Accessed August 19, 2009)
  2. ^ Cofax. comment, posted 22 March 2007 in cofax7: recs, and meta (Accessed 20 Aug 2009)
  3. ^ vehemently. Bob: the Musical! uh, I mean Manifesto!, Archived version, (Accessed May 8, 2010)