BuzzFeed Unsolved AU

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Related: Ghost (trope), Ghost Hunter AU, YouTube AU
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The Buzzfeed Unsolved AU is an alternate universe and/or fusion based on the format of the webseries Buzzfeed Unsolved where characters become ghost hunters with a YouTube series. It is essentially the exact midground of the YouTube AU and the ghost hunter AU, as the documentary-style reality TV webseries is the focus of such AUs.

Many fanworks also focus on recreated the dynamic of the Buzzfeed Unsolved hosts, with one enthusiastic and excitable character and one skeptic character. In this case the two hosts are usually shipped. Some Buzzfeed Unsolved AUs preserve the involvement of a crew in the production of the show (which has a 1st AD, a producer, and a cameraman in addition to the two hosts) but the term is equally likely to apply to any group of characters who are investigating paranormal activity for a YouTube series, even if they're doing amateur vlogs from their phones.

On Archive of Our Own, works that are Buzzfeed Unsolved AUs are sometimes exclusively or also tagged with "Alternate Universe - Ghost Hunter". This is possibly because the Buzzfeed Unsolved AU tag is synned to the Alternate Universe tag. The canonical, tag wrangler approved tag seems to be Based On Buzzfeed Unsolved which has 19 fanworks as of October 2018. A text search for the phrase "Buzzfeed Unsolved AU" returns 74 works, 65 of which either do not have Buzzfeed Unsolved as a fandom or appear to be mostly about the characters of a different canon becoming ghost hunters on YouTube. The remaining 9 works are Buzzfeed Unsolved fanfictions taking place in various unrelated AUs.