Canon Divergence AU

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Synonyms: Canon AU, Alternate Reality
Related: Alternate Universe, Canon Era
See Also: Canon, Canon-compliant
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A canon divergence AU is a term used in some fandoms for fanfiction set in a universe that diverges relatively narrowly from canon, with a point of departure in a character's backstory or even during canon. The changes made to canon usually answer a question like "What if character X lived instead of died?" or "What if character Y didn't meet character Z until later?" In Discworld, this is known as ending up in "the wrong trouser of time."

In other fandoms, this type of AU might be called a Canon AU or alternate reality instead.

Not to be confused with fanfic that accidentally diverges from canon due to being jossed.

Example Tropes

Fan writers might change any event in canon to produce a wild variety of AUs, but for any given fandom, certain events make a lot of fans want to write an AU:

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Example Fanworks

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