|See also:||genre, vignette, portrait (art),gen|
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Character Study refers to a genre of fanworks which main point is to explore a character in depth. It is most commonly used to describe fanfic, but some vids are called "character studies" as well, for example Vividcon had vid shows with the topic of "character study". It is less often used for fanart, maybe because in art "studies" often mean the preliminary sketches done in preparation for the finished piece. In their focus on a single character rather than a relationship, these works are often gen in nature, and "character study" is often given as an example of a type of gen. However there are also plenty of fan works that focus on analysing a romantic relationship or any other kind of bond between characters. Even when the focus is in the relationship itself, these works are often tagged as character study.