Chatfic

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: chat fic
Related: text fic, Documentation, Epistolary, not!fic, commentfic
See Also: Instant Messaging, IRC
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Chatfic is a term with at least two meanings in fandom.

  1. fanfiction written in a group chat
  2. fanfiction written in the style of a group chat

In the first definition, popular in Bandom and possibly 2000s LiveJournal fandom generally, two or more fans discuss a fic they want to write. One fan may then post the chatlog as-is or clean it up to some extent. LJ community sidekickfic defined it thusly:

a sort of story-type thing wot two or more people write using chat programs, with each of them taking different characters and attempting to reach an end, with varying degrees of success as such things tend to wander off into meta and new stories, and that's cool too[1]

In the second definition, rumored to be popular in Homestuck (see pesterlog) and possibly 2010s fandom more generally, the characters within the story are using chat to communicate.

Examples

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

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External Links

References

  1. sidekickfic - Profile, Archived version