Classic (glossary term)
|See also:||She's Not Dead, Continued Classic|
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Some fandoms use the word "classic" to describe fiction that is canon compliant or ignores certain episodes or seasons.
It is not meant to indicate a widely known or popular story, as fans talking about "classic stories" in other fandoms might indicate. For that use, see Fandom Classics.
The word can be used simply as description: In Beauty and the Beast fandom, the term is used a lot. A "Classic" story is one that ships Vincent/Catherine or is set during the first two seasons, but ignores the third season.
In Xena fandom "classic" is Xena & Gabrielle fiction based on the timeline of the series.
The word can be used for control and personal power: in 2001, an archivist for the biggest X-Files mailing list, Laurie Haynes , disliked later seasons of The X-Files (particularly the character of John Doggett) so intensely that she subsequently banned fic she did not consider to be "Classic": "XFC-ATXC and XFC-no_ATXC will now only accept fanfic featuring characters from Seasons 1-7 only (this includes Mulder and Scully's son, William) or characters of the author's creation. [snipped] I had considered this a few months ago, but now, I have made a final decision. This is not intended to PREVENT anyone from writing what they wish, it is just intended to make this list for the posting of X-Files Classic fanfic only (which for most people means those stories for characters from Seasons 1-7 only)." -- 
- XFC content changes, July 27, 2001