You may be looking for the glossary term Classic, which is a jargon for a specific genre of fanwork that is canon compliant or ignores certain episodes or seasons.
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A fandom classic is a fanwork that is more or less recognized as "must-read" or "must view" by fans within the same fandom.
Online fandoms develop so quickly that a fanwork can be labeled "classic" within months.
How Are Classics Defined?
Number of recs?
Number of times it shows up in fannish discussions?
The popularity of the fanwork's creator?
The pairing or subject matter?
The fanwork's length?
The fanwork's genre?
Do fans talk about it because the fanworks because of its general excellence or because it rocked some fannish boats?
Fanworks that are consistently mentioned by mainstream media sources?
Some Examples of Fandom Classics
- Oklahoma, by Amperage and Livengoo, Iolokus Series by RivkaT and MustangSally, Ghosts by torch (X-Files)
- Full Circle by Killa, Courts of Honor by Syn Ferguson, This Deadly Innocence, Or The End of the Hurt/Comfort Syndrome by Leslie Fish (Star Trek)
- Mojave Crossing by Connie Faddis, The Thousandth Man by Suzan Lovett (Starsky & Hutch)
- The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by Ivy Blossom, Performance in a Leading Role by Madlori (Sherlock)
- The Paradigm of Uncertainty by Madlori, The Draco Trilogy by Cassandra Claire (Harry Potter)
- Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left To Lose by Synecdochic (Stargate Atlantis)
- With Six You Get Eggroll by Speranza, How Ray Got His Groove Back by Aristide and Bone (due South)
- Harlequin Airs by Ellis Ward, Waiting to Fall by Rob (The Professionals)
- Closer by Killa and TJonesy (Star Trek: TOS)
- The Rose by Kendra Hunter and Diana Barbour (Starsky & Hutch)
- Us by Lim (multi-fandom, meta)
- How Fanfiction Makes Us Poor by cupidsbow (multi-fandom)
- Another Addict Raves About K/S by Joanna Russ (Star Trek: TOS)
- Open Letter to Star Wars Fans by the Duncans by Tracy Duncan & Nancy Duncan (Star Wars)
- The good old days before google were dark and involved horses by seperis (multi-fandom)