|See also:||Canon Resource, Master Post, Ship Manifesto|
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A fannish primer is a nonfiction resource compiled by one or more fans to provide basic information about a fandom, ship, or character for the benefit of others who might be interested in joining the fandom. Primers are intended to lower the barriers to entry (such as decades of convoluted and difficult-to-acquire canon, aka superhero comics) to entice more people into your fandom. The primer may include one or more of the following types of information: canon overview; list of characters; popular ships; popular fanfic tropes; fanwork recommendations; links to forums, archives, and other fannish resources; and an argument for why the fandom/ship is the best ever and everyone should join it.
The meaning of the word in the fannish sense is derived from the education term "primer": An elementary textbook introducing a topic, or teaching basic concepts.
- Two Pros Primers, Archived version from 1992.
- Example of an NSYNC fandom primer posted on a personal fansite in late 2001.
- A Niall/Harry Ship Primer (One Direction) by bisousniall posted on Tumblr in August 2012 and actually more of a masterpost
- The Fandom Primer tag on AO3, although it's not yet canonical.