|Trope · Genre|
|Synonyms:||WAFF (Warm and Fuzzy/Fluffy Feelings), HHJJ (Happy Happy Joy Joy), happyfic|
|Related:||PWP, schmoop, TAFF, sillyfic, Tissue Warning|
|See Also:||angst, comfortfic, Fairytale Romance|
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Fluff is often used in fandom to characterize any pleasant, feel-good work. It is sometimes described as the opposite of angst. Fluff may lack plot; however, unlike a PWP the focus is not sex, but displays of affection between two or more characters, whether their relationship is romantic or not. A fluff story may be gen and focused on family (or found family) interactions. It may also indicate a mood piece with warm, uplifting descriptions, such as this narrative about the music of the TARDIS from Doctor Who.
There is also the adjective, Fluffy, which can be used to modify another genre to indicate a sweet and happy story, e.g. "a fluffy PWP" for a sweet or mushy PWP, or even to qualify darker genres, e.g. TAFF or "fluffy angst" (sometimes combined into "flangst").
Some fans describe their own fluff as "so sweet it'll give you cavities."
See the following artist pages:
- Ashera. Glossary and fan fiction introduction. Last updated: March 13th, 2001