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fan:
[...] a keen follower of a specified hobby or amusement, and gen. an enthusiast for a particular person or thing. [1]

lore:

the body of traditional facts, anecdotes, or beliefs relating to some particular subject. b. A body of knowledge, a science. [1]

Welcome to the Fanlore wiki! Fanlore is a collaborative site by, for, and about fans and fan communities that create and consume fanworks. Here, you can read about fan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities -- and add your own voice, memories, and experiences to our collective story.

Not sure where to start? To begin reading Fanlore, click on a category under the "Browse" menu on the left. Also, check out our New Visitor Portal, which offers an introduction to how Fanlore works.

Anyone can create and edit pages here: if you're a fan, we want your voice! Here's how to dive in to Fanlore, in three easy steps:

  1. Start by logging in (or creating an account and then logging in.)
  2. If you're new to wiki editing, you might want to read our tutorial.
  3. Think of a subject you care about, and use the search box in the upper left-hand corner of the page to search for it. If there's already a page on that subject, you can edit that page and add your perspective, memories, links, references, etc. If there isn't already a page on that subject, you'll be prompted to create one...and off you go!

Fanlore is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works. Find out more about Fanlore.

Doujinshi creators check here: Fanloreの目的と画像利用ポリシーについて

As of March 25, 2017, Fanlore has 41,337 articles which have undergone 719,386 edits.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.

News

March 15, 2017

Transformative Works and Cultures' issue 23 is out, and it's all about Sherlock Holmes fans & fandoms, from historical to present day. Take a look at it here then write about your favorite articles on Fanlore!

March 3, 2017

Pretty Lights, a multifandom actor RPF archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3), thanks to the efforts of the Open Doors committee. Check out this post for details and feel free to edit the relevant pages to add the recent news!

Open Doors will be working with diana, the archivist, to import Pretty Lights into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. They will begin importing works from Pretty Lights to the AO3 collection after March.

Go here to see all recent news.


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We've also added a News page and a social networking community at Dreamwidth, fanlore, where you can ask questions, receive updates, or just hang out with other editors and the fanlore committee.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition, 2008