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Recursive fanfiction is fanfiction of fanfiction, where a transformative fanwork is itself treated as the canon for further transformative works. Some parts of fandom still just call this fic of fic because recursive fanfiction is a relatively new term, coined on TV Tropes in 2011.

Popular fanfiction is more likely to have a fanbase primed to read recursive fanfiction, for example Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, the Naruto fic Dreaming of Sunshine, or the Boku no Hero Academia fic Yesterday Upon the Stair, but any work with an engaged fanbase may be recursed, especially if it diverges heavily from its own canon in terms of theme, premise, worldbuilding, cast, or characterization.

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December 6, 2018

Over the last few days, we’ve seen a lot of fans worrying about the impact of Tumblr’s new Terms of Service on fan communities. We’re concerned, too - and while we don't know exactly what that impact will look like, we can learn from our history by reading about similar occurrences, such as Strikethrough and Boldthrough and FanFiction.Net’s NC-17 Purges.

We know that documenting and preserving our history is extremely important right now. A number of editors are already doing brilliant work documenting the Tumblr NSFW Content Purge, along with other parts of Tumblr fandom, like Tumblr meta and femslash blogs.

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