|Trope · Genre|
|Related:||Historical AU, Mundane AU|
|See Also:||Alternate Universe|
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A Modern AU is a fanwork which moves characters from a historical (or pseudo-historical) fandom into a modern setting. It can also be applied to characters in SciFi or Supernatural genres, giving them a current setting, often without the technology, superpowers, or magic the original fiction possesses. This trope is popular in heavy speculative fiction fandoms such as Star Wars.
Modern AU Heavy Fandoms
- The Magnificent Seven fandom probably has as many stories set in the present day as in the old west of its canon. Especially popular is the ATF shared universe in which the gunslingers are ATF agents.
- In Merlin fandom modern AUs are incredibly popular, including High School AUs, College AUs, Reincarnation fics, Business Heir AUs, Modern Royal Family AUs, Modern Military AUs, and everything else that works as a setting for a modern day Merlin/Arthur romance.
- Pride and Prejudice fandom probably has more contemporary fanfiction than canon era, a trend only increased by recent contemporary rewritings such as Bridget Jones's Diary & The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Xena: Warrior Princess fandom has the Uber genre which mostly consists of Modern Xena/Gabrielle AUs like for example Tropical Storm, Accidental Love, Lucifer Rising, Gun Shy (they are cops), and Redemption (Prison AU).
- The 100 fandom modern AUs are incredibly popular, especially High School AUs and College AUs.
- Assassin's Creed canon spans thousands of years of from prehistory to modern day; fans often transplant the historical characters forward in time, often into coffeeshop AUs or school AUs, or just generic modern-day plots.