Pastiche (fusion)

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Synonyms: [fandom] AU
Related: fusion, AU
See Also: crossover, pastiche (fanart)
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Characters from one universe enacting the story from another is a trope of fanfiction fusion for which the fannish nomenclature is confused. Before the popularity of the term 'fusion', the term 'pastiche' has been used for this type of fusion.[1] In more-modern fannish terminology, they are sometimes referred to as '[story canon] AUs', although this form is often also used for fusions that simply borrow settings and not plot elements.

The trope can be played completely seriously, as for example, in Yahtzee's As Time Goes By. Alternatively, the incongruity of the fusion can be used for comic effect, as for example, casting large male Jayne Cobb in the role of small female Jane Eyre. The central m/f couple of romance novels is often rewritten with two men.

Popular Story Canons

Stories that are frequently re-enacted include well-known literary classics such as A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, The Hound of the Baskervilles & other Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice and some Shakespeare plays, as well as a few classic films particularly Casablanca.

Example Fanfiction

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Example Fan Art

See many other examples at Imitation.

Remus, Sirius and James. Acrylics 9 x 12 canvas board. This was for the Livejournal hp_fringeart January 2007 Challenge: Imitation of Famous Art. In this case, work by photographer Wilhelm Von Gloeden. Alchemia (2007)



  1. ^ For example, fanfiction which is a pastiche or re-interpretation of classic fiction, through the lens of any fandom in the description of the Classic Canon Challenge collection on Archive of Our Own: AO3: Classic Canon (Challenge) (accessed 9 July 2016)