Real World Events in Fanworks

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Some fanworks focus on a contemporary or recent historical real world event.

Real World Events and Canon

Hetalia. Magneto and the Holocaust. Served in Combat.

Real World Events and Fanworks

Examples of controversial fics.

Can fics about real world events be done respectfully?

  • tevere's Generation Kill story set in East Timor, Sixteen Days in September[4]. This story was used as an example of how fanfic, even slash fanfic, can be set in these kinds of times and places without the problematic results of the Haiti fic. Tevere posted the meta essay Fanfic as a Vehicle to discuss her story, the Haiti story and the "interesting part of the discussion around this story is the ongoing conversation on whether or not fanfiction -- as opposed to original fiction -- is ever an appropriate vehicle for the exploration of real-life natural or man-made tragedies, particularly in non-white and post-colonial settings."

Fanart examples?

Charity Zines and Other Fannish Fundraising


  1. here we go again post by Cambodian fan hesychasm reacting to "Nisay," 21 Oct 2007. (Accessed 4 Jan 2012)
  2. Comments about Nisay in bossymarmalade's journal, comparing it with the The J2 Haiti Fic: la_vie_noire's comment, June 14, 2010, and skywardprodigal's comment, June 14, 2010, accessed August 9, 2011
  3. "I tried dealing with the experience of visiting the Killing Fields with respect, I realize now that that wasn't enough, and has totally failed to work for some, especially those with personal connections to it. I'm sorry for that. I took the whole two paragraphs out now. As far as I'm concerned, that's the end of the story for me." From follow-up post by the author of "Nisay," 23 Oct 2007. (Accessed 4 Jan 2012)
  4. Sixteen Days in September, accessed August 9, 2011