The Power of "AH, E/B, Very OOC": Agency in Fanfiction Jargon

Alexandra Herzog


Fannish jargon is extensively used in fanfiction writing, with its terminology pervading the fans’ discourse and stories so as to obstruct comprehension for non-fans. My essay discusses the functions of fanspeak in community-building and in fans’ claim to status as experts, focusing on the agency fanauthors thus create and demonstrate to the original authors of the meta-text.


Fanfiction; Agency; Jargon; Community-building; Expertise

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