I just don’t understand people who write massively-AU fic. For the non-fanly among my handful of readers, fanfiction is what you get when fans write stories about movies/tv shows/books/whatever they are into. AU fic is “Alternate Universe” fic. For example, a story about what might have happened if Luke Skywalker had turned to the dark side of the Force instead of rejecting Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back” would be AU fic.


One of the lists I’m on just delivered a massively AU fic set in the Buffy universe. The author basically changed all the relationships between every major character at least a little and in some cases almost entirely. The author’s note explaining the new setup is two very long paragraphs.

Why not create an entirely new batch of characters? I mean, if you’re not going to keep the show’s characters the same, why use them? Why not start fresh? I can understand the whole “what if this pivotal event had gone this way” angle, there’s plenty of professional media based around doing that for historical events.

But drastically AU fic I just don’t get.

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2 Responses to WTF?

  1. Antwon says:

    Yeah, I very much don’t get fanfic like that either. I mean, it’s cool that you have this bad-ass Friends storyline where Ross inherits millions of dollars from an eccentric aunt and Rachel becomes paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident and blah blah blah… but don’t they kind of cease to be the characters we all know and love at that point?I dunno. Maybe said authors feel like the current writers do a subpar job with character development and works like these give them a chance to show how the show would’ve developed had “good” writers like them been at the helm?

  2. Ealasaid says:

    Hm… I do know that with “Highlander” a group of people took that tack and did a “virtual sixth season” where they changed the fifth season finale and took off from there. The fifth season finale DID suck pondwater, though, so it’s understandable. But at the same time, they didn’t radically change the characters. They just had Ritchie not die and continued on as usual from there.*shrug*Who knows. Fic writers are an odd breed to begin with, and AU writers are even odder. :)