Fan Fiction is a great way to absorb extra narratives beyond the games, especially alternative stories, timelines or crossovers. Take a look below at a typical Fan Fiction post and we’ll break down each numbered element.
1) Chapter Selection – This dropdown menu will appear on any Fan Fiction that has at least 2 Chapters. You can select any Chapter in the list to filter the results in the Chapter listing block (see Item .3).
2) Chapter Listing Pagination – 6 Chapters will show per page in the Chapter listing block. If there are more than 6 Chapters in the Fan Fiction, extra page numbers will appear here. Click any page number to reveal the Chapters on that page.
3) Chapter Listing Block – This lists the first 6 Chapters in the Fan Fiction. For each Chapter, you’ll see a Featured Image (if the Chapter has one, otherwise it will show a default image), the Chapter title, the Fan Fiction it’s from, the Writer/s, how many Reading Lists it has appeared in, and a short preview of the opening of the Chapter.
4) Fan Fiction Title – This is the title of the Fan Fiction.
5) Writer/s – This is the name of the Writer or Writers who wrote this Fan Fiction. It is connected to the Writer’s page and you can visit that page by clicking their name.
6) Featured Image – If the Fan Fiction has a featured image, it wil appear here. Otherwise, a default image will show.
7) Chapter Count – Shows the total number of Chapters in this Fan Fiction.
8) Fan Fiction Summary – A brief summary of the Fan Fiction. Longer summaries will be condensed and can be expanded by clicking ‘Show Full Summary’.
9) Featured Characters – This lists any Characters that are featured in this Fan Fiction. Clicking the Character’s name will take you to a listing which shows all Fan Fiction tagged with that Character. If there are more than 6 Characters featured in this Fan Fiction, the extra Characters will be hidden, but you can reveal all the Characters by clicking ‘Show All’.
10) Fan Fiction Tags – This is the relevant Tags for the Fan Fiction. It might include the Characters again, items seen in the image, locations, or mood-related words. Clicking the Tag will take you to a listing which shows all Fan Fiction related to that Tag.
11) Fan Fiction Locations – This lists any locations featured in the Fan Fiction. It might show a room (such as the Girl’s Restroom), but also the building the room is in, i.e. Blackwell Academy. Clicking the Location’s name will take you to a listing which shows all Fan Fiction tagged with that Location.
12) Featured Games – This lists any Games the Fan Fiction is related to. It may be linked to multiple Games if it’s a crossover Fan Fiction featuring characters from the different Games. Clicking the Game’s name will take you to a listing which shows all Fan Fiction tagged with that Game.
13) Featured Episodes – This shows any specific Episodes the Fan Fiction is related to – it might depict a pivotal scene from a specific Episode for example. Clicking the Episode’s name will take you to a listing which shows all Fan Fiction tagged with that Episode.
14) Trigger Warnings – This shows are Trigger Warnings the Fan Fiction has been tagged with. This might include distressing themes or violent scenes for example.
15) Favourites Button – Click this button to add the Fan Fiction to your Favourites. If you’ve already favourited the Fan Fiction, the word ‘Unfavourite’ will show instead and the heart icon will be filled. Click the button again if you want to Unfavourite it.
16) Favourites Count – This shows how many times the Fan Fiction has been Favourited. Clicking the number will open a modal which will list the Fans who Favourited it. You can click the name or avatar of the Fan to go to the their profile.
17) Collections Count – This shows the number of Collections the Fan Fiction has been added to. Clicking the number will open a modal which will list the Collections. You can click the title or featured image of the Collection to jump to that Collection.
18) Reading Lists Count – This shows the number of Reading Lists the Fan Fiction’s Chapters have been added to. Clicking the number will open a modal which will list the Reading Lists. You can click the title or featured image of the Reading List to jump to that Reading List.
19) Add to Collection Button – Click this button to open a modal where you can choose what Collection/s you want to add the Fan Fiction to.
The box on the left lists the Collections you can choose from. Only Collections you created will be shown. Clicking any Collection on the left will add it to the box on the right. Any Collections in the box on the right will now contain the Fan Fiction once the Add/Update button is pressed. If you want to remove a Collection from the box on the right, hover over it and click the minus icon.
20) Add New Collection Button – Click this button to add a new Collection. A modal will pop up where you can enter the required details. After submitting, the Fan Fiction page will refresh and that Collection will now be available in the list of Collections in the left box.
21) Edit Button – Click this button to edit the Fan Fiction. A modal will pop up with a form. This is the same form used for adding new Fan Fiction, except the fields will already be filled in with the relevant values. Simply add or change what you want and click the Update button to edit the Fan Fiction. You will only see this button if you’re the author of the Fan Fictionpost.
22) Delete Button – Click this button to delete the Fan Fiction. A tooltip will appear prompting you to confirm whether you really want to delete it or not.
If you click Yes, the Fan Fiction will be deleted and you will be redirected to the Fan Fiction archive page, which lists all Fan Fiction on the site.
23) Report Button – Click this button to report the Fan Fiction. A modal will pop up with the Report form. You’ll be asked to select a reason for reporting the content and then provide more details.
Content that is visual in nature, such as Fan Art, Cosplay or Screenshots, will have their main image replaced with a placeholder image notifying users that the content has been reported and is under investigation.
24) Added By – This shows which user the Fan Fiction was added by. Since anyone can add content, the uploader may not necessarily be the Writer. Click the user’s name or avatar to go to their profile.
25) Similar Fan Fiction – Here you’ll see up to 6 other similar Fan Fiction posts. The results are randomised each time the page is refreshed, but the logic is based on the Fan Fiction Tags, so any other Fan Fiction with one or more of the same Tags as the Fan Fiction you’re currently viewing could appear in this section. This is why it’s important to enter accurate and useful Tags when adding new Fan Fiction.
26) Related Fan Art – If this Fan Fiction has any related Fan Art (such as pieces commissioned specifically for its cover or individual Chapters, then they will show here. Click the image to go to the corresponding Fan Art post.
27) Related Characters – This shows the Characters related to this Fan Fiction. While similar to the Featured Characters section (see Item .9), they are represented with the main image of the Character, and rather than linking to other Fan Fiction featuring that Character when clicked, it will link to the Character’s actual page on the site.
28) Views Count – This shows the total number of Views the Fan Fiction has received from all users.
29) Social Share Buttons – You can click either the Facebook or Twitter buttons to share this Fan Fiction on that social network.
30) View On Other Platforms – This section will show any other platforms the Fan Fiction can be found on. Clicking the name of the platform will take you directly to the relevant post on that site. The external site will open in a new tab. Options include: AO3 (Archive of Our Own), FanFiction.net and Wattpad.
Comments – Below the Chapter Listing Block, you will find the Comment form. You’ll be able to see any Comments left by other users as well as add your own.
You’ll need to be logged in to add Comments, as well as manage them and upvote or downvote them. See the Comments documentation section for more details.