Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Guide to Fandoms and Fandom Speak


As I've stated in my previous post, not many people know fandom speak or fanbase speak or terms such as "OTP", "shipping" or "canon". For the convenience, here's a short course on the basics, as well as useful terms/phrases you might encounter, most of which I found on Tumblr.



Basic Terms


  • Fanbase / Fandom - a series / universe of influence caused by a certain person, concept, TV show, cause, or whatever it is. "Fanbase" is generally used but nowadays, you'll hear the words "fandom" too, especially with anime.
  • Fangirl / Fanboy - the fans, especially die-hard ones.
  • Canon - indicates that a story or fact is true and have happened in the series or fandom.
  • Headcanon - a scenario thought of by a fan that is not really canon with the series, but would like it to be canon.
  • OTP (One True Pairing) - a couple that fans pair together, alternatively "ship / to ship / shipping", which is short for "relationship".
  • Fansign - those usual white placards or pieces of paper held out by celebrities, cosplayers and whatnot (that you see on Facebook) in which the name of their fans are written on.
  • AU (Alternative Universe) - putting characters in another series, fandom or universe, e.g. putting 1D boys in the apocalyptic world of Attack on Titan and struggling to keep themselves from being eaten.
  • Feels - also used in common memes and as a slang, it means you're moved, depressed, sad, inspired, or anything else, about the fandom or it's elements, especially if you cried. When people use "OTP feels", they're so much emotional about the story of their favorite pairing/ship.
  • - See more at: http://kazaki03.blogspot.com/#sthash.gGFpPh14.dpu
    • Fanbase / Fandom - a series / universe of influence caused by a certain person, concept, TV show, cause, or whatever it is. "Fanbase" is generally used but nowadays, you'll hear the words "fandom" too, especially with anime.
    • Fangirl / Fanboy - the fans, especially die-hard ones. 

    Theories

    • Canon - indicates that a story or fact is true and have happened in the series or fandom.
    • Headcanon - a scenario thought of by a fan that is not really canon with the series, but would like it to be canon.

    Shipping 

    • OTP (One True Pairing) - a couple that fans pair together, alternatively "ship / to ship / shipping", which is short for "relationship".
    • Crack - two people you ship together in a series that have little or no interaction.
    • Crossover - two people you ship together from different series.
    • x - an "x" between two names indicate that two people are shipped, e.g. "Akihito x Mirai".
    • Break / Sink - to "un-ship" a ship.

    Literature

    • Fansign - those usual white placards or pieces of paper held out by celebrities, cosplayers and whatnot (that you see on Facebook) in which the name of their fans are written on. 
    • Fanfic / Fanfiction - a fan-written literary work that puts characters of a certain fandom in their own preferred situations, most of which were never canon in the original series.
    • AU (Alternative Universe) - putting characters in another series, fandom or universe, e.g. putting 1D boys in the apocalyptic world of Attack on Titan and struggling to keep themselves from being eaten.
    • Feels - also used in common memes and as a slang, it means you're moved, depressed, sad, inspired, or anything else, about the fandom or it's elements, especially if you cried. When people use "OTP feels", they're so much emotional about the story of their favorite pairing/ship. 
    • Reference - a reference is a connecting object or idea from one fandom to another, e.g. Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan could be referencing the classic tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" and the more recent film "Jack the Giant Slayer".

    Fangirling / Fanboying Phrases

    • I love you / Let me love you - a sense of adoration, not necessarily "I have feelings for you". It means "your stuff are awesome!". This is a phrase that got me into so much trouble in the past, so I wanted to clear it out for everyone (although I don't really use this phrase at all).
    • X plz - emphasizing a character or fandom, especially when referenced on another fandom or by another universe. For example, in Kuroko no Basuke, when people see Atsushi Murasakibara for the first time, they can go like "Titan plz" referencing Titans from Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan).
    • Bless this (post) - typically what it means, that someone is praising this post for its awesomeness.
    • Not sorry - you have no shame spreading out your fandom/fave character or making a joke about it.
    • What is this I don't even - you can't comprehend on how much emotional impact / confusion something on the fandom has brought upon you.
    • vent - expression of sadness.
    • rant - pretty much what it means, to express your anger about something.
    • idk - I don't know
    • idc - I don't care
    • huehue - a laughing style meme
    (I'm not gonna put the other acronyms here because most of them are in urban dictionaries and have cursing words)

    Emoticons

    • *^* - sparkling eyes, amused
    • *A* - sparkling eyes, amazed
    • *w* or *v* - sparkling eyes, happy
    • ;u; - tears of joy, tears of fangirling/fanboying
    • QwQ (back then, it used to be T_T) - crying (depends on how it's interpreted)
    • //w// - shy
    • @_@ - giving you that "ehh" look or kinda confused/dizzy
    • oTL / orz - symbol of failure / epic fail
    • >_> - disinterested, not amused
    • >w< - hyper fangirling deep inside
    • //x or *x*- where "x" is an adjective or action phrase (mostly of exaggeration), such as "//cries buckets" or "//hides in a small corner", alt. *cries buckets* or *hides in a small corner*.
    (for others, you can just Google them, because they're mostly very basic)

    Fandom Trends

    • Flower Crown - flower crowns are not just symbolic objects of the hipster girls, but also applied to anime characters as a sense of "belovedness" or "favoritism".
    • Apology Cakes - though I'm not sure if they're still in the trend, but they did trend before. They're real photos of blank cakes with overlay of Comic Sans text saying an apology, often for having "too much posts" about a certain fandom/character, as in "sorry for all the JeanMarco posts" or "sorry for reblogging too much Hetalia" or something.

    Shipping - Naming Conventions

    In the world of fandoms, people ship anyone, regardless of gender or age (just be careful not to go too far and take it to the real world, it's just for fun). Here are the most common naming conventions:

    1. By first or first two syllables (the most common method):
         a. Japanese 
              = RinHaru (Rin Matsuoka x Haruka Nanase)
              = AoKise (Daiki Aomine x Ryota Kise)
         b. Some ship names use the Japanese romanization of their name syllables:
              =  RiRen (Levi x Eren Jaeger), since Levi would be "Rivai" in Japanese
              = YumiKuri (Ymir x Christa Lenz), since Ymir is "Yumiru" and Christa is "Kurisuta"
         c. For non-Japanese names:
              = Jerza / Gerza (Jellal Fernandes x Erza Scarlet)
              = ReiBert (Reiner Braun x Bertholt Hoover)

    2. Sometimes they use the other syllables, such as:
         = AkiRai (Akihito Kanbara x Mirai Kuriyama)

    3. Identifying object of the ship:
         a. Object combination:
             = SharkBait (alt. name of RinHaru)
         b. In famous anime like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh!, they mostly use the word "shipping":
             = Puzzleshipping (Yami Yugi x Yugi Mutou) - because of the Millenium Puzzle
             = Ikarishipping (Shinji / Paul x Hikari / Dawn) - because of their names' reference to Shinji Ikari of the Evangelion series

    4. The lazy way - putting together their names, done for short ones:
         = JeanMarco (Jean Kirschstein x Marco Bodt)

    5. If there isn't an existing way of name shipping of your ship/OTP, just use the x:
         = Satsuki x Ryuuko
         = Duke x David

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    If there are other terms I might have missed, I'll be sure to add them to this post!
    Thanks for reading and hope you learned something! XD



  • Fanbase / Fandom - a series / universe of influence caused by a certain person, concept, TV show, cause, or whatever it is. "Fanbase" is generally used but nowadays, you'll hear the words "fandom" too, especially with anime.
  • Fangirl / Fanboy - the fans, especially die-hard ones.
  • Canon - indicates that a story or fact is true and have happened in the series or fandom.
  • Headcanon - a scenario thought of by a fan that is not really canon with the series, but would like it to be canon.
  • OTP (One True Pairing) - a couple that fans pair together, alternatively "ship / to ship / shipping", which is short for "relationship".
  • Fansign - those usual white placards or pieces of paper held out by celebrities, cosplayers and whatnot (that you see on Facebook) in which the name of their fans are written on.
  • AU (Alternative Universe) - putting characters in another series, fandom or universe, e.g. putting 1D boys in the apocalyptic world of Attack on Titan and struggling to keep themselves from being eaten.
  • Feels - also used in common memes and as a slang, it means you're moved, depressed, sad, inspired, or anything else, about the fandom or it's elements, especially if you cried. When people use "OTP feels", they're so much emotional about the story of their favorite pairing/ship.
  • - See more at: http://kazaki03.blogspot.com/#sthash.gGFpPh14.dpuf

  • Fanbase / Fandom - a series / universe of influence caused by a certain person, concept, TV show, cause, or whatever it is. "Fanbase" is generally used but nowadays, you'll hear the words "fandom" too, especially with anime.
  • Fangirl / Fanboy - the fans, especially die-hard ones.
  • Canon - indicates that a story or fact is true and have happened in the series or fandom.
  • Headcanon - a scenario thought of by a fan that is not really canon with the series, but would like it to be canon.
  • OTP (One True Pairing) - a couple that fans pair together, alternatively "ship / to ship / shipping", which is short for "relationship".
  • Fansign - those usual white placards or pieces of paper held out by celebrities, cosplayers and whatnot (that you see on Facebook) in which the name of their fans are written on.
  • AU (Alternative Universe) - putting characters in another series, fandom or universe, e.g. putting 1D boys in the apocalyptic world of Attack on Titan and struggling to keep themselves from being eaten.
  • Feels - also used in common memes and as a slang, it means you're moved, depressed, sad, inspired, or anything else, about the fandom or it's elements, especially if you cried. When people use "OTP feels", they're so much emotional about the story of their favorite pairing/ship.
  • - See more at: http://kazaki03.blogspot.com/#sthash.gGFpPh14.dpuf

    2 comments:

    Dream Forecast said...

    This is awesome for reference! I thought I knew it all already but looks like I still have more to learn. : D

    Kristel "Kazaki" Cuadra said...

    Thank you! :D