If you have additional terms to add to the listing here, please e-mail me.
h/c = hurt/comfort
of story in which a character suffers either physically and or emotionally,
and is in some way comforted by another. Usually leads to a
romantic involvement, but not always.
PWP = Plot What Plot!While I have
seen one story that claimed to be a PWP and was a comedy, the category is defined by those NC-17
het or slash stories that skip to the steamy parts...
Round Robin - Story
which has many authors. Each taking up where the last left off
Beta Reading -
Reading through someone's story to proof it for errors before it is
given out for general distribution
au = Alternate Universe - Story
which departs from the official timeline of the show. Sometimes these
set the characters in times/places we haven't seen them on the show, and
sometimes (like with most Clan Denial stories) just forget a season or
Clan Denial - Largely
comprised of Richie fans, the general idea for members of this group is
one way or another, Richie isn't dead. (Tribe
Denial is fairly similar, though for Sentinel
fans who refuse to think Blair is anything but damp after the Season finale)
ath = alt.tv.highlander
- The highlander newsgroup for discussing
the series and the benefits of Nutella ;)
athc = alt.tv.highlander.creative
- The highlander newsgroup for the posting and discussion
of fanfic, your isp may not yet carry it as it was created in late May of 1999, best way for
you to get them to carry it is to ask your internet server provider to add it
to their list of newsgroups. Until then you can check it out via Deja News at
- Basically a really brief dity that uses a
song (usually a popular one at the time written) and either as either a joke or parody
on either the song or the TV Series.
- Another category of fic that is readers either love or
hate. THe lyrics to a song are featured in the text of the story.
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions - the
file every newbie should look for before asking a question, because most
answers can be found here. There is usually at least one of these
files for every newsgroup, and many fandoms on the net. They are
usually posted at least once a month in most discussion newsgroups, if
not, ask for it.
X-Over = Crossover =
My favorite type of fanfic. Type
of story that uses concepts and/or characters from more than one fandom.
In my opinion this genre illustrates what is so wonderful about fanfic
- putting the characters in situations they couldn't be put into on the
series, due to budget constraints, and other production concerns.
Slash (m/m, f/f) - These
types of stories involve in some way a relationship between two characters
of the same gender. m/m = 2 males, f/f
= two females. Slash gets it's name
from the / used to indicate who the relationship is between. Though
the notation is also used to indicate relationships between male and female
characters. For example, DM/M = Duncan and Methos, and DM/A
= Duncan and Amanda
Gen = Het = not
slash. Okay, this is used to point out both that the story isn't
slash. And that there may be male/female relationships. Gen
is occasionally also used to denote that the story is essentially PG - General
Audiences. To be safe, always assume the most adult rating.
ofc = original female character
omc = original male character
immie = immortal
k'immie = evil immortal. Refers to the fact that so many of the bad guys on the series have names which start with K.
Seacouver - fandom inspired name for the American city which is the HL location when it's not in Paris. The city is never named, thought it's filmed in Vancouver, but internal clues make it clear the setting is intended to be in the U.S.
Seattle+Vancouver= Seacouver. But Seacouver is also canon in "Valkyrie" (Season 5) DM sees an ad for the coming
speech by the neo-nazi to be held at the Seacouver Civic Auditorium. It is _very_ readable on-screen.(Thanks for the correction, Emma. :) AnnF)
Mary Sue - A
bit infamous. Basically a character that stands in the place of the
Author. Usually she is all knowing, too perfect, and the Red Sea
would be more than happy to part for her.
ROG = Really Old Guy - Methos.
BDSM, BD, SM, nc n/c- ok,
not many of these stories on this site, but so you know... BD= Bondage
& Discipline, SM = Sadomasochism. nc=n/c - nonconsensual.
Basically Adult stories. These stories might really have whips and
chains in them.
A decent enough start at
least.... As always send me suggestions and feedback at