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What to Do When Your Fave Dies

Welcome to Fanfiction Friday, your passport into the world of fanfiction! This week, we’re learning about the best alternative universe (AU) to dive into when your favorite character dies (because it inevitably happens to all of us). Read on to learn all about it!

As a reminder, if you’re just joining us now, you’ll probably want to pop over to the introductory vocabulary post first, unless you’re already a fanfic veteran.

Last week, we learned why fanfiction is literature—namely, because of the creativity involved. Stepping off from that, we will now be exploring the world of AU: fics that take the characters from an original work and write stories set in a variety of imaginative alternate universes.

This week, I present to you the best AU to turn to when your toodling along happily in your book or show and suddenly it happens: your favorite character is cruelly slaughtered, probably in the name of plot, but maybe just because they were no longer useful, or possibly because the author was in a mood.

When that happens, AU – Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies is there for you.

This AU is what it sounds like: the canon universe is largely unchanged, with the major difference being—everyone lives, nobody dies.

If you want to dive in some happiness, head on over to the AO3 tag for AU – Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies. Be sure to select the fandom(s) you want in the include filter, add anything you don’t want to see to the exclude filters, and away you go!


That concludes this week’s edition of Fanfiction Friday. Happy reading!

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