Same-sex romance fan fiction
Well, that story definitely should have been labeled slash.
|RPF||Real person fiction|
|Shipping||Hoping for two people to get into a relationship|
|Headcanon||A fan's unverified beliefs about a story|
|TOS||The Original Series|
|Fandom||Community of fans|
|Superfan||An extremely dedicated fan|
Slash is fan fiction that places two or more characters of the same gender in a romantic or sexual situation. These characters may hook up, or their love may remain unrealized.
For example, fan fiction that stars Harry Potter and Ron Weasley and imagines the two becoming a romantic couple would be slash fiction.
What is the origin of slash fan fiction?
The original slash fan fiction starred Star Trek TOS characters Captain Kirk and Commander Spock. To differentiate between stories in which Kirk and Spock were platonic friends or romantic partners, writers labeled their stories either K&S (platonic) or K/S (romantic).
Over time, fan fiction writers began using / to denote other stories that included a same-sex romantic pairing. This convention gave rise to the name slash, which is now used to refer to the entire genre of same-sex romance fan fiction.