Y/N has 2 meanings
- 1.Yes or no?
- 2.Your name
Seasoned reader-insert fan fiction readers know that Y/N stands for "your name." When reading reader-insert fan fiction, readers are encouraged to pretend they are the story's main character. Because different readers have different names, reader-insert fan fiction often uses Y/N in place of the main character's name, allowing readers to mentally replace Y/N with their own name in dialogue and descriptions.
Reader-insert fan fiction has existed for decades but, according to Fanlore.org, the Y/N convention originated sometime around 2011. Some fanfic writers may still use a long underscore or [Name] in place of Y/N, but Y/N is now the most common substitute for a main character's name in reader-insert fan fiction.
As you enter the party, you hear Kris cry out, 'Y/N, you made it!' Your heart goes all aflutter.
|RPF||Real person fiction|
|Fandom||Community of fans|
|Fanboy||A dedicated male fan|
|Fangirl||A dedicated female fan|
|Fan service||Indulging fans' desires|
|Headcanon||A fan's unverified beliefs about a story|
|Shipping||Hoping for two people to get into a relationship|
|Superfan||An extremely dedicated fan|
|Slash||Same-sex romance fan fiction|
In emails, Y/N stands for "yes or no?" An email that starts or ends with Y/N likely contains a question to which you must answer "Yes" or "No."
For example, an email with the subject "Y/N: Are you taking the Friday after Thanksgiving off?" demands a reply of "Yes, I am taking the Friday after Thanksgiving off." or "No, I am not taking the Friday after Thanksgiving off." Y/N may be paired with VSRE, giving respondents the option to simply reply "Yes" or "No" without feeling rude or impolite.