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Those pesky fanfic acronyms, abbreviations, and random odd terms in the Star Wars fandom

Okay. So. I was afraid all of the SW specific terms wouldn't fit on the other post, so I left the more important ones at the bottom and decided I'd make a separate post with all of the more SW-specific fandom terms I know of, just in case any of you Ewan fans are or decide to become SW fans as well. If there's anything anybody doesn't understand, drop me a line or else try looking up whatever you don't recognize on the SW Wikipedia, also known as the Wookiepedia - http://starwars.wikicities.com/wiki/Main_Page



Acky: Nickname used for Admiral Ackbar.

ABY: After the Battle of Yavin. After the battle in which the first Death Star is destroyed.

ANH: Acronym for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

AOTC or AotC: Acronym for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

BBY: Before the Battle of Yavin. Before the battle in which the first Death Star is destroyed.

BFCT: Acronym for the Black Fleet Crisis trilogy.

BHW: Acronym for the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy.

Big Three: Term for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.

Butcher of Yavin: An Imperial nickname for Luke Skywalker.

C-canon: The second level of canon, which consists of everything established as canon that does not come from either the movies or George Lucas directly.

Canon: All Star Wars products, storylines, and events stated by Lucasfilm to be accepted as "official" events in the Star Wars universe.

Canonista: Someone who attempts to connect disparate elements of canon (coined during an online interview with Abel G. Peña).

COPL: Acronym for The Courtship of Princess Leia.

CT: Acronym for the Corellian trilogy.

CW: Acronym for the Clone Wars. Can refer to the actual war, the animated series, or books published during the CW era.

Darth Chicken: Term for Vergere, used mainly by those who dislike the Potentium or its acceptance by the New Jedi Order.

DLOTS: Acronym for Dark Lord/Lords/Lady of the Sith.

DNT: Acronym for the Dark Nest trilogy.

ESB or TESB: Acronym for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

EU: Acronym for the Expanded Universe.

Expanded Universe: All Star Wars products outside of the movies.

Fan fiction: Fan fiction (also spelled fanfiction and often abbreviated to fanfic or fic) is defined as fiction written by fans that takes place in the world of a film, novel, or other media work. Star Wars fan fiction has been around almost as long as the movies themselves. In fact, the first published novel of the EU, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, was written by a fan of the first film, after it's theatrical release, as a possibility for a sequel if more movies weren't going to be filmed.

Fandalorian: A term for fans of Mandalorians, Boba Fett, and/or Karen Traviss.

Fanon: Fan canon. Fan-created ideas or products that belong to none of the canon levels.

The Flannelled One: Term for George Lucas.

G-canon: The highest level of canon; anything taken from the movies or from George Lucas.

Gary Stu: Term for a male character that fans deem as being "boosted" by an author at the expense of other characters. Usually the Gary Stu will be an author's character (i.e., an original character created by that author, who may or may not be based on the actual author). An example is Corran Horn for Mike Stackpole.

GFFA: Acronym for Galaxy Far, Far Away.

GL: Acronym for George Lucas.

HoT: Acronym for the Hand of Thrawn duology.

Infinities: Official, licensed Star Wars products that are not officially considered to be part of canon.

ISD: Acronym for Imperial Star Destroyer (not completely fanon).

JA: Acronym for the young adults Jedi Apprentice series.

JAT: Acronym for the Jedi Academy trilogy.

JQ: Acronym for the young adults Jedi Quest series.

KOTOR/KotOR: Acronym for Knights of the Old Republic.

Legacy of the Force: A specific era in the SW universe, from 37 ABY-140+ ABY. Having reached peace with the Yuuzhan Vong, the newly formed Galactic Federation of Free Alliances struggles to keep itself working as a single government. But many threats from inside are joined by a danger that comes from the remains of the Dark Side. The New Jedi Order created by Luke Skywalker faces a new era as the heirs of the Skywalker legacy grow up. Jacen Solo, perhaps the strongest of that new order, is now Ben Skywalker's Master, and together they will have to confront the new powers willing to destroy the Jedi, the Galactic Federation and, maybe, the galaxy itself - even if those powers include themselves. The Legacy era is documented in a series of novels that debuted in May 2006 entitled Star Wars: Legacy of the Force.

LFL: Acronym for Lucasfilm.

LOE: Acronym for Labyrinth of Evil.

LotF: Acronym for the Legacy of the Force series.

LotJ: Acronym for the young adults Last of the Jedi series.

Luca$: Term used to describe George Lucas by those who feel his primary motivations for making the special editions and prequels was to milk fans for money.

The Man in Plaid: Term for George Lucas.

Marakin: Term for the fan theory, usually seen only on the Jedi Council Forums, that Mara Jade and Anakin Solo are the actual parents of Ben Skywalker.

Mary Sue: Term for a female character that fans deem as being "boosted" by an author at the expense of other characters. Usually the Mary Sue will be an author's character (i.e., an original character created by that author, who may or may not be based on the actual author). An example would be Mara Jade for Timothy Zahn.

MS: Acronym for the MedStar duology.

N-canon: The lowest level of canon; consists of things that are not canon, such as Infinities. Some of it may be considered S-canon.

NJO: Acronym for the New Jedi Order series.

OF: Acronym for the Timothy Zahn book Outbound Flight or else for the ship Outbound Flight itself.

OFP: Shorthand for the Outbound Flight Project.

OOT: Acronym for "Original Original Trilogy," i.e., the versions of the Original Trilogy prior to the release of the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.

OR or the Old Republic: A specific era in the SW universe, from 25,000 - 1,000 BBY. The Old Republic also refers to the government that united the SW galaxy under the rule of the Galactic Senate. In this era, the Jedi are numerous, and serve as guardians of peace and justice. The Tales of the Jedi comics series takes place in this era, chronicling the immense wars fought by the Jedi of old and the ancient Sith.

Original Trilogy: Episodes IV-VI.

OS: Acronym for Jango Fett: Open Seasons. Alternatively, acronym for "Official Site" (that is, StarWars.com).

OT: Acronym for the Original Trilogy.

Palpidious: Fan term for Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious.

Palpy: Term for Palpatine.

Pelly: Term for Gilad Pellaeon.

Prequel Trilogy: Episodes I-III.

PT: Acronym for Prequel Trilogy.

Purist: Someone who only accepts the movies as canon.

RC: Acronym for the Republic Commando duology.

Retcon: A "retroactive continuity;" when disparate elements of canon are connected to each other, or something established is altered (usually to make it fit with contradicting sources).

RitE or the Rise of the Empire: A specific era in the SW universe, lasting from about 1,000-0 BBY. After the seemingly final defeat of the Sith, the Republic enters a state of complacency. In the waning years of the Republic, the Senate is rife with corruption and scandal and saddled with a bureaucracy so immense that effective governing is nearly impossible. The ambitious Senator Palpatine eventually causes himself to be elected Supreme Chancellor and then proclaims himself Emperor Palpatine, promising to reunite the galaxy under a New Order. The prequel trilogy takes place during this era.

ROTJ or RotJ: Acronym for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

ROTS or RotS: Acronym for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

S-canon: Third level of canon; consists of elements of canon taken from non-canon stories.

Saxtonite: A fan of Curtis Saxton's work (Often used as a perjorative).

SOTE or SotE: Acronym for Shadows of the Empire.

Space Hippies: Karen Traviss's term for Jedi.

SSD: Acronym for Super Star Destroyer.

Story arc: A single story spanning multiple TV show episodes or comic issues (such as To the Last Man). Not to be confused with a comic miniseries (such as Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War).

SQ: Acronym for the Timothy Zahn book Survivor's Quest.

SW: Star Wars.

TaB: Acronym for The Truce at Bakura.

The New Jedi Order: A specific era in the SW universe, lasting from about 25 ABY-30 ABY. The Jedi Knights are now about a hundred strong. The New Republic has signed a peace treaty with what little remains of the Empire. The galaxy is finally enjoying a peaceful respite from decades of war. It's at this time that a horrible alien menace invades the Republic from beyond known space. The extragalactic Yuuzhan Vong lay waste to entire worlds in their scourge, as depicted in the novels of the New Jedi Order series.

The New Republic: A specific era in the SW universe, lasting from about 5 ABY-25 ABY. Having defeated the Empire at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance must now transform itself from a militant resistance force into a functioning galactic government. As Imperial territory is reclaimed, the New Republic suffers growing pains, having to fend off insurrections, Imperial loyalists, and wayward warlords. Also, Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi, begins training apprentices, rebuilding the Jedi order.

The Rebellion: A specific era in the SW universe, lasting from about 0 BBY-5 ABY. An outcry of resistance began to spread across the galaxy in protest to the new Empire's tyranny after the destruction of Alderaan. Cells of Rebels fight back, and the Galactic Civil War begins. This era begins with the Rebel victory that secured the Death Star plans and ends a year after the death of the Emperor high over the forest moon of Endor. The Rebellion starts to reform itself into a body of government, first as the Alliance of Free Planets and later the New Republic, at this point. The original trilogy takes place during this era.

TOTJ or TotJ: Acronym for Tales of the Jedi.

TPB: Acronym for trade paperback.

TPM: Acronym for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Trade paperback: A collection of several (usually 4-6) individual comic issues assembled into a single volume.

TTT: Acronym for the Thrawn trilogy.

Wookiee Hooky: The act of skipping school/work to see a theatrical release of Star Wars.

XvT Acronym for X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter

XWA: Acronym for X-Wing Alliance

XWRS: Acronym for X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. Sometimes abbreviated as XW.

YJK: Acronym for the young adults Young Jedi Knights series.

!: Fanfic terminology regularly uses an exclamation mark to separate the two morphemes of a compound term, especially when the subject can't be taken entirely seriously, as in 'Crack!Ship' or 'Fluffy!Luke.

A/P: Stands for Anakin/Padmé; a story that focuses on the (supposedly)romantic relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala.

A/T: Stands for Anakin/Tahiri; a story that focuses on the romantic/sexual relationship between Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila.

Archive: A website that offers a collection of fan fiction.

Archivist: Person who manages or helps to run an archive.

Benella: A story that has Ben Skywalker and Jysella Horn involved in a romantic relationship.

Beta: To have a fic checked for errors before posting/publication by someone who is not the author.

Betareader: One who betas.

Crack 'ship, Crack!Ship: a term suggesting that authors or 'shippers supporting a particular pairing must be either psychologically "cracked" or perhaps doing drugs such as "crack" cocaine; also sometimes used with overtones of the Scots/Irish term Craic/Crack.

Fanzine: Unauthorized fan-produced magazine; before the internet, fanzines were the only place for most people to find fanfic

H/L: Stands for Han/Leia; a story that focuses on the romantic relationship between Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo.

J/D: Stands for Jacen/Danni; a story that has Jacen Solo and Danni Quee in a romantic/sexual relationship.

J/J: Stands for Jaina/Jag; a story that has Jaina Solo and Jagged Fel in a romantic/sexual relationship.

J/K: Stands for Jaina/Kyp; a story that has Jaina Solo and Kyp Durron in a romantic/sexual relationship.

J/TK: Stands for Jacen/Tenel Ka; A story that has a Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka in a romantic/sexual relationship.

J/Z: Stands for Jaina/Zekk; a story that has Jaina Solo and Zekk in a romantic relationship.

Jacella: A story that has Jacen Solo and Jysella Horn involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

Janen: A story that has Jacen Solo and Nen Yim involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

Jysellaeon: A story that has Gilad Pellaeon and Jysella Horn involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

Maracen: A story that has Jacen Solo and Mara Jade involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

Marakin: A story that has Anakin Solo and Mara Jade involved in a romantic/sexual relationship. These often, but not always, involve Anakin as Ben Skywalker's father.

Mary Sue: A heavily idealized original character, usually based on the author. She or he will possess powers or heritage above and beyond what is considered normal for his or her character class, often deplacing canon characters. A male Sue is often called "Gary Stu."

L/M: Stands for Luke/Mara; a story that focuses on the (C-canon) romantic relationship between Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade Skywalker.

Original character (OC): A character created created by the author, not from canon.

Obi/Ani: A story that has Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

Obidala: A story that has Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

OTP: One True Pairing. A fan's preferred couple. Can be canon, fanon, or anything in between.

Pairing: Two characters involved in a romantic relationship. It may or may not have any basis in canon.

Pellaya: A story that has Jaina Solo and Gilad Pellaeon involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

Profic: the professionally-written and published stories which constitute the official continuity of the fandom.

Plotbunny: A story idea; sometimes "bunny," or, in Star Wars fandom, "hoojib."

Rec: Short for "recomendation."

Sabewan: A story that has Sabé and Obi-Wan Kenobi involved in a romantic/sexual relationship. Also sometimes referred to as "Sobiwan."

Siriwan: A story that focuses on a romantic/sexual relationship between Siri Tachi and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also sometimes called ObiSiri.

'Ship: short for "relationship;" see pairing

'Shipper: someone who is a fan of a particular 'ship or pairing.

Subtext: Something that can be implied, but is not clearly stated, by canon. Often used as a basis or justification for romantic relations between two characters where none explicitly exists in canon.

Suethor: A fanfic author seemingly incapable of writing anything not featuring a Mary Sue based on herself. The male version of the term is Stuthor.

Winterkin: A story that has Anakin Solo and Winter Retrac Celchu involved in a romantic/sexual relationship.

WIP: Work In Progress; an unfinished story.

Zine, 'zine: Shorthand for "fanzine."
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