Part 3: Prominent Fanfiction Archive Sites

Categories: Friendship Circle, History of Fan Fiction, Sarah Lehman

Fanfiction.net

Founded in October of 1998, Fanfiction.net has millions of users from across the globe, with stories in 40 languages in such fandoms as Star Wars, Pokemon, and Avatar: the Last Airbender. The stories in question are divided into multiple categories–Anime/Manga, Books, Cartoons, Comics, Games, Movies, TV Shows, and Miscellaneous–then organized further by the specific fandom (ex. the Yu-Gi-Oh subsection can be found under Anime/Manga), each having a separate section for crossovers.

The site is free to join, allowing users to submit stories, maintain a user profile, act as a beta reader, communicate via private messages, maintain a list of favorite stories and authors, and leave comments. However, there are limits to what can be posted–stories with explicit material, reader-insertion fics, songfics (stories that have songs with copyrighted lyrics), and fan fics based on certain copyrighted works are not allowed.

 

Archive of Our Own

Another popular place to find fan fiction is Archive of Our Own, or AO3 for short. Launched in November of 2009, AO3 uses a tag system and permits readers to leave ‘kudos’, similar to the ‘likes’/’hearts’ system on sites like Twitter and Tumblr. In addition, unlike Fanfiction.net, AO3 permits explicit material and things like reader-insertion fics–although it does ask for content warnings for things like ‘Major Character Death’ and ‘Graphic Depictions of Violence’–as long as the material is legal.

FC Friends Give Back

At FC, friends experience the benefits of giving back together and share many opportunities to spread kindness and offer support to their community. We’ve been proud to grow our connections and partnerships by accepting donations and incorporating service days into our programming to support the following organizations:

  • Kids Who Care & Teen Scene Drive:
    • Currently accepting at FC donations of winter clothes, nonperishable food items, animal shelter supplies, and toys for 412 Food Rescue, Casa San Jose, Animal Friends, South Hills Interfaith Movement and Beverly’s Birthdays
  • Teen Scene Challah Bake:
    • Challah Back to Give Back! We shared a memorable night of community, connection, and challah baking last night during this teen collaboration with representatives from FC, Repair the World, BBYO, The Second Floor, NFTY, Bnei Akiva, and NCSY
  • I-Volunteer / Friends on the Town:
    • Our FOTT joined the Federation’s Young Adults Division in December for a mitzvah day to benefit Dress for Success, writing inspirational cards for female job seekers
  • Holiday Donations for Beverly’s Birthdays:
    • We accepted items for teens throughout the month of December benefitting Beverly’s Birthdays
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