Sunday, February 23, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About: Fan Terms

Hello Fangirls and Fanboy! ('cause there's just the one)

Consider this post the Fandom equivalent of the Rosetta Stone. Let's begin.

Feels: Feels is a shorted version of the word "Feeling." Feels are what you feel, in the deep down dark shadowy corners and recesses of your heart of hearts. The ache when someone dies or cries or lies. An intense emotional response, such as sadness, excitement, or awe. When your favorite characters make a bad choice. Or basically anything written by Moffat.

GIF: Graphics Interchange Format. Little moving picture-y things, to illustrate feelings, thoughts and general Fangirling or Fanboying.

Pinkie can't capitalize.
(By TexasUberAlles)
Canon: Canon is things that the writers, director, actors, etc. have said and have been confirmed as true. Official stuff that is accepted in the Fandoms as real, actual stuff. Like when BBC approved Pantone 2955C as "TARDIS" blue. That is canon.

Head-Canon:  Interpretations of a fictional universe accepted by an individual fan, but not found within or supported by the official canon. Like this. Often followed by "Head-Canon accepted," which means "I find this valid and believe this makes perfect sense." Back in the olden days, the term "fanon" meant stuff the fans made up and pretty much all agreed on, which is similar to head-canon.

There many more Fan-terms. Many many. Many many many.
This is an ongoing project and soon will be a separate page on this blog for you to click over to at will. If you are a newbie and want something explained, let me know in the comments. If you are a veteran Fanperson, please feel free to pontificate in the comments with your expertise or suggestions for future fan term posts. 

That bring us to next week's post... Shipping!!! Scary huh? BWAHAHAHA! Your fear makes me happy.


  1. Canon in the sense to which you refer only has one "n".

  2. Fixed it! Thanks for the comment!

    P.S. I can haz dictionary?