This week's Friday Five is the domain of Kate Keen. Kate's been composing fanfic in her head since she learned to read, making her all the more delighted to learn (around 2001), that fanfiction is a thing and she wasn't alone in her hobby. She's the head of Fanfic at Nine Worlds, which has a full weekend of fanfic-related programming planned. Plus, she's added a few more events to the schedule (Nine Worlds + ...moons?), including regular fanfic meetups and writing dates. (Learn more here and here.)
Alternate universes (AUs) are fanfic stories in which the characters or other elements of the original work are removed to a different universe. By “universe,” we might mean that the story actually takes place in a different universe, or that some element of it is far removed from the original work.
In this article I will recommend examples of my favourite five categories of alternate universe as they stand today. Ask me to choose five again tomorrow, and who knows which I’d pick? And if you ask another fanfic fan, they’ll almost certainly choose a different five. My examples come from Skyfall, BBC Sherlock, NCIS, Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Some of these stories include explicit sex scenes, some of which are between people who identify as the same gender. I have reproduced the rating information given by the authors here, but when you click through please also check the tags, and any warnings on the posted fics. If you’re in any doubt whether these stories are for you, please don’t read them.
And please be kind; remember that some fanfic authors don’t have professional editors or beta-readers. We’re doing our best, and we’re doing it for fun. If you do read and enjoy a story, please leave a comment to tell the authors. Fanficcers thrive on friendly feedback!