"Alternate Universe" or "Alternative Universe" - a story that makes major changes to the canonical storyline or premise, such as killing off a major character, changing characters' motives or alliances, annulling major events or changing the setting. Another kind of "Alternate Universe" story is when the change is something that would be extremely unlikely to happen in canon, or is contradicted by new canon information that was not released when the story was first written.
 An overlapping abbreviation of Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM).
 A form of fan fiction in which characters are put in very random, nonsensical situations, and most often are all OOC. Its name, derived from the drug's, uses the irrationality from the drug high as an example of what to expect in the piece. Generally these are humor pieces. Also occasionally known as a sugarfic, probably from the common assertion in author's notes that the story was written on a "sugar high", or the stereotype of such.
 A story in which either characters from the Labyrinth exist in (or are transported to) another pre-existing fictional world (or vice versa).
 A genre in which the story is devoid of angst and takes on a mood of light-hearted romance.
 Stories that do not focus on a relationship, but rather general storytelling.
 "Het" is the opposite of "slash" (by most of the term's definitions), classifying a romance and/or sexually explicit story which has as its main focus a heterosexual relationship.
 One of the character is suffering (emotionally or physically) and another character comforts him or her
 Stories that consist of only one chapter.
 This category is for the Challenges section of the site. If you have an idea for a story, but don't know how to write it, add your Plot Bunny to the Challenges section and see if someone will respond!
 Stands for Porn Without Plot or more commonly now Plot? What Plot?, and is used to indicate or imply that a fan fiction story contains little or no plot proper, but instead acts merely as a vessel for pornographic scenes. It can also be an indication that the story is simply a story without a set plot line, and may contain little or no pornographic material at all, though this is not the more prevalent usage. Some authors refer to it ironically, as "Porn With Plot", insisting that the two ideas are not incompatible.
 Slash fiction is, depending on one's preferred definition: a subgenre of romance fan fiction which exclusively deals in homosexual or male homosexual relationships
 This is a genre - though "format" is almost more appropriate a term - in which an author takes an existing song and uses the lyrics to generate the theme of his or her story, or to add emphasis to certain aspects of it.