A Fangirl’s Dictionary

Binge read:

A period of unrestrained, excessive and self-indulgent reading, often involves finishing a 400-odd page book in a day or reading multiple books, one after the other, within a short space of time.

Book hangover

The feelings experienced after finishing a really good book, symptoms include; lounging around in a dazed stupor, being unable to function adequately in normal day-to-day activities and suffering from a reading slump (see below).

Book hoarder

Typical traits include; buying books regardless of available funds, shelf space and length of TBR list (see below). Books are often stacked  on the floor or on other items of furniture due to lack of shelf space.


A ‘selfie’ style photograph with one’s bookshelf in shot or a proud bookshelf selfie, with just the beauty of the bookcase captured in the photograph.


The book-loving community on Instagram, members often express their love for their chosen fandoms (see below), post photos of their current reads, favourite books, quotes and book-shelfies etc.

Book strip

The act of seductively removing the dust jacket of a book to reveal its hidden beauty underneath.


The source of original work by the author, often used as the basis for fanfic (see below); fanfic would be described as ‘non-canon’ as it is not the original material.

Can also refer to the authoritative source of what actually happens within a book, film, TV series etc, ‘canons’ can differ between different members of the fandom (see below) community.


Artwork created around character, settings or events from a specific book or book series by a member of the fandom (see below), may be a collaboration of characters etc from more than one fandom (see multifandom). These creations are often shared through social media sites (see Bookstagram).


‘Fanatic-domain’ – refers to the subculture that surrounds a specific book/series, TV show or film etc. Members often express their love for their fandom through social media platforms such as Instagram (see Bookstagram), Tumblr, Twitter and various book blogs.

Fanfiction (Fanfic)

A piece of fiction written about characters, settings and events that occur within a specific fandom can include, but is not limited to; the pairing together of two same-sex characters to create a new ship (see below) often referred to as ‘slash’, romances between characters not romantically linked in original and re-imagined endings or alternate universe (AU) style situations.


 A member of a fandom or multifandom (see below)


Actions of a Fangirl when talking, writing or thinking about their fandom, symptoms often include; incoherent ramblings, inability to breath, crying and gushing about how wonderful certain characters or ships are.


Fangirls/fanboys may be members of more than one fandom and thus create a multifandom.


One True Pair’ –a Fangirl/boys ultimate pairing/ ship (see below) within a specific book or fandom, most likely a romantic pairing rather than friendship.

Reading Slump

A period in which all books seem uninteresting. Symptoms include: being unable to finding all books dull or boring, not finding the usual joy in books of ones favourite genre, significant decrease in reading speed, lack of book buying etc.


Made up of two characters who are romantically paired and actively ‘shipped’ by the fandom, the characters names are often blended together to make identifiable ships, for example;

 Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley = Hinny.

Clary Fairchild and Jace Herondale = Clace.

Not all ships are existent in the original work/canon; some ships are created by members of the fandom as they desire these characters to be together, such ships can often be homosexual relationships used in fanfic (see above). For example;

         Dean and Castiel = Destiel (Supernatural) who are not in a romantic relationship within the canon (see above)


‘To Be Read’ – the often extremely long list of books that an individual has yet to read. Usually piled precariously on one’s bedside table!


N.B: These definiions are my own and are how I would choose to define these terms, some people may have different definitions and that is totally fine, I’m sure we all mean the same thing really and still love the many fandoms we are a part of :).


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