Fan Fic that has a domestic chore as the plot. The classic situation is shopping for curtains, hence the name. Other sorts of shopping also work. This can also mean just a fic of a couple, either Het or Slash, spending the day at home. This is a variety of WAFF, a fan-created Breather Episode; the point is showing the characters doing something quiet and mundane together. Interestingly, this genre is popular even (especially?) for fandoms where the work itself (including official Breather Episodes) is action-packed. The phenomenon of Fan Fic written about characters shopping for curtains was first noted in an on-line article about fanfic for The Sentinel. True Curtain Fic rarely contains sex; the trip to IKEA rarely ends with IKEA Erotica. A Curtain Fic is all about character study... or about a 'plot' as paper-thin as a writer can make it (with the possible exception of the plot of a Lemon fic.) This can also be played for laughs when a character with No Social Skills acts like a Fish out of Water for something as "simple" as buying toilet paper; see also Villains Out Shopping.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- The anime and light novel Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko follows a group of friends finding a magical stone cat that grants wishes, this fan fic The Boredom of Yoto Yokodera follows the cast from on a normal day. Well, sort of normal.
- Tampon has Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist going on the Errand Of Doom: picking up tampons for Winry. And it is adorable.
- The Second Try is an interesting take on this, since the activities in question are survival in a post-Third Impact world and revolve around things like getting food, self-education and property maintenance. It's also notable in that it provides significant Character Development for Shinji and Asuka as well as numerous Heartwarming Moments.
- Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon, has "Mister Tsukino Does His Taxes and the Household Budget". Well, at first. It gets kinda weird around the halfway point.
- Chapter 41 of A Growing Affection is about Naruto and friends checking out his mother's condo.
- The Madoka Magica doujin I Became a Housewife is about Madoka trying out an online potato salad recipe for her new partner.
- Iron Man:
- The fluffier House/Chameron works of enigma731.
- The Supernatural fic "Life As We Know It" by sevenfists is a noteworthy (also, literal) example of this trope.
- Shows up often in Teen Wolf Sterek fic, usually featuring Derek renovating the burned-out shell of his family home.
- As a prime example of this sort of thing, "five times Derek and Stiles weren't actually boyfriends (and one time they were)" by Half Fizzbin actually starts with Derek saying "I need curtains."
- The surprisingly in-character Vetinari/Death Discworld fic called, reasonably enough, "Curtain Call".
- The Homestuck fanfic "Grocery Day" is about the trolls going to an Earth supermarket for shopping. Hilarity Ensues though, choking all possible WAFF under a payload of wacky hijinx.
- Other Halves And Other Tales is one of these.
- Cloud Mows the Lawn starts with the task, but this a trap. Read at your own risk, and be sure to have some brain bleach handy.
- The Most Massively Useful Thing is a Metal Gear fic that has Snake and Otacon shopping for stuff and having a competition involving a towel and a box.
- Fandomme actually has a series of Zuko/Katara stories devoted to this, called the 'Three Chores' series.