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
, spending the day at home.
This is a variety of W.A.F.F.
, 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
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
Anime and Manga
- The surprisingly in-character Vetinari/Death Discworld fic called, reasonably enough, "Curtain Call".
- The Harry Potter fanfic "House Proud" is about Draco helping Harry to refurbish a vaguely-sentient Grimmauld Place by means of various domestic tasks. Curtains feature heavily.
- Fandomme actually has a series of Zuko/Katara stories devoted to this, called the 'Three Chores' series.