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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 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.

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True examples of this trope rarely contain sex; the trip to IKEA rarely ends with IKEA Erotica. This trope 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.


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    Literature 
  • 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.

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  • Other Halves, and Other Tales is one of these.
  • Cloud Mows the Lawn starts with the task, but it's 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.
  • Certain Main Stories of the Crossover series Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee have certain couples at home relaxing and chatting with each other. A particularly heartwarming example is the Risa Selden/Emma Verde focused "The Problem with Running!".

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  • Fandomme actually has a series of Zuko/Katara stories devoted to this, called the 'Three Chores' series.

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