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A fanfiction where the characters are in a modern and usually more domestic setting. It can be a Non-Indicative Name as some works are set in a modern or even futuristic setting, but a modern AU will set it contemporary to the writing. Modern AUs also usually remove the fantastic elements, though some keep them. Modern AUs are one of the most common Alternate Universes in fanfiction, being a fanfic equivalent of a Setting Update.


Most writers create these stories is because they find it easier to write than actually use the works setting. Instead of having to keep researching its lore and keeping its general world building, writers will base the story off of a more familiar setting. Some writers will occasionally model it off of their own experiences. These kinds of stories are heavily commonly used by shippers.

Artists also tend to use this trope as well. Often taking a character or two and draw what kind of societal archetype they'll be.

Compare to Setting Update, High School A.U., Coffee Shop AU Fic, and Transplanted Character Fic.



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    Comic Books 
  • While the Tintin comics are set in the early 20th century when colonialism was still cool and China was in the throes of the Opium Wars, the fanfic Marlinspike Hall: eine Symphonie des Grauens is set in The New '10s, with internet and The Walking Dead, and openly gay characters.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live Action 
  • One example of a Star Wars modern AU would be The Boy Next Door and its sequel The Girl From Harvard. The two stories center around the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala in a modern setting as college students who were formerly neighbors. Instead of dealing with the pressures of war and secret romance, Anakin and Padme must deal with the problems of a long-distance relationship. The story also does contain some twists as well.


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    Video Game 

    Western Animation 


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