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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.

The reason most writers create these stories is because they find it easier to write than actually using the work's 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 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 AU, Coffee Shop AU Fic, Historical AU, and Transplanted Character Fic.


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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Exoria is a different take on this. It's a modern, Urban Fantasy interpretation on the Zelda series that keeps the fantastical elements. Exoria takes place in Hyrule, however it's a contemporary equivalent of Hyrule, instead of the series permanently being stuck in a Medieval Stasis. Link is still the Hero of Hyrule but now deals with a 21st century-like society.
    • Hit List brings the series into the modern day, and uses a school shooting as the basis for the classic conflict between Link and Ganondorf, who are high school teenagers.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Book of the Traitor take place in the 1980s-1990s, but in the series' continuity. The kingdom of Hyrule has disappeared and been replaced with the Republic of New Ordon.
  • Sonic Adventure 2 came out in 2001. The Echoes of Eternity adaptation has it occurring 10 years later in 2011 (but it was written in 2018).
  • Do You Believe in Fairies? is based off Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, a 2008 game, but began in 2016 and updated it accordingly. It modernized the work in general. Castanet is closer to a real world American small-town than the Retro Universe Arcadia it is in the games.
  • Gonjiki Yasha – Meiji Onmyōji Tales is a Meiji period AU. Supernatural elements of canon take a backseat to Taishō roman tropes and literary references.
  • Samurai Shodown series has an official one in the form of Yagyu Life Theatre, made by some of the creators of the series, with Jubei as a salaryman and the rest of the cast as co-workers and with other modern works, like Haohmaru as a delivery boy and Cham-Cham as a maid.

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