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Fanfiction authors often do several stories without any continuity connecting them. For instance, the hero may be in a different situation in story B than they were in story A, while story C will be an AU whereas the first two were following the canon straight.

But then there are some that decide that they want to create more than just a one-shot, or a multi-chapter tale. They instead decide to give their stories a canon of their own, and, as such, each of their stories can pick up where the last left off. They could make a sequel to their own story, or they could begin a series fic (can also be called a serial fic due to the fic acting like a serial series on television).

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In a series fic, each story follows a certain continuity with the one that preceded it. In fandoms, these can be tricky to pull off well due to the reader having to sift through several stories to catch up if the series runs on for long enough. Furthermore, the author needs to convey to the reader that not all plot lines are designed to conclude at the end of the story (in the case where a series is planned before the first story is made). Authors also must make readersaware that a particular fic is part of that series continuity, especially if the canon characters have grown into different people than their original depictions by the time the story chronologically takes place to a point where the reader might be put off if they don't realize that it is deep into it's own alternate timeline.

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However, if done well, they can be seen as epic pieces, and could be a crowning moment for the author. Keeping someone engaged for as long as a series might last (or, as long as the author is willing to continue it) can be a feat in of itself, but to keep a sense of who the canon characters are while putting new flair to them for as long as it holds out is even more daring. The rewards are great, but the risk is just as large.

Series fics can be rather fun to write, as well, because authors can choose to leave the last chapter in a particular story in the series with a cliffhanger that can resolve itself in the first chapter of the next story in the series. They can also have some interesting situations that the canon characters can get into as a direct result of the story lines arching over multiple stories, and a cast of original characters that the author can be as creative as they want with (within reason, of course). As said before, greater risk can lead to a greater reward.

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Most authors will, in this sense, make summary chapters in fics that are included in these series so the reader can get caught up without having to reread dozens of chapters of the previous fics to have the same effect. They can also direct them to places where they can get caught up (such as a website devoted to their series fic) if they are more comfortable with that method.

Series fics can begin at mainly any point in the source canon. However, once it starts, the series can steer off in its own direction with the stories and with its characters. Because of the nature of series fics, more tolerance of original characters, and canon character going out of character after a certain amount of the series has been played out, are given if it's an ongoing series with no set end point.

Compare Alternate Universe Fic (which these sometimes are), Continuation (those can become series fics in their own right), and Original Flavour (which many series fics are known, to a lesser extent, to have as a rule).


Examples

     Anime/Manga 
  • The Alternate Tail Series by DigiXBot is a Role Swap Plot fanfic switching the main character role from Natsu and Lucy to Gajeel and Levy. The series has three entires, Fairy Tail: An Alternate Tail, Alternate Tail: Brave New World, and An Alternate Christmas Tail.

     Crossover based 

     Live Action Film Based 

     Video Games 
  • The Franchise/Danganronpa series fic Danganronpa: The Immersive Learning Program focuses on mixing the cast from the three main series games and placing them into three distinct killing games. The current entires are Danganronpa: The Immersive Learning Program, Danganronpa: Academy of Discontent, and Danganronpa: Semester in Hell.
  • New Island Life focuses on a retelling of Danganronpa with the inclusion of Original Character Sora Rikkido and Jiraiya Hojo, as well as few less prominent ships in the fandom. New island Life is the first to be published, followed by the prequel New school life and the sequels New Hope and Despair and New School semester.

     Western Animation Based 

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