On some fanfiction sites, crossovers–stories that are fanfiction of two or more other unrelated storylines–are actually fairly easy to categorize. That is, they are labeled as “crossovers,” and they can probably be found among other crossovers for each story they represent.
But what about sites that don’t have a crossover category?
Should you label your Doctor Who/Star Trek fanfiction as Doctor Who, or as Star Trek? What criteria would you use?
And what about stories that aren’t typically labelled as crossovers?
What if I wanted to write Doctor Who fiction about one of the actors meeting the Doctor? Is it fanfiction… or real person fiction? And, since many of the sites I’m on don’t actually allow RPF, would such a story, such a crossover, be permitted on those sites?
Fanfiction.net’s most recent policy, updated as of 2008, specifically lists among the forbidden stories: “Stories with non-historical and non-fictional characters: actors, musicians, and etc.”
It does not state “real person fiction” is not allowed, but that stories “with non-fictional etc” is not allowed.
My interpretation, then, is that this prohibition includes crossovers between the real person and the fictional character, so “David Tennant meets the Doctor” plots are… probably not allowed, no matter how much focus is put on the Doctor.
That being said, I have seen quite a few such crossovers on the site, which suggests that either readers have not reported them or the site does not always enforce the rule as such. Which still leaves the question up in the air on whether or not they’re actually allowed.
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