I'm female, English, and frankly over-educated. If you really want to investigate the inner workings of my mind, I suggest you read my livejournal
I suppose it's just about possible that you got here without knowing about fanfiction. As the name implies, this is fiction written by fans for fans. It's pretty much not for profit, because the fans do not actually own the rights to the characters. Some authors/production companies/etc aren't all that happy about fanfiction. They fail to realise that the creation of fanfiction is an act of love for the original work and also that it's fairly unlikely that somebody would read fanfiction without obtaining the original media.
I guess we do. An incredibly complete guide to pretty much every term under the sun is here. I'm just going to run you through a couple:
Romantic pairings are normally indicated by a oblique stroke regardless of whether the pairing is het or slash. I write mostly slash and gen, varying on what I feel like. Your millage may differ
Fanfiction is often posted with a rating to broadly categorise content. The idea is both give the reader some idea of what to expect and warn of anything that the reader might not like. The most commonly used "system" is the American movie rating system:
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