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podfic

noun; analogy
A work of fanfiction in a recorded audio format, resembling a podcast. While ‘podcast’ can refer to an episode in a series of audio content or the series as a whole, podfics are usually standalone audio files. A podfic is usually an audio adaptation of a fanfiction text that preceded it. The ‘fic’ in ‘podfic’ is a clipping of fanfiction. The ‘pod’ in ‘podfic’ comes from analogy to ‘podcast,’ in which the component -pod comes from iPod (OED). Since 2017, Apple has stopped producing standalone audio players, meaning the modern iPod Touch is not associated with only audio, but in 2004, when the term ‘podcast’ was coined, iPods’ main function was playing audio. Based on these uses, the component ‘pod’ seems to have gained a meaning that denotes an audio format due to its use in ‘iPod.’
 
“Another user made a podfic of the fic I wrote."
Etymology : Analogy to ‘podcast.’ The component ‘pod’ refers to the audio format of a podfic, and the component ‘fic,’ a clipping of ‘fanfiction,’ refers to the podfic’s content, which is written by a fan and based on already existing content from a book, television show, movie, or other piece of media.
Source : paraphrase of fanfiction author on the fanfiction sharing platform Archive of Our Own, fall 2019
Last modified: 23 November 2020


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