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An alternative universe fan fiction (also known as alternate universe or alternate reality), commonly abbreviated as AU, is a type or form of fan fiction in which canonical facts of setting or characterization in the universe being explored or written about are deliberately changed.

Commonly abbreviated AU, stories of this type are usually what-ifs, where possibilities arising from different circumstances or character decisions are explored. Unlike regular fan fiction, which generally remains within the boundaries of the canon set out by the author, alternative universe fiction writers like to explore the possibilities of pivotal changes made to characters' history, motivations or environment.

The author also gets a built-in audience, the fans of the altered universe, for their story, which they would not get if they wrote it as an original story instead of fan fiction. Some of the best fan fiction writers who aspire to be published authors can take advantage of this in the opposite direction by having a built-in audience, the readers of their fan fiction, for books they might publish.

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