Sometimes canon just doesn’t get it right. Luckily, there’s fan fiction to save the day. Whether it’s fixing major problems in the plot, putting together characters who have way more chemistry than the leads, giving tortured characters a respite (and giving happy characters some emotional turmoil), fanfic is an essential part of fandom. It allows fans to imagine their own futures for beloved characters and explore possibilities that the show or book won’t. Fan fiction readers and writers range from the casual, every once in a while fandom participant to the most hardcore of fans. For those who want to show off their taste in reading material, these fan fiction enamel pins are a great way to help you find other fanfic aficionados!
Although we obviously love books here at Book Riot, there’s something about fan fiction that scratches an itch that mainstream publishing can’t always reach. For one thing, you can find exactly the tropes and vibes you’re looking for from a story with a simple search. Often while picking up a book, it’s hard to tell if you’re going to end up with an uplifting read or a tearjerker, but fanfic is usually more upfront about those expectations. It’s also nice to dive into a familiar story and cast of characters, whether to right a canon wrong or just spend more time in that world.
These enamel pins aren’t focused on any particular genre, though there are plenty of those available on Etsy, too! Instead, they celebrate fan fiction as whole, both from the reader and writer perspective. Some of these label the wearer as a fan of a particular trope, while others admit a predilection for “Plot? What Plot” stories. Invite others to ask who you ship (if you dare) and wear your fan status on your sleeve (or lapel)!
Fanfic Reader Pins
Keep it simple and to the point with this Fanfic Reader enamel pin. $10
This Fanfic Lover enamel pin shows your love of slow burn, enemies to lovers, 300K+ word fanfics, and porn with feelings. $12
If you can’t get enough fanfic, ask for recs with this Send Fic Recs pin, or get one of the others in the Fandom Life pin set! $10 each
I love this heart eyes chibi character fanfic reader enamel pin! The Head in Fanfics pin shows a book reading “My OTP Fanfic: Fluff, Slow Burn, Angst” $14
This is an acrylic pin, not enamel, but it’s too appropriate not to include. The screen reads 3:33 AM with an almost empty battery, 273 parts into a 200k slow burn fic. $6
For those of us who remember the earlier days of fandom, when fanfic lived on LiveJournal, display your old age proudly with this Fandom Grandma enamel pin. $8
This flapper-style pin admits your emotional vulnerability as a fanfic reader. We’ve all been there! $12
Whether it’s a bad day at work or faults in canon, this wooden pin gives the answer: Fanfics fix it! $6
Enamel Pins About Shipping
It wouldn’t be a fanfic enamel pin round up without an “I Ship It” pin! $10
If you’re always falling for a new OTP, set the tone with this OTP playlist pin. $14
F/F ships never get enough attention. Show your allegiance with this femslash pin. $5
If you ship a pairing that no one else does, leaving you with a severe lack of fanfic, you’ll appreciate this Rare Pair Hell acrylic pin. $6
Fanfic Tropes Pins
If your trope of choice is Only One Bed, wear it proudly with this pin! $14
If you prefer your fanfic with some sparring, you’ll want this Enemies to Lovers enamel pin. $13
This trope is popular enough to have a few options, so here’s another Enemies to Lovers pin! $11
This They Were Roommates enamel pin is almost too cute. $14
Smutty Fanfic Enamel Pins
No shame. Display your Smutty Fanfiction Folder proudly. $13
If you don’t read fanfic for the plot, you might want this PWP and eggplant emoji pin. $12
Remember when sexy fanfics were called lemons? This throwback pin reads “When life gives you lemons, read them.” $15
Fanfic Writer Pins
Show off your wordsmith status with this Fanfic Writer enamel pin. $10
Beta readers are a great resource to check for plot holes and other weirdness before letting the public read your fic. But sometimes you want to throw caution to the wind, and that’s when this No Beta We Die Like Men acrylic pin comes in. $6
Looking for more fanfic content? Check out Book Riot’s Fanfic Archives.