h/c

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h/c

  1. hot and cold (water)
  2. (fandom slang) Hurt/comfort.
    • 2002, Fee Folay, quoted in Will Brooker, Using the Force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans, Continuum (2002), ISBN 0826452876, page 137:
      I have never heard this given as a reason for writing H/C fanfic from those authors I have met or spoken to ... certainly, in my case, I am not aware of using my fanfic to work out personal problems, even though much of what I have written falls into the H/C category.
    • 2004, Nicholas Sammond, Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Writing, Duke University Press (2004), ISBN 9780822334033, page 183:
      Both h/c (hurt/comfort stories, in which one or both members of a pair are injured in some way, creating emotional closeness) and AU (alternate universe stories, in which the characters are taken out of the source text and placed in a different time or place) are subgenres in their own right, but are also commonly found as elements in slash, het (heterosexual relationship), and gen (nonsexual, or general audience) stories.
    • 2008, "Glossary", in Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre (eds. Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry & Dru Pagliassotti), McFarland & Company (2008), ISBN 9780786441952, page 259:
      In boys' love and slash, h/c is also a way to add a homoerotic dimension to an otherwise ostensibly homosocial relationship.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.