Beauty and the Beast

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The fandom celebrates a television series, starring Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton, Roy Dotrice, Jay Acovone, David Greenlee, James Avery and Edward Albert, that ran on CBS from September 25, 1987 until August 24, 1990. It has been characterized by some people as having more openly sensual fan fiction than most fandoms and a sometimes bitter division between classic and all season fans which is only now beginning to heal.

Henry Jenkins has characterized the television-based Beauty and the Beast fan fiction community as having a shifting relationship with canon circa 1990. [1]


Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

ABOVE: Anyplace that is not in "The Tunnels" below.
BELOW: Anyplace that is in "The Tunnels", the community's home.
CLASSIC: Pertains to the first two seasons of Beauty and the Beast.
CLASSIC FAN: A fan who prefers the first two seasons, often preferring to ignore the third.
ALL SEASON FAN: A fan who likes all three seasons.
BATB: Stands for "Beauty and the Beast."
V/C Vincent/Catherine
V/D Vincent/Diana
SND: "She's Not Dead" Usually means a fanfiction story in which Catherine is not killed during the third season.
AU: "Alternate Universe" A fanfiction story which features the main characters but takes place in a different universe that the traditional BATB universe. For example: the main characters may have met in another way, or lived in another time.
ALTERNATE THIRD SEASON: A fanfiction story in which the events of the third season occur but only up to a point. Similar to an SND although in an SND Catherine usually appears to die, whereas in an Alternate Third Season things do not usually go that far.


Screen cap of Chandler's Beauty and the Beast Page.
Screen cap of Classic Alliance of Beauty and the Beast
Screencap of Marina's Beauty and the Beast Page.

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.


1988 to 1989










  • In February 1998, Sci-Fi Entertainment ran an article on fan fiction. It referenced the Beauty and the Beast fan fiction community. An extract of a relevant section of the article says:
There's also high-volume activity associated with Star Trek (referred to here as a aggregate for all four series, although currently Voyager seems to be leading to the greatest fanfic response ) and Lois and Clark: The New Adventure of Superman. But there are other, too: Star Wars, Babylon 5, Sliders, Xena, Dr. Who, Quantum Leap, Highlander, SeaQuest DSV, Beauty and the Beast - all of these popular science fiction and fantasy series have sites dedicated to the stories and characters of those universes.











  • In March 2008, Beauty and the Beast fan fiction writers reacted negatively to FanFiction.Net's policy change regarding the exclusion of certain characters from stories.


There have been some kerfluffles in the Beauty and the Beast because zine producers have charged excessive prices for their zines, to the point where some fen thought they were price gouging. [19]

There have many kerfluffles in the fandom concerning the third season. Many fans outright reject the third season and consider it never to have happened. Some even go so far as to insist that any discussion of "third season topics" in a mailing list be clearly labeled so that so that so-called "classic" fans will know not to read those posts.

Other fans either liked the third season or simply do not like having to label their posts.

The end result of this has been separate mailing lists for classic and all-season fans.

Notable Stories

Fandom Members

Fandom Size

External Links

The Steam Tunnels[32]
B&B Land[33]
The Beauty and the Beast of It[35]
Winterfest Online[36]
Band of Angels[37]
Songs of the Blue Bird[38]

See also


See Beauty and the Beast bibliography.

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