Crossovers

Crossovers

A crossover, by definition, is a story that contains two (or more) different fandoms or universe. In RPF such as hanfic, this means any story that throws Hanson into a fictional world or includes other real person characters, is a crossover. I thought it would be interesting to compile a vaguely complete list of who and what Hanson have been crossed-over (crossovered?) with.

Media Fandoms

Media fandoms include basically any mass media–books, comics, movies, television shows, video games, etc. These types of crossovers aren’t especially common in hanfic, but they have happened. Here are several I’m aware of, though there are likely more.

  • Animorphs
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Charmed
  • The Crow
  • Danganronpa
  • Dark Angel
  • Doctor Who
  • Final Fantasy
  • Firefly
  • The Following
  • Glee
  • Good Omens
  • Harry Potter
  • Legend of the Seeker
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Returned
  • Roswell
  • Sandman
  • Saw
  • Sliders
  • Supernatural
  • Titanic
  • Touched By An Angel
  • Twilight
  • The Walking Dead
  • Wizard of Oz
  • The X-Files
  • X Men

….and I’m still waiting for someone to write 50 Shades of Tay! It has been done, at least in name only.

Popslash

This is a particular subset of music fandom that typically refers just to Backstreet Boys and N Sync stories. Some would argue that Hanson is popslash as well, but I think our fandom developed quite separately and with its own conventions that don’t match that of popslash. A few stories featuring Hanson along with those two boy bands, as well as some female pop stars (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, etc) do exist. Some are slash, some are het, and some are fairly laughable diatribes against the aforementioned boy bands.

Oddly, Eminem is often considered a part of popslash. Perhaps this has something to do with all of his rants against pop music and boybands. In any case, there are a handful of popular stories slashing him with Taylor.

Some people consider One Direction (and associated acts) a sort of Popslash 2.0, and that makes a bit more sense, in terms of how their fandom has developed, than lumping Hanson into the popslash category. The most popular pairing, Harry/Louis (aka Larry Stylinson) bears some similarity to Zac/Taylor, so any pairing with any of those four tends to be popular, if not often written.

Brother Bands

These are ever popular among those looking for someone to slash a Hanson brother with. The Moffatts are still a popular choice, even long after their breakup. In fact, that is sort of a genre unto itself, sometimes called “moffson.” Of course, many of the stories are spinoffs of Devil Angel. Gil and Tal Ofarim, long haired German brothers who recorded with The Moffatts, got in on the action occasionally. Various other brother bands–30 Seconds To Mars, Kings of Leon, Tokio Hotel, even the Jonas Brothers–are brought into the mix these days, although all of these are quite rare.

Associated Musicians

Similar to bandom, Hanson have developed a group of random bands that don’t really have their own fandoms, but are just sort of part of the Hanson fandom. Phantom Planet sometimes make an appearance, particularly Alex Greenwald, who is popularly paired with Taylor. Zac and Carrick from Everybody Else are a popular pairing, although few stories exist for them. There were even a few stories back in the day that slashed Isaac with Jonny Lang! Others who make at least passing appearances in hanfic (not necessarily in the context of a pairing) include:

  • Drake Bell
  • Michelle Branch
  • Everybody Else
  • Jarrod Gorbel
  • Alex Greenwald/JJAMZ/Phases/Phantom Planet
  • Ingram Hill
  • Ben Jelen
  • Jonny Lang
  • M2M
  • Charlie Mars
  • Pat McGee
  • Meiko
  • Frankie Muniz
  • Rooney

…and I’m sure, many more. However, I don’t believe any stories exist which make more than a passing mention of Taylor’s other band, Tinted Windows.

Other Musicians

This is just a random list of other musical fandoms and people who have appeared in Hanson fanfic, but not often enough to justify their own category. Some of these are passing appearances, while some are slash pairings. I’m sure I’ve left off a few.

  • The 1975
  • Aerosmith
  • AFI
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Bandom
  • The Calling
  • Darren Hayes
  • Glambert
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Tyler Hilton
  • Incubus
  • Jewel
  • Kid Rock
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Maroon 5
  • McFly
  • The Monkees
  • One Direction
  • Placebo
  • Saves The Day
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Silverchair
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Wallflowers

Actors and Other Famous People

There’s no real rhyme or reason to why a random famous person might be picked to crossover with Hanson. In the early 2000s, the popularity of Lord of the Rings RPF (LotRiPS) meant that several stories slashed a Hanson (usually Taylor) with one of those actors. Other than that, there are no real trends. Here are a few I’ve seen:

  • CW RPF (specifically, Jared/Jensen)
  • Zac Efron
  • Figure Skating RPF
  • Rupert Grint
  • Carson Kressley
  • Taylor Lautner
  • LotRiPS
  • Bam Margera
  • Jonathan Rhys Myers
  • Norman Reedus
  • Taran Noah Smith
  • Jesse Spencer
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Steven Strait
  • various WWE people

 

It should go without saying that, even if you don’t see a crossover on this list, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist somewhere. And if it doesn’t exist but you think it sounds awesome? Then by all means, write it!

Here are a few noteworthy crossover stories throughout the years, for each of the types listed above:

Media Fandoms
The Manchester Trilogy (Touched By An Angel)
Panic In The Streets Series (The Walking Dead)
Sisyphus Rising (Firefly & the Leto Brothers)
Popslash
Blue and Black (N Sync)
Embers (Eminem)
Having My Baby (One Direction)
Brother Bands
Devil Angel (The Moffatts)
The Moffson Tapes (The Moffatts)
Sisyphus Rising (Firefly & the Leto Brothers)
Associated Musicians
The Saga of Ike and Jonny (Jonny Lang)
Truth is a Whisper (Carrick Moore Gerety)
Zac and Frankie BFF (Frankie Muniz)
Other Musicians
Rope and Rape (Marilyn Manson)
SNAFUBAR (Glambert)
Social Stigma (Daniel Johns)
Other Celebrities
Fate, Chance and Other Random Disasters (Rupert Grint)
Fumbling Toward Ecstasy (LotRiPS)
This Glassy Surface (Figure Skating RPF)

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