This week’s word applies not only to what I’ve discovered, but also to me for deciding to share it. I’m pretty sure the sheltering-in-place is beginning to give me a bit of cabin fever. All I know is that my family picked a bad time to dump Netflix to try the Disney+ package, because we ran through all its offerings fairly quickly, and I’ve now resorted to searching for the most random items on YouTube. And that can be a good thing, a weird thing, and everything in between.
This week it was strange, hilarious, and entertaining, as well as borderline blasphemous considering some of the fun poked at my beloved Jane Austen characters.
Dicked in the Nob
I’m sure everyone else in the world has heard of crack in terms of fan fiction, because I am literally the last person to ever know of anything cutting edge or new, unless I accidentally stumble on it during a pandemic. Crack, in terms of fandoms, has two meanings, but for my purposes I’m only interested in the second one, which Fanlore defines as
…fanworks with a fundamentally ludicrous premise, or otherwise including a plethora of unbelievable, incredible, or just plain silly elements – that is, implying the author/artist must have been on drugs to produce something so insane. It may be used in a compound noun (“crackfic”), or as an adjective (“crack pairing”). On tumblr, posts in the vein of crack may be labelled as crack!post.
On YouTube, the videos have come to be known as crack!vid. You can see where I’m going with this, to be sure: if you guessed Jane Austen crack!vid on YouTube, you win. There’s no prize, but you!win
So laugh, cast a quizzical brow, and even cringe with me at some Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) crack. (Please be warned there is some scattered language, so NSFW if you’re still at work, or NSFLE, meaning Not Safe For Little Ears if you’re quarantined with your kiddos.)
“Darcy’s inner monologue…”
“Get in the water!”
“You sit on a throne of lies!”
“Mr. Collins: Are you familiar with Fordyce’s sermons, Miss Bennet?
“I like big butts and I cannot lie…”
Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.