Today we’re talking about acronyms and short forms in the book world. If you haven’t watched the first episode where we covered general acronyms, characters, and relationships, I’d recommend checking that out. Today we’re going to be covering genres, platforms, communities, stores, tropes, kinks, books, authors, and miscellaneous ones that didn’t quite fit elsewhere. 


PNR – Paranormal Romance. You might also see it as PRN. Paranormal romance is a romance subgenre that contains elements of magic and fantasy, such as vampires, witches, time travel, etc.

SF – Science Fiction. This is stories featuring future technological advances, major social changes, sometimes including aliens, alternate histories, or time travel. 

SF/F – Science Fiction and Fantasy, the same as science fiction but also encompassing the fantasy genre.

OV – Omegaverse. If you don’t know what omegaverse is, it is far too much to dig into here, but there is another episode posted that will go over all of the basics for you. 

YA – Young Adult. These stories feature leads that are in their teen years and are stories aimed at the teen audience. 

NA – New Adult. These stories feature adult characters embarking on the first steps of adulthood, such as university.  You won’t find a ton of books categorized this way as publishers are slow to embrace new adult given that young adult is so popular and thus lucrative. 

MG – Middle Grade. These stories are for pre-teen children and feature leads in that age category as well. 

Platforms, Communities, and Stores

GR – Goodreads. This platform is owned by Amazon and is a lawless reviewing wonderland where nothing is verified in terms of reviews, but you can keep track of all your reading. 

FB – Facebook

YT – YouTube

KU – Kindle Unlimited. This is an Amazon subscription service where you pay a monthly fee and are able to access over a million titles that are enrolled in the service. 

KDP – Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s ebook publishing platform.

B&N – Barnes & Noble. If you’re not American, this is the largest bookstore chain in the states like Waterstones in the UK or Chapters Indigo in Canada. 

BookTok – this is the book community on Tiktok

BookTube – this is the book community on YouTube

Bookblr – this is the book community on Tumblr

AO3 – Archive Of Our Own. This is a nonprofit archive of fanfiction and other fanworks. 

FFNet – is another fanfiction archive site.

Overdrive – This company builds apps and websites for libraries and schools so people can access ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media. Overdrive works in a handful of countries: America, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Libby – this is an app created by Overdrive to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from public libraries. It will be available in all of the countries that Overdrive is available in.

Hoopla – this is a digital library streaming platform that covers audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and TV shows. Hoopla has a larger selection of books and audiobooks than Libby but is only available in America and Canada.

Tropes and Kinks

MC – Motorcycle Club. If you watched the first episode on acronyms you’ll know that MC is also short for Main Character, so you’ll have to use context clues for this one. 

Taboo – taboo is forbidden concepts. Taboo things that might show up in romances are family romances (this includes blood family, step family, and adoptive families), student and teacher, age gaps, doctor and patient, relationships with religious figures, basically any relationships that might be illegal or otherwise abhorrent in real life for various reasons.

J/P: Jealous/Possessive

Dubcon – Dubious consent. Obviously in real life this doesn’t exist because if it’s not an enthusiastic yes, it’s a no, but in fiction this refers to spicy time that is not explicitly consented to but is still wanted on some level or the consent is unclear. Situations like both parties are drunk or high, someone is into it but afraid to say it out loud, etc. would fall under the dubcon trope.

Noncon – Non consent. This is just another term for sexual assault. I’m not going to get into the intricacies of fantasy vs reality and fiction vs reality, but suffice to say this particular trope is not uncommon and there are a plethora of reasons people might enjoy consuming that content. 

BDSM – this is short for bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadism, and masochism. I’m not going to go into all of the intricacies of BDSM to explain what it is and how it works, so that’ll be a research project for you if you want to know more. The next few terms are all related to BDSM.

Dom – short for dominant

Sub – short for submissive

D/s – short for dominant and submissive

Daddy – this focuses around the concept of the caregiver rather than the sexualization of the blood relative. The daddy in question doesn’t even need to have children. It’s purely about energy and role play.

Zaddy – an attractive older man that is stylish, confident, and charming.

Daddy dom – a dominant that takes the role of a caregiver with their submissive. While all doms should be caring toward their submissives, a daddy dom leans more heavily into the role to provide care, guidance, and correction similar to how a father would but without the blood relation.

DDlg – Daddy Dom and Little Girl. This is obviously the pairing of the daddy dom and a roleplay where the submissive pretends to be much younger, therefore relinquishing control and responsibility so they can chill out and be taken care of.

Little – part of ageplay where the participant pretends to be a small child

Middle – part of ageplay where the participant pretends to be an older child or teen

ABDL – Adult Baby Diaper Lover. This is a part of ageplay where the participant pretends to be a baby and wears a diaper

Ageplay vs Age Gap – Ageplay is a roleplay where participants pretend they’re a different age than they actually are, whereas an age gap is a literal difference in age between partners. When it comes to fiction I’ve mostly seen age gaps of around 20 years to be fairly common, but anywhere from 10 years and up would usually qualify under this trope. You might also see reverse age gap which is the same as age gap, but some people add reverse since men being older than women is the most common in the age gap trope. 

CNC – consensual nonconsent. Basically the participants pretend things are not consensual even though they are and boundaries were previously discussed and agreed upon. 

OTT – Over The Top

OWD – Other Woman Drama

DP – Double Penetration, basically you have one peen in the front door and one in the back door. You might also see this pop up as DVP, which is two peens in the front door.

Books and Authors

ACOTAR – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

IPB – Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

TOG – Throne of Glass by Cassandra Clare

DOV – Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight

FBAA – From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

LOTR – Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein 

SOC – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

SJM – Sarah J Maas


TSTL – Too Stupid To Live. This is a derogatory term used for female characters that make decisions the reader doesn’t agree with. 

ISBN – International Standard Book Number (a number that identifies a book)

TL;DR – Too Long; Didn’t Read. This usually pops up with very long posts where the poster will summarize at the end for the people who don’t want to take the time to read the entire post. 

That’s all for now. I hope you feel more confident in understanding the terms in the book world. If there are others you’re still curious about, please let me know and maybe we’ll have a third episode covering more. 

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