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Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
by Melusina (fabu)
at March 2nd, 2005 (11:37 am)

Pirates of the Caribbean is a growing fandom with several popular pairings/groupings, but no one 'ship that dominates all others. There's quite a bit of fanfic focused on secondary and minor characters, especially Commodore Norrington, and threesomes and moresomes are particularly popular in this fandom. New folks report that they were made to feel welcome, so don't be afraid to jump right in!

Useful Information

There are lots of supporting characters running around in this fandom: the Internet Movie Database cast lists for Curse of the Black Pearl (CotBP) and Dead Man's Chest (DMC) can help you keep Marty straight from Twigg and figure out which one is Pintel and which is Ragetti.

A few notes about names: Although we've since learned that Norrington's first name is James, there is some fic (usually stories written early in the fandom) that uses other first names for him. You're also likely to run across references to the unnamed officer (played by Greg Ellis) who says, "That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen," in CotBP. His uniform indicates that he's a lieutenant, and, although it's not listed on IMDB, his canon last name appears to be Groves. In correspondence with fans, Ellis put his stamp of approval on the first name Theodore; this has no canon basis, however, this is the most commonly used name for him in fanfic (the same character has been called Bush by at least one writer, and Ellis is another commonly used first name for him). Lieutenant Gillette is often given the first name Andrew, although there's less consensus on this choice.

Portmanteau pairing names are often used in the Pirates fandom. The most popular is Sparrington, for Jack/Norrington slash (which is also called Jj). Others you might see include Willington (Will/Norrington), Gillington (Gillette/Norrington), Norribeth (Norrington/Elizabeth), and Jackstrap (Jack/Bootstrap). You may also hear someone talk about her or his OT3 - that's short for "One True Threesome" (a riff on OTP or One True Pairing), and is often used in reference to Jack/Will/Elizabeth stories.

Additional resources

The Official Website
CotBP transcript
First draft of the CotBP script
DMC transcript
DMC shooting script
The Salacious Historian's Lair
Historical Resources for Fanfic Writers
Erin's Historical and Nautical Notes
There are even more historical and nautical resources listed in this post.

Live Journal Communities and Resources

Fandom Overview on crack_van
List of pairing specific essays on ship_manifesto

Discussion and News Communities

arrrrr: "A community for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean. . .Drooling, pics, fanfic, links, gossip, anything PotC goes." (This is primarily a news community, rather than a place to post fic.)
before_the_mast: "We are a Pirates of the Caribbean fandom newsletter for the minor characters of PotC."
cotbp_fandom: "This community is for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, who are *not* fans of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
despatches: "A somewhat regular newsletter for Age of Sail fandom happenings"
potc_discussion: "This is a community for discussion anything and everything about the three Pirates of the Caribbean films"
potc_pairings: "This community is open to any and all pairing discussions, icons, graphics, fic, you name it. . ."(low volume community, primarily fic postings right now)
isla_tortuga: "a Pirates of the Caribbean fandom newsletter. The purpose of the community is to post a daily recap of activity in fandom."

General Fanfic Communites

blackpearlsails: Fanfic and fanart community for non-slash stories with a rating no higher than soft R
pirategasm: Fanfic and fanart community, for any pairing, genre, rating, etc. (this is probably the most popular piratefic community on lj)
potc_canon_fic: "This community is for Pirates of the Caribbean fanfiction according to canon. Slash and futurefic are allowed, so long as it is carefully extrapolated from canon evidence."
potc_fic: Fanfic community that allows unbetaed stories to be posted, in hopes of finding a beta
potcrps: "The community is mostly for POTC RPS fanfiction, story challenges/requests. Fan art and LJ icon postings are also welcome"

Character and Pairing Specific Communities

_norrington: "For stories prominently featuring Commodore Norrington or Jack Davenport (slash, het, or gen, any rating, any genre, any length), as well as pictures, artwork, icons, and news."
_peasinapod_: Jack and Elizabeth shipper community
barbossa_fic: "This is a community to post Pirates of the Caribbean fan fiction as it relates to Captain Barbossa and his cursed crew."
barbossabeth: "This is a community for the rare pairing Hector Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribean series"
cutler_beckett: "This community is for all things Cutler Beckett from Pirates of the Caribbean."
davyjonespotc: "Livejournal community dedicated to Davy Jones"
gibbsfanciers: "Here be Gibbs-fancying! Fic, pics, prattling, whatever is welcome"
razor_wit: "This is a community for those rare and distinguished people who appreciate Damian O'Hare; who played Lieutenant Gillette from Pirates of the Caribbean."
gillington: "This community is for sharing the love of this slash couple: Norrington and Gillette from Pirates of the Caribbean. (Fanfictions, icons, fanart, manips, and any other items related to Norrington/Gillette)"
grovesexual: "All stories posted here should involve Lieutenant Groves in some way. Conversation about all things Groves is acceptable as well."
hugmeweatherby: "The only livejournal community for the dashing Governor Weatherby Swann."
jackandanamaria: Jack and Anamaria shipper community.
jackwill: "Anyway, join here if you like CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, or like the slash pairing of them. Don't worry, we won't kill you if you fancy another pairing. We're very pro Elizabeth. :)"
norribeth: "For everything that involves the lovely pairing of Norrington and Elizabeth."
pirates_bride: "A Jack/Elisabeth [sic] FanFiction Community"
pintel_ragetti: "This is a place where you can post fanfiction, fanart, and discussion relating to Pintel and Ragetti"
potc_elizabeth: "This is a place for meta, art, fic and discussion. If it pertains to Elizabeth, chances are this is the right place for it"
potc_treasures: "This community is for celebrating the secondary and peripheral female characters of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series"
potcfemmeslash: "Pirates of the Caribbean Femmeslash"
potcot3: "For Jack/Will/Elizabeth fanfic."
sparrington: "A community for all things Jack/Norrington; fanart, fanfiction, icons, fic recs, discussions, etc."
sparrabeth: [Jack/Elizabeth community] "Fic, manips, discussion on the characters in canon--all allowed."
turningpirate: "This community is dedicated to the character of Will Turner from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies."
twogoodmen: "A community devoted to Jack/Bootstrap slash"
whore4hector: "a place for we Barbossa fans to sit around and talk about how much we want to shag admire him"
willelizabeth: Will and Elizabeth shipper community.
willington: "This community caters to the James/Will pairing."

Communites for Fic, Art, Icon Challenges, Fic of a Specific Length, and Other Activities

piratechallenge: Fic challenge community (seems to be on hiatus)
pirates500: For 500 word snippets of fiction, based on a prompt (prompts are posted biweekly)
pirates_500: "The Pirates of the Caribbean Drabble Archive"
piratestillness: "An icontest community for the movie and cast of Pirates of the Caribbean"
potc_challenge: "Each week, an icon challenge is posted relating to the film Pirates of the Caribbean"
potc_dogwatch: A community to celebrate the PotC fandom with weekly activites and challenges of various sorts
potc_love: "A Pirates of the Caribbean challenge community"
potc100: A drabble community, which once posted weekly prompts, but seems to be on hiatus
potc_secrets: "We are a refuge to all of those thoughts you're afraid to share with your fellow Pirates fans"

Fic Communities Devoted to a Particular Theme

anti_jack: A community for original characters, all based on a piratical picture of Brad Pitt. Originally conceived as a joke, but several writers developed their OCs into well-rounded and interesting additions to the PotC world. (Jacques and Jay are two names used for this character.)
flagitiousabuse: A multifandom community dedicated to stories which feature wigs. For obvious reasons, lots of piratefic can be found there.
cannon_fic: A multifandom community dedicated to stories which feature cannons. Again, lots of piratefic
impofperversity: This community is dedicated to crossover slash fic featuring characters from the film Pirates of the Caribbean (property of Disney Corp) and the novel Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson
pie_and_honour: A community for PotC fic that features pie or other desserts (pie is a recurring motif in PotC fic).
polyfic: A multifandom community dedicated to stories about threesomes and moresomes. Again, since polyfic is popular in this fandom, you can find lots of PotC fic there
potc_shipfic: This community is for fanfiction, fanart, and discussion about the ships in Pirates of the Caribbean
rnotc: "This Community is fed up with the belief that the Naval characters of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are the villains of the piece. This community welcomes anyone who believes in the good nature of the characters as portrayed in Pirates of the Caribbean:The Curse of the Black Pearl."


Recs on crack_van
My "Starter Set" of PotC Recs for folks who are new to the fandom
My Post-DMC Recs

Role Playing Games


Icon and Graphics Communities

elite_pirates: Post any topics related to Pirates of the Caribbean! This includes icons, wallpapers, graphics, discussion topics, screencaps and images."
potc_art: "This is a community where anyone and everyone can share their fanart of this lovely movie here!"

Additional tips for participating in fandom on Live Journal

If you're just joining an existing fandom on live journal, it can be difficult to figure out where to start, where to find the kinds of stories you want to read, etc. This is especially true if you're also new to live journal. The following advice can be applied to any fandom.

Check to see if there are crack_van recs for your new fandom (remember, just because it's not an active fandom there right now doesn't mean it wasn't in the past, or that it wasn't a "featured small fandom" - look in the memories). Check to see if there's a newbieguide for the fandom. Look for a general fic community and see what's available there. If you want to read about a certain character or pairing, look for communities dedicated to that character/pairing and for ship_manifestos or idol_reflections. Ask your flist for recommendation of specific fics and for journals/communities where you're likely to find fic for that fandom. Notice the names of writers you like or people who are clearly involved in the fandom (doing recs on crack_van, writing ship manifestos, modding communities) and check out their user info - what communities and journals are they reading?

You may find that your new fandom isn't organized in the exact same way as your previous fandom, but try to be open minded about any differences you find. Also, it's probably best to do some thorough investigation and ask around before you start creating communities, newsletters, etc. in an existing fandom. It's great to get involved and to participate, but people won't use the resources you create if they're already using something very similar that's been around for a while.


Posted by: Devil Doll (devildoll)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)

Very nice! Thank you!

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
PotC azziria ahoy

You're welcome! Thank *you* for organizing such a useful community. . .

Posted by: Linaelyn Telcontar (linaelyn)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
POTC Cotton by indilime

WOW. *I* learned a lot from this post! There's whole sections of this fandom that I was unaware of!

Well done, my dear. Thank you.

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I really do think it's going to be useful resource - very clever of devildoll to create this community.

Posted by: Apatheia Jane (apatheia_jane)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)

damnit! I always knew there were many corners of the fandom that I had no knowledge of, but now you've pointed them out I have to go look at them, & I just don't have time.

But yeah, impressive & comprehensive & lots of good things.

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
PotC daftness ouatitc

Hee! ::sucks you in::

Glad you think it will be useful!

Posted by: shortshanks (shortshanks)
Posted at: April 19th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)

Wow! I didn't know there was that MUCH stuff for my favorite character--Norrington--and the rest of the Pirate Fandom. Groovy!
Hmmm . . . now I need to start rummaging around in my own writings and scribblings. :)

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
PotC ashleygaea Duty

Yeah, Norrington's big in PotC fandom right now, so there are lots of resources/fic/communities for him. . .Hope to see some of your piratical stuff soon!

Posted by: galadhir (galadhir)
Posted at: May 30th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)

This may be shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but I thought I'd mention the razor_wit list for fic/art/chat etc that features Gillette, with or without other POTC characters and other Damian O'Hare type stuff.

Great newbie guide :)!

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I'd meant to add it to this list when you created the community, but I forgot. I hope that with the movie, many people will be consulting this list of resources, so I definitely want it to be as complete as possible. . .

Posted by: galadhir (galadhir)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)

*g* It's nice to see it in there, thanks! Sorry to be even more of a bother though, but it's razor_wit not gillettefans - the second isn't a real comm, unfortunately (I wish it was - it would be nice to have company!) :)

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: June 3rd, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)

Whoops! Fixed it. Thanks for catching that. . .

Posted by: The most unique of all snowflakes (nolivingman)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Anne Bonney

You said in your personal LJ that you wanted to know what you were missing, so I thought I'd look through my exhaustive newsletter reading list. I noticed a few comms that you may (or may not! Your choice, of course) want to add:

rnotc is newish. For fans of the Navy characters, and it's fairly active.

sparrabeth has a lot of overlap with _peasinapod_, but I thought I'd mention it for completeness.

elite_pirates is graphics and icons, and pretty busy right now.

cutler_beckett just started up, but is already going strong.

And then there are isla_tortuga and despatches (pimping myself, in the fine tradition of LJ).

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: July 22nd, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
PotC ashleygaea Duty

Wonderful - thank you!

It's been a while since I've updated, so I knew I was missing some of the newer communities, but I can't believe I didn't already have despatches listed! ::facepalm::

Posted by: The delusional maniac in every proverbial fantasy. (xrated13)
Posted at: July 29th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)

Very nice! :) I was just wondering, is there any James/Will communities out there?

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: July 29th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
PotC N/W rawien

Not that I'm aware of (but if you hear of one, please let me know!). ceria_taliesin has talked about compiling a list of James/Will fic, but I don't believe she's gotten around to it yet, however, I bet you could ask on pirate_hunters and get some recs. . .

Posted by: ira (justira)
Posted at: September 19th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)

This is a fabulous summary! I'm really impressed by the thoroughness and organization. Thanks especially for the links on sailing and piracy! I hope it is okay if I use some of those for my own newbie guide to One Piece, another sailing fandom whose fanbase is woefully undereducated about ships and how they work? I'll give you due credit for leading me to these in the first place =)

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I'm so glad that you liked this and found it useful (and of course it's ok if you use whatever works for you!).

Posted by: Erin (erinya)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Read between the lines--by viki__

There's also potc_discussion for meta and such, which is fairly active and sees some lively debate.

Also, a transcript of DMC is online, as is a copy of the actual shooting script. The latter was posted by the writers at Wordplayer (TnT really are very good to us) and is downloadable in .pdf format.

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: January 13th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)

Fabulous - thank you so much!

Posted by: Veronica Rich (veronica_rich)
Posted at: January 8th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)

Don't forget to add cotbp_fandom, both for exclusively "Curse" fans and discussion for those disappointed by aspects of DMC. There's fanfic there, but mostly I think it would fit with "discussion and news."

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: January 13th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)

I'm updating now and just added it. Thanks!

Posted by: Veronica Rich (veronica_rich)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)


*examines list*

You know ... I really ought to make a Will community ...

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
PotC Will watersword

That does seem to be one character-based community that's missing, doesn't it?

Posted by: Veronica Rich (veronica_rich)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)

Eh, what the hell ... turningpirate.

I was inspired. *G*

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: January 17th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)

Got it - thanks!

Posted by: Lesbian Geek Extraordinare (taskir)
Posted at: January 8th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)

This is a really great summary! Thank you for all the hard work you've done on it.

Here are a couple communities you might be interested in adding:

before_the_mast -- A weekly newsletter dedicated to fic, discussion, icons, and anything else involving the minor characters in PotC.

blackpearlsails -- A non-slash fic community.

davyjonespotc -- All things Davy Jones.

barbossabeth -- Barbossa/Elizabeth shipping community.

potc_love -- A weekly drabble/ficlet/fanart challenge community (very active, well-updated).

piratechallenge -- Weekly fiction contests (seems to be on hiatus).

piratestillness -- Icontest community.

potc_challenge -- Icontest community.

potc_secrets -- From the User Info: "We are a refuge to all of those thoughts you're afraid to share with your fellow Pirates fans."

whore4hector -- A Barbossa fic/meta/icon/discussion/whatever community.

potc_treasures -- A community for the secondary female characters.

potcfemmeslash -- Just what it sounds like: PotC femslash.

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: January 13th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)

Thanks for all the links!

Posted by: honorat (honorat)
Posted at: January 16th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Jack Sparrow Confesses by Honorat

That's a wonderfully thorough list. Thanks for the hardwork. You might want to add the still fairly active potc_art.

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: January 16th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I've added it. I couldn't possibly keep this resource up-to-date without help from everyone else in the fandom. . .

Posted by: Gwynevere1 (gwynevere1)
Posted at: May 30th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)

Hi. Just wanted to mention that you might want to add hugmeweatherby, a newly created community for Weatherby Swann. :D

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: May 31st, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
PotC pearl geek_mama

Thanks! I've added the community - I appreciate the heads up.

Posted by: mefnord (mefnord)
Posted at: June 1st, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)

Wow. Thank you very much for this cohesive and extensive newbie guide. I've been aroun in the BtVS fandom and never realised before how hard it is to find a way in to a new fandom *g*

As the newbie I am, do you think you could point me to any fanfic classics that a newbie should read? I know this is a highly subjective issue, but I also know from BtVS that there in fact are fics of all kinds and flavours that get rec'ed and read even years after they were first written...Specially with all the AWE stuff coming frsh in *g*

I looked but so far failed do dig up any high-quality must reads for my PotC fix... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: June 1st, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
R&G Pirates lafemmedansrose

Hi! I'm so glad you found this useful.

I did a "starter set" of recs before Dead Man's Chest came out - you can find it here. It was intended to give new folks a sampling of some of the classic stories in a variety of 'ships and genres, from a variety of authors, etc. I'm in the process of compiling a similar set post DMC, but I do have a smaller set of post-DMC recs that you might find useful.

The crack van recs (linked above) are also useful. And if you have a particular 'ship or character you're interested in, I'm glad to rec specific writers or stories - just let me know!

Posted by: mefnord (mefnord)
Posted at: June 1st, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)

Oh, hey, that was a quick answer! Thank you. I will check out your recs, stat.

Currently, I'm all eager to read some good Sparrabeth. So far I honestly haven't found any at all. I think Jack might be a hard character to write, but there are so many talented writers out there... *is slightly lost in new fandom*

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: June 1st, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)

In that case, I'd suggest checking out my post DMC recs. There are quite a few good J/E stories on that list, and those authors are a good place to start for more J/E fic. You can also check out geekmama's J/E rec set. Hope this helps!

Posted by: mefnord (mefnord)
Posted at: June 1st, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)

Thank you! You might have saved me from actually tudying or being otherwise productive at all. *leers at empty fridge* And it's the beginning of a weekend, too!


Posted by: mefnord (mefnord)
Posted at: June 1st, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)

...that would be studying.


Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad I was able to help!

Posted by: Gypsyluv (gypsyluv)
Posted at: July 8th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)

hey.. I have a potc drabble com.. its pirates_500 I thought at first glance you had it listed but the one you have isn't mine.. so.... I'm trying real hard to keep it active.. would love you to add it! hugs!

You should get an award or something... this is amazing work you've done here! Mind if I like to it from my coms user info page? I'm sure any memebers who see it would be very greatful!

Posted by: Melusina (fabu)
Posted at: July 9th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)

Thanks so much for the link! I try to keep this list up-to-date with new communities, but there are so many, I'm bound to miss a few. I'll update it with your community now.

I'm so glad you've found this useful! I'm glad for you to link to it. . .

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