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B&B Fandom 101

Those of us who've been around B&B fandom for a while can remember when we were new and how bewildering some things were. So, we thought it might be helpful to lead you through the dark, as it were, and prepare a short guided tour of the highlights of B&B Fandom.

Glossary of terms
(also see episode abbreviations in the reference section)

3S Third season
all season A fan who enjoys both classic and 3S content
alternative beginning A story which invents a new way for Catherine and Vincent to meet (and which ordinarily avoids Catherine's run-in with the thugs who were really looking for Carol).
alternative universe A story which takes Vincent, and often Catherine, and plunks them down somewhere (and/or somewhen) else to make a new Once upon a time but NOT in the city of New York
BBRC Beauty and the Beast Reading Chamber; see web sites
CABB Classic Alliance of Beauty and the Beast; see web sites
canon The story as it was depicted in the episodes
classic Stories that take place in the first 2 seasons; a fan who prefers that segment of B&B
con short for convention; there's an annual B&B con in the US and another in the UK; you may also hear the terms minicon or microcon to refer to smaller, less formal gatherings of B&B fans.
continuing classic Stories that continue beyond the first 2 seasons as if 3S never happened.
crossover A story which has Vincent and Catherine meeting characters from another show.
first time stories A story detailing Vincent and Catherine's first romantic encounter
Mary Sue A story where a primary character represents the author. (These are often looked down upon in B&B fandom. I'm not saying this is good or bad, just FYI.)
OLAH Of Love and Hope, the B&B cd of music and poetry. 
OP obsessive pathetic; term coined by Cathy Moran to describe some of the slightly unusual behaviors of B&B fans (for example, collecting all manner of lions, watching/collecting all of Ron Perlman's movies, even the awful ones, or purchasing 3 copies of each DVD set and yet still being unable to throw away your old VHS episodes taped from TV 20 years ago
SND She's Not Dead; a story which explains away the events in Though Lovers Be Lost and 3S or which works with those events to explain how Catherine is still alive
TPTB The Powers That Be; may refer to the producers of B&B, the execs at CBS, or now those at Paramount who released the DVDs
TST The Steam Tunnels, a web site with adult B&B stories and art.
zine short for fanzine; a printed edition of fan-written stories (also called fan fiction, fanfic or just fic) and fan-created art
Web sites not to be missed

Marina's site
Steam Tunnels
lots more /bburl/index.asp
The B&B Calendar

January 12 Vincent's birthday; see the episode God Bless the Child
April 12 Vincent and Catherine's anniversary, ie the anniversary of the day Vincent found Catherine; see the episode Once Upon a Time in the City of New York
September 25 The day B&B premiered on CBS in the US in 1987.
October 31 Halloween, or Samhain; Masques is a much-beloved episode.
Winterfest no date given in canon

episode abbreviations Fans have a tendency to abbreviate the longer episode names into just their first letters. Batbforever has a nice reference list of episode abbreviations.
episode guides A list of episodes that usually includes a description, original air date, and sometimes other info.

This one gets our nod for prettiest:
CABB/Tunnelmom episode guide

This one is 4 episode guides in one. First click an episode on the left, then choose a guide from the upper right to see the description in the lower left:
UK Helpers Network episode guide
literature and music Much classic literature and classical music was mentioned on the show. Here's a compilation. Also see the B&B companion section of the UK Helpers Network episode guide.
CABB/Vicky B&B Literary & Musical references
production order vs airing order The airing order of episodes outside the US was the same as the production order, and European fans have pointed out that the official US airing order doesn't make sense in several places. See the differences at babtforever:
Production order vs airing order
episode scripts A project is underway to display the original scripts of the episodes, as well as a transcription of what actually aired.
Beauty and the Beast Scripts and Transcriptions
B&B Community

yahoo groups Online B&B fandom is hosted mainly by yahoo groups.
weekly chats A group of folks get together every Sunday to watch an episode and discuss it as a group.
New Orleans con More like a family reunion than a convention, B&B fans have been getting together the second weekend (or so) of July for years and years. 
the bench Fans pooled their resources to sponsor a B&B bench in Central Park. It's outside the Delacorte theater, near the statue of Romeo and Juliet.
Crystal Rose lending library Jan Sutter has a library of B&B zines from which you may borrow for just the cost of postage.
Band of Angels BOA is a group of individuals who help those in need by sending them thoughts, prayers, cards, emails, notes.