I am a teacher at Georgia Southern University, and I've been reading fanfiction since I was 15. A colleague and I are planning to present a conference paper on the linguistics of fanfiction jargon, i.e. slash, fanfic, AU, something!character, etc. Our premise is that many slash readers and writers use the jargon as a sort of code. Like, if I mention I'm into Domlijah lotrips, most people who would be weirded out be that fact don't have any clue what I'm talking about, but those who understand are immediately clued into the fact that we both like slash and therefore rock.
So anyway, here's my request. Any stories of how reading fanfiction seeps into everyday life and how others react to it or how you hide it (if you do) would be great also.