If you’ve been on the internet long enough, and in particular around fan fiction circles, no doubt you’ve stumbled upon the oddly prevalent Coffee Shop Alternative Universe fan fiction. From Stargate: Atlantis to Christopher Nolan’s Inception, BBC’s Sherlock to Naruto, everybody has a Coffee Shop AU; it has become an inevitability. But why? What is the appeal of placing characters from fiction in mundane, everyday settings, and why is the coffee shop specifically so popular?

I wrote an article about it on Kulture Shocked. The history and the appeal might seem odd, but it’s charming in its own way, and I think there’s actually a lesson in here for writers and showrunners in professional media.

Also, sorry I’ve been away for a while. I work retail and this last Holiday Season was a mess (both for my particular store and the world at large); I neither had the time nor the motivation for much writing, but I should be back on a fairly regular basis.