IntroductionThis is a basic introduction to the guys and the fandom. I'm working on a more elaborate one, but that will probably not be done for some time. The members of *NSYNC are frequently referred to as "puppies," which is a fandom in-joke from On The Bus 3 (and much easier to type than *NSYNC). I'll be using "puppies" here too.
|Chris Kirkpatrick is the oldest, having just turned 30. He founded the band, and is one of the wilder and kookier members. He's short, energetic, and willing to say anything in interviews. He's a tenor who generally takes the countertenor/falsetto range during their harmonies. He runs a clothing design firm called FuMan Skeeto, with a skater/anime theme. Often written as funny, crazy, fiercely loyal, original, generous, sometimes insecure, and almost always hyperactive. He was born in complete poverty to a single teenaged mother, and has managed to make it to the top without any help from anyone else, and he's usually portrayed as very independant. He's the only one with post-high school education (an associate's degree in Psychology and Music) and considered most likely to have Experimented with alternate lifestyles. Slashed with everyone, especially Justin and Lance. Very close friends with Justin in real life.|
|JC Chasez (pronounced "Shaa-zay") is one of the two main lead singers. He's 25, and sings tenor. He's often written as very spacey and flakey, but sensitive and sweet, creative, perceptive, and willing to please. This is when he isn't being written as tired of being taken advantage of and/or teased for above qualities. In real life he writes many of the band's songs, including some real TMI gems like "Digital Getdown" and "Up Against The Wall." He sings with a close-eyed intensity that is deeply compelling, and his love of music is a frequent subject of fic. A pretty little kitten of a man, and most subject to being "femme'd". Photos of him tend to be somewhat misleading, as he tends to photograph as quite slender and fine-boned, but is surprisingly broad-shouldered and muscular when you see him live. Slashed with everyone, but most often with Justin and Lance.|
|Joey Fatone is 24, and sings low tenor/baritone in the harmonies. He's a big, good-natured goof and also very sweet and friendly. Often written as the group caretaker and designated comforter and as very hard to ruffle. JC has said he can make a gray day a sunny one. Loves Superman and collects memorabilia, as well as having a Superman tattoo. Has a reputation for being a ladies' man, and is the one most likely to get written as the Token Straight Man in the group. However, he's very affectionate and physical with the other guys. He has a daughter, Brianna, who's around 6-7 months old. He's another one who has misleading photos, as he doesn't do well in staged photoshoots and his best pics are usually candids. When you see him live, he's very handsome and charming. Again, Joey is slashed with everyone, but especially with Lance and Chris. Joey is almost never heard in their harmony mixes, but he has a lovely voice when he's given solos. Very close with Lance in real life.|
|Lance Bass (pronounced like the fish) is the bass singer. He's 22, and from Mississippi, and you can hear the drawl sometimes. Frequently slashed with absolutely everyone in the group--Lance is semi-officially The One Most Likely To Be Gay In Real Life, although there's no hard evidence to support that. He runs a couple of musical management and film production companies, and is very business-oriented. Lance is the most devoutly Christian of the group, although all of them are very spiritual. Has a reputation for being quiet and reserved, which in fic can range from "innocent, sweet, and shy" all the way to "a subtle, Machiavellian, cold-hearted bastard"--there's a great deal of variation in his characterization. Has been the most vocal regarding the rivalry between BSB and *NSYNC (saucer of milk, table five!), although he's getting better. He recently starred in the romantic comedy On The Line, which his company produced. Generally closest with Joey in real life.|
|Justin Timberlake is the youngest member, at 20. He sings tenor, and has an interesting voice, nasal but surprisingly attractive. He's very talented vocally, with a wonderful ability to do R&B-style flourishes and riffs, and also loves to do beatbox and vocal percussion. Often written as sweet, good-natured, somewhat arrogant and cocky in a teenage-boy sort of way, charming, maybe a little messed up, and occassionally an asshole. He's the "Golden Boy" of the teenie audience, and there's a lot done with the pressure that puts on him. However, for the most part, Justin seems to have stayed a basically nice person, despite the adulation of millions. He writes a lot of songs for the group, and is a superb dancer--he moves like sex on legs. He's also a talented basketball player, and buys a lot of cars (he's rich, he's young, he's a guy, go figure). His girlfriend is fellow pop singer (and MMC alum) Britney Spears, and this is often an interesting issue in fanfiction. Justin is slashed with everyone, but probably least often with Joey. A close friend of Chris in real life.|
Other People In *NSYNC Fanfic
Puppies In A Box The originator of the 'puppies' nickname, and one of the best sources of clever and well-written fanfic in the fandom. Helen is another convert from TS, and hosts many excellent writers. She's also got an interesting intro to the guys, and some wonderful and funny gems like the Epistolary Narrative (look under Egomania). On The Bus, Thirty, The Way You Do It, Maximum Exposure, Sushi, Tattoo
Experiment V Rhys is one of the best writers in the fandom who writes all pairings, although she likes Chris, Lance, and JC a lot. Caught, Body, Everything Once, Full Circle, Slim-Fast
Temporary Insanity More sojourners from traditional fandom, Julad, Calico, and Nemoinis write excellent fic, especially GSF. Exception To The Rule, Murder, Relief, Toasted, Affair, Bottom Of The Fifth
Juppy.org Georgina writes gorgeous Backstreet Boys/*NSYNC crossovers, and maintains a list of BSB/*NSYNC slash stories. Fumble, HAckery AU, Juppy The Vampire Slayer, Circumflex
Smoke And Mirrors Em writes beautiful and canonically accurate Lance-centric stories, mostly with JC or Joey. She also writes excellent gen. Slash: Catalyst, So Pure, Rio, Change, Going Home. Gen: A Lot, Four Point Five.
Bury Me Deep Pet, at least, comes from Buffy fandom. Both she and Tink are superb writers, with delicately-crafted and solidly-characterized stories. Catharsis, Catwalk, Mandolin, Touch, Shoot, Safe
I Will Not Be Afraid Of Boybands Jae is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. Since I'm a wimp, I'm only mentioning the happy stories. Coldhearted, Sleeping Beauty, Birthday, Oddly Comforting
Shame Is Good For You Wax Jism is one of the masters of *NSYNC fanfiction. She tends to write angsty works with pain and blood and tears and sex. Much goodness. She also hosts Drew, Dale, and Dacey, all of whom I recommend as well. See Jae above re: me being a wimp. Dare, Line of Defence, What It Means To Boogie, Especial, Munich 1997
Pretty Little Whore Machine Home of Emmy, and hosting Shine, Fraulein, Jodi, and Clueless. Cliche, Liar, Colorful, Surprised, Move, Fun With Puppies
The *NSYNC Slash Primer This list of fiction is maintained by Jawamonkey, and is *the* place for one-stop shopping of all the best fic in the fandom, spread over several catagories and all the pairings. Read everything.
Boy Band Slash Primer A good introduction to the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC by Jericho, who also writes fiction worth reading in both fandoms.
*NJUNK Run by Em of Smoke and Mirrors fame, this is an info site for the band--some rumors, some humor, lots of resources and links. Good stuff.
Picture Gallery Allen_Sama has come up with a truly impressive and remarkable index of pics of the boys. In particular check out the Pairings page. This isn't intended as a "proof" page, just a good collection of slashy pictures for all the main pairings, GSF, and a few of the threesomes.
Audiogalaxy.com Audiogalaxy, in these post-Napster times, is probably the place for mp3 sharing. Good place to find N'Sync songs or the occasional interview. Songs I would recommend downloading are More than a Feeling, Digital Getdown, Bye Bye Bye, All I Ever Wanted, Pop, Up Against The Wall, O Holy Night, If I'm Not The One
Livejournal.com Most of N'Sync fandom, slash and gen, happens on the 'journals. New stories are announced and recommended, pics are posted, news and gossip is reported, and people talk about their lives and what's going on with them.
There are a dozen books and a million articles published about these guys, as well as some very good fan websites. Here are some of the sources I used for the factual (as opposed to fictional) information.
Adams, Ashley. 'N Sync 'N Detail Omnibus Press. 1999 (updated 2000)
*NSYNC; Squires, K.M. *NSYNC: The Official Book Bantam Doubleday Publishing. 1998.
'NSYNC: Who Are These People Anyway Checkerbee Publishing. 2001.
*NSYNChronology created by Tiara Star. Last visited October 2001.
Chronology prepared by Silvia Kundera, personal correspondance. Recieved October 2001.
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