Anonymous asked: You know, technically every single rizzles fiction out there is AU, you know since they're not canon on the show...But the one I consider the most AU are the one where there are vampires or zombies involved or where they meet in high school and they're so different you don't even recognize them. On the other hand I can understand the fans' desire to write something different. I mean they're just so many fictions about them admitting/facing their feelings/dating etc...
Yes, but, in the universe of fan fiction, AU as a colloquialism means writing a story that places familiar characters completely outside of their normal setting, sometimes into a different time period or a different universe altogether.
When I say AU, I mean it in the colloquial term used in the fan fiction writing world.
Besides, SVU has thousands of stories more than R&I and has managed to keep the vast majority outside the realm of the AU (not all, mind you, just the vast majority).