Terms I picked up on the Internet for talking about literature that I didn't know I needed until I heard them, and now can't do without, in reverse chronological order:
- Fantasies of political agency, Lois McMaster Bujold.
- Id Vortex, ellen_fremedon.
- Mary Sue, Paula Smith.
- Incluing, papersky.
- Very late ETA: Competence porn, the writers of Leverage.
What about you?
(I do not count OH JOHN RINGO NO (hradzka) or "Go away, Japanese id! You are scary!" (Slate) in this regard, for all that I use them regularly, because they are not what I would call substantive.)