Xenaverse fan fiction is divided into two primary categories:"general" fan fiction and "alternative" fan fiction, by the reviewers, site indexers, and the authors themselves, who put clear disclaimers and statements at the top of their stories if they feature an "alternative" view of the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. Because these "alt-fanfic" stories can be sexually explicit, the disclaimers and clear distinctions are intended to deter nonsympathetic or homophobic readers, who are often quick to send abusive email. "General" fan fiction doesn't necessarily cast Xena and Gabrielle as heterosexuals, but the stories don't portray Xena and Gabrielle explicitly acting on their feelings for each other.