Fanfiction: What’s the use?

I’ve been trying to find a way to bridge my fanfiction writing and original fiction. This is excellent.

The Athele Series

A great many bloggers I enjoy and admire have been talking about fanfiction in the last few months.  I’ve been quiet on this topic for the most part, even when I really want to jump in, because I know very well I’m biased.  I said it way back in my first post: my very first fumblings in writing were all fanfiction.

Fanfiction gets a bad rap.  At times, it deserves this.  If the only fanfiction you’ve ever read was “My Immortal” (warning, have booze on standby for that one, my friends.)  then yeah, you’re going to think it’s dumb. But there are people who put real effort and thought into their fanfiction.

These kinds of fanfics have four things in common:  They respect the style of the original work, they use the world as a scaffold and not a crutch, they grow the characters, and they use English…

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6 thoughts on “Fanfiction: What’s the use?

  1. kenliano says:

    An excellent read indeed. One thing about me is that my fanfiction is almost always about an original character placed within the world, rather than the original characters from whatever franchise. I once got an idea to write a Harry Potter story set in Jamaica. Never followed through because a plot never really formed.

    The hardest thing about original fiction for me is creating the world. Because I tend to get fantasy story ideas, and the world is VERY important in those!


    • read.robin says:

      It is. And then describing the world is a challenge as well – how do you get the reader to see what you see so clearly?

      Lol at the Harry Potter in Jamaica idea; I’ve had a few of those myself.


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