I have something to admit to all of you. I write Fanfic. I got into the world of Fanfic back when I was 16, and used it as a testing ground for my writing. Yes, what I wrote is still out there, no, I’m not going to post a link here. If you are really interested in reading it, send me an email J
But talking about fanfic brings me to a realization. Fanfic seems to have gotten a bad reputation when compared to the “original work authors” out there. With so many different ideas on what Fanfic is good or bad for, I thought I would open it up to discussion.
My thought on the subject is that fanfic is a great way to get your feet wet in the writing world. The world is already created, and the characters are ones that you know well, so you don’t need to worry about creating a Mary Sue. As a fanficcer, it’s possible to get almost instant feedback from readers in the form of reviews, and forces you to get better as a writer. It gives an opportunity to try out different styles, and to really connect with the audience of readers as well, thanking them “in person” at the beginning or end of each new chapter that is written.
There are some fanfic authors who are treated as Rockstars in the fic world. They have review counts that, were it an original work, would put them on the top of the Best Seller List at your local bookstore for the next six months. They gain fan following, and really work to keep in contact with their readers, answering reviews and questions on top of their other writing and life. It’s often only a matter of time before such wonderful authors take the lessons they have learned from fic, and the support from the writing community and use it as the needed push to begin writing their own original work.
I know that some authors hate it and don’t wish to allow fiction based on their works. Author A sees their book or story as their property and don’t want to see other people playing around in it. I can understand that. Author B, on the other hand, allows it, knows it exists, but refuses to read it, simply so they can say all of their ideas in their stories are original.
Author C, a beginning author, looks down on the Fanficcers as someone who doesn’t have the talent to make it on their own and relies on the creation of someone else in order to be creative.
And then there’s the Fanficcer, who doesn’t really give a whit what the other author thinks just as long as they are able to have fun writing.
I think the Fanficcer has the right idea of the writing, and it should serve as a reminder to the rest of us why we are really writing: because if we didn’t, we’d go insane.
I will say this though. I will consider myself having made it as a writer when I can go to Fanfiction.net and see fics based on my work.
What are your thoughts on fanfiction?