Fanfiction or fanfic has been around a long time. Back when Star Trek was still king, it took the form of fanzines…hand-produced, mimeographed magazines that generally included some fan art and a story or two based on original Star Trek characters set in the Star Trek universe, circulated at science fiction conventions by fans. The art form, if you can call it that, has grown and transformed mostly thanks to the Internet. It’s usually fictional stories based on popular books, movies, television shows, anime, comics or cartoons. These are written by fans for fans.
Technically, fanficition violates the copyrights of authors and production companies but most turn a blind eye as they are not written for profit and promote the fan-base overall. The artwork or stories these fans create expand the original storylines, often exploring directions the creators never intended. One of the biggest growth areas with this has been erotic fiction, pairing characters that were not written as romantic in the original work. From this has come the creation of slash fiction, generally seen as the homoerotic pairing of two male or female characters in sexual situations. While slash fiction has developed a huge fan-base, it also has attracted many outspoken critics (they’re general response is “Ewww!”).
Fanfiction is a controversial subject. Most people either love it or hate. There are few that are indifferent about it. Personally, I’m a fan. I realize that a lot of people consider it a waste of time and talent. While others think it’s a terrible disservice to the original work that’s based on. Still others regard the whole sub-genre as overinflated ego stroking.
For me, I think it’s fun. It allows for ideas that stray from canon. It provides an outlet for fans who want more than is available of their favorite book, movie, television show, anime or comic. Some of the writers out there are producing fanfic’s that are truly amazing. They weave stories that are entertaining, provocative and fun! Now, of course, there are terrible, frightening fanfics floating around out there . But, honestly, finding that one glorious treasure is worth most of the bad ones.
I, myself, write fanfiction. That’s one of the reason I haven’t been around here posting lately. I’ve been on a roll writing some fun stuff. I don’t post my writing online…basically because I’m chicken! Maybe one day, I’ll post some here. Maybe not. Either way, I’d like to recommend fanfiction to those of you who are interested in a specific show or book. You may be horrified but you may be excited to discover something new. It’s worth exploring. Here’s a few suggestions to start you off in the right direction…
- Fanfiction.net – this is great community of fanfiction covering many different genres. It’s great for all ages with settings to control the ratings.
- Live Journal – the fanfiction community within LiveJournal is one of the best on the net. I strongly recommend it.
- Adult Fanfiction.net — this is an adults only fanfiction site that covers the gamut of genres out there. If you’re over 18 then I recommend it.
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