What do you think of Fan Fiction?


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    Question What do you think of Fan Fiction?

    I've noticed in recent years a rise in the number of people writing Fan Fiction in the amateur writing community. I've never really cared much for fan fiction, partly because I don't watch much TV and rarely watch films.


    I'd always thought that the very concept of writing fanfiction was a bit uninspired and cheesy. Often writers steal ideas from other works of literature or film, but fanfiction which is categorically not based on anything the reader has experienced or dreamed up.


    That being said, it cannot be denied that some authors have had great success writing fanfiction. Some have even developed fanfiction to the point that the story has taken on a life of it's own, and warped into an independent story entirely (the most obvious example being Fifty shades of grey).


    Some might argue that in the same way that Shakespeare and many other prestigious authors based many of their most famous works on older stories, myths and legends, fan fiction could be considered similar.


    I recall hearing about Joss Whedon producing an episode of "Buffy the vampire slayer", based on some of the fanfiction he'd seen (in which a fan writes himself into the story as an omnipotent heroic character) an example of somebody copying a copy of their own work.


    I suppose for some aspiring writers, fan fiction is their first step into writing, and may provide them with a comfortable treading ground in which to begin writing. On the other hand, I struggle to believe that paying direct tribute to another writer's work by mimicking it (usually poorly), is not so much flattery, but lazy plagiarism by fantasists.


    Although that being said, if fans of a TV show want to write fiction for other fans to enjoy, then why criticise? They aren't hurting anybody, and if it amuses the writer and the fans, then great! Maybe the readers will be so inspired that a new genre of fanfiction will develop called 'FanFanFiction'.


    What are your thoughts? Is fanfiction lacklustre and stale? Or does it have a rightful place as legitimate creativity?


    JC Axe

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    Fan fiction is fan fiction. I dislike people who attempt to use it as a stepping stone to "original" works, a-la 50 Shades of Useless, but writers who genuinely enjoy writing fan fiction and acknowledge it as so have no problem in my book. My only irk are the ones who change the names and call it something new.
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    Yeah I was going to say. Fifty shades of grey is not a popular topic here. Never read it, don't want to


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    I read it. Silly story, but Christian Grey, the character was pretty darned hot. If nothing else, that book made me go out and seek well written erotica LOL

    Yeah I was going to say. Fifty shades of grey is not a popular topic here. Never read it, don't want to

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKent View Post
    I read it.
    As did I, but I'm sure for different reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TKent View Post
    I read it. Silly story, but Christian Grey, the character was pretty darned hot. If nothing else, that book made me go out and seek well written erotica LOL
    I'm glad you said that and not me! It was the way his pants hung on his hips...



    I read it more out of curiosity than anything else. I now use it as a benchmark for crap writing.







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    Quote Originally Posted by PiP View Post
    I'm glad you said that and not me! It was the way his pants hung on his hips...
    ...In that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by PiP View Post
    I read it more out of curiosity than anything else. I now use it as a benchmark for crap writing.
    Same. Also, I never understood how anyone could really believe that an American college senior had NEVER used a computer. That's less possible than the sun being made out of nacho cheese.
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    I guess my only comment here, is that 50 shades was was fan fic for twilight yet it had NOTHING to do with twilight except that both of the heroines are clumsy and both of the heros are tall, dark and handsome, so in my mind it was an original work (as original as any work since almost everything has been done in some way before), but they say she self-promoted it on a fan fic site. I have no idea about that and maybe she crossed a line.

    In my opinion, the whole 50 shades being 'useless' makes no sense. MILLIONS of people had a use for it (even if it was just Mommy porn). To me it is sort of like painters: a house painter, may not be able to produce art like Rembrandt, and yet a lot of people need a house painter. So if top notch literary fiction author is Rembrandt and E.L. James is the house painter, who am "I" to judge. I know I get my house painted but I also spent a full hour n front of a Rembrandt at the Louvre. They are two completely different needs that are being met.

    Fan fiction is fan fiction. I dislike people who attempt to use it as a stepping stone to "original" works, a-la 50 Shades of Useless, but writers who genuinely enjoy writing fan fiction and acknowledge it as so have no problem in my book. My only irk are the ones who change the names and call it something new.
    JC Axe, I'm an admitted fangirl when I really love something. I can really appreciate fan fic that manages to make me 'feel' as good as the original. So for me, I've got no complaints for fan fic. And although some fan fic is truly very similar to the original and doesn't seek to be original, some is very original that just uses a character 'type' (or types) to create an entirely different story. I think they both have their place.

    At least that's what I think

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    And to add to that, almost EVERYTHING I do is influenced by something I have either really liked or didn't like in my past. I could almost say I have no original thoughts whatsoever. Every character, every story idea has been influenced by something I read, saw, someone I know, etc.

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    Uh, yeah, that's what I use it for too...

    I now use it as a benchmark for crap writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bishop View Post
    As did I, but I'm sure for different reasons.
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    with the mysteries of the universe
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    Quote Originally Posted by TKent View Post
    I guess my only comment here, is that 50 shades was was fan fic for twilight yet it had NOTHING to do with twilight except that both of the heroines are clumsy and both of the heros are tall, dark and handsome, so in my mind it was an original work (as original as any work since almost everything has been done in some way before), but they say she self-promoted it on a fan fic site. I have no idea about that and maybe she crossed a line.

    In my opinion, the whole 50 shades being 'useless' makes no sense. MILLIONS of people had a use for it (even if it was just Mommy porn). To me it is sort of like painters: a house painter, may not be able to produce art like Rembrandt, and yet a lot of people need a house painter. So if top notch literary fiction author is Rembrandt and E.L. James is the house painter, who am "I" to judge. I know I get my house painted but I also spent a full hour n front of a Rembrandt at the Louvre. They are two completely different needs that are being met.
    I'll be the first to admit: I'm a biased jerk about a lot of things, and I can be overly harsh. I try to tone it down for the WF, but much of what I say is hyperbole. In reality, 50 Shades has helped me to become a much better writer, partly because I do look at it as an example of what not to do. Despite its popularity, there's a lot that needs to be fixed, but mostly it taught me a few flaws of my own work when I saw them in that piece and grimaced. Then looked at my own and said... "Uh oh..."
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