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Writer's Block in lieu of Writing Meme

Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?


I'm skipping today's Daily Writing Meme because I think everyone's tired of hearing me talk about the only "world" I've ever built. I still feel like a "flash in the pan" with really only one substantial published work. So, I figured I'd tackle fanfic today instead.

I recently read a rant about fanfic that a major published author penned in a blog. I didn't read the entire thing, mostly just skimmed over it. I guess fanfic is an issue I can see both sides of now. But, the fact remains that I've been writing various forms of "fanfic" forever.

The first long piece of fiction I wrote was about a rock band, and it was loosely based on the members of my favorite band when I was in high school. Sure, I used their names, and my characters were rock musicians, but having never met any of them in person I was really making up character traits for them. This was back in the '70s, and with no Internet there was no way to share the story, not that I would have anyway. In the '80s I moved on and started a different "serious" story, this one about a different rock band. Again, there was no way to share this story.

From there I moved on to real fanfiction, and being a n00b I wrote a classic "Mary Sue" story. It was during this time that I also discovered "real person" fiction. Writing stories based on characters from a TV show is one thing, sort of like writing your own episodes of the show only with sex, but making up stories about the actors from the show is a whole different ball of wax.

In this rant I read the author said it was the easy way out more or less, stealing someone else's characters and making up stories about them. I suppose I'd never seen it that way before, and although I'd like to say it would be flattering to find people writing stories about my characters I think in the final analysis I wouldn't really like it one bit.

As for fanfiction being a waste of time, as others have suggested, I disagree. Here comes the heel heat that I usually end up generating when I write serious articles for my magazine, so please bear in mind I'm not casting aspersions or standing on a soap box saying it's this way or no way. As I've had to point out to the audiophiles time and time again, this is my opinion. I've never felt any of my time spent writing fanfiction was a waste of time. I tend to totally throw myself into my work, and I get a lot of satisfaction from any form of writing. It was a complete shock to me that I could be published in the first place. That book was a labor of love that kept me warm on many nights. Granted, it wasn't fanfiction, but if I hadn't had the base of writing fanfic, I never would have attempted the novel in the first place.

I really haven't written any fanfic in quite a long time, and most likely won't be doing much of it in the future. But I remember those days fondly, as I made some lasting friends.

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ravensgurl211
May. 12th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
The first fanfiction I wrote involved myself and Weird Al being gumshoes and solving a case and it was amazing. Amazing because that says a lot about me, ahhaahhaha, and probably not all of it being good.
rowenasudbury
May. 12th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an amazing story! :)
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