Fan Fiction Fridays: The Cultural Impact of Fan Fiction

I still stand by my previous post on writing Fan Fiction and still think it is an excellent way for new writers to develop before trying to write their own original stuff, a way for fans to immerse themselves into their favourite shows, books, etc. and to express their opinions of what they think should happen. I do also agree with Claire Violet Thorpe about making money from the fan fiction. It does not sit with me too good and, in fact, it feels very wrong to me. The less said about Fifty Shades of Grey, the better!

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

So, what exactly is fan fiction, and why is everyone so quick to defend it?

All rants about Fifty Shades of Gray aside, I’m beginning to wonder why fan fiction is becoming mainstream and crowding out good literature. To me, I think that fan fiction is like junk food; good to eat, but only in low amounts.

But the fact that people are choosing to write fan fiction and trying to make money off their fan fiction leaves a bad taste in my mouth, like I ate a bad cookie or something like that. (which I’d why I’m leaving my fan fiction where it belongs: on my personal blog) I don’t understand why people feel that they have the right to write fan fiction when they could be writing their own stories, and they are plenty of authors out there who are very dismissive of fan fiction for various reasons.

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Fanfiction Ponderings

Any thoughts? You can find my thoughts on the writing of fan fiction here: http://wp.me/p3wbJV-3w

Where Landsquid Fear to Tread

Apparently we’re not out of the woods yet. Sorry, Squiders.

I go through these fanfiction binges. They’re quite terrible, and I don’t really get anything else done during them. They’re kind of random. Sometimes it will be because I’ve finished something and either need to wait for the next installment and can’t quite manage it, or because there will be no more installments. Sometimes someone else will mention fanfic or link to a story. Sometimes there’s mentions on social media that pull me in.

This current bout happened on Tumblr. I do not tumble or whatever the appropriate verb is, but I do occasionally read other people’s Tumblrs because that seems to be where fandom has, in general moved to (I am a dinosaur and was active when fandom lived on LJ and haven’t quite managed to bother to make the shift. Not like I ever look at LJ anymore…

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