Admittedly, my participation within the fan fiction sphere is usually limited to whatever my best friend or I have written, but that’s okay. Fan fiction can be a solitary activity if I want.
I was ecstatic when I found out I could write fan fiction. Ecstatic, I tell you! Finally, I could participate in my favorite characters’ worlds on paper. It was awesome—and is awesome. Though I write original works, fan fiction is among my favorite things to write. Here’s why:
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1. It’s Fun!
My original writing can end up becoming a chore after a while. Of course it’s good to work on and satisfying in the (very) long run—but formal writing can be strict. Fan fiction is freeing, in its own way. I can be a completely random individual, crazy and remarkable, and that makes it fun.
2. I Already Love the Characters
Some people don’t like fan fiction and that’s fine, but I positively HATE (hate hate hate) this argument against it:
“If you like writing so much, why not use your own characters?”
Yeah, right. 9.9 The only explanation I can come up with to explain this is that some people don’t realize that some writers are not innately connected to their own characters. This seems obvious to me, but I guess some people feel about their own characters the way they feel about other people’s characters? It’s enjoyable to be passionate about other people’s stuff in a way I can’t be for my own.
Writing Other People’s Characters: SDKFSDJLFKSDJ *runs through fields of daisies*I LOVE THEM SO MUCH *eats tater tots*THEY ARE SO CUTE *swings sword liberally* LET US DO THIS *rolls on the floor like a happy dog* LOVE *screams for joy* DEATH *bursts into tears* NO WAIT *intermittently tells best friend*
Writing My Characters: And then the anthropomorphic concept I created had no significance in life and was lame. The end.
3. It’s a Pre-Built World
Writing your own stuff is like funding the construction of a huge swimming complex and the accompanying outlet mall. Writing fan fiction is liking getting to jump in the pool and swim.
4. I Never Have to Edit It!
It is crap and it stays crap and I love that crap. *hugs all her crap*
5. Alternatively—Editing is an Option.
Admittedly, editing can also be entertaining. My sense of humor works better with multiple rounds, my thoughts can make more sense, and it can become more fun. Which would explain why a 21,000 word fic ended up becoming 50,000 words…
6. It’s Good Practice
Writing is writing. Of course, there’s value in writing for an audience and rigorous and consistent editing. Those things make you a better writer, but they don’t necessarily make you more creative. You can cultivate your creativity, and going crazy is good practice for that.
7. I Throw Realism Away
Speaking of creativity, fan fiction is like a rubber band, and can stretch in a number of directions from one central point. It doesn’t have to make sense. I have a document consisting of 222 words, in which two characters decide to drop a bucket of fish on another character’s head. Why? *shrugs* Because I could.
8. My Fan Fiction, My Experience
I can and have uploaded works to FanFiction.Net, but I didn’t have to. Currently I find it more satisfying to read sentimental plot threads on Friday evenings and let my heart brim with sorrow. I am the overlord of my experience, and that is enough for me.
9. I’m Coping
The last book in my favorite series was published in 2013 and the next one isn’t scheduled to come out until 2017. So you can imagine why my fan fiction folder looks like this:
No, my heart is not crying.
Ta-da! Now, go forth and be merry! Write ridiculous plotlines! Fight for your ships! Win! And all other good things.