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Are You a FAN of Fanfiction?

If you have for one moment thought to yourself during an episode  rerun ‘I wish that scene ended a different way’, you’re probably not the  only one. And if you […]

If you have for one moment thought to yourself during an episode  rerun ‘I wish that scene ended a different way’, you’re probably not the  only one. And if you search through enough fanfiction archives,  chances are there’s someone out there who’s not only shared that  thought, but put it down in writing: rewritten that scene the way they  thought it should roll out – maybe even rewritten the whole episode.  Hell, some people would prefer to write off an entire season and start again.

And thus, we have fanfiction. Fiction based off a tv  show/book/movie/etc, with the author’s own original twist to supplement  what they felt was lacking in the ‘official’ storyline.

Of course,  not all fanfiction comes about because we want to change a storyline.  Sometimes we want to add to it, build upon it. Use it to test out  creativity, hone our writing skills, feel a sense of community with  those who enjoy what we write.

If you’re fortunate enough to  come across a well written piece of fanfiction, it can open you to a  realm of fan-iverse you may never have known existed. It can take a  simple tv show/movie/book/etc and turn it into a living breathing thing.  (At the risk of sounding crazy… *cough cough*)

I believe fanfiction is what kept the Dark Angel fandom alive for so long after the  show itself was cancelled. And I believe that there are still people out  there today who write Dark Angel fanfiction, despite how very long ago  the show ended. I’m no longer one of these people, though once I lived  and breathed fanfiction. No time these days, nor inspiration – truth be told.

But  I still have a healthy respect for fanfiction writers – it’s no easy  task to write based on someone else’s canon. And I respect the creative  outlet that fan fiction is, and how it can be an amazing launch pad into  original writing.

So, my question is: Are YOU a fan of fanfiction? (Be it past or present…)

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