Fanfiction: A Love Letter to Our Fandoms

If you are a fan of any type of media; literature, film, television, there was something that bothered you. Maybe a couple that you wanted to get together didn’t or your favorite character died or it just needed way more people of color. Writing your own story can make whatever you want happen. Fanfiction is a medium in which a writer can take elements of an already written or produced piece of media and make them their own. Sites like Wattpad and Fanfiction.net has thousands upon thousands of fanfiction stories for literally every fandom you can think of like Supernatural, …

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If you are a fan of any type of media; literature, film, television, there was something that bothered you. Maybe a couple that you wanted to get together didn’t or your favorite character died or it just needed way more people of color. Writing your own story can make whatever you want happen. Fanfiction is a medium in which a writer can take elements of an already written or produced piece of media and make them their own. Sites like Wattpad and Fanfiction.net has thousands upon thousands of fanfiction stories for literally every fandom you can think of like Supernatural, anime, Steven Universe and BTS.

 

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And fandoms that might confuse some like Slenderman, but to each their own.

 

 

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To speak as a writer of fanfiction, myself, although a bit embarrassing, it helps me practice my writing. It allows me to explore facets of a story that I would’ve loved for the original author to have done; avenues I felt that were lacking for a complete ending to me. Your imagination is limitless when given something you are passionate about. We consume an incredible amount of media everyday and things like representation, expression, and creativity are important.

Fanfiction can be looked down on upon by those who think it’s nothing but smut, which a lot of it is, but this brings about the argument on whether the author and creators’ intention should be taken as gospel or if it’s up to the reader, the consumer, the ultimate critic, to interpret it they way they want to and take what they want from it.

 

 

  

I agree with both sides for it isn’t one or the other. The author’s intent should be taken into account when reading their work because they aren’t writing it for no reason. A writer, a great one at that, always writes to convey some type of message. And the reader is allowed to see that point and not agree with it fully. They might see something completely different within the pages of the novel, that the author didn’t necessarily intend but stuck with the reader regardless. 

The outlet that fan fiction provides is a special one. It inspires creativity and the willingness to write and share. It can be used as criticism, expansion and more importantly as a love letter to the author’s original work. Fanfiction is made from the appreciation of media and that appreciation helps keep the world filled with creatives who have a fandom or multiple fandom as communities that they can connect with when the rest of the world seems hopeless. 

 

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