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MORE ABOUT FAN FICTION
What does fan fiction mean?
Fan fiction are stories written by everyday fans featuring characters, settings, and plots from their favorite, pre-existing TV, novels, manga, movies, and other media.
How do you pronounce fan fiction?[ fan-fik-shuhn ]
Where did the term fan fiction come from?
Those with an itch to stretch their creative muscles, with a little too much knowledge about a particular franchise, and with enough get-go to put their fingers to the keyboard have all that it takes to be a fan fiction author.
Fan fiction is writing that expands on an author or creator’s existing story, characters, or fictional universe (called canon) with original situations and settings.
And if you like it, you can fanfic it. The band One Direction, the 1990s sitcom Frasier, the animated My Little Pony, and all things Harry Potter have all inspired fan fiction, to name a few examples.
Fan fiction of Harry Potter, for instance, might imagine a steamy romance between Draco and Hermione; imagined relationships are a common topic of fan fiction known as shipping. Other fan fiction mashes up entire intellectual properties, such as Harry Potter and Star Wars. Awesome, right?
The phrase fan fiction is from as early as the 1940s, initially used to poke fun at wannabe sci-fi authors published in fan magazines, or fanzines.
The word may be relatively young, but the concept is ancient. People have been writing stories about existing characters forever. The Christian Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all fan fiction based on the life of Jesus and written for different audiences. William Shakespeare based most of his plays off myths, legends, and histories he read extensively about—fanfic 101.
Star Trek fans, or Trekkies, spawned much of contemporary fan fiction as we know it. Wanting more of the original 1966–69 TV series, Trekkies put out their own fanzines, such as Spockanalia, and sold them at a small cost at conventions, a major event of fandoms and their fan fiction.
Even from its start, Star Trek fanfiction highlighted two major themes of fan fiction as a genre.
- A vast majority of authors appear to be women.
- A great deal of fan fiction revolves around sexual content, notably featuring same-sex relationships involving characters who aren’t romantically involved in the original work. This prominent subgenre is called slash fiction, as early stories were called Kirk/Spock stories. Why these themes? Perhaps due to the patriarchy of traditional publishing and storytelling as well as the under-representation of marginalized groups in mainstream media?
Meanwhile, Japan was also developing its own fan fiction, called doujinshi, based on manga in the 1960–70s, also self-publishing them and selling them at big meet-ups.
The internet ushered in a golden age of fan fiction, creating forums such as FanFiction, LiveJournal, and Archive of Our Own for authors to post, share, read, and review fan fiction. E.L. James first published online her 50 Shades of Grey as fan fiction based on the Twilight fantasy series before its formal publication in 2011 became an absolutely massive sensation (and later film series).
Reaction to fan fiction is mixed. Some original creators like J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter feel flattered by their offshoots, while others such as Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin snub it. Star Wars allows fanzines—as long as no content is pornographic.
How to use the term fan fiction
The term fan fiction, sometimes shortened to fanfic, fic, or ff, is most widely used by fans when raving about their love of the form and community. Whether they’ve just posted their newest story or were engrossed in the latest chapter, fan fiction writers and readers often express their support for one another and their obsession with fanfic.
"I hope you're right, Castle. I'd rather to be paranoic than see Lanie in troubles" ONE OF MY FAVORITE LINES FROM MY FANFICTION.
— Ana, la Carolina ✨ (@heycoralina) March 2, 2013
I am writing Hunger Games fanfiction as well as Twilight now. I'm doing this 100 Theme Challenge for THG and just…stuff for Twilight. xD
— Emma (Lou) (@EmmaTwivamp) October 9, 2010
Depending on the context, fan fiction can carry connotations of eroticism. Whether you’re Tina Belcher of Bob’s Burgers who loves to write about zombie butts or the next E.L. James, fan fiction is not always for the prudish.
My phone now automatically suggests the word "fanfiction" after any mention of the words "spicy", "saucy" or "dirty"…
— emu (@FlightlessRoyal) May 11, 2018
Fan fiction authors, though, have a sense of humor, sometimes laughing at their own melodrama or geekdom.
#10yearsago I discovered the Internet, wrote really bad fanfiction, and was a total noob. Shoutout to the SFWC!
— Spooky (@spookysage) December 31, 2009
More examples of fan fiction:
“The simple word “fanfiction” causes people to scrunch their noses in distaste. Yet many people in this age don’t even know what that word means or refers to. That in and of itself is a shame because there are fanfiction authors out there that are more skilled at the art of writing than some published authors are.”
—Palak Jayswal, The Daily Utah Chronicle, June 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
How to use fan fiction in a sentence
Fans are not required to write pages of fan fiction or recite movie lines by heart.Three ways brands are tapping into the fan psyche to cultivate connection|WarnerMedia|October 21, 2021|Digiday
Often self-published by a single editor, “zinesters” shared stories, commentary, artwork, fan fiction and poems related to topics of mutual interest.Newsletters may threaten the mainstream media, but they also build communities|Sarah Ovink|July 8, 2021|Washington Post
Apparently, after becoming engulfed in the “Harry Potter” books and movies, she had created a fan fiction account that in just a few short weeks had grown to 50,000 followers.TikTok as an educational tool? Somehow it’s working for my 13-year-old.|Kristen Chase|May 21, 2021|Washington Post
The trilogy, which started as Twilight fan fiction, was published by Random House a year later.Every Juicy Thing We Know About the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie|Amy Zimmerman|November 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the fan fiction world is so over all that heteronormativity.50 Shades of Fall TV: New Girl, Scandal, and More Television Fan Fiction|Amy Zimmerman|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There are Halo novels, miniseries, and reams of florid fan-fiction.David Fincher and Conan O’Brien: Halo 4’s Secret Weapons|Alex Klein|October 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Unbeknownst to her classmates, she was writing erotic fan fiction at night.How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Shaking Up the Business of the Romance Genre|Chris Berube|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Carroll says Very Mary Kate is a work of fan fiction—the art of giving an easy-to-tease celebrity a life of his or her own.‘Very Mary Kate’: Mary-Kate Olsen’s Online Impersonator|Isabel Wilkinson|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST