Saturday, August 14, 2010

Talking about fan fiction


Photo comes from this entry.

Funny how I talk so infrequently about fan fiction on this blog and yet I participate in fandoms by writing fan fiction.

All blog entries mentioning fan fiction. Yeah, there's not much.

Wikipedia sez:

Fan fiction (alternately referred to as fanfiction, fanfic, FF, or fic) is a broadly-defined term for fan labor regarding stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. ... Fan fiction, therefore, is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe.

I have been reading and writing fan fiction for more than ten years and I ... don't much write about it. Prior to this blog post, I didn't even make a habit out of telling people that I consume this stuff.

And then I find out that people like Neil Gaiman and Matt Smith [yes, THAT ONE] write fan fiction. And that Gneil, at least, has no problems with people writing the stuff for his work; the same goes for, hmm, the last time I looked J. K. Rowling didn't mind so much, either....

I know that there are serious legal issues with this stuff; I know there are fandoms in which fan fiction is actually Not A Good Thing; there are authors who actively ban it; and yet the fans keep going, producing reams of stuff in the process.

Wish I knew why.

Informal straw poll time.

Fan fiction: yea or nay?

Do you write or read fan fiction?

If the answer to the above question is yes, what fandoms?


That's all. Thanks for your time, dears.

4 comments:

Presea said...

yay for FF.

BUT!

if you have plans to turn your fic into a book & sell it, therein lies the dilemma. FFs are great, but it can limit a writer's "profitability", especially if the fiction they wrote is good enough to be turned into a mass-produced book.

you're a great writer, pj. i'd be the first in line to buy your book, & that's why i hope to see your stuff on bookshelves instead of that crappy shit called twilight. i know you have plans of doing an FF for nano, but srsly, it would be a shame if it can't be published because of a legal impediment.

tinskyhunter said...

To answer your questions, yes, I do read and write fanfictions, mostly from anime shows... ^^

PJ Punla said...

@ Presea

Thank you. Words cannot express how much your comment means to me.

@tinskyhunter

Neat!

Presea said...

haha...srsly, you ought to get published already. the local publishing scene needs more writers of your caliber. & i'm not just saying that because we're friends. :)

hopefully, nano will jump start that path. it's a rather feasible idea if you ask me. :P