Fanfiction is a subject of contention among the writing community. Many vehemently hate it and consider it to be a desecration of the author’s original intent and copyrighted works. A lot of people hate it because there are so many fanfictions that are just poorly written garbage, and to be fair, most of them are pretty terrible. Others believe that it’s a harmless creative outlet for die-hard fans that have fallen so in love with the universe and characters created by an author, that they can’t get enough and so continue to explore the story/characters on their own. Isn’t inspiring the imagination of others with your work a form of flattery? A lot of fanfiction greatly deviates from the source material to the point of being almost unrecognizable from the author’s original fiction (aside from some names, physical descriptions, and settings), but the author’s original work is still what set off that spark of inspiration that caused them to write that story in the first place. Many modern original fiction authors actually cut their teeth by writing fanfiction first.
So what do I think of fanfiction and what is my personal policy on it?
It’s crunch time. You’re behind on your writing. You don’t know how it happened but everything just piled up on you at once, and your writing has paid the price by being placed on the back-burner of life’s other priorities. We’ve all been there, and it sucks. What can you do when you’ve fallen that far behind?
A writing blitz! Buckle your seatbelts, bitches, cause you’re gonna write SO GOD DAMN HARD!!
Fun fact. I am a 2nd generation metal-head. My father raised me on metal, and my musical tastes are very much a part of who I am as a person. Another thing my father raised me on, was dragons. Some parents teach their young children to draw stick figure people, or flowers, or suns with happy faces. My dad taught me how to draw fire-breathing dragons. I grew up in the 80s when high-fantasy movies were quite popular, and thanks to my dad, these are the movies I grew up watching. I was, and still am, obsessed with dragons (and all things High-Fantasy). I’ve always had a love and appreciation for metal thanks to my upbringing, primarily Thrash Metal, but it wasn’t until I was a bit older that I discovered that my two greatest loves in life actually came together.
Fantasy story-telling + Heavy Metal = Power Metal!
If there is anything I hate, HATE, HAAATE that writers do – it’s inserting themselves into their fiction. You’re not being cleaver. You’re not being sneaky. You’re not fooling anyone. I see exactly what you’re doing.