Two years ago, I had no idea what “fanfiction” was. But I wrote it. I know, the irony hurts me too. And just in case you don’t know what “fanfiction” is, let me help you there:
You’re welcome for that definition.
When I was 12 years old, I saw no life after Narnia. If I wanted to be a writer, I needed the world of Narnia to work with.
It evolved into many stapled together volumes of my original characters rampaging through C.S. Lewis’ Narnian world. They were adorable volumes. I was a very serious and very adorable writer.
But I digress!
I didn’t know that I was writing fanfiction back then. Later I shrugged it off as 12-year-old plagiarism. (And I’m flattering myself with the “12 year old” tag, because I was still writing it and calling it “mine” when I was 14 and 15. We’ll upgrade “adorable” to “naive” now.)
Later, when I learnt what fan-fic was, what did I think?
Yep, I judged the entire idea faster than you can say “ouch”. I’m quite embarrassed at how briskly I decided fanfic was for people who a) ripped-off and stole other’s ideas, and b) had no imagination obviously and couldn’t invent their own stories. (I’d never ever read any!)
I didn’t think about the concept of fan-fic again until I read…Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is a fantastic story (a phrase here which means: best book ever go read it now) that talks about fanfiction. It even gives two sides to the story! Cath, the narrator, obviously adores fanfic. She’s a very popular fanfic writer on the internet. Her college professor adamantly states that fanfic is plagiarism.
So which is it?
My brain demanded I have an opinion, as brains do. So naturally I went straight to Mime to ask her what my opinion should be.
Mime and I collaborated (a phrase here which means: she voiced her opinions in un-garbled English and I agreed) and decided how we feel about fanfiction:
1. It’s definitely cool.
2. You need imagination and good writing skills to pull it off, same as with any other style of writing.
3. You should definitely do it legally and always always make sure people know you’re writing fanfic and not something original. (Give credit to the creator and don’t sell it and blah blah.)
What is the point of writing fanfic? Obviously, enjoyment and fun. And it’s writing. All writing is good practise for…more writing.
But like they pointed out in Fangirl, you can’t make money off it and you can’t make a career out of it.
At the end of the day, Mime and I both write because we plan to be notoriously rich and famous. We have very good life plans.
Writing fanfic is a perfectly acceptable pastime and woot to those who enjoy it. But we can’t see any point in doing it ourselves.
Cait has many opinions. This is because she forgets she had them so makes up new ones constantly. When not borrowing Mime’s opinions, she likes to force her opinions on Mime. This works by bribery and feeding Mime turkish delight. See? All those years of reading about the White Witch paid off. Currently, she’s reading UNHINGED by A.G. Howard. Morpheus.