Booking Through Thursday: Fan Fiction

Have you every written any fanfiction? If yes, why and for which book(s)? If no, would you like to and for which books(s)?

For that matter, do you ever READ fanfiction?

Oh, of course! Not for books, unless the Little Women AU in my head counts. But I’m from fandom, and I’ve written plenty for movies, television shows, and video games. (No links—I try to keep my fannish life and real life neatly separated.)

I’m always looking for good Little Women fanfiction starring Jo and Laurie, but I’m always up for good Sherlock Holmes fic or a good The Chronicles of Narnia addressing the problem of Susan. (I don’t like how Gaiman did it.) Really, I’ll read anything as long as I’ve read the source and the fanfic has been recommended.

And yes, of course I read fanfiction. I keep ’em on my phone to read if I don’t feel like reading my digital book. And I’d like to point out that fanfiction is a much broader category than you might think. I refer you to Aja Romano’s brilliant post, “I’m done explaining why fanfiction is okay“, which points out how works based on other works have been around since the dawn of time (Paradise Lost counts!) and are perfectly capable of being fantastic enough to win the Pulitzer. In short—my favorite fanfic is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

9 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Fan Fiction

  1. Fanfiction writers unite!

    (Now I am dying to know who you are in fandom. Hee. DO I ALREADY KNOW? Questions.)

    I am curious to go read other reactions, but also terrified of all the offensive answers that will likely be present to make me want to go scream into a pillow.

  2. I’ve had no involvement in fanfiction, but I love fandom people. You’re so smart and enthusiastic and engage with the source material such a deep level. The very opposite of the stereotype. You and Renay and Aja being prime examples 😀

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