Fanfiction = Good fiction?

I was flicking through the October edition of ‘Writing Magazine’ when I noticed an interesting letter somebody had sent in.

As I myself am I big fan of both reading and writing fanfiction, it was great to discover that although there is some hate for fanfiction in the writing community, that some writers have also found it has its advantages.

“As a writer who creates fanfiction, I know how gratifying it is to receive the comments and criticism from other subscribers. The criticism is valid and well thought out, aiding my development as a writer.”

I was excited to see this in writing. As a fanfiction writer, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see reviews from my readers even if they do contain criticism, after all I have no novels published or reviewed therefore I don’t know whether my writing style is something that people enjoy to read. Thanks to some lovely reviews I’ve been given, I’ve been able to assertain who my main audience is and what they like the most about my writing, helping me in developing my skills as a writer.

“However, one shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it is a lazy way of writing. The characters are fully formed, with personality traits already familiar to readers.”

True, fanfiction can be labelled as ‘lazy writing’, however isn’t that what all writers need some times.
I find that I write my best work after I have taken time out to write a fanfiction. The characters in fanfiction are characters that you feel familiar to. Maybe you grew up seeing them on your screen or in a book series. They are a fully formed character and do not need you to develop their entire character for them, as they already exist. I find it is a great way, if you’re struggling with your own stubborn character, to get back into the flow of writing, before you return to your own novel.

“Take heed: there is more talent on the internet, unpaid and providing pleasure for millions, than is coming thrugh publishing today.”

This again is so true. Some of the best stories I’ve read and written have been fanfiction’s, and should anyone truly be sneered at for writing fanfiction, when it’s somebody working hard to develop their writing skills in any way they can?

For example, take E.L James the writer of the bestselling ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy. Fifty Shades of Grey was originally uploaded on a fanfiction website before it was published, and whilst I readily admit it is not the best written work by any stretch of the imagination, it appears to be what people want to read, and if that idea was inspired by a book or film it doesn’t matter, because the idea existed and has now worked it’s way into the minds of many reader’s.

So what do you think about fanfiction? Is it just ‘lazy writing’, or is it a more important tool in the writing community than people realise? Share your thoughts on the subject by leaving a comment.

And if you’re interested in reading any of my fanfiction *smiles and waves* please check out my fanfiction account and leave a review if you read any: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1723787/OldVictorianQuill

Sorcha x

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Fanfiction

Vampire Diaries
My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn ~ (2/2) ~ She didn’t know much about ‘Gone with the Wind’ only that there was a woman; Scarlett, someone called Rhett and something to do with the Civil War, but she knew it was meant to be one of the greatest love stories of all time. Damon/Elena.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7869222/1/My_Dear_I_Dont_Give_a_Damn
Chapter 2 (Outtakes): http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7869222/2/My_Dear_I_Dont_Give_a_Damn

Vampire’s Don’t Sparkle ~ (1/1) ~ What with the fight against evil, little did the occupants of the Gilbert house think to worry of what the little imaginative girl in the house opposite would observe sitting at her bedroom window. Damon/Elena.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7823088/1/Vampires_Dont_Sparkle

Harry Potter
Comforting Grief ~ (1/1) ~ During their seventh year at Hogwarts, Lily comforts a grieving James when nobody else can. Lily/James.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6441494/1/Comforting_Grief

Did I Get Her? ~ (1/1) ~ After the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Remus checks on Tonks in St Mungo’s. Remus/Tonks
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5270156/1/Did_I_get_her

I Know ~ (5/5) ~ Whilst Tonks attempts to drink her sorrows and thoughts of Remus away, Snape can’t help but think to the past when another heartbroken witch sobbed over a Marauder. Remus/Tonks, one-sided Snape/Lily, mentions of James/Lily
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7449493/1/I_Know
Chapter 2: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7449493/2/I_Know
Chapter 3: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7449493/3/I_Know
Chapter 4: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7449493/4/I_Know
Chapter 5: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7449493/5/I_Know

Pure Intentions ~ (1/1) ~ “You wouldn’t be one of those Auror’s you hear about who join up for the wrong reasons. Your intentions would be pure!” “What would be the wrong reasons?” he questioned quietly, a quick flash of pain crossing his eyes. Teddy/Victoire.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7193617/1/Pure_Intentions

Wuthering Heights
Con-trar-y – Con-tra-ry ~ (1/1) ~ But as his aching jaw lingered he’d finally realised what it was actually from. Smiling. He smiled all the time now, smiled at Joseph’s disgruntled murmurs as Cathy reprimanded him for trailing mud into the finally scrubbed clean kitchen. A Team Hareton fanfiction. Cathy/Hareton
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8007718/1/Contrary_Contrary

Damned Little Witch ~ (1/1) ~ His gun burst while out on the hills by himself, a splinter cut his arm, and he lost a good deal of blood before he could reach home.” A Team Hareton fanfiction.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7324263/1/Damned_Little_Witch

Too Late for Friendship ~ (1/1) ~ After hitting Cathy during Lockwood’s visit, Hareton makes attempts at friendship. Cathy/Hareton angst.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6443791/1/Too_late_for_Friendship

Doctor Who
Escaping Formalities ~ (1/1) ~ At his wedding reception, the half human Doctor can’t wait to carry Rose over the threshold of their cottage. Doctor/Rose.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5629953/1/Escaping_formalities

Letting Go ~ (1/1) ~ As The Doctor lays with Amy Pond on the grass, looking up at the sky, he thinks to his saviour and the woman who will forever be in his hearts. Mentions of Doctor/Rose. NOT an Amy/Doctor romance.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5865700/1/Letting_Go

Wants and Needs ~ (1/1) ~ It was a fight between the inner Time Lord and the inner Human; a fight between the desire of wanting and needing. Spoilers for Series 2: The Girl in the Fireplace. Doctor/Rose.
Chapter 1: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6443735/1/Wants_and_Needs

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