While reading books or watching movies, most of us have wondered what if. What if certain characters had ended up together? What if the plot diverged in a different way? What if a villain acted in another manner? Some people decided to act on their questions. They put pen to paper or brought out their computers and started writing and fan fiction was born. Some of these works, based on other people’s characters, were published as pastiches. For example, there are numerous such novels based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Other people, knowing their works might not see the print posted the stories online.
Fan fiction are the stories written by fans that involve popular fictional characters. They are later posted on the web. There are several sites that give people the possibility to express their creativity. In turn authors receive reviews for their works.
How fan fiction phenomenon developed
Initially, the term fan fiction was associated with original science fiction novels written by amateur novelists. With the birth of the Star Trek phenomenon, the term received a new meaning. In the 1960s fan fiction works were posted in fanzines (magazines printed by fans and sold at science fiction conventions).
With the birth of the Internet era, fan fiction became even more popular. A study mentioned that these works comprise one third of all content about books on the internet. Several websites such as Archive Of Our Own and Fanfiction.net host millions of works. It is hard to find a popular fandom that has not written a story about its favorite characters.
With the help of social media members of fandoms and implicitly fan fiction writers can easily socialize. The authors of fan fiction get to talk to their readers and to respond to the reviews they receive. Tumblr is one of the most famous blogging platforms for fan fiction writers. There they receive feedback for their stories, make their fan fics popular and fill prompts from their readers.
Fan fiction was born out of a desire to see famous characters in different situations. In time, the phenomenon reached ample proportions. Did you know that several authors, such as J.K.Rowling, have given their “blessing” to fan fiction?
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