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I occasionally read them, but I prefer to RP my own. A pet peeve of mine is when fanfic authors particularly warp the personalities of established characters, especially when they morph a non-OC into their personal mary sues/gary stus. Fortunately, most fanfics that I read avoid the latter, but the previous is a common issue. As has been stated several times throughout this thread, diamonds are fairly difficult to come by.
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lishous wrote:

love it, even though it can be a lot of work to find those gems... like I mean, a lot of work. totally worth it when you find the good ones though.


When you find one and then read that it was discontinued or hasn't been updated in years. It hurts.



this is the absolute most horrible hurt! I try to check if it's complete or when the last update was before I start on something, but sometimes there's this fic that has like a billion likes and favorites and it's 45 chapters long, and the writing is solid quality, and... curiosity will get the better of me... then i'm 45 chapters deep in hell when I hit the last sentence and remember it hasn't been updated in over 5 years
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lishous wrote:


TheGreatHoneyBun wrote:


lishous wrote:

love it, even though it can be a lot of work to find those gems... like I mean, a lot of work. totally worth it when you find the good ones though.


When you find one and then read that it was discontinued or hasn't been updated in years. It hurts.



this is the absolute most horrible hurt! I try to check if it's complete or when the last update was before I start on something, but sometimes there's this fic that has like a billion likes and favorites and it's 45 chapters long, and the writing is solid quality, and... curiosity will get the better of me... then i'm 45 chapters deep in hell when I hit the last sentence and remember it hasn't been updated in over 5 years


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aeb0717 wrote:

I occasionally read them, but I prefer to RP my own. A pet peeve of mine is when fanfic authors particularly warp the personalities of established characters, especially when they morph a non-OC into their personal mary sues/gary stus. Fortunately, most fanfics that I read avoid the latter, but the previous is a common issue. As has been stated several times throughout this thread, diamonds are fairly difficult to come by.


Those warped personalities piss me off
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I was addicted to Yaoi Creepypasta fanfictions about two years ago.
Do you know how much Ben Drowned x Jeff the Killer I've read?!
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I'm anti-fanfiction. I don't mean that in the sense that I think most of it is garbage, or that I stereotype fanfiction by the well-known and hated "author insert wish-fulfillment" subgenre. I know people who do fanfiction and fan RPing, and some of them are great at it.

I'm anti-fanfiction in the sense that I think it's an injustice to the original author. The person who creates a character, in my mind, should have full control of that character, in all their incarnations. It's unfair for a character's persona to be warped by other people writing them. A large fanfiction following of a series might result in the series or characters therein being tagged with a public opinion that's not based on the actual canon of the work. The creator is the one who knows what makes their characters tick, and what they would do in a given situation, and I feel like hijacking someone else's character to play a part in one's own plot is disrespectful to the original.

More than that, though, I'm against fanfiction because it's not original. By this, I mean that there are people out there who write fanfiction, and do it very well, and it's a waste that they're not writing something of their own instead. I get that some people are better at writing plots or dialogue than they are at characters, but that doesn't mean they can't collaborate with someone else. The majority of the fun of writing, to me, is exploring the emotional scale of your own characters; nailing the moments that hit them hardest or cause them to grow is immensely rewarding, and I don't think I'd be able to put the same enthusiasm into a story where the characters aren't my own.

Character, to me, is the most important aspect of fiction, so in short, I'm against fanfiction because it takes a shortcut with its characters. I'm not the type to try and push my opinions on other people, and I don't mean to disparage fanfiction writers or aficionados, but I implore anyone who likes to write to write to their full potential.
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i read it. i write it. what? i can't art so i have to depend on my few writing skills. lol i want to contribute to the fandom somehow...

i've written fics for Gintama, Legend of Zelda, Chrno Crusade, and FMA. None of mine are that long haha...
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Bavalt wrote:

I'm anti-fanfiction. I don't mean that in the sense that I think most of it is garbage, or that I stereotype fanfiction by the well-known and hated "author insert wish-fulfillment" subgenre. I know people who do fanfiction and fan RPing, and some of them are great at it.

I'm anti-fanfiction in the sense that I think it's an injustice to the original author. The person who creates a character, in my mind, should have full control of that character, in all their incarnations. It's unfair for a character's persona to be warped by other people writing them. A large fanfiction following of a series might result in the series or characters therein being tagged with a public opinion that's not based on the actual canon of the work. The creator is the one who knows what makes their characters tick, and what they would do in a given situation, and I feel like hijacking someone else's character to play a part in one's own plot is disrespectful to the original.

More than that, though, I'm against fanfiction because it's not original. By this, I mean that there are people out there who write fanfiction, and do it very well, and it's a waste that they're not writing something of their own instead. I get that some people are better at writing plots or dialogue than they are at characters, but that doesn't mean they can't collaborate with someone else. The majority of the fun of writing, to me, is exploring the emotional scale of your own characters; nailing the moments that hit them hardest or cause them to grow is immensely rewarding, and I don't think I'd be able to put the same enthusiasm into a story where the characters aren't my own.

Character, to me, is the most important aspect of fiction, so in short, I'm against fanfiction because it takes a shortcut with its characters. I'm not the type to try and push my opinions on other people, and I don't mean to disparage fanfiction writers or aficionados, but I implore anyone who likes to write to write to their full potential.


Well, what about "official" fanfiction works, such as the Star Wars EU?
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

Well, what about "official" fanfiction works, such as the Star Wars EU?


I'm a little torn on that sort of thing. I'm not personally familiar with Star Wars, but I've come into contact with creator-sanctioned fanfiction, such as the Lovecraft-inspired "Cthulhu Mythos", the constant writer changes that are part of the comic book industry, or anime filler. I'm not quite comfortable with them, though I can't say I have a problem with the people who write them per se, since they've been handed the reins, so to speak. On the other hand, I'm usually disappointed in the creator for letting someone else use their characters. This sort of maneuver has a strong chance of "diluting" the characters involved if not handled carefully, especially since the creator is agreeing to make it a part of the canon. It's fine if they pass the baton for good and let someone else run that canon from there (as it allows a plot or setting that might die out to continue), but giving someone else free reign over characters that you still intend to use, I think, demonstrates a lack of respect for your own work.
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Posted 11/1/14
Love it.
Read it.
Write it.
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I've written some back in the days when internet mailing lists were popular. I was on the Magic Knight Rayearth Mailing List.
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I'm writing a few stories now. I'm almost done proof-reading the first half of one of those. The question I have is this. How do I avoid the "Wall of Text" issue. The first half of the one I'm almost done proof reading is just over 55 single sided pages long, and when I'm done with the second half of the story, it'll probably total over a hundred pages (single sided pages).

I used paragraphs and broke up the scenes with little section headers, to show that the location has changed, or that it's a new day, but when I paste it, it's still gonna be a wall of text.

Is there a way to mitigate such an issue?
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I write fanfiction but they are horrible. I just write it to exercise my brain.
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yeah, but thats just it. an author never really owns his own fiction. if he does, hes the only one who reads it. look at lucas and star wars. lucas may say he owns it, but really its the fans that give it life.

im not saying its right, im just saying thats how it is, if an author is sucessfull.

edit: dont forget the "1632" series. IIRC, some of that was fan fiction that got published by the author. its a huge series, lots of writers.
Posted 11/2/14
Don't read it.
Don't like it.
But I write it.
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