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I treat it the same way I treat any short story written by a high school student that steals characters and settings.
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I sometimes listen to readings of the really shitty ones.
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I'm not a fan of fanfiction...

though I don't mind doujinshi... or altered anime version of an original text.
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I read one fanfiction that was pretty well written. Not gonna mention what it was based on, but I can say it was interesting yet conflicting. Mostly because, even though it was a good romantic read, you get in the back of your mind that it wasn't an official story with the characters. So it's a let down at the same time. Also it got too sexual and strong that I had to stop reading and think, am I really reading this? A lot of the sex scenes in it made me laugh or hesitate reading because I'm imagining these characters from an anime and know that's not how they would really act. I wouldn't read another fanfic because it would ruin an anime for me and how I see the characters. All and all, I would say I think I'm too old to read fanfics as well. A lot are written and catered to entertain young minds if anything. And they are mostly written by teens. lol
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Fanfiction is for fat women.
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But... but I'm not fat...
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I have never read or written a fanfiction once in my life. Okay well, there was this one time...
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nemoskull wrote:

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.


There's a big difference between the "ownership" the creator possesses and the "ownership" the fandom possesses. It's poetic to use the same word to represent them, but they are not the same concept. Certainly, you can't have storytelling without the "telling". The way each reader interprets the story will vary, which is one of the things that makes fiction what it is. I'm certainly not about to argue that subjectivity doesn't come into play; ambiguity and the resultant discussion are key to my enjoyment of good fiction. I'm the type that prefers possibilities over answers, and fiction's "audience-involvement" is one of the things that draws me to it so strongly.

However, in all pieces of fiction, the interpretation of the reader is generated by the story itself. Just as you can't have storytelling without the "telling", you also can't have it without the "story", and the story is the domain of the author. Everyone will have their own interpretation of a character, plot event, symbol, or even a phrase of poetic diction. While I'm not saying that's a bad thing by any means, I will assert that this phenomenon should not be a two-way street. The author generates the story, which in turn generates its interpretations. The elements of the story oftentimes become larger than life if they get a big enough fandom, but even then, these elements, as pieces of popular culture, are not the same entities are their parallels in the source material. A fan can affect perceptions, but only the author should have the right to add on to the story itself and affect the canon.

I will admit that I don't think I really have a problem with, say, "speculative" fanfiction (ie. A fan's conceptualization of how an implied scene played out), nor do I overly mind setting-borrowing, as long as the characters are all original. But even then, the author, in my mind at least, is perfectly justified in saying something like "X wouldn't do that" or "that's not how Y works". The audience "knows" a character or setting in the same way that a person knows another person. It's possible to distill a specific impression based on what you see, but not to claim that you can correctly predict what they will do in other situations. Only the creator understands the material closely enough to write it. Writing a story with borrowed elements, without consulting their creator about how those elements should behave, is akin to claiming that you know those elements as intimately as the creator does - but, like people, these elements are constantly evolving, and the impressions you get from them might not be accurate. I love speculation, but I can't appreciate the mindset that says "I can use X's characters for my story," because what's even left to make it "your" story? How can you appreciate the characters you're writing if you can't be certain that they'd really react in the way you envision them to?
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Raimu4 wrote:

Fanfiction is for fat women.


How did you even come up with that?
Posted 11/2/14
I'm still baffled at the idea of shipping Shadow the Hedgehog and Shrek. My response is,
"WHY?" and "STOP!"
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