Series with best/worst fanfiction?
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Posted 6/7/17 , edited 6/8/17
What series do you think have noticeably more quality in the average fan work than others? Ones where just about every fanfic about it will have the average fan lunging for the brain bleach? Are there entire genres that have a higher or lower quality of fanfiction than others? Why???
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Oh, yes. Certain series attract certain types of people and you can see it from the fanbase. Some series attract a wide and diverse variety of fans from all walks of life, some have a more niche group.

I think one of the best and most intelligent fandom is probably Star Trek. I got into the Star Trek series mainly because of the awesome fans who write awesome stories. Maybe its because some of these Kirk/Spock slashers are now very much middle-aged or professionals in some way. They say Star Trek was the first series to spawn rabid slash fans. Ha ha. Some of the best Star Trek fanfics are really on the level of bestselling novels. The Avengers fandom has some pretty slick and prolific writers too.

Both the Naruto and Harry Potter fandom have a very diverse fandom, having both the best and most intelligent authors and the shallowest, most idiotic ones (or maybe the fan is just super young). Supernatural also has a big, very big fanfic kingdom, mostly slash, and it also has both good and meh stories that make you roll your eyes really hard.
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All fanfiction is, so far as I have seen, shit.

Given a broad enough definition of 'fan fiction', I'd have to say that the 'best' I know of would be the older Star Wars and Star Trek books. I remember fondly one Star Trek short story where Kirk becomes a woman and Spock becomes more of a man.

The worst, I'd have to say, is probably that Bella Swan stuff, but I avoid fanfiction on the whole, so there may have been a more poorly written, badly characterized story based on some newer work that I haven't seen.
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Well, in my experience, smaller fandoms tend to have a better ratio of good fanfics over bad fanfics, while really popular fandoms tend to have more bad fanfics than good ones. Of course, that's not to say that popular fandoms like Naruto and Bleach don't have good fanfics, but there are just so many people writing for them that the good ones get drowned out by the mediocre and terrible ones.

As for genres, I have come to the conclusion that gen (aka non-pairing) fanfiction tends to have a better good to bad ratio than romantic/pairing fanfiction. Those who do prefer romantic/pairing fanfiction (but want a quality story, instead of getting to the romance/sex part as quickly as possible) should look for stories tagged with "slow burn". "Slow burn" stories usually take their time developing the relationship; thus, making it feel more plausible/believable. "Slow burn" also doesn't always apply to pairings, but can also apply to platonic relationships too. I should warn you though that just because a fic is tagged "slow burn" doesn't automatically mean it will be good (though "slow burns" tend to be good more often than not). Also, there are plenty of fanfics that could qualify as a slow burn, but are not tagged as such.

As for what to avoid, you should avoid anything tagged "ooc" (aka out of character) or crack (unless you like reading crack fanfiction). It's also best to avoid AUs that are completely different from canon (such as "high school AUs" for fandoms that don't take place in high school in canon and so forth) unless it's from an author you know is capable of writing good fanfics. Another thing to avoid is stories where OCs (aka original characters) are main/major characters (especially if they are paired with a canon character). Of course, that is not to say that all stories that have OCs as major characters are automatically bad. In fact, one of my favorite stories in the Avengers/Iron Man/Thor/MCU fandom is called "Bend Around the Wind" and it has some of the best OCs I've ever read in a fanfic (to the extent that I even forgot they were OCs after a certain point and began to care about their fate as much as the fate of the canon characters). That said, "Bend Around the Wind" is the exception to the rule, since most OCs in fanfics tend to either be bland or Mary sues (it also helps the "Bend Around the Wind" is a "slow burn").

There are other things to keep in mind when searching for good fanfics, but most of those tend to be subjective/dependent on an individual's preferences.
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gornotck wrote:

All fanfiction is, so far as I have seen, shit.

Given a broad enough definition of 'fan fiction', I'd have to say that the 'best' I know of would be the older Star Wars and Star Trek books. I remember fondly one Star Trek short story where Kirk becomes a woman and Spock becomes more of a man.

The worst, I'd have to say, is probably that Bella Swan stuff, but I avoid fanfiction on the whole, so there may have been a more poorly written, badly characterized story based on some newer work that I haven't seen.



While there are lots of mediocre and terrible fanfics out there, there are also some pretty good (and occasionally even excellent) ones if you know what to look for. I have a lot of experience with reading fanfics from various fandoms and have learned how to pick out the diamonds from the turds over the years. In fact, I've been thinking about making a rec list with some of my favorite fics to show to people like you as proof that not all fanfiction sucks.

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Posted 6/8/17 , edited 6/8/17
i've seen a lot of good fanfiction in many series

i've seen a lot of bad fanfiction in many series

so my answer is, i can't think of any series that has the worst or the best fanfiction.

except those series that were bad to begin with, then of course the fanfiction is going to be bad.
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Posted 6/16/17 , edited 6/16/17
oh my goddess.
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Posted 6/17/17 , edited 6/17/17
the boku no hero academia doujinshi are pretty bad (except for like one or two of them)
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