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1 Fanfiction An almost original power point by Kaya White, based on the original lectures of Maggie Chan

2 What is it? Fan fictions (also called fanfics or just fics) are fan written works based on an already established work of fiction. They are unauthorized, unpublished, and usually unread by the creator of the original work.

3 Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don't do it for money. That's not what it's about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They're fans, but they're not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language. Lev Grossman, TIME, July 18, 2011

4 The stereotype

5 a teenage girlor rather, an obsessed, friendless, and love-sick teenage girl. Her only interest in writing is to get her two favorite characters in an absurd relationship or Stockholm syndrome-esque situation. So shell sit down at her laptop and, in tattered grammar and weak English, shell type up a tale filled with gleaming purple prose, bipolar characters, and over-the-top description. Or worse, shell create a Mary Sue character and stick it with the male canon character she secretly wishes was real. (The Mary-Sue is her * hint hint *)


7 Just like in the physical world of real publishing, there are good and bad writers who write good and bad stories. The people who write good fanfictionand good bookstend to be far different from the stereotype, and different from each other, living in countries all over the world. Above all they are people who like stories, and people who arent too absorbed in their own creations to recognize and appreciate genius in the ideas of others.

8 A bit of background Fanfiction is nothing new The Testament of Cresseid by Robert Henryson based on Chauncers Troilus and Criseyde (15 th century) Charlotte Bronte wrote about the Duke of Wellington Star Trek

9 The Final Frontier Star Trek (60s) Popularized and defined fanfiction Fanzines Mail Also started conventions Mostly female writers

10 Also: Doujishini 60s and 70s Independent manga/novels based on existing material Began as a way for new artists to make a debut School clubs

11 So lets go on an Adventure!


13 Fic Types Drabble One shot Multi-chap Song fic Plot bunny

14 Plot Types

15 Know before you go OC AU Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu Canon Fanon Crack Lemon/lime Flame drabble Fandom Shipping Characteristic!Character Slash/yuri/yaoi OOC Self insert Otp ! Crossover

16 Cross Overs Based off two or more works

17 Where? The Older Sibling who used to be the favorite but now lives in the basement with cats and hot pockets Live Journal No Summary, be careful Tumblr no summary, and good luck finding it amongst the other fandom works Archive of our own classier

18 You say: But why? Its useless! Its pathetic! To which I respond: they will never find your body Fanfiction is like training wheelsa way to learn to write and be critiqued Plot, character, the whole she-bang A realistic writing scenario -- Movie and TV writers (who are paid to write) have to work with other peoples characters, style, and plotlines Publicity

19 So, you wanna write fanfiction? Which fandom do you want to contribute to? Oc? Pre-existing? AU? Ships? Cross over? Prequel? Sequel? Drabble? Crack?

20 Dos Keep in characteror as close as possible Research! Know the canon Write a summary about your fic

21 Donts first fic, be gentle Wait to find out! Bash characters/ships Bash the creator (yes, even Smeyer) Copy someone elses fic (ask first to do double fic) Tell Mrs. White you wrote this instead of an original poem/story/song for Tangent not that I would know

22 Congratulations! You are now somewhat prepared to venture forth into the realm of fanfiction! Or at least no longer stumbling upon pits of centipedes.

23 Challenge! Writers: Pick a fandom. Write a drabble.

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