A Bit About Fan Fiction

When people ask me what I’m writing about, a small wave of embarrassment sweeps over me … and I shuffle my foot, and I look away with reddened cheeks, and I mumble under my breath, “Just some fan fiction.”

I hate that I have this reaction. Why should I be ashamed? Whether others understand it or not, I cannot let literary snobbery (neither mine nor theirs) illegitimize my own writing.  Who says that one must write like Shakespeare or Austen or Faulkner to be “legitimate”, anyway? I refuse to allow myself such thoughts any longer.

So what is “fan fiction” exactly?

Fan fiction is creative writing about pre-existing characters, where the writer introduces new situations, alternate realities, additional characters … or expands upon scenes and situations introduced in the original work.

For a serious writer, fan fiction provides a means for exploring the process without the need to formulate and explain the history of the people involved.  It’s a wonderful exercise in plot development, lyricism, research, etc. I have learned that there is great value in writing fan fiction.  So much enjoyment. And the process has, much to my surprise, garnered me a very humble smidging of a fan club.  For that, I will be forever grateful.

The added benefit of being a writer of fan fiction is that you bring an enormous amount of joy to all the fan fiction readers … people who love the characters as much as you do. People who don’t want to let those character go, though a show might have gone off the air, or a book might have ended, or a series of comics might have finally run its course.

The fan fiction universe is vast and covers all genres: television, movies, books, comics, and anime.  My fan fiction focuses on television – specifically, Beauty and the Beast.  The show was a great influence during my formative years, and though I took many years away from it, my passion for the show’s message – my belief in love, dreams, and acceptance – has never waned.

If you’d like to know more about the show’s profound influence in my life, read my first blog entry: Welcome to My World.

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And here’s a blurb about Beauty and the Beast from Wikipedia – for those of you who would like to know more about the show:

Beauty and the Beast is an American television series which first aired on CBS in 1987. Creator Ron Koslow‘s updated version of the fairy tale has a double focus:

Through an empathic bond, Vincent senses Catherine’s emotions, and becomes her guardian.  The series follows the developing relationship between the characters and the division between New York and the hidden world beneath it.  In a twist from the original tale, however, this “beast” does not transform into society’s idea of beauty after gaining the love of Catherine.  Rather, Vincent’s inner beauty is highlighted, while Catherine’s life transforms as a result of their relationship.”

7 Comments »

  1. Nancy said,

    Did you just jot all of the above…right from your heart? No stress over usage or grammar…it just flowed, I know. It’s my idea of ‘perfection’. I want you to know that. I also read your thoughts about posting-in-progress like our friend does. Have you decided to try it?

  2. oh boy, if i could write i would be a fan-fiction person as well…i never knew what that was and i’m so glad i know now…wonderful – love when the mind just lets go and doesn’t care what others think – keep it up!!

    i tried to write some poetry – i have it on my blog – empty house…i had the strangest dream and wanted to write it down and that’s what happened…it’s not great, but makes me want to do more… do you write poetry? i’d like to see some…xo

    • shmoo74 said,

      Adrienne, You won’t get any judgment from me. The key is to write when you feel the inspiration, and others be damned! Kudos for your first go … I’m going to check it out!

  3. Norma D. said,

    I know you said not to get too impatient for Chapter 6, but I cannot help it. Chapter 5 was so sweet. I can’t wait to read what happens when Catherine finally becomes fully aware. Please don’t make us fans wait too long.

    • Michelle K. said,

      As a writer, I can only hope I don’t keep all of my fans waiting too long! I promise to do my best …

  4. Skippy Flink said,

    G’day Michelle,

    Just found your site, have been reading your stories, and think they are absolutely magic. Please keep up the good work. May we hope to see you at the Oz Con in 2013 – I’ll be there with bells on, the One Above willing. Thanks so much for the pleasure you have given me and countless others for your lovely tales. Love, laughter and joy, Skip

    • Michelle K. said,

      Thank you, Skip – that is so kind of you to say. I would love to get myself to Oz one of these days. I can’t guarantee I’ll be there in 2013, but if I could arrange a trip around the dates, you never know. I’ve never been, and it’s on my travel list for sure!

      I so appreciate your support and your generous words. Thanks again, and I hope you continue to visit as new updates are posted. Cheers! 🙂


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