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:
- the relationship between Vincent (Ron Perlman) – a mythic, noble man-beast – and his Catherine (Linda Hamilton), a savvy assistant district attorney in New York
- and a secret Utopian community of social outcasts living in a subterranean sanctuary.
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.”