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Beyond Canon: What Is Fan Fiction And Why You Should Write It.

Hey there, fellow adventure-seekers of the literary cosmos! Ever heard of fan fiction? If you’re a writer, there is no way your answer can be no unless you’ve been living on another planet. I mean, have you ever wondered what it would be like if Harry Potter’s father, James Potter, had to get an awesome woman like Lilly Evans to marry him? J. K. Rowling’s never told us. So, we take up our keyboards, and we let our imagination do the typing. That’s fan fiction. Of course, we don’t own it, and we don’t make any money, but damn if it's not satisfying.

Fan fiction is taking your favorite characters, remixing them with imagination and creativity, and sprinkling it with a whole lot of fandom love. I am still guilty of sprouting 'Shall We Date: Obey Me' Fan fiction waxing lyrical about Mammon. Oh! That boy has my head in knots! Anyway! It's not just a hobby; it's a whole universe of possibilities waiting for you to explore if you’re a writer. I’m taking you deep into the rabbit hole of fan fiction—where imagination knows no bounds, creativity reigns supreme, and fan-generated stories rock the stage. So, grab your quills, keyboards, and let's dive into the magical world of writing fan fiction!

What and Why of Fan Fiction?

Picture this: your favorite characters—be they wizards, warriors, or wily detectives—doing what YOU want them to do. How awesome is that! You get to take them on new adventures and plan new twists thoroughly to your whim. And we never get enough. It’s never enough! I still spend hours reading about Fenris for Dragon Age fan fiction, finding innovative ways to make Female Hawke fall in love with him. Don't even get mmey started on Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect. I mean, can you blame me?

It’s an entire universe free from rules. From creating epic sequels to crafting quirky crossovers, fanfic is where stories get remixed, turned upside down, and spun into something entirely fresh and exciting.

Fanfic Wonderland makes you the ultimate storyteller in your fandom universe. You get to tinker with beloved characters, explore untold scenarios, and hang out with fellow fans who get your obsession. It's like joining an exclusive club of creators, where you're not just a consumer but a co-creator of the stories you love. Plus, the encouragement is fantastic! Fan fic writers always support each other with praise and critique, and it has made me into the writer I am today. I don’t think I’d be published without them.

Why You should be Writing Fan Fiction

  • Boost Your Creative Powers: Ever wanted to give your favorite hero a quirky sidekick or toss them into a parallel universe? Fanfic is your playground, and creativity is your superhero cape!

  • A Learning Adventure: Writing fanfic sharpens your storytelling skills, from nailing dialogue to crafting epic plots that could rival the original tales.

  • Connect with Your Fandom Tribe: Sharing your fanfic opens doors to a world of like-minded enthusiasts, where feedback flows like creative confetti.

  • Get Ready for Constructive Critique: Fanfic isn't just praise; it's a chance to learn and grow as your fellow fans give you insights that can make your writing shine even brighter.

Top 10 fandoms with the most Fan Fiction writing

Crossover characters from star wars, star trek, harry potter, dragon age
A Harry Potter in the Federation, a Templar in space, and Han Solo on a Manga frigate.

Here's the list of the most written fandoms:

  1. Harry Potter: Wizards, wands, and a world of magic – Potterheads are conjuring up fanfic tales that explore Hogwarts, mystical creatures, and spells we didn't even know existed. This is the most popular book/movie title to write about, with hundreds of thousand fics written and more added every day.

  2. Anime/Manga Fandoms: Naruto, Inuyasha, and Bleach ring a bell? From ninjas to superheroes, anime, and manga fans are diving into fanfic worlds that reimagine epic battles, explore secret origins, and throw unexpected twists at their favorite characters. This is a huge multilingual genre with reading and writing fans from across the world.

  3. Star Wars: Lightsabers, droids, and intergalactic drama – Star Wars fanfic writers are taking characters we love to galaxies we've never seen before, making the Force even stronger with creative tales. Anyone browsing Kylo Ren and Rey fics?

  4. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Superheroes, assemble! The MCU fandom is like a fanfic playground where Iron Man might team up with Spidey for an epic adventure that's way cooler than anything the movies dreamed up. I do Wolverine and Storm. What about you?

  5. Supernatural: Ghosts, demons, and two demon-hunting brothers driving a classic car? The Supernatural fandom is giving these boys more monster hunts, dramatic showdowns, and heartwarming bromance moments than ever before. Oh, Dean, be still my heart and hormones!

  6. Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, my dear reader! The Sherlock fandom is turning deduction into an art form, with fanfic stories that put the brilliant detective and his trusty sidekick on new thrilling cases. And now I see Benedict Cumberbatch in my head no matter what.

  7. Doctor Who: Time travel, alien adventures, and a madman with a blue box – the Doctor Who fandom is rewriting history (literally) with fanfic tales that explore all of time and space.

  8. The Avengers: Earth's mightiest heroes are getting a fanfic makeover, with epic team-ups, romantic entanglements, and battles that might just top what we saw on the big screen.

  9. Star Trek: Set phasers to fun! (Dammit! I sound like Sheldon!) The Star Trek fandom is boldly going where no one has gone before with fanfic that takes our favorite space explorers on new voyages of discovery.

  10. Twilight: Vampires, werewolves, and the ultimate love triangle – the Twilight fandom isn't just swooning; they're rewriting the rules of romance with fanfic stories that sparkle.

Remember, fandoms can be as diverse as the stars in the sky, and what's trending today might be old news tomorrow! So, keep checking out what's hot!

Websites to Read and Write Fan Fiction

  • Archive of Our Own (AO3): The fanfic headquarters with a fantastic range of fandoms, where you can immerse yourself in stories and showcase your own.

  • An epic hub of fanfic treasures where fandoms unite, characters mingle, and new stories unfold daily.

  • Wattpad: Not just for original tales! Wattpad's a cozy corner for fanfic enthusiasts ready to explore creative adventures.

  • Tumblr: The ultimate fandom hangout where fanfic stories often become the stars of fandom blogs and discussions.

  • Reddit: Dive into fandom-specific subreddits where fellow fans discuss, share, and celebrate fanfic creations.

There you have it, my lovely readers—a sneak peek into the electrifying world of fan fiction! Whether you're an aspiring author or a passionate fan, fanfic is where creativity dances, characters come to life, and stories never truly end. So, dust off those creative cobwebs, pick your favorite fandom and let your imagination run wild in the playground of fan fiction.

Your favorite characters are waiting for their next adventure—written by you!

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Happy writing!

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