Applauding Fan Fiction

This blog is a bit revealing. I’ll admit something. When I first started out on WordPress and Tumblr, I didn’t have a very good view of fan fictions. This is strange looking back on it now, because I used to read Star Wars books all the time. Specifically, I read non-canon Star Wars books. And yes, for some reason, I decided that fan-fictions we’re of a lower grade than every other fiction. I am no idea why this was. I can guess it may have had something to do with the usage of other people’s characters. But that view has drastically changed.

As a matter of fact, I applaud fan fiction writers now. You guys are amazing. The ability to take another person’s character from long ago and put them into another story that was not made by the writer is mind blowing. It means you understood those characters and world so well that you can essentially become the writer of that book reincarnate. That is insane. I have no idea how you do that. I don’t even know if I could do that. Because basically, that means I have to get inside the head of the writer of the book. I have to know what they were thinking with that character, or at least have a general idea. The general idea is not as hard, but writing that character in all their complexity is. That’s the key to making a good fan fiction… you keep that character in character. That is hard. That is very hard, and I applaud you for it if you can do it.

In fact, I came to find out that CS Lewis, one of my favorite authors of all time, applauded fan fictions. He even challenged people to write Narnia fanfiction, Which I haven’t seen done yet. Maybe I’ll do it at some point, who knows. So here’s to you, fan-fic writers! You guys continue stories that we always wish were continued, and you do it amazingly.

As little shout out to a friend, there is a fan fiction writer on WordPress. His name is Ben Ditmars, and he recently did some Harry Potter fan fiction, But took in away most people have not. He’s also very talented poet who has actually published a book of his poetry, so you should all look him up.

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God of Tumblr

It has begun.

After a little more than a week, I have gotten one new follower and two notes on a post. This happened in one day. Clearly, it is the sign of great things coming. This great thing will surely end in my complete reign of Tumblr as a site. I will become…
the GOD OF TUMBLR.

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Ok, maybe not the GOD of Tumblr. But it is nice to see a weeks worth of work actually coming to fruition. And here’s what is excellent about Tumblr, so far as I can tell – they truly understand the worth of good writing. And not only do they understand the worth, but like WordPress, they are more than willing to help. With everything from character sheets, to how-to’s, to deep discussion on issues like race and sexuality of characters, it’s hard not to feel at home as a writer.

Through my time in Tumblr, I have gotten to deeply appreciate fan-fictions. Fan-fictions are hard work, as I have come to find! Unlike regular fiction, you must work with characters that already exist and make it believable. Now while there are certainly the smutty fan-fictions, there are also just excellent pieces of work based off already existing characters. I would suggest to all readers that they try at least one fan-fiction in their time, so that they get the idea of how to make a well-rounded and believable character.

Just be careful, should you come to Tumblr. There are many dangers here – feminazis, obsessive fangirls, people who think straight (and gender-aligned? if that’s a word?) people are evil, obsessive fanboys, and easily offended people who think everything is their “trigger”. Scary.

But if you at all get a chance, and have Tumblr, check out the blog. It’s fun, even with craziness! Maybe it’s the craziness that makes it so much fun. And be sure to check out MY Tumblr while you’re there! (Link)

Have an excellent day, and may phoenix fire guide you wherever you go!