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Fan Fiction

What is Fan Fiction?

Thomas Buteau

on 30 December 2013

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Fan Fiction
Fanfiction, also known as fan fiction and fanfic, is fiction written by fans of a particular TV series, movie or book.
The Internet brought new growth to fanfiction, with fans discovering each other worldwide, forming groups, mailing lists and newsgroups for the sharing of fan-written fiction and fan-painted art.
Technically, fanfiction is a violation of the author or production company's copyright.
Feign ignorance
Free vs. sold for a profit
appreciation of free publicity
recognition of the negative publicity
The Star Trek franchise has gone so far as to advertise short-story contests on their fanfic newsgroup, and has occasionally published fan-written fiction in their anthologies.
FanFiction is about revealing something new about the characters. Tell us about something that happened to the character outside of the story we already know.

Why are stories based on old characters so popular?
On the other hand, it is legal to use characters or places first described in works of fiction that are no longer protected by copyright.
The Wizard of Oz
Huckleberry Finn
Romeo and Juliet

Are these FanFiction?
Info culled from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-fanfiction.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_fiction
There are several categories of "canon" stories as well, that is, stories that do not contradict the source material in any way.
Missing scenes - What is this?
Episode Codas - Marvel does these.
pre-and post-series
Youth of Character Developed
The canon is the art work which inspires fan fiction.

Fan fiction is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe.

Fan Fiction emerged as a shared experience in the sixties, with the advent of serial TV shows that gained cult followings.
Fan Fiction has probably been around as long as fiction has existed--girls penning their own ending to Little Women in which Beth survives and Jo marries Laurie, for instance.

In 1998, the not-for-profit site FanFiction.Net came online, which allowed anybody to upload content in any fandom.

We will visit this site to see some examples of Fan Fiction.
Relationship to Canon

All Television series are a type of fan fiction.
Alternate Universe Sub Categories:
Stories that exist in the same world as the cannon, but they change one or more major plot points.
Stories that take some or all characters from the source material and put them in an entirely different situation. Ex: What would happen if we took all of the characters and placed them in an alien abduction? A lot of comedy is based on this technique.
Some problems to avoid:
Mary Sue Stories
Why do we write this way?
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