As Indie/Self-Pub Authors continue to gain traction, a topic that I’ve seen covered more frequently of late is the question of FanFiction.
For the uninitiated, FanFiction is when someone takes the settings and/or characters from an established world and put them into situations that didn’t happen in their original setting. This ranges from completely new characters and plots that just happen to use the world-building of an existing franchise, to more adult-leaning erotic pairings of characters that never got together in their original environment.
Opinions on FanFic run from completely enthusiastic and even openly supportive, at least one author over on KindleBoards has suggested that he’ll be opening his tech-bibles and worldbuilding information so that people can write FanFic in his universe. The other end of the spectrum includes authors that don’t want anyone “diluting” their worlds with FanFic.
I got my internet start with FanFic. While I started my writing on paper at around 13, my first internet postings were Starcraft (1) fanfics. They were short stories that were set off of the main-line of the story and they weren’t very good.
Later, I wrote stories for an Andromeda-themed erotic fanfic website and received several user-awards.
My last major foray into fanfic was an Andromeda/FarScape crossover. I ended that one at around 60k words and it was extremely popular with the readerbase. While I used most of the original cast from both of the series, I took them completely off-script and developed a new story-line. I also had to write up most of the world because I set the world in the FarScape Universe and there was never a lot of that world exposed during the series.
Given that history, I’m pro-FanFiction. For new writers, it’s a way for them to get into writing without having to do the heavy lifting of world-building. They can work on improving their prose and storytelling.
Personally, I’d be flattered to have someone write fanfiction in my world (and I’ve definitely made a large-enough world for it), but where do you stand on it as readers and writers?