Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fan fiction

Haven't written something for a while here, feels strange..

Note to self - Come here more often.

So what am I writing about today? Fan fiction. (On 2nd thoughts this line is redundant, since that is the title of the post). So if a writer has already published
 everything relevant, are fanfics redundant?

Fan fiction, or fanfiction (often abbreviated as fan fic, fanfic, or simply fic), is a broadly defined fan labor term for stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator.

That is a singularly boring description for a kind of writing I have been enthralled with, over the last few years, as I have come to know of it.

When you read, the characters come alive in your head. When you watch, you want to know more. Your heart wants its favourite pair to openly admit to being in love. Your mind wants to know what if. A kiss has to be complete. A story can never be left incomplete. If someone dies, you want to know how others cope up. If someone is young, you want to know what happens when they grow up.

The writer had a tale with a starting and end. He breathed life into the characters as he penned them down or enacted them out. You on the other hand are equally invested not simply in the story, but in the world, in its people. And you don't merely observe, you are proactive to extend the world as you imagine it must be.

Fan fiction is any type of writing by a fan of the original work. There is no fixed rule I think. So it could be fan fiction when only the names are same. The story could also start off as same and branch off later. Or it could be a whole parallel universe with no connection what so ever. 

Isn't it nice when someone who does not want the experience to end, obsesses over it, wishes there was more, with all the love in their heart take it upon themselves to write something to assuage these feelings and without the motive of gain (expect perhaps appreciation) shares it freely with fellow fans.

They can write on forums, blogs or sites dedicated entirely to this. It can be a one shot (OS) where you talk of a single thing. A scene where Ron's mother talked to Hermione. It could be a short story (SS). What happends when Renesme grows up and Jacob realizes it is time to fall in love. Or an FF. About Arnav and Khushi and their ajeeb love story.

The first ever Fanfiction I read was about James and Lily Potter. It was beautiful. I fell in love with them. In the book there was a faint reference to their patronus (a magical mascot like creasture that chases away sad soul sucking awful beings) being complementary. A stag and a doe. Also one tiny flashback where Harry Potter gets a glimpse of his arrogant extremely handsome brilliant mischvious father as he was as a teenager, completely head over heels for Harry's beautiful intelligent elegant teenager mother. And on this slight basis we get a lovely 20 chapter story from a fan.

I have read fanfiction on Harry Potter, Twilight, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. My preference is when the story stays close to the actual. 
If you haven't read what fans write about the books/shows you love, try it. You'd be pleasantly surprised.

Sometimes giggle worthy, some that make me cringe. Lots of angsty ones. I tend to like the lighter livelier ones. I find it safe to say there is most probably a writer out there you writes stories just your way, and in case you don't find exactly what you imagined maybe it is time to start writing something of your own.

A newspaper article once insinuated that this kind of writing was for frustrated women who wanted to read much more than just a kiss. I won't even bother deeming that with a response. There are such stories out there. Usually labelled Mature (NC 17).  Even those are quite fun actually.

But, I also know, that I have learnt scores of new words reading such stories. One of my favourite writers says she might stop writing fanfiction and journey into regular fiction and that has me worried and excited. The people I know, who write such stories, are some of the wisest, fun and inspiring people I know. I have felt happy and heard my heart sing. I even started writing, a thing I gave up a long time ago, even before actually starting.

There is a section on my blog which has a title fan fiction. My muse Arnav and Khushi. And am an extremely proud reader, writer and evangelist of Fan Fiction.

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