January 12, 2013
Let's Talk: Fanfic
The other day my buddy Liz from Fictional Candy and I were talking about a book she was currently reading. Liz informed me that the book was considered a Twilight Fanfic but she wasn't really sure why it was called that, because it wasn't really like Twilight at all. Then she asked a really important question that got me thinking...What the heck is a fanfic?
Now I wasn't really sure what a fanfic was until I read Fifty Shades of Grey. So many people were claiming it was a Twilight Fanfic and I just couldn't see the comparison. I mean I read Twilight and unless I got a different version I don't remember Edward spanking Bella. The more I read Fifty the more I realized the characters were exactly like Edward and Bella...only add in erotic sex scenes and a side of vanilla every so often.
This made me believe that maybe fanfics were books that take the characters from a book like say Twilight and plop them into an entirely new story. Am I right? I have no clue I convince myself crazy things all the time, but I think I am onto something here. So I decided to take it to google to see if I could find any real answers.
Now here is the definition of fanfic: Fiction written by fans as an extension of an admired work or series of works, especially a television show, often posted on the Internet or published in fanzines. Wait a second I think I know what it is now that definition brings it all into perspective...No... No it doesn't actually.
Now I do remember a site awhile back that had fanfics on it but they were outright fanfics like the definition says. Fans would write let’s say Dimitri and Rose from Vampire Academy into another adventure, but an extension of the story they were already in. I remember I would read those fanfics when I would go through withdraws from my favorite series and some of them are pretty amazing.
So this is my question to you tonight is to help me and Liz fully understand because we grew up in a time when Fanfics didn't rule the shelves. What the heck is a Fanfic?