When did you start reading fanfic and what sorts of fics (fandom, style, whatever) did you read back then?
Have you ever written any?
What sorts of fic do you read now?
Do you ever read fic for fandoms you don't actually follow?
What do you like about fanfic?
Just answering some of my own BookPrompts for #FanficFriday this week.
When did you start reading fanfic?
My junior year of high school, I think. That's when I found out about the internet and started sneaking onto it when my parents weren't home. And pretty much all I ever did on it was read fanfic and look at fanart. For a couple hours a day. There was just so much!
What sorts of fic did you read then?
Lots of just general slice of life things about groups I wanted to be in. So much X-Men: Evolution. So. Much. Also Animorphs and Harry Potter and lots of Clamp stuff (Clover, Magic Knight Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura).
There was some shipping, all gay, but mostly I just liked really fluffy group friendship scenes, with everyone especially in the villain groups just hanging out watching cartoons or something. So cute.
@zephasaurus_hex I started in, I think, 1994. My very first foray onto The World Wide Web was looking around for Tiny Toon Adventures stuff. I found a mailing list for fanfics, with monthly updates, and was excited that I could sign up to it and read them from home. (I had email at home, but not www for a while yet.)
The ones I liked best were goofy script-style, like they could've been used for the show itself. Less so the serious ones.
@zephasaurus_hex Like, I remember one that delved into animation history for a plot device, with some other character coming in and laying claim to the identity of Bugs Bunny, declaring the one we know to be an imposter! They used original model sheets as a birth certificate of sorts.
@zephasaurus_hex Sure enough, the character that debuted in 1939 in Porky's Hare Hunt had an model sheet by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway for the then-unnamed character, upon which was written "Bugs' bunny".
The Bugs Bunny we know could only point back to 1942 as his original character sheet from A Wild Hare by Tex Avery, upon which was written... Tex's Rabbit.
I forget how the plot was resolved but hoo boy that was not my favorite type of fanfic.
@zephasaurus_hex Anyway, I did try my hand at writing fanfic back in the mid-90s, also for TTA. Thankfully (hopefully?) it's lost forever now. It wasn't good. I don't think I've written anything (not even scraps) in over 20 years.
I briefly got into reading My Little Pony fanfic but most of what I found tried to make serious stories out of it, which wasn't my jam for the source material.
@zephasaurus_hex I'm having a hard time remembering if I've ever read stuff from fandoms Idk. It feels like it's hard to get into it then?
I did start writing fanfiction when I first became literate. It's 100% my brother's fault. Here's my deep dark secret.
Sometime when I was like 6 (and he was a teenager) we started a collaborative Slayers! fic in notepad, except he got bored with it and I continued it for a while. We never showed it to anyone, and don't have it anymore.
@zephasaurus_hex Well I should roll back my previous statement. Sometimes I will put in a tag, and if I have the barest familiarity with something like "I think I know what transformers are" I'll dive in if the fic looks amusing. but that's modern day and for specific purposes. Usually for showing to people.
@zephasaurus_hex I don't really write fanfic beyond my shitpostfics anymore, because I sort of lost the joy of it, I don't know how to put it? Like I LIKE fanfiction, but I don't really want to go to the effort of producing a fanfic if I could just make my own work that no one will read.
Of course I 100% think a big part of that is that fanfic gets shit on for beiing a "Girly" thing. If boys did it, fanfic would be respectable, you know?
Shit, when boys do fanfic, it's fukken literature.
@lapis Yeah, there's *so many* actual published books that are just bad fanfic. SO MANY Sherlock Holmes stories, it's ridiculous. But when women do it on the internet it's "lol fangirls." 🙄
Which makes me just want to read it and talk about it more. Just start talking to friends/co-workers about fanfic I'm reading the same way we talk about books and tv. But there is still that weird stigma around it and I haven't yet. :(
@lapis That sounds so fun! I don't think my sister and I ever did anything like that. We weren't really enough into the same things. Even when she started copying my interests and we were both really into anime for awhile, we read each other's manga but never had the same favorites.
I agree, fanfic takes shortcuts because we already know the characters/background. I feel like I'd be lost in an unfamiliar fandom.
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