If there’s one thing you must know about me, it’s that I absolutely love fan fiction!
I first found fan fiction when I was about 22 years old. Yeah, a bit late to the game but I had only really gotten my first cellphone in my final year of high school (probably the last of my classmates) and we never had internet at home. To be honest, I only learned how to use Google properly once I started at university. I also only bought my first laptop in my second year of university.
The first fan fiction sites I came across was Wattpad and fanfiction.net and they were both pretty basic. The quality was also not that good, to put it mildly. (On that note, I visited Wattpad a few months ago and wow! It has changed so much. I can’t believe how polished it all looks. I should definitely spend more time there.)
This brings me to AO3.
I love, love, love Archive of Our Own. It truly opened me up to the possibilities of fan fiction.
I must admit, the quality of the work varies greatly but I have found some amazing works that I keep going back to if I need a good cry or if I need a warm, comforting hug-like feeling.
5 Reasons I Love Fan Fiction
1. The endless possibilities!
When I was younger, I didn’t even know something like fan fiction was actually a thing. My mind was blown when I found out. (Yes, as a 22 year old.) Whenever I used to read a book I loved, I always wanted to know what happened after the last page? Like, were the characters going on another adventure? Did the happy couple stay happy or did they break up? What about the little moments in life?
With fan fiction, you can fill in these gaps! Obviously it won’t be canon but at least you can get some sort of closure or continuance for much-loved characters.
2. I’m already invested in the characters
I don’t need to spend time trying to figure who these characters are. I already know them. Yes, some fan fiction writers take the characters into wholly unexpected directions and totally off-character sometimes but I think that’s amazing!
3. The writers
Some fan fiction writers are truly dedicated. I’ve seen multi-part fics totalling over a million words. To put in that much time and effort into creating a story (for free!) is incredible. I love the epic fan fics that take me on adventures and introduce me to brand new characters that don’t feel out of place in this already existing world.
Also, this reddit post about fan fiction writers is everything.
4. You can find fan fics for almost every book/TV show out there
So my drug of choice is the Harry Potter fan fiction world which is great for me because HP fan fic really dominates this world. However, you could be a fan of a really niche book/TV show and you’d probably find something on these sites. I mean, even Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer has 3 stories on FanFiction.net.
5. The tears! The heartache! The good vibes! The coziness!
In the mood for fluffy, romance? Need something with a little angst? Or are you just looking for a Happily Ever After for characters you believe were robbed of their happiness? No matter what mood you’re in, I can almost guarantee that you will find a fan fiction to suit it. And it you can’t find anything to read, the best part is that you can write it yourself!
Do you read or write fan fiction? Or do you think it’s a waste of time?