Booking Through Thursday: Fanfiction


Best topic ever!

What do you think of fanfiction? In general, do you think it’s a fun thing or a trespass on an author/producer’s world? Of course, obviously specific authors have very firm and very differing opinions about this, yet it’s getting more popular and more mainstream all the time. Do you ever read or write it yourself?

I used to be really into Harry Potter fanfiction. Those of you who have only known my adult self might be surprised by that, but probably not that it’s Harry Potter. There’s no such thing as grammar fanfiction. (Grammar fiction, yes.)

I still remember the night I really fell into fanfiction. I had written some in middle school without knowing what it was, but in my junior year of high school, I stumbled through the Internet to FictionAlley Park, to Schnoogle, and started reading Draco Dormiens. It was all over then.

After devouring my first novel-length fanfiction, I zipped over to the message boards and became a Ron/Hermione shipper. This was between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, so we were going crazy waiting to see what would happen after that fight post-Yule Ball. (We called it the Yule Brawl.) Eventually, I took over the ship website. It got real.

By the time the last book was released, I was in college and had long decided my time was better spent away from message boards and fanfiction and more on trying to graduate. The momentum slowed down to a trickle. The moment was over.

But, man, am I glad I was there at the heart of it.

Technically, what we did (using the word “we” very loosely) was illegal. But J.K. Rowling knew about it. She even eventually confessed to looking up factoids in the Harry Potter Lexicon when she couldn’t remember something and didn’t want to bother searching through her own notes. It was great experience with writing (and, for the high-quality stuff, reading), and it formed an incredible international community—around a book!

The books changed our lives, and our action in the fandom changed the author’s. I call that a win-win.

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