12 Reasons To Read And Write Fanfiction

12 Reasons To Read And Write Fanfiction

Maybe you've heard people complain and laugh about fanfiction, but there are way more pros than cons to reading and writing it--starting with 12 reasons right here!
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Fanfiction, usually shortened to either fanfic or fic, is a written work that takes place in a pre-existing fictional world and/or elements from preexisting movies, games, TV shows and other media. It’s enormously popular, with millions of writers and readers consuming and generating new content daily. If you’re not a fan of fanfic, you’ve probably only heard of it in disparaging terms. It’s an infringement of authors’ intellectual property, it’s not creative and it keeps kids locked up in their rooms pounding out thousands of words at a time, you've heard. If you do enjoy fic, you’ve probably felt fervent second-hand embarrassment watching a fan ask an actor about the possibility of a non-canonical gay romance between their character and another character.

However, starry eyed 12 year old fans and debatable negatives aside, fanfiction can be extremely enjoyable to create and/or consume.

1. Distraught or vexed after a terrible ending to your beloved show? Write your own!

I hear ya', Cap. Ever been emotionally wrecked or just plain bamboozled by an ending? Maybe the HIMYM series finale or Tony DiNozzo's departure from NCIS left you reeling. Maybe your fave couple never got together or they deserved so much better. With fanfic, you can write or read the ending your heart desires. Sometimes an epilogue of heartwarming, domestic fluff that your favorite superheroes deserve after several films of traumatizing near-apocalypses does the trick.

2. The Ships.

Now, I’m not talking about spaceships, boats or UPS. Shipping is believing in a romantic relationship between two (or more) characters. It can be something completely canon, something alluded to, or something that will never happen on TV, but you think it should because those characters would get along swimmingly. It’s fun, interesting and can produce more believable relationships than actual novels!

3. Really Rad AUs (Alternate Universes).

You know how the Marvel comic universe has multiple parallel universes and timelines? Well, you can have the same thing in fanfiction. You may have heard of the cliché coffee shop AU, or the fic that takes two characters you ship and puts them in a modern coffee shop where they meet for the first time. AUs can mess with time periods, settings, a specific trait of a specific universe or all of the above. For instance, you can have a Star Wars AU in which Obi Wan Kenobi’s force ghost is sent back through time into his younger body to prevent Anakin from falling to the dark side and the Republic from ruin. Or the Avengers might be angsty high schoolers. How about villains redeeming themselves and becoming part of the team? Pretty neat, huh?

4. Shameless Self-Inserts.

Often times, it’s not that us fans wish our favorite fictional characters were real, it’s that we wished we lived in their world. By inserting ourselves or an original character near and dear to our hearts into a fic, we can escape into that world for a while. Just don’t stay too long!

5. The actual writing can be mind mindbogglingly beautiful.


Same bro. There is one author I follow whose Star Wars fic series is one of the greatest literary masterpieces I have ever read in my entire life. It inspires me as a writer from a technical standpoint, it's provocative and gorgeous and I could go on all day. Long story short, there are some gifted fic writers out there and amazing content to read.

Warning: you might have to do some digging as there are also very sub-par fics out there.

6. Bad fanfic can be fun too.


Just as watching and ridiculing B movies is immensely enjoyable, so is reading aloud horrendously written fanfics. Whether the writing itself is laughably horrendous, the smut is anatomically inaccurate or both, you’ll get a good laugh.

7. Work on your writing skills.

Practice may not make perfect, but it does hone your skills. So, writing fic can help you build up your writer's chops. It also removes the hardship of creating your own fictional world, allowing you to plop your original characters down in Middle Earth or the Enterprise and watch them stretch their legs. This way you can learn more about them and practice writing a full story before tackling an original work.

8. Writing fic can be a gateway to getting original fiction published.

Writing fanfiction can be a gateway to getting your own original work published. I know several authors who have done just that, converting fic into original works (with original elements mind you, not copy and pasted fic) published online. Did you know that E.L. James's enormously successful Fifty Shades of Grey franchise started out as erotic twilight fanfiction? (If she can do it, I'd like to believe you can, too).

9. You can be bold and write whatever floats your boat.

One of the best things about fic is that you can write whatever the heck you want. Authors can play with typical tropes and themes customary to our literature and entertainment media. Rather than the straight forward, predictable superhero narrative or the cliché boy meets girl story, you can play with it and write lengthy, detailed works without worrying about “what will sell” and getting published/paid. Some people like to develop a minor character that doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but appeals to them or build up the lore of a fictional world.

10. Representation and diversity.

A lot of fic authors enjoy changing an aspect of a favorite character to represent themselves better. For personal representation and diversity in general, people might change a character's gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental health, etc. In this way, fanfic combats our entertainment media's tendency to generate stories geared toward white, straight males.

11. Community and feedback.

Many authors bounce ideas off of each other and have a close knit group of writers in their fandom whom they consider friends. In this vein, fanfic authors enjoy immediate, constructive feedback on their works in the forms of verbal flailing, crying and yelling about all the feels, detailed commentary, kudos, likes, etc.

12. And finally, "Fanfiction is a waste of people's time, talents, and-"

Okay, so fanfic does eat up a lot of time if you're a widely-viewed author or a loyal reader, but guess what? Writers typically go on hiatus or delay updates for college exams and other important life stuff. Most people enjoy it as a fulfilling hobby or constructive writing tool just like avid novel readers or people who follow sports religiously. If you're using it as an escape from life or logging more time into it then what is probably healthy, fanfiction is not the source of your trouble. It is merely a coping mechanism for whatever is at the root of your troubles. Besides, there are worse self-coping strategies than fanfiction.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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