I've entered the world of FanFiction quite a while ago, and honestly it has become quite addicting. Now, admitting to reading FanFiction still occasionally feels a bit weird. There are lot's of biased opinions about it after all. And I admit, it is a let's say "interesting" activity...
However, I recently decided to even start to write FanFiction. which is why I am writing this journal now, as to why and to maybe even open up a discussion with some of you
Now, what do I find so fun about FanFiction? Well, some of it
First of all, it's easy accessible, I'll admit to that even, I'm a lazy person, with lots of things.(weirdly enough, cause with artwork itself I definitely ain't.)
Second and even more importantly, the author's are approachable, they are usually open or even crave to discuss their work, concepts, characters... I find that very interesting, thought provoking and lot's of fun.
Exploring possibilities, concepts and combinations that weren't explored in the original story.
For the author's itself, they don't have to set up the whole universe, it's like playing in someones backyard. It saves time and nerve, and let's you do your own thing still. No pre-work and such in making up characters, backgrounds, universes. You can change exactly as much as you want though, and let it develop somewhere, which is really cool. Any detail about characters and their traits, universe, time… abilities… the changes impacts and interpretations are endless.
Read how other people interpret a character or concept, or anything else about the stories.
I can read more about my favourite characters, hehe
And I can look up specific concepts I want to read about more, which I find less in real books, for some reason.
I find it very interesting how people twist and readjust concepts of stories too.
I love seeing the different takes and see the consequences of different event's and storylines on the same characters. It also gives a possibility to give happy or not so happy endings… differing from the Original. To write your own, if you disagree with the endings…
There are lot's of FanFic authors who are very interested in exploring psychological aspects and write complex story lines. And they focus their writing on that...
For writer and reader, with all the pre-knowledge about the characters and background it can be very fun, to read, even knowing about some things in advance, it's a guessing and waiting to see how an author might have put things together and what is the same and what might be different...
(There is a lot of trash Fanfic's out there too though, and I know that. Also, one doesn't have the luxury to always have an ending. Lot's of Fanfics are unfinished, out there, or otherwise poorly written. Though there are lots that are finished and good too, it's no guaranty)
About writing it though. I hardly considered writing Fanfics by myself before. Originally, my motivation to start writing stories was, to write a story with a character as main character, which I usually only saw as side character. That was back when I was twelve. Well, things changed a b it in the meanwhile, but generally one thing stayed, I don't necessarily want to write what already exists. I want to explore… add my own twist to things… Not so unusual I guess
For a long time, I didn't have any own concepts coming to my mind, that convinced me, so I really just left it alone, focused on my original projects instead. But recently, twisting around thoughts and other concepts in my mind, I finally found not only one, but two thoughts which convinced me. So yeah. I decided to write my own FanFiction Projects. I know it's not for everyone, but yeah.
I hope to do some illustrations to those, to upload here with the chapters. But that might take quite a while. I don't know… I'll upload the stories to fanfiction.net mainly though. Here teaser summaries and some background info to those two projects.
Avatar; the last Airbender: Becoming Zuko – A Prince's Demise
This project was called into life rather spontaneously, after I already started thinking of the other one, and it will probably stay rather spontaneously. I just started to write, without planning ahead much. So don't expect a well thought out, detailed plot. (knowing me, it will develop into something more complex anyway though) But it's been fun, the first chapter is out (uncorrected) the second is being beta-ed currently.
Book Earth: After escaping Azula with Iroh's help. The team seeks out a town to recuperate.Captured and publicly displayed in the same town, Zuko hadn't thought it could get much worse. But then Toph starts up conversations, not realizing his identity as the missing Fire Prince.
Naruto: Of Saving Ones Brother(tentative title, suggestions or thoughts welcome (Some other names would be: The meaning of saving, to save brothers, The meaning of saving thy brother...))
This one is still in planning, but as I want to make it a well thought out story, it will take some time in advance. I feel I'm sure enough now to introduce it though. I'm surprised no one thought of something like this yet, but it will definitely be interesting to write. Also I thank Eljuup a lot, who made me really excited to actually carry this project through.
It will probably take a while, but I'm one to stick with things
When Danzo assigns Sai a mission, separate from Team 7, to meet Itachi and determine if he is a threat after Sasuke's defection, and to find out if he'd help eliminate Orochimaru, Sai get's suspicious.
But when Sai recognizes Itachi's signs of illness, it makes him curious and interested…
So yeah, whoever read up till down here, congratulations and thanks. It was interesting to collect those thoughts and share them with you. I'd love to hear all your thoughts