[Filipino Friday 2014] #3: Fanfiction

I’m loving the questions to this year’s Filipino Friday. All of them are so right up my alley haha.

Fanfiction is pretty popular, no doubt about it, but it has been received with mixed feelings by many authors and writers. Some don’t mind it, and even welcome readers who give their own spin on their work. Some writers don’t like it at all, to the point that they contact fanfiction authors to take their work down. Others use it as a jump-off point for their own writing.

How about you? What is your take on fanfiction? Do you read fanfiction, and if you do, what kind of fanfiction do you read? Do you write fanfiction, and why? Or are you against fanfiction? Enlighten us.

My first brush with fanfiction was sometime between highschool and college. The Internet was just starting out here in the Philippines, and I was getting into these different anime shows but not much information about them were available locally. Even then I was already pretty good at doing Internet searches, so along with getting tidbits about my favorite anime shows, I was also able to snag fanart and fanfiction.

My fanfiction favorites were stories involving the Ranma 1/2 anime. Why fanfiction? Part of it has something do to with my ships. I was cheering for Ranma and Akane, and while both the manga and anime had a lot of sweet yet near-miss moments between these two, it wasn’t enough. Fanfiction became a way for me to get my shipping fix, and there were a lot of them.

I also tried my hand in writing fanfiction, again based on the fandoms that I liked and wanted to have more of. I wrote mostly in longhand, at the back of my notebooks, because I didn’t have a computer of my own then. I do remember writing a fanfic on a borrowed laptop, but I think I lost that file. Fanart too.

The last fanfiction I wrote was for Harry Potter. One was short piece, talking about Ron’s discovery of his likeness on a Chocolate Card, and other my original characters set in the Potterverse.

While I certainly understand why many authors don’t like people writing fanfiction about their works, I think it’s a great writing exercise. However, it does end up become tricky at times, particularly when certain works become so famous. Bottomline, I think it’s pretty good fun, and a fanfiction writer must always be aware that while they’re writing original stuff, they are making use of elements that belong to someone else.

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