I’ve never read or written fan fiction. It’s just not my thing. But I think I can finally understand the appeal of keeping characters alive in places other than in the pages of a book or your own imagination. Writing those stories and sharing those stories helps bring the characters to life again, and you get to experience your favorite characters’ adventures long after the final page.
With the popularity of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” fan fiction has been thrust into the mainstream, and I’ve recently read numerous articles about the appeal of fan fiction and whether it stifles or inspires creativity with its parameters.
Now, to be honest, I’m baffled as to why you’d write fan fiction featuring literature’s most boring protagonist of all time. Although perhaps I’ll write my own fan fiction where Ana Steele Bella Swan puts down the Brit lit, buys herself a modern-day computer and Googles a few things like “feminism”, “how to be interesting” and “why do both book series feature a virgin having violent sex?”
Anyway, I’m not trying to turn this into a debate over whether “50 Shades” is or isn’t great literature or what implications its success has for the publishing world. I also don’t feel strongly about fan fiction one way or the other. If you want to write it or read it, rock on! At least you’re writing and reading. If you hate and think it’s just for dorks, well, you’re entitled to your opinion.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I never really got fan fiction until recently. I came across this Snape comic and it finally hit home for me. (It would be a Harry Potter thing, right?) I believe that this artwork says exactly what people love about fan fiction so much. Their favorite characters live on. They don’t die. They have other lives, dreams and opportunities for happiness. And if any tragic figure in literature deserves that, it’s Severus Snape.
Until recently, I’d always sort of assumed that 90 percent of fan fiction were stories that would disgust me or make me blush 50 shades of red, but surely it can’t be all that bad. This, to me, is fan fiction as art. And it’s beautiful.
Or maybe I’m just a fan fiction dork now too.
Hilariously awesome “50 Shades of Grey” reviews:
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