I threw out a question on Twitter and Facebook today that got such great responses I want to repeat it here!
Background: as I've mentioned, Carlie Webber and I have an article in this month's School Library Journal. And it's called When Harry Met Bella: Fanfiction is all the rage. But is it plagiarism? Or the perfect thing to encourage young writers?
The question I asked was: "Tell the truth: did you write fanfic as a kid, even tho you didn't know it was "fan fiction"? What was it?"
Facebook answers are at Facebook.
Some Twitter answers are at the "replies" part of my Twitter account. (Actually, that is a "search" on @LizB at twitter so is a mix of responses).
I'm struck by the people who say, "I didn't know what I was doing!"
Same here. When I wrote the (original) Battlestar Galactica meets (original) Star Trek, with an original character named (wait for it) Leisl who was (I'm not kidding) psychic (I was TWELVE or so, what do you expect!) I had no idea that I was writing fanfiction and had created a Mary Sue.
By the way, my favorite article about Mary Sue is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: 150 YEARS OF MARY SUE by by Pat Pflieger. First, 150 years! Second, whatever emotional and creative need Mary Sue meets in its writers, it is a need that has existed for over a century. It was written ten years ago, so the pop culture references are dated.
So now that you know that story where you were a cousin of the kids in your favorite teen show was, in fact, "fanfiction"... confess.
What fanfic did you write as a kid?
Do you write it now? I don't write now, but I do enjoy reading it and definitely get story ideas that I'm just too lazy to write.
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