I'm just waiting to see if I pass out. Long story.

Mal ,'Heart Of Gold'


Fan Fiction II: Great story! Where's the sequel?

This thread is for fanfic recs, links, and discussion, but not for actual posting of fanfic.


erikaj - Jun 03, 2023 4:34:10 pm PDT #10388 of 10430
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

yeah...what a mess...


Sophia Brooks - Jul 11, 2023 8:51:02 am PDT #10389 of 10430
Cats to become a rabbit should gather immediately now here

Yikes again! However is there anywhere to find fic right now? I am desperate because that is what I do for three hours a day on the bus! I think I might still have a binder with some Spike/Buffy and Pacey/Joey…


Steph L. - Jul 11, 2023 8:59:15 am PDT #10390 of 10430
this mess was yours / now your mess is mine

Sophia, AO3 is up for me right now -- maybe you might be able to log in and download some fic to read on the bus?


Sophia Brooks - Jul 11, 2023 2:53:16 pm PDT #10391 of 10430
Cats to become a rabbit should gather immediately now here

Yay! I snagged the one I was in the middle of reading when AO3 went down. It seems a little dangerous to me know that the community as a whole has all of its eggs in this one basket. It is a great basket, but between the problems with the board response and this attack it seems like we could potentially lose a whole bunch of fic!


Calli - Jul 13, 2023 2:24:05 pm PDT #10392 of 10430
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul—Calvin and Hobbs

Here’s one of the Anonymous Sudan/AO3 fics that someone wrote in response to the DDOS attack (please note the warning tags, nsfw among other things). [link]


Jessica - Jul 14, 2023 6:29:18 am PDT #10393 of 10430
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

one of the Anonymous Sudan/AO3 fics that someone wrote in response to the DDOS attack

Dear god I love fandom.


Sophia Brooks - Jul 17, 2023 4:17:52 pm PDT #10394 of 10430
Cats to become a rabbit should gather immediately now here

I still struggle to explain fanfiction to my IRL male friend cousin. He just does not understand the impulse to create work that isn’t for publishing. He is a DEEP fan of things, and knows so much about really obscure things like the Blondie comic strip,as well as the general Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.

Like, he understands the impulse to transform something (like, say additional Sherlock Holmes or Wide Sargasso Sea). He understands the impulse to write original fiction for your own pleasure never to be published. He has utter bafflement at the idea of good fanfic, or really funny weird fanfic, or what anyone could possibly get out of writing or reading it.

I showed him this and he is just baffled that someone who is a good writer would spend time on something like this…


erikaj - Jul 17, 2023 4:59:28 pm PDT #10395 of 10430
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

If I had to summarize, I'd say mine is like doing impressions, except in writing. Imitations are very much a part of what writers do starting out anyway.


Consuela - Jul 18, 2023 9:35:49 am PDT #10396 of 10430
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

I showed him this and he is just baffled that someone who is a good writer would spend time on something like this…

You could show him the legendary Anthony Bourdain goes to Narnia story?

I think of fic as where I get to go a different way than the canon did (or at least that canon showed). Not necessarily to fix it, but to explore: how did they get rid of the body? What if so-and-so had an abortion? What if SG-1 didn't close the Stargate in time and the alien invasion succeeded? How would the characters react and the plot consequences change? It also gives me the chance to really investigate some of the characters, to try to understand them better.

It's pretty rare that genre media will show the most catastrophic outcomes, right? But you can do that in fic, and get really into the emotional stakes for the characters and the readers. Or you can go the other way and give absolutely everyone a happy ending, which is also generally not the outcome from a tv show or other media. (Witness Star Wars, in which the heroes of the first trilogy end up having everything fall apart in the sequel trilogy!)

My engagement with fandom isn't purely affirmational: I get to dig into the logical inconsistencies and examine them and explain them or fix them. Why did Aslan wait 100 years to help overthrow the White Witch, and how did the Beavers get a sewing machine? Where did Tumnus get tea and toast during 100 years of winter?

I don't write much anymore, but that's some of what drives me to do so. But also: engaging with the fannish community is SUCH a big part of it for many of us.


Calli - Jul 21, 2023 7:37:38 am PDT #10397 of 10430
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul—Calvin and Hobbs

I'm in it as much for the "Shepard turns into ketchup and McKay into green peas" madness as anything. And I'm not sure I could explain that to anyone not in fandom. Also, am I no longer in the unhinged sections of fandom, or is no one writing stuff like SGA AU McKay (unicorn)/Shep (rainbow) fic anymore?