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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.


P.M. Marc - May 17, 2005 5:41:37 am PDT #30 of 10430
So come, my friends, be not afraid/We are so lightly here/It is in love that we are made; In love we disappear

Do people often write fanfiction to "right wrongs"?

Alltheflippintime

Fix-it fic is far too common. Esp. Shipper fix-it fic.


Consuela - May 17, 2005 5:53:27 am PDT #31 of 10430
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

Fix-it fic is far too common. Esp. Shipper fix-it fic.

Although the good writers don't make me grind my teeth when they go somewhere canon didn't. Good writers may write fix-it fic, but it reads more like, 'wouldn't it be cool if?' fic.


erikaj - May 17, 2005 5:55:53 am PDT #32 of 10430
If Scooby Doo taught me anything, it's that the only thing to fear is real-estate developers.Lisa Simpson

Ok, so maybe if Kay didn't go to to Fugitive, John might get with her. But I swear that's not what I had in mind, so it struck me as a weird question. But I guess I buck many trends...apparently everyone else writes short now and mine are long and intricate.


Nutty - May 17, 2005 6:06:41 am PDT #33 of 10430
"Mister Spock is on his fanny, sir. Reports heavy damage."

Fix-it fic has a habit of being annoyingly self-righteous, although I don't think that's innate. It's sort of like those people who got all screamy against Joss, when Tara got killed, except instead of being screamy in ways that proclaim Restraining Order, they express their screaminess through fic. So, actually, fix-it fic can have redeeming social value -- by saving otherwise-crazy screamy people from going off the deep end.

Or something.

I have read some interesting fix-it fic, or rather, fic that leaves canon behind because canon was not giving the author the dramatic hoo-ha the author needed; and plenty of real-world AU or "what if" fic. Personally I enjoy what-ifs, within reason and without axe-grinding. Like an amiably muddled dream of canon.


Snacky - May 17, 2005 5:41:50 pm PDT #34 of 10430
Like I need a hole in my head

I like fix-it fic when it's a) well-done, and b) when the author is clearly having fun with the whole idea of it. One of my favorite fix-it fics in X-Files is like this. It's obviously a big, "I'm going to wrap up this whole thing and give it a happy ending with something for everyone!" but, it's like you can just picture the author smiling happily as she wrote the whole thing.


Allyson - May 17, 2005 6:48:36 pm PDT #35 of 10430
Wait, is this real-world child support, where the money goes to buy food for the kids, or MRA fantasyland child support where the women just buy Ferraris and cocaine? -Jessica

I interviewed Jane Espenson for my book, and we talked a lot about the audience and their relationship with the storyteller.

She mentioned something about fanfic i wanted to share with the fic writers here:

...Fanfic, the wonderful stories created by fans that allow them to play in the same world we play in. I adore fanfic and I think there are times when these stories can surpass the official product. Writing for the joy of creating exists in its purest form in fanfic.

And I thought that was such a lovely thing.


Consuela - May 17, 2005 7:58:52 pm PDT #36 of 10430
We are Buffistas. This isn't our first apocalypse. -- Pix

One of my favorite fix-it fics in X-Files is like this.

Snacky, I'm guessing that's Livia Balaban's thing, with the name I can never remember. Cuneda's Revenge, or something?

Writing for the joy of creating exists in its purest form in fanfic.

Awwwww. Thanks, Jane! Even if I never wrote any Buffyfic.


P.M. Marc - May 17, 2005 8:43:26 pm PDT #37 of 10430
So come, my friends, be not afraid/We are so lightly here/It is in love that we are made; In love we disappear

Jane rocks. Plus, has the good taste to know our Scrappy, so she wins at life.


Anne W. - May 18, 2005 7:39:45 am PDT #38 of 10430
The lost sheep grow teeth, forsake their lambs, and lie with the lions.

I just had the horrible realization that I am significantly older than most of the people who write in some of my favorite fandoms.

Signed,

Just found out that the person who is beta-reading one of my fics is (technically) young enough to be my daughter.


Snacky - May 19, 2005 10:47:35 am PDT #39 of 10430
Like I need a hole in my head

Snacky, I'm guessing that's Livia Balaban's thing, with the name I can never remember. Cuneda's Revenge, or something?

Yep, Cunegund's Restoration. So smart and funny.