'Have you ever written fan-fiction? If yes, why, and for which book(s)? If no, would you like to and for which book(s)? For that matter, do you ever READ fan-fiction?'
Back in the day (and when I mean "back in the day", I actually mean back in 7th grade which was 10 years ago), I used to write TONS of fan-fiction, but not for books. I'm a huge TV nerd, so that majority of my fan-fiction was written about 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', and 'The X-Files'. I went to a technology based middle school, where our desks had apple computers on them, so whenever we had free time, we were allowed to browse the internet, do anything we wanted (obviously porn was out of the question), so I would either read my book, create graphics and put together my 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fan site, and or read/write fan-fiction.
Was I good at it? Hell no, and over the years I've read those stories, and literally judge myself for it's badness. Though I still think that one of the stories, that I never finished was pretty amazing, and if I still had the time and effort today, I could rewrite it and make turn it into a novella based off the characters of Buffy, but alas, I'm lazy and it still sits in a folder on my desktop waiting to be open.
10 years ago, fan-fiction wasn't as, I guess, mainstream, as it is today. I'm not trying to be all elitist and say that I was one of the first people who did fan-fiction, because I'm not, but back in 2002, fan-fiction was one of those things that if you talked about it people would either not know what the heck you were talking about, or judge you for even saying the words "fan" and "fiction" in the same sentence. I think the majority of fan-fiction was mostly populated for 'Star Wars', 'Star Trek', and those of us in the SCI-FI/Fantasy realm. I knew people online who would spend days working on a fic. It was honestly such a close knit circle, that you knew those authors, and they would welcome you into their arms with just as much excitement as you have. Especially when you told them about your story.
While in the past 10 years, fan-fiction has gone off the charts in countless ways on the internet. It's not so much for the SCI-FI/Fantasy geeks anymore, as it's for everyone. People are writing fan-fiction about the latest episode of 'Jersey Shore' nowadays.
So to answer your question, yes, I've written and read fan-fiction. Mainly TV shows, but I've dabbled in the 'Harry Potter', and 'Lord of the Rings' series. Do I still read fan-fiction, and write it? No. I really don't have the time anymore, and frankly there are too many fan-fics out there to even know where to start.
So do you still read/write fan-fic? Sound off below!
- Brittany :]