Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: August 10, 2022

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The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews.  This week’s topic is: thoughts on fanfiction.

My thoughts on fanfic?  Excuse me for a minute.

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Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system…

I actually don’t mind it.  There is a lot of well-written fanfic out there.  However, there is also some pretty awful stuff out there, too.  Not sure where mine exactly falls, but yanno.  It’s out there.

I’m not honestly sure when I started reading it, but I know I didn’t start writing it until 2012 when I found a show called Common Law on USA Network.  It was a ridiculous show about two cops who were in marriage counseling to help heal their broken partnership.  Like I said, ridiculous.  But so much fun.  

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(FYI: I might get gif-happy during this post.)

There was something about the show that made me cave.  I’ve written some… very questionable stuff centered around the two in that gif.  And I am unashamed, although I’ll never tell you where it’s hidden either.  HAHAHA.  

From there, I wandered into the Supernatural fandom and all was lost.  While I don’t write much fanfic these days, there are times when I feel the need.  Netflix’s The Witcher series has inspired a bit since Henry Cavill and Joey Batey have way too much chemistry at times for me to resist.  Plus, the banter is just so good.  

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And then there was the ‘Hairy Bosch’ werewolf AU I started at the instigation of a friend where Harry Bosch was a shifter and Mickey Haller was a vampire.  But we won’t go there right now.  

While this might sound insane, I think that’s the draw of fanfic for a lot of people.  You can take your favorites – whether it’s Wes and Travis, Geralt and Jaskier, or Steve and Danny, and put them into crazy situations you’d never see in the show.  Or, you can work through plot holes, cannon-induced rage, or create endings to things that never got a chance to end on their own.  *cough* Golden Boy *cough*

I’d read something years ago about how death-centric fanfic was popular amongst young teens and preteens.  It was interesting in that the article said it was a way for them to explore death and its after effects in a safe and controlled manner.  Which honestly makes perfect sense to me.  Toddlers do this thing before bedtime where they reenact their day, going over all that happened before they sleep.  It seems only natural for preteens and teens to do something similar in a more sophisticated manner.

There’s a book called Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison.  While I haven’t read it all yet, I’ll leave you with a couple of interesting quotes I have saved from it:

It’s not about simply churning out more and more iterations of existing characters and worlds, or rather, it’s not just about that. It’s about doing things with those existing characters and worlds that their creators couldn’t or wouldn’t do. It’s about boldly going where no man or woman has gone before, because oh my God, who would even have thought of that?

Like say, um, slash fic?  Speaking of…

“But slash isn’t just about making porn out of things that weren’t already porn. It’s also about prosecuting fanfiction’s larger project of breaking rules and boundaries and taboos of all kinds.”

And that last bit is why I think that fanfic can be important.  It helps us work through things that we might not be able to tell others.  To become comfortable with ourselves and the things we keep private.  Maybe find a few friends along the way.

This got long and wordy, so my apologies for that.  But, when you’re eyeball deep in the topic, it happens.  

One last question. If you read or write fanfic, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever read/written?  Personally, the Chopped/Supernatural crossover I wrote as a challenge is probably the oddest thing I’ve conceived.  

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16 thoughts on “Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: August 10, 2022

  1. “If you read or write fanfic, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever read/written?”

    Huh. That’s a very interesting question, since I spent a few years on a roleplaying site for The Wheel of Time — writing and co-writing both. I even dropped in a couple of April Fool’s threads — one was a very elaborate, probably 2,000 word post about a Myrdrall that had come to the Tower to enroll as a Warder, having concluded that the Dark One was very probably going to lose and its best chance was to be on the human side. (It died before it ever entered the tower, because who the heck would stop to talk to something that inflicts fear with it eyeless gaze?)

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  2. I don’t read fanfiction but I do write it. The type that I write doesn’t come from any book, TV show, or movie. It come from the internet and that gives it a different challenge.

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  3. I’ve definitely seen some weird stuff in fanfiction, but I found a lot of it developed the characters very well.

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  4. The weirdest thing I’ve ever written? My muse loves to make grown-ass men turn into animals. The latest was Daniel from Stargate SG-1 shapeshifting into a golden retriever. But it’s so much fun! And that’s still pretty tame for a lot of things in the Stargate fandom.

    Ah, Supernatural. Terrifying wonderful amazing fandom. ❤

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    1. Hahaha! I love it! And reminds me of the episode of Supernatural where Dean was turned into a dog.

      Yeah, even now, that fandom frightens me. 😀

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