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Just read an awesome book by an author named Marissa Meyer (the book is called "Cinder"). I'll post a detailed review later but I just wanted to post my absolute delight in finding out that she was a fanfic author first - on Livejournal no less - and then starting writing original work. Now, she's a NYT bestselling author. 

On her LJ blog, I came across this link she posted about fanfic authors. I have to say I'm utterly bemused to see that Jasper Fforde would look down on fanfiction when his entire Thursday Next series is BASED on the idea that there are no original stories and that everything is a copy of everything else. And even his seris is essentially a meta way of looking at fanfiction - the premise is that people can go into well known classics and change things around. What is that? META FANFIC. 

For those who want to check it out... 

http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/fan-fiction-worth-a-writers-time/

Date: 2012-08-29 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladygawain.livejournal.com
Hm, I can't wait for your review of Cinders. I shall look out for it.

Yeah, I mean I can't understand authors or people in general that dismiss fanfiction as the province of sweaty-palmed losers on the internet. As this awesome post by a rather eloquent professor states (http://downtothelastbullet.tumblr.com/post/29097051054/tywinning-asked-you-2012-08-09-03-37-as-a), at the end of the day, most literature (if not all) is in some way fanfiction of something else.

Thanks for sharing that link.
Edited Date: 2012-08-29 04:51 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-30 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing, I'll have to check out that Tumbler post. I'm not on tumbler, so I never have any clue what's going on there.

You know, I sat down to write an original romance novel back in 2004 and then - somehow - got sucked into the world of fanfiction. When I compare my writing skills in 2004 to my writing skills now, I'm amazed at the transformation.

I do agree that fanfiction can sometimes be the lazy the way to write because you're not forced to describe characters in the same detail that you are forced to do it in original work. However, I think the idea of writing a compelling story, structuring the narrative properly, and creating complex characters and plot is still a factor when you're writing fanfiction (if you hope to write GOOD fanfiction). And, for that reason alone, I think it's a great writing excercise.

Date: 2012-08-29 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lifesend.livejournal.com
Wow, I had no idea that Fforde looked down on fanfiction. I love his Thursday Next series (the first 3 anyway), and I also love his first nursery crime story , the Big Over Easy. The Big Over Easy was also similar to fanfiction in a way, so I am disappointed to hear that Fforde looks down on it. I'll be interested to read your review on this new book cinder and see if I want to read it.

Date: 2012-08-30 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
Yeah, I was really taken aback by Fforde's snobbery as well. I mean, all of his writing is essentially meta fanfiction! I'd even argue that his more fanfiction than "50 Shades of Gray" is because he so clearly makes his source material obvious vs. "Gray" which is so far from "Twilight" canon that it is basically original characters.

I'll post the "Cinder" review soon.
Edited Date: 2012-08-30 06:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-30 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noblealice.livejournal.com
OH man, I've got Cinders on my 'To Read' list and I now I'm going to bump it up that list closer to the top.

I also like when authors recognise that fanfiction is something that's inevitable and actually a new way that fans interact with the things they love. It's a great way of expressing your meta thoughts and character studies and really get into the heart fo the text. I don't like when creators (mostly showrunners) read too much and interact too much with fandom and let it influence their decisions, but otherwise I think it's a form of flattery.

Plus, as this author is an example of, ifanfic is a great way to practice your skills and get better before tackling something original.

Date: 2012-08-30 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanalayla.livejournal.com
"Cinder" was fantastic. I was on a trip to Vermont and found that I did not want to put it down long enough to hang out with my friends.

I agree about show creators reading too much FF. I often wonder if that's what happened to SV during it's final season.

I definitely feel my writing skills have improved after spending 8 years writing fanfic. However, my motivation to write original work has decreased because I find it to be very hard to focus.

Date: 2012-09-02 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shalimarfox80.livejournal.com
I haven't read Cinder but I've heard good things about it. It's on my to-read list now. Will definitely try to read it.

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