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Mar 7
Don't Pat My Back
In my tireless journey through the sprawling (and impossible to summarize) world of fan fiction, I stumbled upon this funny LiveJournal site called The Pitfalls of Fan Fiction where writers can rant until they turn blue about the bad habits that plague the fan fiction universe.   I most appreciated this comment by a writer named Brenda, attacking fan fiction writers who shackle writers with too many rules:

"Fanfiction appeals to me for the same reasons that Lego does -- I can build and play with the thing that's pictured on the box, or I can put things together in different combinations and stretch the limits of possibility. If you tell me I'm writing it wrong, I'm going to pity you like I pitied that little boy who told me when I was thirteen that "April can't rescue the Ninja Turtles because it always happens the other way around on TV." Grow an imagination, will you?

My favourite kind of fanfic is the kind that pushes the envelope of possibility, seeing how far it can go and still not contradict canon."

I wish more sites existed like this for other writing genres.  I learned a lot more from people who beat up my work than I ever did from people who patted me on the back like a clueless six-year-old kid scribbling with crayons...

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