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Mar 7
Love and Obsessiveness
Over the next few weeks, ThePublishingSpot will spend time with fan fiction writers, exploring this alternative-reality publishing hub on the Internet.  I won't spend too much time defining the art form (or trying to classify individual parts), because you can visit this painstakingly detailed history of fan fiction over at Wikipedia if you need more information.

For our purposes, fan fiction is a community of writers writing compulsively about characters that they admire--everybody from singers like John Mayer to science fiction heroes like Doctor Who to addictive television shows like Lost.  Just looking at these three sites, you can see the love and obsessiveness that goes into these stories.  These people are writing a story for a tough audience, and they created bustling writing communities in the process. 

Web writers like us are CRAZY if we don't think fan fiction and fan fiction communities matter.  It's time to start paying attention...

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I'm still looking for more writers with interesting things to say about fan fiction. If you agree, disagree, or have something to add, chime in, and link to your site...

I think you're absolutely right.
I started JMayer_FanFic because I loved how other fandom's like BtVS and Charmed and other's came to just be these huge community's of people who loved doing the same thing. And I honestly never thought there would be people posting there, but it's honestly a great little place to post at. I don't think people give FF writer's enough credit for their work. I mean, look at all the books in Books A Million. They're FF, just published and put out for us to read.
So thanks for saying such nice thing's about us. We appreciate it greatly. :)

Dear Jaden,

Great to hear from you. I'm going to check out Books a Million today. If you are still reading, I'm also really interested to know--how long did it take you to find readers and writers? How long have you been writing?

Cheers,
Jason Boog

I agree as well. With fanfiction getting so huge that some authors actually filed lawsuits against certain sites for copywriting, It gets really hard to ignore, huh?

Dear Max,

You are right! But for every creator that tries to shut down fan fiction, you have another company like the Snakes on a Plane producers who love it when people play with their characters...

Hey, I read that you were taking a few weeks to talk to fanfiction writers. Well, I figured that I'd try to get a hold of you. My name is Kimberly Jeffries, I'm a Harry Potter fanfiction writer, based mostly in Slash Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy mostly. If your still talking to writers, I'd love to answer any questions you have. Here's a link to where I post my stories: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/640448/

Sincerely,
Kimberly

I noticed you asked questions to some of the people earlier, I figured I'd answer them also.
how long did it take you to find readers and writers? A few months, I started writing and then looked for a place to post it. It took a few months for me to find a place on the internet where people were posting and reading fanfiction.

How long have you been writing? I've been writing fanfiction for three years, though only the last two have been slash writing.

Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly! I'd love to know more-- What are your favorite fan fiction websites? Who are your favorite fan fiction writers?

Your welcome. I love a few of them, Fanfiction.net being number one because it has a lot of cateorgies. Adultfanfiction.net, fictionalley.org, Thehexfiles.net, and thesilversnitch.net are a few. Though, I have a lot of places that I read off of. A few of my favorite fanfiction writers come from Fanfiction.net, Trio-Spade, and Adrianna are my top favorite. Aisling-Siobhan, Leozodiac, and quite a few others I read on occasion. My profile page, at the site I posted earlier, has a cateorgy of my favorite writers (37), and stories (98). Writing and Reading take up most of my free time also, I know it sounds like I'm a geek or something but I just know how to manage my time. If I'm not going to college, working, or hanging out with friends I'm reading or writing, or if I can't sleep I'm doing one or the other.

Hi, Pipkin Sweetgrass is my fan fiction author name. I do Tolkien fan fiction exclusively. You can find me at Stories of Arda and at fanfiction.net. If you wish to contact me, my info is there, I will try to answer any questions as well as I can manage. I have quite a few thoughts on fan fiction, in fact.

I'm most famous for The Bee Charmer, which took 2nd place in the incomplete category of the Middle Earth Fanfiction Awards last year, and have more nominated this year.

You are correct, it is time to take fan fiction seriously. Already there are writers who have gone legit by breaking the glass ceiling of fan fiction, at last count I think there were six.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading your entry and have bookmarked you. Feel free to contact me, I'm very approachable.

I agree as well. I write InuYasha fan fiction on AnimeSpiral.com and I can tell you it's a pretty big thing, and I don't just mean InuYasha fanfic, but any fanfic, be it anime, modern culture, video games, television shows, etc. I think people need to realize there's more than one form of written entertainment out there, and that not all literature needs to be deep, though-provoking. Some people want a nice, interesting, entertaining read that will just take them away for a while. Fanfiction is very big, and anyone who discredits it, I think, doesn't have their finger on the modern pulse.

There are three usual distinctions of fan fiction based on length, which are common to most fan fiction archives. Chaptered "fic" is written in a similar manner to traditional serial stories, with each chapter released separately as it is finished. Chapters may take anything from a day to several months to be updated and often remind readers of their place in the story with each new installment. Most archives allow two authors to upload individual chapters sequentially under a single title with a main link to the first chapter, and each chapter easily linked to via a drop down menu. A subgenre of this is seen in fan fiction groups frequently organized by comic book fan fiction writers which not only feature series starring certain characters but create a full shared universe much like a comic book company. Where are you?

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