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Reading Fan Fictions
Fan fictions: Works of fiction written by a fan of a particular series, featuring the characters from the particular series.
I'm well aware of fan fictions, why people write them, and I know quite a few people who enjoy reading these pieces of fiction from fans of a series. Readers of fan fictions are usually those who can't get enough of their favourite series and need more. However, I've been thinking about fan fictions for a while, and the answer to the question: Do I enjoy fan fictions?
If you asked me this question a couple of years ago, I would have definitely said yes. Not yes, but an OMGGGGGG WHAT DO YOU READ OMGGGG kind of yes. But, that was when I was 9.
There are some fan fictions that are alright and are able to almost replicate the author's writing style, but 99% of the time you will come across a fan fiction who's author that thinks that they can just smash a couple of words together and call themselves a "fan fiction author" on fanfiction.net.
I don't want to be offensive or anything to fan fiction authors, but there are fan fictions that are so bad that it will ruin your view of the series and fan fiction authors that don't use proper grammar. Ok, I admit. I'm a sucker when it comes to grammar. Seeing bad grammar and punctuation on reading material annoys me like frick. I've seen fanfictions go:
"it's morning silly!" "I made breakfast, I hope you're hungry!"
I MEAN SERIOUSLY WHAT THE SMERDE WAS THAT. I CAN WRITE BETTER SMERDE THAN THAT.
That was a TMI one. Imagine having your perfect image of your perfect series get ruined by this PERSON. If you're going to write something like this, at least capitalize the I.
And I have spent SO MUCH TIME perfecting my ships. Then this "fan fiction author" ruins it all.
Think of it like this: If you were the author of a series that you were so proud of writing, how would you feel if someone thought they could steal your idea and continue it and shape it into horror to go through someone's eyes?
I think I've said my point. I really, really don't enjoy reading fan fictions. Honestly, they waste my time. They don't feel great. Fan fictions are kind of like cheating. You have a plot and character the authors already give you. And it's really unfair to authors when their fan fictions receive more likes than their book.
However, this is really just my opinion. I don't hate you if you love fan fictions, or whatever. I'm just saying that maybe I'm just really unlucky and stumble across bad fan fictions all the time. Either way, I am definitely NOT an fan of fan fiction.
What are your thoughts about fan fictions? Do you love them or hate them?