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Boys in our Books is starting a new series: Friday Question of the Week!
Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well! Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)
Ami: I only started reading fanfic in 2013 and even then it was very limited to Merlin fandom. I avoided fanfic before because I had this weird thing of liking things the way they are, canon wise, and I felt fanfic couldn’t stay true to how the characters were. Until I read Merlin. BUT I still have my ‘weird’ rules on fanfic, like “I don’t really read the fanfic of shows I still watch” or “I prefer to read Alternate Universe” … At the moment, Merlin is my poison, though I also nibble here and there in “The Eagle”, “Suits”, “X-Men: First Class”, and “Sid/Geno (hockey)” fandom.
Sara: I haven’t read much of fan fiction as I was turned off by it early on but I have come around to it recently. I will say that I do enjoy a bit of Wincest (Brothers Sam and Dean from Supernatural) and I openly admit and adore Larry Stylinson fan fiction (Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction). I love how creative folks can be with taking characters they love and either continuing the story line or setting them in an Alternate Universe and making the story their own yet staying true to the characters. I have learned there is a great big world full of stories out there I might attempt to read some day.
Shelley: I am crap with fanfic. I just don’t watch enough TV to qualify. I don’t need to remind you all that I thought Teenwolf fic was about Michael J Fox. That’s how bad I am with fanfic. So in the interest of upholding our credibility I’ll refrain from the fanfic questions. Although that short True blood fic with Eric and Alcide was HOT! (I thank tumblr and gif world for that imagery – I never did watch Trueblood, but I did read the books:))
Sheri: The only time I ever found myself looking for fanfic was for Qhuay. I will forever be grateful to a certain piece in particular….for it lead me to amazing friends I cherish like family. However, I found out after reading a few books that they were indeed fanfic. But I had no clue beforehand. :P
Sue: I’m not well versed with fanfiction. I only recently read my second piece (by accident) and have no real interest to read more… call me boring (again). But for this example I’ll go for the one and only fanfic I’ve ever wanted to read and that was a True Blood “collaboration” with Eric and Alcide – THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SHELLEY!!!
Susan: So, I’ve never consciously read fanfic before (except a couple short Nagron (Spartacus) ones by NR Walker!) but I ship characters in my head all the time! I think I probably would like fanfic…there’s just SO much to choose from and few guarantees the random one I choose to read will be any good. It feels like a lot of research/effort…and I’m kinda lazy. :)
Tracy: Big yes. Fanfic is like Free Awesome Novel Town–population: A Gazillion. It definitely works better if you either a) have some familiarity or liking of the fandom, or b) have no inkling, but are willing to try it like an “original” work. I started in fandoms based on Japanese works in the late 90’s, but more recently have been into X-Men: First Class. Lots of great stuff there.
…are you a fanfic’er?