And I can't blame them; a lot of what I've read makes me cringe (inner grammar Nazi wishes to slaughter every error identified). But there is still something special about it all. What people share are their hopes and desires for these characters they have fallen in love with, it’s their imagination obsessing over each and every outcome.
It comes close to being a breach of the copyrights of the original works, but in most cases it stays on the legal side. Barely. Many would argue that it is a complete breach and will stamp their feet and swear a lot. While others see it as the ultimate form of flattery; the fans love the characters that much they care about what happens to them and fill in the blanks the author left. Sort of like a colouring in book, the image is the original story and now you have to flesh it out. Not to mention it brings people together and gives them a chance to meet other fans, talk characters and plot, and have fun. All good things.
My friend and I were talking last night about fan fiction, in particular, writing fan fiction. We discussed details, plot, characters and conflict, and the ultimate pairing. It was very emotional. We want a crossover fan fiction of Tokyo Ghoul and Pride and Prejudice. It could be explosive.
But I haven’t done fan fiction. Not at all.
Sure I sometimes have daydreams of what the characters would do if this happened or that happened. It mostly happens when I’ve finished a big series and I can’t wait for the next season (or there are no more seasons). But none of that has been written down, it plays in my head only.
When I do try to write, it transforms into a different story and the characters resemble nothing of the originals. So maybe this idea won’t come into being. Which would be a shame since it had both of us in emotional fits. Then again, what we proposed might be a little too grown up for most… Don’t judge us, you’ve wondered the same about your fave characters.
What I’m worried about most is getting lost in someone else’s characters and story line and forgetting my own stuff. Making it very frustrating if I really suck at writing fan fiction. Because then I would feel like I’ve wasted time.
Then again it could be an interesting writing game to play.
Oh fuck it, I’m going to write it and hope that I don’t mess up the characters too badly. If I do then I’ll stop and delete the document.
If you’re interested in looking at what fan fiction actually is then www.fanfiction.net pops up as the first result when googling. Have fun. I know I will be with Kaneki and Darcy ;)