WARNING: DARK AND MORBID IDEAS “I hate being lost…” he whispered jumping at the flickering shadows dancing across the walls, “Maybe I shouldn’t have stayed outside so late or wore a coat.” Even without any windows, a draft still seemed to rip through the hall, causing the bulbs to rock like a pendulum. “How long have you been here?”
Fans of the World
Ever think 'it should have gone...' or 'he would never date...' Then I welcome you to the world of fan-fiction writing.
“I don’t want to be taken away,” said Susie, taking her mother’s hand. She glimpsed back at the boys and girls faces stuck behind clear plastic wondering what happened to them.
When I was younger, I had a friend who loved to read fan-fictions. She never wrote any of her own but would talk repeatedly about fan-fictions of her favourite anime “Inu-yasha.” I was one of those skeptics who thought nothing could beat the original series, and would dismiss her encouragement to read fan-fictions.
About three years ago, I had just finished the manga (japanese graphic novels) +Anima (about people who would inherit animal genes from a near-death experience) but I couldn’t believe it was finished I felt there should have been more to the story and so I looked up fan-fictions of +Anima. I found a fan-fiction whose summary compelled me to read and I have been hooked ever since.
Perhaps if I had not clicked on such a well-written fan-fiction I would have turned away, but that one was amazing. I love reading other people’s interpretations of original work and even reading about pairings I like.
It took me awhile before I felt comfortable uploading my own works of fan-fiction. My main reason for uploading them wasn’t even about it being a fan-fiction; it was actually because I wanted to know if people would like my own writing. Also, I could hide behind a username and no one would know it was me.
It turned out a lot of people did like my writing and the fan-fiction I started. It felt good to get encouraging and constructive feedback. But I also got flamed for missing minor details about a certain character’s appearance. It is very discouraging to get an anonymous review of how awful of a writer you are putting you down in every sense. But I continued to write, because the good reviews far outweighed the one bad review I got. Most fan-fiction writers' responses to flames about how their story doesn’t match to the original are: “It’s a fan-fiction, and I am God and can change anything I want.”
I don’t write nearly as much fan-fiction as I did when I first started. I would update a new chapter once a week. I have been focusing on my own original work more, especially now that I am in college, but I still roam the fan-fictions to find good ones to read.
One thing about online fan-fiction that used to bother me is that many users don’t do active updates. That is one thing to remember, sometimes it's months before an author will update a 1000-word chapter. If this really bothers you, look under complete stories to avoid waiting for updates.
Overal,l I love fan-fictions and will probably continue to read them for a long time. My personal favourite website for fanfictions is, fanfiction.net.
My fan-fiction account is something private that I keep just for myself and no one knows who I am. I remain anonymous.
Wesley Morningstar is a 19-year-old artist enrolled at Sheridan College for the Art Fundamental’s Program. We both attended the same high school in northern Ontario and have stayed good friends stemming from our closely related interests in writing and the arts. Wesley has agreed to be interviewed about his experience with his first year of Art Fundamentals and what he hopes to continue into his career.
After some time had passed, Ryder sighed and decided it was time to head home before anyone was wise to his absent. As he swam, the shore seemed to grow further away, Ryder shook his head and with a burst of speed launching himself forward but still it seems like he’s going backwards. A wave of panics overcomes Ryder, giving all his strength Ryder pushes forward, gasping when he realizes it doesn’t help allowing water to rush into his mouth. After he took mouthfuls of water in panic, Ryder sunk.