Category Archives: About Fanfiction

WRITING/FANDOM: Fan Seasons

Writing is often both fun and purposeful, such as writing a pilot or a spec for my portfolio, or blogging to increase my exposure. But sometimes you just want to work on a project because it’s just fun. Fan seasons, known by many other names by their faithfuls, are such a project. To sum up… what would happen in a season of a television show you love if you were in charge?

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WRITING: The Woobie Bastard Trope

Being part of both TV watching fandom and a handful of fanfiction circles, I’ve been privy to some of the more well-known tropes. But, though it may have been discussed outside of what I’ve read, there’s a big trope that I’ve been very guilty of enjoying, which crops up especially in fanfiction, but is also pretty common in TV. It’s what I call the Woobie Bastard.

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PERSONAL: How the Internet Has Changed My Life

This morning, I was reading a review of a book that posits that the Internet has destroyed our ability to memorise and focus, and that spun off into questions about what technology actually offers us. I’m not here to argue against the writer’s suggestions (in fact, as my recent attempts to dig back into reading attest, it’s very likely true), but offer up some ways in which the Internet has enriched my life, sort of as a counterbalance to our loss of focus..

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Derivative Works II: Fanfiction vs. Original Works

Did you know that the pieces of writing most aspiring TV scriptwriters use to secure jobs are close cousins to fanfiction?

The TV spec script is a script of a currently-running (or very recently cancelled) show, written by a writer unattached to the show to use as a calling card. This script is offered to literary agents and showrunners as proof that the writer can handle a certain tone, genre and structure. It’s conceived, outlined and written by (typically) a fan of the show, using characters and plots from the official show, typically written so as to slot effortlessly into the series.

In other words, it’s a very specific brand of fanfiction. While not open to public scrutiny, it’s considered a respectable kind of work, which industry professionals read on a regular basis. I’d like to explore a little what divides fanfiction from other ancillary works as well as original pieces, and get to the bottom of why it receives such wide criticism as an area of writing.

What is fanfiction?

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