Here are my thoughts on fan fiction.
- I see no harm in it.
- We’ve all imagined fantasies about our favorite shows or characters.
- Some people choose to put their fantasies in text.
- Writing down daydreams is what writers do.
- I see no difference between playing a cover song of your favorite band for fun, and writing a scene with your favorite characters for fun.
- Regardless of your art form, copying and adapting it is a great training ground for people who want to do this professionally some day.
- It’s also fun.
- Using a large public platform to mock a person for something they do for the joy of it is seriously not okay.
And in answer to the anticipated question about if you can write fanfic in the Glamourist Histories? I would actually love that.* To me, if someone connects so deeply with my world that they want to stay in it, that’s awesome. I mean, that’s the way I feel about my favorite authors and, let’s be honest here, my novels are Jane Austen fanfic. I just wanted magic and sometimes a little more swashbuckling.
So fanfic? Fanart? Bring it on.
I will never make fun of you for it. Ever.
Edited to add, because it’s a darn good way of explaining fanfic to people who don’t get it: Kayla Tucker says, “I think writing fan fics is the adult way of playing “make believe” just like when you were kid. We’d would pretend to be our favorite superhero/cartoon character/book character but would alter things about them to make it fit the image you have in your head. “I’m gonna be Batman! But I will have a tutu and my sidekick will be my cat and we will fight having to do chores!” That sort of thing.” (reprinted with permission)
*Insert legal disclaimer here. Just don’t sell it, or sue me because something I write winds up being similar, and we’re fine.