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Writing Fan Fiction

Updated on June 15, 2012

There are many writers of fan fiction. Some with millions of readers and can create additional income from what you love to do- write.

Some now famous authors like the author of the Princess Diaries, Fifty Shades of Grey - both have sold over 12 million copies, began writing fan fiction. But, what is it? Fan fiction is basically creating alternate storylines and plots from your favorite famous books. This can take the story in totally different directions in a very original way. For instance, you love Star Trek, well, how would the story be if Capt. Kirk and Spock were in love, or, take Harry Potter and by some odd magic, Harry becomes pregnant with Draco's baby and Draco wants nothing to do with it. Another one might be, a mix of Glee and Twilight, where Bella is in the glee club as Edwards plays football. Writing fan fiction is entirely up to your imagination based on characters in mostly best sellers. Sometimes, you make have to not use official titles of published books to avoid copyright infringement. But, most publishers do not pursue it because it actually helps the sale of their own books.

Some of the fan fiction writers have online accounts on and readers subscribe to the author for new stories on their favorite books. Some writers have 2000 subbers.

The length of a fan fiction piece can be a few pages to a novel, it depends on the writer. The most popular are Harry Potter with 600,000 pieces written, 200,000 of Twilight and Hunger Games with 500,000. All written by fans who thought of quirky detours or situations for their favorite characters.

So, think fan fiction as real creative writing based upon characters from your favorite published books.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      True. but it is another option and one that is acceptable and many authors take as a compliment. They are popular.

    • kschang profile image

      kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Oh, please, not the K/S slash fics... :D Or the "Peggy Sue" fan fics...

      You also have to have the owner of the universe at least not object to you playing in their universe. Not all authors like the idea.