Monday, August 1, 2016

Discussion with two experts and one wannabe expert about fan fiction

CM: "What do you think of fan fiction? Have you ever written any?"

Susan Shea: [long pause… then calls] Lana? Justin? Nicolas? Do any of you know what fan fiction is?

L: OMG!

J: Grandmom, why would you want to know?

N: Yeah, Grandmom, Justin won’t even let me look at it.

Me: Why not? What is it about?

L: It’s written by fans of a book, what alternative endings they might want.

J: [laughs] But it gets weird.

L: Gross. My advice is do not look it up on Google.

N: Justin won’t even let me look it up. I’ll look it up now for you, okay?

Me [quickly] No, don’t look it up…why can’t he look it up?

L: OMG! These fans write extreme stuff about, you know, what characters would do. And it gets really, really strange. Gross. Trust me, Grandmom, you don’t want to read most fan fiction.

N: I just want to see it once.

J: No, Nicolas. Trust me, you don’t.

Me: So people take a story, like Harry Potter, and make Harry do weird things? I thought Harry already did weird things.

J: Not this weird. The so-called fans go crazy and write about evil stuff.

Me: You mean like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? It’s a real book and I know the guy who wrote that. So, is that fan fiction?

[J and L snort in unison] Much worse. And none of this stuff would be in a book. It’s on YouTube.

N: I just want to see it once, Justin.

I retire from the discussion, having decided “gross” and ‘weird” may be code for “sex,” the “fans” in question are either internet trolls or warped 15-year olds, and that my answer to the Criminal Minds question of the week is: No.  I am confident that other Minds will have so much more to say about this than I do.

But here’s a link to what I thought might pass for fan fiction until Justin told me this is actually funny and doesn’t make the Harry Potter characters do something…well, gross and out of character.











4 comments:

Art Taylor said...

Ha! This is a fun post and a great way to start off the week's discussion. Looking forward to what others say!

RJ Harlick said...

Love it and I'm with you, Susan. I had no idea what fan fiction was.

RM Greenaway said...

Oh dear, too funny! I think you've said it all Susan. I think I'll have to invent something.

Susan C Shea said...

Had to rely on another generation for help. I did ask them while we were driving back from SF the other day. Too funny!!