Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What I Know About Fan Fiction

Could find no fitting photo in archives, so here's my little brother
 being not a fan of Uncle George, photographer
What do you think about fan fiction?
Have you ever written any yourself?

by R.M.

FAN fiction to my understanding is any short or long prose of any genre: literary, romantic, crime, graphic, speculative (particularly fantasy), experimental, erotica, etc., which features a FAN as protagonist.

The FAN could be either the human variety, ie: buff, devotee, enthusiast, fiend, junkie, freak, or nut; or the mechanical kind, which might include the propeller, ceiling, windmill, air conditioner (rarely), or flabellum.

I have not read any FAN fiction myself or claim to be any kind of expert -- as you can probably tell -- so for this post I have had to do a bit of research. Some memorable FAN fiction I have come across (but not read):

The Fan is a novel by Peter Abraham, a psychological thriller that follows Gil Renard as he progresses into his own insanity. The majority of the story revolves around the sport of baseball, and explores the overt dedication displayed by some of its fanatics.

In 1996 the novel was adapted to film as The Fan.

               (source: Wikipedia)

That one sounds good! As you can see, some FAN fiction has been adapted to film.

Readers interested in FAN fiction may also want to check out The Fancy Fan Factory, by A.P. Nutt, All My Fans, by I.M. King, or Install Your Own Ceiling Fan by Frank Lee-Boering.

This is news to me, but sometimes a FAN work can become so popular that some individuals, called adherents, will write their own take on a story or series, often supplying alternate endings or having their favourite characters do things they really shouldn’t. This is called Adherent Fiction, and sounds interesting. But that’s for another post.

The second question, have I written about FANs myself? No, never.

I hope this has been helpful!  


Paul D. Marks said...

Very insightful, RM! Cleared up a lot of questions about fan fiction, especially ceiling fan fiction. ;)

Art Taylor said...

Hmmmm.... I'm not sure whether you're being tongue-in-cheek or not, Rae! But enjoyed reading the post here. :-)

Susan C Shea said...

I now know more about fans, especially the ceiling variety, than I knew yesterday. so grateful, thank you. (you know as much as my experts from yesterday!)