Fanfiction: a literary genre?

This time it’s a short and thought-provoking article. If you have read the title, you have almost certainly visited this page for two reasons: to laugh or because you have ever read/written fanfiction and appreciate it enough to be interested in a reflection on it.

In any case, I hope you don’t end up laughing, because this is a very serious dissection of the art of fanfiction.

What is fanfiction?

To begin with, as we understand it now in the Internet era, fanfiction is the product of a fan who takes aspects or characters from a work, regardless of the medium to which it belongs, and works on it. Specifically, the word fanfiction usually refers to the written format and does not include other elements such as music, drawing, video games, etc.. In other words, we understand that it is a sort of novel that places favourite characters in certain circumstances that have not occurred in the original book or medium. It is often more about couples than a single character.

Unlike a novel, however, its terrain is the Internet, specifically certain fanfiction sites like or Archive of our own, where fanfiction is catalogued by duration, theme, characters, etc. Therefore, and it is important to remember, it is not created with economic intentions, but it is a way to show how much you like a product. Enough to sit down and spend your time writing about it. Let’s face it, if you’re trying to make money off Bandidas fanfiction, you’re crazy.

Then we find traitors like the author of Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, who ended up traditionally publishing her work. But in general every fanfiction has a disclaimer where they claim that they are not her characters and do not intend to make any economic profit. It’s pure fun and a way to promote, in their own way, the story that has inspired them so much. Whether you love Gumwin stories or Fleabag fics, most are doing it for the love of writing.

But perhaps one of the most surprising and most definitive elements about fanfiction is that it is usually written by women. In particular, very young women.

That’s what fanfiction is today.

Actually, it’s something much bigger because if we think of the word itself, fan fiction, it can be any project done by a fan in relation to another work. That is… practically anything can fall into the category depending on the flexibility of thought we have.

But let’s focus on the big topic and ask ourselves a question:

Why is fanfiction so denigrated?

Well, as usually happens in everything, the bad is known more than the good. Surely more than one is familiar with the name of Perla Shumajer and cannot mention a specific decent fic.

But I wonder: why this persecution when someone sees a fanart and considers it – if it is good within its standards – a work worthy of retweet or hanging on its wall? Why can you go see a mini-comic from a film or a book between jumps of joy and share it smiling from ear to ear and writers rush to laugh like fanfiction hyenas when basically it’s the same idea?

Every time I read critiques of women’s literature, with certain topics that it’s hard to escape from, I can’t help relating it to this: Most authors start out very young, with grammatical and orthographic flaws and without much idea of narrative structure. They misrepresent the characters and go on to very basic ideas, often related to sex, that field so forbidden to women but so well dominated by men. It’s not that I can blame them because many professional authors still don’t know how to write no matter how old they are. What blows our minds is that we still buy the works anyway.

Fanfiction is as old as time and, going back to a well-known example, we can read Virgil’s Aeneid and smile at how he recovers the Trojan War and invents a story for Aeneas to justify the birth of Rome. There is nothing that has not already been done and the authors of today are no exception.

It could be said, then, that it is a question of rights and that when these are liberated, it is no longer about fanfiction as such. And it would be true. But the idea is still there. All the classical artists have made fanart of the Bible and a thousand different stories. Sometimes they charged for them and sometimes they didn’t. And today we exhibit them in museums because of their quality, and not because of what they are representing. Historical literature invents characters that existed and uses them for commercial purposes, including magical elements or Shakespeare plays, and today it is considered a genre as worthy as any other.

I suppose, then, that we can affirm that the problem lies in how we use labels today and the tendency to generalize. I’m not going to deny that a big part of fanfiction is bad. Just to say that the same thing happens with literature for which we pay an eye of the face.

The fact is, assuming there are millions of fanfics in different languages, shouldn’t it be considered a genre? Badly seen or not, there are thousands of people sharing their writings without expecting anything in return except comments and finding friendship or a sense of community. With it they contribute to elaborate theories, alternative worlds -as Marvel and DC do charging for it-, more or less toxic, but always from the passion and without the “read my book”. I’ve seen this especially true for the Star Wars universe on Commaful, where writers dive deep into the depths of theories and alterate universes.

If there are still people who think that writing about someone else’s work doesn’t deserve recognition, I ask for a little reflection and that we remember the dissatisfaction produced by playing a video game, watching a film or, why not, reading a book that is an adaptation of a work we have adored. And they don’t manage to reflect the character or the world well. What frustration and we have paid for it to get shit in return! Eragon’s film, gentlemen? What about the whitewashing of the American adaptations, which copy the plot and the name of the characters but leave their essence aside because they don’t care? And those second parts where it seems like we’re dealing with different characters?

But when is the work good? The happiness we experience?

All this is the same work that is done in fanfiction.

A genre that focuses on the characters

Writing about other characters and a world already built has its challenge and requires a great analytical capacity and adaptation. Is it easy to play an original character? No. What about someone else, who can think in a way that is radically opposed to you? Nor is it. Those who laugh at the fanfiction is because they have never tried to write one or because they have done it and it hasn’t come out. And it’s difficult. It demands respect – there isn’t always, as there isn’t in many commercial books – love, attention and effort. Especially because writing a fanfiction implies moving away from the original work but without losing its spirit. It’s a practice that gets young writers much more practice than simply joining a writing contest, and makes it fun to boot.

In general, fanfictions are a genre apart because they don’t focus on the story, but on the characters.

Except in certain cases, in general a fanfiction author wants to see his X character in a different situation than the book/movie or deepens what the author didn’t do in his original work. There will always be some character that makes you cry and ask why you’re reading the story of the main character in turn and not this particular person – I get a lot with Harry Potter and Snape. Guess what story he would have wanted to read – and that’s when you can get into fanfiction. They’re also the great terrain for what if. Wouldn’t you have wished Sansa and Arya could get along? Then you have to sit down and think about what it takes to make the case. Perhaps a less macho author of Martin, who knows. Or fantasize about what would have happened if Ned hadn’t died? What would have been necessary so that events wouldn’t lead to his death?

What about stories where the Slytherin are not the author’s scapegoats? Or a version where Jack and Kirtash fell in love instead of Victoria’s kettle? Or a version of Star Wars less macho where Leia had friends or she would simply have been the one who grew up in the desert and Luke the prince who needs help?

What if Darth Vader/Anakin had been a woman and Padmé a man? Are you sure the story would have been the same?

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Publishing

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Publishing

This is one of the biggest secrets of the publishing industry: how difficult it is to hit that publish button. Our stories often times keep our deepest and darkest secrets. They often share a bit about ourselves. In many cases, the characters are based on people we know or situations we’ve gone through.

Don’t tell me you’ve never had an idea for a story from a terrible breakup before. Many of our best story ideas are also the ones that leave us most vulnerable. The stories that his us straight to the heart of things. This is especially true in love stories and scary stories, where we pull from our own romances and deepest fears.

It can be incredibly intimidating to publish and thus many of us end up keeping our stories stored away in a notebook, never to be opened or touched again. And that is okay if you are okay with that.

But that’s not why we’re here. It’s not why you are reading this post. You want to publish. And you need that extra push.

Here are some ways you can combat that fear that has worked with many writers.

Publish on a website first

Try putting a variation of your story on a storytelling site. You can try writing sites and reading apps. These are communities with generally positive communities who can help you get over your fears. They may even provide some good feedback for you. This is often a great way for you to get your feet wet without having to tell everybody you know that you’ve published it. You can even use a pseudonym or username so that nobody will ever have to know that you’ve put anything online. You don’t need to tell anybody nor do you ever need to use your real name so nobody can ever Google you. This is a great baby-step so that you can get that feeling of publishing without taking the actual risk. In some cases, if the story does well, you can still get much of the upside and then take credit after the fact once you do have the millions of views already under your belt. This is especially useful and easy if you’re writing short stories or graphic novels.

Give it to close friends

Try giving it to a few trusted friends to read. Because you know this person personally, it’ll feel a little safer. It’s okay if they hate it and give you advice on it. This will help you get some needed feedback and also get you set up to share with more people after you hear from your friend. This is another baby step that might feel like higher stakes as somebody is actually judging your soul, but will get you closer to the eventual step of publishing it.

Give it to somebody you don’t know

The real test is to give it to somebody you don’t know personally. Try joining some Facebook groups for people to “beta read”. These beta-readers can give you some advice as well and is the last step you need to take to get you to publishing. You can learn how to find beta readers on Commaful.

Now that you’ve had people you know and don’t know read your story, you have now taken enough baby steps where the hardest parts of getting over your fears are now over. It’s time to take that plunge and put it out there! If you need more help, you can always check out James Altucher’s on self-publishing.

The 5 Best Writing Contests in 2019

Calling all writers! If you’re looking for ways to advance your career and gain recognition for your work, enter one of these 5 writing contests. From fiction to poetry, there’s something in this list to suit any writer with any skillset. Feel like penning some fiction? How about telling the story of your travels through the wilderness? Enter one of these contests and show the world your talent.

1. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

This quarterly contest has deadlines every three months, with a $1,000 cash prize for the first place winner with $750 and $500 for second and third place, respectively. L. Ron Hubbard is renowned for creating the world’s most extensive body of fictional work.

To enter this contest, you must submit short stories or novels, with up to 17,000 words. The story must have a sci-fi, or fantasy theme and deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

2. Reedsy Writing Contest

If 17,000-word manuscripts sound a bit heavy to you, consider entering the Reedsy short story contest instead. Reedsy offers all writers the opportunity to make money and gain recognition in the community. All you need to do to enter is sign up for the weekly newsletter at The editor sends out the contest guidelines every Friday, select one of the 5 genres to write about and submit your piece before the following Friday.

If you win the contest, Reedsy will feature your work on their Medium blog and award you with a cash prize of $50.

3. Tony Hillerman Prize

Word harvest and St. Martin’s Press present this writing competition for mystery novelists. Judges award the prize to writers of mystery novels set in the Southwest of England. If your submission is the winner, you earn a $10,000 prize and publication of your work in the St. Martin’s Press.

This contest is open to both amateur and professional writers that haven’t published a mystery novel. Additional guidelines include; “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.” Visit the St. Martin’s Press website for details on deadlines.

4. Tufts Poetry Awards

The Claremont Graduate University presents these awards to outstanding poets in two competitions. The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award grants a staggering $100,000 for a published book of poetry by an established poet.

The second competition is for unknown and unpublished poets. Submit a book of unpublished poetry for consideration for the award. If you win, you receive a $10,000 grant from Tufts. Deadlines for 2019 include books published in the year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

5. The Preservation Foundation’s 2019 Contest for Unpublished Writers

This non-profit organization hosts this contest with the intention of preserving the stories of ordinary people. Submissions must be non-fiction and fall into one of 4 categories; Biographical, travel, general, or animals. Your piece must be between 1,000 to 10,000 words.

There’s no entry fee, and the winner takes home a cash prize of $200, with the runner-up receiving $100 and the finalists $50 each. The deadline for this competition is August 31st, 2019.

What is the Difference between a Memoir and an Autobiography?

What is the Difference between a Memoir and an Autobiography?

When it comes to writing a memoir, many people confuse it with an autobiography. The truth is, these are two different types of writing and two different types of books. In order to write an effective memoir, you first have to be able to tell the difference between the two. Whichever one you decide to write depends upon how you are planning on telling the story in the first place. If you decide that the story you’re trying to tell is more suited for an autobiography, you can write that instead, or you can change some things around to make it a memoir instead. Let’s take a look

The Memoir

The memoir usually revolves around a series of memories. It is not someone’s life story. It often focuses on a single seminal event the changes a person’s life. Memoirs have pretty prominent themes and there is a single subject often that is the moral of the story.

Sometimes, the story is how extraordinary a person’s life is or what happens to them that is completely unique to what is happening to other people. But that is not always the case. This is not the only type of memoir that is out there. Sometimes, memoir is written about an ordinary life but the narrator has some sort of profound insight that makes it worth reading anyway.

The problem with writing a memoir is that it can be really difficult to get one published. It has to be extremely good. This is because publishers get a lot of these types of books, and the market for them is very small. The books that are written around these events usually have a pretty solid narrative path and the voice of the writer has to be really compelling. Lighting one up can be a good way to get around this.

The main thing that distinguishes the memoir from other types of books is that it details events in a way that makes people see certain human truths that help them make sense of their lives. That doesn’t mean that there is overt morality lessons included in a memoir, it just turns out that way because of how the book is written. In fact, the memoir is one of the hardest types of books to write.

The Autobiography

The autobiography is a book about your life. Most people will not want to read a book about your life. The exception is, of course, if you are celebrity or well-known figure the people are curious about. But for the ordinary person, writing an autobiography might be cathartic and of interest to your family and friends, but probably won’t go much farther than that or even get published.

The Bottom Line – How to write a memoir

The bottom line is that there is some pretty stiff competition when it comes to writing a memoir. However, if you think you have the right events and insight to be able to tell that story, then you should definitely give it a try because you might be able to change someone’s life.

How to Format a Book for Self-Publishing

As a self-publishing author, one of the things that back matter does is give you an opportunity to interest people in some of your other work. However, the way that you go about it can vary from author to author. There are some pretty specific things that you should do no matter what genre you write in or how many books you have, but there are other tasks that are more difficult to figure out. In this article, we’ll be looking at exactly how you should include your other work in the back matter of each book or story you publish. Here are five tips to help you.

List Only Relevant Work

First, you want to make sure that you are only listing relevant work in your back matter. You might have published in different genres – or different types of work within the same genre – but what you want to keep in mind is that when a reader finishes a book that they liked, they are instantly looking for something that was just like the last good thing that they read. If you include other work that doesn’t fit into that description, then you might be losing the opportunity to get them to buy another book.

Include the Book Cover

Make sure that you include the book cover with the blurb from your story. Your book cover sells books – period. If it doesn’t, then you need another book cover. The picture doesn’t have to be big. In fact, it should be about the size of an Amazon thumbnail. Make sure you figure out how to format a book as well.

Include a Synopsis of the Story

Even if you are including a chapter of your story, put a synopsis at the top so that people read it and get intrigued by the story and want to read your excerpt. Make it a short paragraph in italics right below (or to the right) of your book cover and then start your chapter excerpt right below that. If it is not going to be joined with a chapter excerpt, then put it below the book cover.

Include the First Chapter

Even though you want to limit the amount of back matter space you use, you do want to include an excerpt of one book. If you are writing a series, this should be the next book in the series. If not, then just another book that you think they will like. Include the first chapter unless it is exceptionally long.

Include an Amazon Link

Make sure that people are able to buy the book by including a link directly to the book’s page on Amazon. Contact IT Support NYC for help.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that you want to keep people reading your stuff after they finish something you have written. It is a lot harder to bring them back to you after they have started reading someone else. If you want more great advice on writing blurbs and other self-publishing topics, visit where there are plenty of articles that are packed with information.

Getting the Best Slow Cooker Can Get You More Time to Write

1 thing to consider about when buying your slow cooker would be to consider WHAT you’ll be cooking. No, but the slow cooker can take a variety of the other dishes off your hands as you concentrate on the remaining part of the meal. If so, it is your best friend. The typical slow cooker is all about six quarts, but you can purchase them much bigger.

Best Slow Cooker

If you’re looking for a slow cooker which makes taking your meals on the road easy and spill proof, you will adore the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S. Keeping that in mind, it’s vital to choose a slow cooker you can depend on to nail the fundamentals. A slow cooker is an easy appliance. The digital controlled slow cookers cost a little bit more than the dial ones since they are in a position to do much more than just cook and heat.

The Unexposed Secret of Best Slow Cooker Reviews

There are just a few unique forms of rice cookers on the market. With the most acceptable education on what makes one particular rice cooker better than another, you’re likely to be in a position to create a better and simpler decision on which ones fit your wants and wants and decide on only the perfect one for you. When it is time to start searching for your rice cooker you will find a couple things that it’s important that you think about. Rice cookers have existed in some shape or another for many centuries. When you start looking for your rice cooker, be certain to keep in mind the information we’ve provided for you here, and that means you can obtain the perfect rice cooker for your requirements. If you’re just trying to find a easy rice cooker which gets the task done, having one with a lot of bells and whistles could wind up being wasted and of course frustrating you.

If you get the best slow cooker, you will simply must create the rice with the broth on the stove top based on the instructions on the rice package. Slow cookers are an fantastic kitchen essential to have in your house because they’re so versatile. In that case there are slow cookers that may be employed on the cooktop too.

The remainder of The cooker proved to be a hybrid style produced by Crock-Pot, with a metallic crock and a standard belt-style heater. Slow cookers are offered in many distinct sizes. They are not only convenient but they are also a beauty to behold. With slow cookers, often all you’ll have to do is prepare the ingredients, toss them in the toaster with some water, let it cook for a long time. Some slow cookers incorporate an insert that’s safe to spend the oven, which usually means you can sprinkle some surplus cheese and bread crumbs along with a finished slow cooker casserole and then set the insert to the oven for a couple minutes to nicely brown the top. Furthermore, they include a cooking rack that lets you easily make baked products. When you begin looking for your slow cooker, look carefully at the features it offers so you can be certain you’re getting the one that you desire.

Slow cookers are typically very user-friendly. As with any other appliance, they come with warranty. They permit you to cook incredible meals while you’re at work or running errands without any worry that the home is in danger of burning down. Ease of Use Slow cookers are typically straightforward machines that provide you clear instructions.

For lots of people however, rice is a substantial staple in their house and they have a whole lot of rice based dishes which are cooked regularly. If you decide to set your rice in at the start of the cook time with all the other ingredients, you are likely to need to use brown rice because it is going to resist the long slow cooking procedure. You won’t ever consider cooking rice the exact same again as soon as you’ve used a rice cooker, particularly in the event you choose to receive one with a lot of features on it which give you additional choices for cooking.

Lies You’ve Been Told About Best Slow Cooker

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