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Is Fan fiction bad?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Nujui, Feb 13, 2011.

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  1. Blaze163

    Blaze163 The White Phoenix's purifying flame.

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    To me fanfiction comes in two distinct flavours. You have the serious stuff, where people actually carefully plan out a story of some kind, working with the established canon of whatever they're a fan of in an effort to show their own take on certain scenarios. This is the good fan fiction, and incidentally where mine sits. I consider it serious literature and it's no less artistic than music or art IMHO. All fan fiction of this nature, of course. Not just mine. Not trying to blow my own trumpet here. I'll let you read and blow for yourselves.

    But on the flipside you get the crap written by prepubescent girls about what it would be like if Twilight characters were real and came to high school with them, or what Final Fantasy would have been like if Sephiroth was gay for Cloud, etc. These things are just pathetic. There's no effort, rarely any unique thoughts, they're always poorly written and they just plain suck.

    So IMHO the quality of fan fiction is proportional to the time and effort the writer is willing to sink in to it in order to create something unique and special. Incidentally I've been working on Requiem on and off for the last six years.
     
  2. ShadowNeko003

    ShadowNeko003 ~Nyah~

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    I agree with Blaze163. Two flavors: good and bad. I never read a fic unless I like the summary and chapter 1 is well organize and written.
     
  3. GundamXXX

    GundamXXX Ergo Ego

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    Some fanfiction is bad other is good

    Ive seen some fanfictions become actual canon (Star Wars franchise) and the writers became paid writers to continue the story
     
  4. Koumori_Knight

    Koumori_Knight GBAtemp Regular

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    Those of you who say that some fan-fictions are good, you confuse the occasional very talented writer for a statistical certainty. I once wrote a small series of medabots fan-fics, I(Funnily enough) was fourteen, that shit sucked. Hard. It didn't even have any sex in it,luckily.
    As much as there is a strong current of creativity in the community, its about as useful as a busted dam--not at all.
    The big problem is that many of the people don't have the technical skills to breathe life into the concepts they have.
    If they did then there would be very little material out there, but it all would be readable and devoid of awkward/uninspired sex.

    I have recently acquired skill at writing, but I would never ever write a story based on an existing IP unless I had a rock solid concept that can stand without an erection.

    Now that my rant is over, let me say that I very much enjoy reading those things, I just recognize that they lack depth.
    The talented writers out in the fan-fic circles are a gem, but too far and few between to call a real draw.

    (If I offended anybody, I had no intention of doing so and I apologise.)
     
  5. Sterling

    Sterling GBAtemp's Silver Hero

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    At a certain point, yes, its bad. The point where the fic gets turned into some weird pornography is where the line needs to get drawn. Honestly, as long as the story is good, and it is accurately portrayed, then I have no problem with it.
     
  6. Amak

    Amak Advanced Member

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    Same as everything else in life: you got good and bad.
     
  7. Paulieo

    Paulieo Advanced Member

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    I read some Harry Potter fan fiction once and I thought they were frickin hilarious! I loved em.
     
  8. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Not Dead Yet

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    Fanfiction is not inherently bad. It's when people start writing themselves into the story that it truly becomes crap.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  9. Nujui
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    Nujui I need something to do.

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    Dreamland.
    Never heard of that series before.

    How did he botch it anyway?
     
  10. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Not Dead Yet

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    off topic but
    Which is why I tell people to avoid book 7 like the plague.

    The rest is pretty great. Especially book 4.
     
  11. Lily

    Lily One Scary Lady

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    Not only is book 4 the absolute high point of the series, I'd say it's probably the best thing he's ever written. He's written so many amazing stories that it's hard to put a 'best' on any of them, but Wizard and Glass is so different, so beautiful. Even considering The Dark Half, or The Stand, or Eyes of the Dragon, or so many others. (Yes, I have read them all. [​IMG])

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    Oh yes, and fan fiction sucks balls.
     
  12. Warrior522

    Warrior522 "In all things, balance."

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    Sturgeon's law. Compare "Nobody Dies" to "My Immortal" and the difference will be VERY clear.
     
  13. TwinRetro

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    Inherently fanfics are not bad. That being said I have rarely seen good ones.

    Completely ignoring "Lemons", Most fanfic writers either never get the character personalities quite right, or gets them completely wrong (E.G: A normally pacifist character beating the shit out of someone, or a normally upbeat character feeling sorry for him/herself)

    So, I voted yes, if for the fact that 98% of fanfics are complete and utter crap

    Though the fanfic I read about Jean Luc Picard teaching Data about the "wonders" of gay sex had me rolling. He installed an anus and a penis complete with pleasure receptors on him just so they could pound eachother. This must have been like 6 years ago.
     
  14. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Not Dead Yet

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    Lilsypha: I begrudgingly see your point.


    But I still didn't like it.

    Nice choices with the Stand and Eyes of the Dragon. I would have included "It" rather than The Dark Half, but that's just me.
    Or perhaps Desperation.

    /end thread derailment

    I'm kinda restricted from saying fanfiction is totally horrible....since I used to write it.[​IMG]
     
  15. Midna

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    Fanfiction isn't bad in and of its self. It depends entirely on the story. Personally, I like fanfics that explore untold stories from the original. Add too much stuff and it starts getting messed. Of course, even then, it can be well written.

    And then there's stuff like My Immortal and Face The Strange

    Do not read if you value your mind.
     
  16. KingVamp

    KingVamp Haaah-hahahaha!

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    Vote no, but I should have voted maybe. :/

    I recently read this Grim Tales
    What y'all think?
     
  17. Shockwind

    Shockwind DIEEE!!!

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    well, fanfiction ain't that bad because you can read tons of stories and you can unleash you're imagination on what you're reading, y'know? So I voted no. [​IMG]
     
  18. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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  19. updowners

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  20. FireGrey

    FireGrey Undercover Admin

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    my fan fiction:
    the teletubbies turn evil and become pedophiles and the young boy named firegrey needs to kill them all with this big gun and shoot them with this big gun and they die cause the big gun kills them but i need to kill them first with the big gun cause it kills them.
    EDIT: How's that?
    I think i should of mentioned the big gun more...
     
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