|Fan Fiction I would pay to have written|
Fan fiction is can be seen in almost every conceivable type of entertainment. There's fan fiction of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Final Fantasy, LOST and a hell of a lot more. The rule of fan fiction is almost identical to Rule 34 (and in some disturbing cases, they are one and the same). Fan fiction can be a great way for a writer to start out, since if you write about a movie or a story that has a large fan base, your chances of it being read and critiqued are significantly increased. It also gives you the chance to test out new ideas for plot and characters, and you don't have to worry much about world building and character development because most of your readers will already be familiar with both. Fan fiction also grants people to glimpse into the what if's of the story e.g. 'What if The Doctor landed his TARDIS into the world of Pirates of the Caribbean' (and yes, such stories really do exist).
here (I warn you, it's not been edited at all since I first wrote it, and is likely to be very poorly written. You have been warned!). I also created a game on this forum called 'fluff battles' where two writers would compete with each other, writing a small segment of a larger story and taking it in turns to write another piece of the story. The concept caught on and is now used on a number of fan forums across the Internet.
Whether we like it or not, fan fiction is here to stay. Do you think it's a beneficial tool to allow writers to develop their craft, or is it a useless hobby that lowers the overall quality of fiction? Opinions below ...