In your fan fiction, I have already laid down the rules of picking and choosing your characters based on how you feel about them; that means, don’t make everyone in the story love your favorite character and don’t write out/kill off characters that you despise. You’re a fan fiction writer, not the creator of the story that you’re writing the fan fiction for.
At no time at all should you put yourself in the story. That is a taboo that has killed many fan fiction stories and leads to you being harassed on-and-offline. Also, do not insert any original characters into the story, as self-inserts and original characters will lead you into writing Mary-Sues and Gary-Stus, and those kinds of characters will destroy any story that they are in. Do not risk it at all. And on another note, don’t put real-life people into your story, because real-life people have better things to do than to be involved in your silly story.
My best advice is to use the characters that the author has provided for the fandom and not make up your own. That isn’t to say that you can’t create your own characters, but too many Mary-Sues and Gary-Stus is running around the story, unchecked and unchallenged, putting their pure evil in them.
How should you go about this rule? The last essay sums it up easily: use the background characters in the story instead of the main characters. We’ve seen enough of the main characters, so we want to see the background characters.
Here’s your next assignment: using the plotline and the characters that you picked yesterday, find a neglected character in your favorite fandom who you think needs to be the center of attention. (Suggestion, use the background characters in the story instead of the main characters) I’ll be back tomorrow with part four of the fan fiction revolution.
- A Frozen Fan Fiction Story I’m Working On (postanyarticle.com)
- I Like Tolkien too, but please, no more fan fiction (gamasutra.com)
- This New App Will Reward You For Ignoring Your Phone (popsugar.com)
- Review–Poison Fruit (darlenemarshall.blogspot.com)
- “Infodump,” “Mary Sue” And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing (io9.com)