Hello everyone, you may have read the blog post about alternative storylines and the dangers of using them. As Count Omer had said before, “The main purpose of fan fiction is to follow the original story to the letter, not a wish fulfillment for you. You do not own the story; therefore you do not have the right to change it around to suit your personal fantasies.”
He also says this, “And if you don’t like the storyline of your favorite story, then why are you writing for that fandom? If you do want to change the story around and make it better, then go make up your own.”
On the other hand, here’s what he says about “what if” scenarios: “The “what if” scenario is your friend. Many times, I have read Claire’s stories and I always wonder IF something different were to happen in the story. If you change one thing in the story, you have to create the circumstance of what happened after the BIG EVENT happened. Alternative universes are just a poor excuse to change the story to suit your own desires.”
So, what does this mean for today’s post?
Well, here’s what I have to say about this next issue: “what if” scenario.
I am a huge fan of the “what if” scenario, as that can lead to different storylines. Have you ever read a story and wondered what would have happened if something different were to happen? It’s not an alternative storyline cliche, it’s about changing the story. If you change just one thing, you can get an entirely different story.
So what’s the assignment for today? Take your favorite story (not Harry Potter; we’ve seen too many of those!) and make up a series of questions to be answered. Then answer those questions. You may never know what might happen next, so be prepared!
I’ll be back tomorrow with part nine of the fan fiction revolution.
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- Foz Meadows: Sex, Desire and Fan Fiction (huffingtonpost.com)
- Writing. For real. (sorrows-fall.com)
- I Like Tolkien too, but please, no more fan fiction (gamasutra.com)
- New chapter of my fanfic up! (scribbleywhile.wordpress.com)
- Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction: Imagination or Appropriation? (creativitypost.com)