Writer's Block: Sheldon and Penny 4ever! @ 11:18 pm
Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?
Oh wow. I can't remember what i did with my time before fanfiction. I even remember the first fic I ever read. And it was a total surprise, I wasn't even aware I was reading fanfiction. I thought it was a really detailed show recap. *facepalm* Until i got to a scene that was totally and utterly implausible. So i checked it out and realised omg people actually write stories about characters in tv shows/movies/books. It was a dream come true.
I love fanfiction. Correction, I love good fanfiction. I'm sorry, but just because it's not 100% original content, doens't mean it can't be good content. I'm picky; I like things in character and not completely AU. As in, no supernatural shiz going on unless it's a supernatural show.
I love fanfiction because it gets you to think outside the box, or at least, it can. The actual show (or whatever) gives you a certain amount to work with, and what you write is up to you. Some of my favorite fics are very very in-depth, yet completely in-character stories. They take a character and completely flip my opinion about someone. They can introduce me to a ship I haven't even conisdered, or a side to someone or something I hadn't seen.
It's also quite good practice for otiginal wirting, if you want to go that way.
The only thing probably i don't like about fanfiction, is that out side of the fanfic community (writers and readers), it's kind of... well weird. I remember the first time I mentioned fanfiction to my (non-writing) friends and they looked at me so blankly, I never mentioned it again. I guess I'm different in that none of them are really into any sort of fandom as much as I am. But that's another answer for another question :)