I know we’ve talked about this before. But the phenomenon fascinates me. Fan fiction—it’s everywhere. For every TV show, book series or movie ever scripted, there seems to be a fan, or many, many fans, who want to take the elements and characters of that world and make it their own.
Harry Potter, The Heralds of Valdemar, Buffy, Resident Evil, Merlin. Don’t even get me started on the fan fiction craze for a M/M relationship with Merlin and Arthur. I read some of it, and it was very, very good. And ok, now I can’t watch Merlin without knowing exactly why there is such a strong following of that brand of fan fic! I’m watching the show and I’m all, OMG, that’s it, that’s it right there.
Anyway, I’ve just begun working on the fourth and final book for the Confederacy Treaty Series, which got me to thinking about how the series began for me. I was watching NCIS (and yes, there is some fan fiction about that show as well) and I wondered what the show would be like if one of the foiled relationships had actually worked out and also, what it would be like set in space.
I guess day dreaming about things like this is how fan fiction came to be. We want our favorite characters to do what WE want them to do, not what the writers are having them do. After all, do you know how many times during episodes of Moonlighting that I yelled at the TV: “Just sleep together, for God’s sake!” Or how I imagined me and Picard…er, that’s another story.
Maybe that’s the core of it. People imagine themselves in these shows or stories, imagine what they would do if they were the characters. If I could be on any sci-fi show or movie I think it would be the world of the re-booted Star Trek movie. Like the original series, the people in Star Trek are rough and ready, and sexy like Kirk, but without all the sexism. Helllooo, Captain. A million worlds to explore and a ship ready to do it.
What Sci-fi TV Show, Movie or book world would you like to step into? And would you, as a reader, or a writer, ever pen a fan fiction story?
Return to Me – coming June 1, 2012
Demon Lover’s Anthology – coming June 1, 2012
Undercover Alliance– Out June 25th, 2012