The term “fan fiction” or “fanfic” refers to stories that are created by fans of an original work, such as a book, TV show, anime, movie, or comic. These pieces usually utilize characters and settings from the original work, though they can often incorporate original characters and settings, too. Some examples of works that are used by fan fiction authors as starting points are the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and anime series.
Works of fanfiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work’s owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published. Because of this, stories often contain a disclaimer stating that the creator of the work owns none of the characters. Fan fiction, therefore, is defined by being both related to its subject’s canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe. Most fan fiction writers assume that their work is read primarily by other fans, and therefore tend to presume that their readers have knowledge of the “universe” (created by a professional writer) in which their works are based.
You can see an example of fanfiction here:
“The Ending that Should Have Been” – Dracula fanfiction
Assignment: Your work of fanfiction should:
- Be at least 500 words in length (and no more than 1,000 words in length). You must include a word count at the end of your fanfiction. Do NOT include footnotes/annotations in your word count.
- Expand upon or reimagine a theme in a work we’ve discussed this semester (e.g. gender and sexuality, society and the individual, race, class, and power).
- Mimic elements of style, tone, and characterization from the original work.
- Mimic narrative devices and tropes from the original work (e.g. symbolism, metaphors).
- Include some characters and settings from the original work. You may want to imagine what happens after the events in the text we’ve read, or you might write about an incident or event that might have taken place outside of the events of the text. Be creative.
- Include footnotes/annotations that explain your use of the above elements. You should have at least 8 footnotes/annotations.