By Lena Van

What is fan fiction? It is fiction written primarily by fans about a popular book, film or tv series. Have you ever wondered what the ‘Harry Potter’ series would be like if Harry and Hermione were a couple? Just Google ‘Harry and Hermione fan fiction’ and you’ll see you’re not alone. Ever wanted to read an alternate take on the ‘Sopranos’? That is what fan fiction is for!

There are some legal copyright issues with fan fiction but that hasn’t stopped fans from posting their stories online. The internet boasts many fan fiction communities, the most popular being FanFiction.Net. Nowadays, many writers have disclaimers in their stories indicating they are not making profit off their (non-original) works. Several authors like J.K. Rowling find fan fiction to be very flattering however.

Here’s an idea: the next time you have writer’s block, why not try turning to fan fiction? Some people find it easier to write fan fiction and I have seen several that vary exponentially from the original work to the point where they’re basically characters in an alternate universe. Some have even given birth to new character tropes, like the infamous Mary-Sue. But hey, as long as it helps you write or gets you to write, why not?