The Receiving End of Erotic Fanfiction
I had an interesting experience recently. One which I feel credits me to claim being a proper author in the way pairing flannelette with irony allows a redneck to become a hipster.
Someone wrote an erotic fanfiction about the Fallouts.
The Fallouts was published about a year ago now, and while I would love some more reviews of it, it’s also nice to know that people are thinking about the story and inventing more scenarios for the characters. Even … erotic scenarios.
I must say also that it was probably the strangest experience of my reading life. The characters involved were the central protagonist, Haru, and the main antagonist, Neara. I can see some room for these two to get together in the first book, but the Haru that lives in my head has lived through all three books and for him it was nope. NOPE. In fact he spent the 1700 words screaming and begging me to stop reading.
But I didn’t. Haru. I didn’t stop reading. >:)
The story itself was pretty cool. It was fascinating to see someone else’s take on my world. And you know, it was hot. So that’s another plus. I’ll have to ask the author about this, but maybe I’ll be able to post the story on Tumblr and link it back here. Obviously an ero isn’t really going to be appropriate for this site (obviously… obviously, right? The standard here isn’t so bawdy that that isn’t obvious, right?)
Speaking of fanfiction. I wrote a fanfic of my own the other day. It was kind of sitting in my head and then the whole business of reading a Fallouts fanfic encouraged me to pick up the pen. And hence I joined the throngs of other young hopefuls pushing their smut onto unwitting strangers in the name of fandom. For most people, fanfiction is a dirty word. But it’s the way a lot of authors get their start, particularly with interacting with an audience online. I admit no shame having written fanfiction in the past, although most of mine have been powerfully stupid. That said, there was a Doctor Who novella about ten years ago which was the most serious thing ever written. This is the first time I’ve written erotica in fanfiction form, and only the second time I’ve written erotica at all.
Well, you know the saying; do unto others as others do unto your fiction canon.
It was an interesting experience. Having read the Fallouts fanfiction, whenever I think of mine, I imagine the original author reading it and squirming as their characters scream for mercy in their head. And that makes me happy in a small, sadistic kind of way, which is the only true happiness I can experience without feeling guilty afterwards.
If you’re curious and want to give it a read … well, why doesn’t Tumblr take the hits? Let me know and I’ll post it. And then you can endure the terror of the worst god-awful fanfiction has to offer.
Until then, here’s the reading list.
George Orwell’s Animal Farm
Shaune Penny’s The Death of Eve
D. James Fortescue’s Sayeh and Zia
Snow Hudson’s Dr Homebrew
Skye Hegyes’s Chiller
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Blue Mars
Anthony McCarten’s Brilliance
And the ARCs of the moment are:
Anna Herlihy’s Clarity
Rico Lamoureux’s Maiden of Monaco
James Wilber’s Chasing the Wyrm
And some others probably.
Christine Haggerty’s Plague Legacy: Acqusitions
Jonathan L. Howards’s Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
James Wilber’s My Babylon
Veronica Roth’s Divergent
Karen Miller’s Empress of Mijak
What’s been your fanfiction experience? It’s a controversial subject; I’d love to hear your opinion about it. Is it the greatest of evils, or a creative release? Have you ever dabbled? Or are you wondering just what fanfiction is?