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A website that features stories based on favorite TV shows, books, movies, comics, etc., that are written by other fans.

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Fanfiction.net--A fabulous Internet resource.

  • Jun 5, 2010

I have been using this website for the past ten years. Though lately my use has tapered off significantly, as I rarely write fanfiction anymore, and what I do write tends to make its way onto Livejournal instead, this website has been absolutely invaluable for me for the past decade. It is a huge database of fanfiction--for those who don't know fanfiction is derivative fiction, essentially fiction using characters that the writer did not invent. Though there are some moral objections to the creation of fanfiction, I believe it's a great way to hone one's writing skills, as well as to prolong one's interest in a novel, or television show, or other media, and to understand it more deeply and discuss it with other fans.

Fanfiction.net hosts some spectacular work in this area. It has its share of bad writing, of course. There is no quality control, anyone can post anything they want, though pieces will sometimes be deleted if they don't seem to treat the rules of spelling and grammar with any respect. It can be hard to sift through the rough to find the diamonds, but when you do it is well worth it.

This website is easy to use--I was using it at age eleven with no trouble. It's easy to upload your own work, and it's easy to find what you're looking for, with their extensive search function and their well-organized categories. There is also a beta service, where users can declare themselves willing to edit other user's writing, and those looking for editors can ask them accordingly--I have beta'd for others and found betas for myself in this way. Users also have the ability to create their own forums, on any topic they choose. Fanfiction.net also has a sister site, fictionpress.com, where users can post their original work.

Overall I'd say Fanfiction.net is a wonderful website. Amongst fandom it is often reviled as "the Pit" or "the pit of voles" because of the often poor quality of the writing hosted on it. This is not a reputation that I feel is deserved--there is beautiful writing there if you take the time to look for it.

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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Love it! Okay, so if you're expecting great literature hidden away in a remote corner of the internet, don't come looking at fanfiction.net. If, however, you want something light and fun to read for a bit, it's a wonderful little site.
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
Ok...I love this site. Sometimes you just want a bit more out of your favorite movies, books, or tv shows. This site give it to you.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I mean...you gotta post your fanfics SOMEWHERE, right?
review by . June 16, 2010
Fanfiction.net is like looking for diamonds in a pile of crap. You may find something good, but all considered what all dwells there, is the search worth it? You're going to place your hands in many piles of dreck before encountering anything written in proper English, much less anything good.      That being said, I have encountered one or two good stories there, but all in all Fanfiction.net is a good example of the sort of the sort writing I like to avoid.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
This is a fabulous website for new and blooming writers to try out their creative capabilities.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
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review by . May 19, 2009
Did you ever wonder what happened after your favorite TV show ended?  Or what about the couple that you always wanted to see get together but they never did?  The superheroes you thought should team up?  The series cross-overs that might be fun to see?        The list of possibilities is endles & chances are, you can find someone's version of it on Fanficion.net.  Some of my favorite TV shows ended abruptly, leaving lots of loose ends.  …
review by . July 09, 2009
As a teenager I remember wanting badly to write my own stories.  I think when it comes to high school almost every teenager has a moment when they say, "I want to write stories."  And writing is something that a lot of people want to do.  That a lot of people enjoy doing.  Even out of high school I still tend to write a lot of fiction.  But everyone needs a place to start.  Why not begin on a place like fanfiction.net?  You get to add and …
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