Filipino Friday 2014 (3): What do you think of fanfiction?


I’m decided to not beat the buzzer anymore for today’s Filipino Friday so I am taking my sweet time tonight.

Fanfiction is pretty popular, no doubt about it, but it has been received with mixed feelings by many authors and writers. Some don’t mind it, and even welcome readers who give their own spin on their work. Some writers don’t like it at all, to the point that they contact fanfiction authors to take their work down. Others use it as a jump-off point for their own writing.

How about you? What is your take on fanfiction? Do you read fanfiction, and if you do, what kind of fanfiction do you read? Do you write fanfiction, and why? Or are you against fanfiction? Enlighten us.

Now, here is a confession: I never knew about the existence of fanfiction until I read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl but still, that wasn’t enough to check out stories of this kind. It’s a matter of personal choice really, and I can’t exactly pinpoint the reason behind my refusal. Maybe because I have to contend with other existing books on my TBR. Plus the fact that I am limiting my reading materials nowadays to more notable books (aka those that made it on the bestsellers or awards lists0 or those that come highly recommended by my friends. Again, this is a matter of personal preference.

I do not have a strong opinion regarding the reading of and/or writing fanfiction yet because, as I’ve said, I am not well-versed on the matter, and I have close to zero exposure on them to have the right to form an opinion. As to those who read and write fanfiction, I can say I am not against them because this is a free country after all.

I am not closing my doors to reading fancfiction in the future, though, because in this world, anything can happen.

The Filipino Readercon 2014  is happening two weeks from now! Check out details here.

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