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September 23, 2013


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'Bad' Fanfiction

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:00 AM

I know a lot of us joke either publicly or amongst ourselves about 'bad fanfiction'. I freely admit I have complained about this very thing to my close friends, but I always feel guilty afterwards. You know why? 'Cause I think that's a pretty asshole'ish thing to laugh about.

I'd like to present to you the idea that, yes, there is fanfiction that is created by people with little writing experience. But hey, guess what? Each story that individual writes is more experience for them, and that is NOT something we should discourage!!

Lately I've seen a post going around on tumblr shaming 'bad' fanfiction, stating that their own dignity has been lowered because they resign themselves to reading badly written fanfiction just to get their fix of their (usually rare'ish) pairings. 

I say, fuck that mentality. Let's replace that negativity with something positive!

Instead of complaining and moving on, why don't we contact that writer, leave them positive feedback and encourage them (ESPECIALLY if they're writing a rare pairing we love)? We don't have to be brutal about the quality; be enthusiastic and happy about finding the pairing or theme you enjoy! Explain how you love these characters/themes/pairings, and you're so happy to find someone else who does as well. If you can build up a good rapport with the author, you might even get the chance to bounce ideas back and forth, help them improve their writing, and help encourage even more of those characters/pairings to be created!

Sure, some authors may never respond. Maybe some wrote the fic only as a joke. Maybe some feelers you send out will be dead ends.

But isn't it worth a few initial moments of your time if even just one person responds? If even just one person is encouraged by kindness and kinship? If you make just one friend?

Be supportive of each other. Of other authors, artists, and fandoms. We all do this for fun, we spend our own free time to create and share, and that should never be ridiculed! :heart:

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TFPKOFanGirl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I fully, completly with no doubt agree with you. I started out writing pretty bad, but have grown by reading and writing and with more or less a few encouraging comments.

I have seen so many comments on both DA and from people saying that they don't like how bad someones writing is and how they should learn before coming back. I've even seen people who say that they won't read people's stories just because of bad writing, even if the people apologize for being a first time writer. It's terrible, and even though I can't say I've been good and not complained or talked about bad writing, your post has really made me stop to think about it all and know that even talking about it is rude. These people work hard writing their fanfic and we should appriciate that, not turn them down because of their skills on the subject. 

Thank you for writing this, I've been waiting for someone to stand up and say what others need to hear. Keep up the great encouragement! 
FrillyReptile Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I so agree with this. The person might not have the right grammar or english skills but it all comes with experience. We should not scare young writers who could have become one of the best fan fiction writers later on. 
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Faylinn-Night Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
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Wildwolfy101 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally, it's about time someone said somthing.I've noticed this as well, but i haven't had the time to think about it till now. I'm vary glad that you said somthing about it. If I find a fanfiction about somthing I like, I don't even complain. We should be happy wIth the story, not ccriticizeing every aspect if it.
Again, thank you for writing this!
WindSparrow Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Here! Here! There is far to much negativity in the world already. To quote Thumper's Mom, "if you can't say anything nice then donot say anything at all." You my not like the piece but that's no reason to bad mouth it and hurt the one who wrote it or scare a new writer into not posting their own.
Kibbles518 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
I totally agree with you!! 100%!!
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This is true. I find fan fiction seems to get a worst rap than poorly done fan art for whatever reason. I wish there was a more positive mentality toward fan fiction because if you think about it, it's a written form of fan art. 

I would think as an artist that chewing someone out just because they have a predictable storyline, under developed characters, poor grammar or spelling skills, or an unusual pairing is petty. 

I agree that positive reinforcement should be used much more often than negative.

(By the way, is this comment on Tumblr? Because I'd reblog it in a heartbeat!)
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