03 November 2011
Fan Fiction, Published...
Now I'm not going to say that my stories were very good, in fact, when I reread them now I cringe. But I would never, ever try to get one published. I wrote it for fun and it was posted on a webpage for Austen addicts. There were plenty of writers who were so much better than I was (Cheryl K., Genette, Annie, Lise, Spring, Ann2,). I had fun and it was fun getting comments to correspond with the chapter that was posted. Oh, nothing was edited or beta'd and usually I would throw something in that was totally unbelievable. Like when I beheaded Elizabeth and Darcy's daughter, Kimberley. In.a.horrifying.car.crash!
But as I read Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star. I wonder what prompted this author to publish this? Did she ever show up on Pemberley.com or Austen.com. Did she write it on there first? The copy I'm reading is a horrible e-copy that is filled with errors, but like a bad train wreck, I cannot stop reading it. It's cheesy, it's horribly edited and everyone is horny! I remember at one point during the fan fiction days, people were writing about Darcy slamming down brandy after brandy. Really? Who can slam those down? Or people would paint Darcy as Shy. Darcy. Is. Not. Shy! He is haughty, perhaps a bit conceited, but shy is not his problem.
You're probably saying, "what is this chick rambling about"? I just had that same thought too. I've read P&P so many times that at times I feel like I could recite parts of it. As much as I love the characters and I'll read bastardizations of the story, I still feel like I should defend the original. Should fan fiction stories be published? Either self-published or traditional publishing? Is this something that you will read even if it's a train wreck, but there is something there just keeps making you come back?
Posted by Laura Benson
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