The Fanfic Dialogues, Part One

What defines something as fanfiction?

It’s not as easy a question as it might appear at first blush. Most of us have an idea of what fanfiction is, and that idea is built on our experience, or lack of experience, with it. Most people who care know that 50 Shades of Grey started out as a fanfic of Twilight, which is usually added to the list of its failures. Even if you’ve never read a fanfic in your life, you probably have some passing acquaintance with its tendencies and flaws. Whether talking about Mary Sues or slash fic or shippers or mash ups or whatever else, anyone with an opinion on fanfic probably has it shaped by their expectations rather than the reality.

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I’ve been writing, professionally and otherwise, for over 20 years now, and while I’d never claim to be an expert, I’ve learned a lot over the years. I continue to learn a lot, which is why I’m reluctant to call myself an expert. But I won’t deny I’ve spent hours and hours and hours of my life thinking about storytelling specifically and art in general. It’s why I’m sometimes perceived as a bit too critical of much of media, particularly storytelling media. It’s not a point I can disagree with because most people don’t care about much of what bugs me. There’s some truth to the “overthinking” it counter-criticism, but that isn’t a bulletproof defense of weak storytelling either.

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Chosen (short fiction)

Wren & Hess


Wren got the kid.

He was young, fresh off the farm. He hadn’t been in the city long. She could always tell because the grime hadn’t caked its way under his nails yet. It didn’t take long for that to happen. Maybe a couple of weeks if you lived in the city proper and not the Hills or Reaches.

He sat in the interrogation room with her. His hands and clean fingernails fidgeted, and he couldn’t look at her.

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Growing Up

Being one of the oldest continuing storytelling mediums, comic book superheroes are in a weird place. Once, old fans cycled out as new fans cycled in. There was an assumption, no longer true, that most comic book readers had a five year attention span toward the medium, and that this was natural and logical. The medium had a tendency toward repetition. Some smaller publishers even managed to survive off of a very small catalogue of content, simply reprinting the same cycle of old stuff as newer audiences came on board.

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