“Fanfic” – that loaded word that conjures up for most people (admittedly me included) visions of Fifty Shades of Grey (at least it’s better than Twilight) and the satiric masterpiece/worst fan-fiction ever, Potter/Vampire mashup My Immortal (sadly this work of twisted genius has been removed from its original post, but there is info and choice quotes here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6829556/1/My-Immortal) – is on the rise. And it’s not just teenagers on the internet imagining themselves entwined with their favourite fictional characters anymore.
That’s right, the mistress of children’s fiction herself, J.K. Rowling has written what is basically fanfiction of her own book! (Does that count? I think so!) She has written Potter in the future, only online, based on the characters she created in the books but with no intention of publishing. http://www.today.com/books/read-j-k-rowlings-new-post-latest-harry-potter-gossip-1D79887288. I would call it fanfiction. Not to denigrate it – to celebrate it!
There’s no greater compliment for an author, I think, than when others become so involved in your imaginary world that they take it on and want to write it themselves. I, for one, would be delighted to one day stumble upon fanfic of The Guinevere Trilogy. I even described my own novels, to a dear friend who laughed at me (of course) as ‘Malory fanfiction’. Well, it ticked all the boxes. I had borrowed someone else’s world. I had reimagined it my own way.
And do we imagine that authors, after the work is done and sent to the publisher, stop imagining the characters they created? The worlds they made in their minds? No, of course not. There’s more. There’s always more. The more energy you pour into a book, imaginatively speaking, the more you have left at the end. It whizzes around in your head. You write more. You think more. You self-fanfic.
I for one am delighted that through Pottermore, J.K. Rowling is being a pioneer of the self-fanfic.We live in a world now where adding is easy. It’s no longer Caxton’s creaky old printing press with its moveable type. It’s modern presses, it’s ebooks. We can add and add. Less isn’t more, if you love a story. More is more, and more Potter more writing and more everything I say!