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Fanfiction is, quite frankly, fiction written by fans, which either PORTRAYS:</p>

<p>1) <b>CHARACTERS</b> in a different light (often the way the fanfiction-author believes him/her to be like). More than half of the time, a fanfiction-author will most likely use only the obvious traits that these characters display, and sometimes, monopolize these traits in a way that a few consider to be out of proportion.</p>

<p>2) <b>SITUATIONS</B> the fanfiction-author had not seen and, possibly, will not see within the original, published work. These situations can take place within the original work's time frame, environment, etc, or they can take place in an alternate time and/or environment, which then makes the fanfiction AU (Alternate Universe).</p>

<p>3) RELATIONSHIPS which might or might not stay true to the original, published work. More than half of the time, characters might be out of character due to the aforementioned (1&2), but occasionally, an author will stay true to a character's personality as they match them up with another character. </p>
<p>Example (1 -CHARACTERS):<br>
a) "pretty boys" can be feminine physically, mentally, and/or emotionally - even if their original character might not be (<i>Youko Kurama/Minamino Shuuichi</i> - needy, weepy, easily hurt - from Yoshihiro Togashi's <u>Yuu Yuu Hakusho</u>)<br>

<p><b><i>OR</i></b>
<br>the personality traits and quirks of a character hinted in original work is then be written out fully by the fanfiction-author, as a means to get a better understanding of the character, or show this possible side of a character to others (<i>Kuwabara Kazuma</i> - kindhearted, brave, lives with older sister, perhaps without parents, gangs - from Yoshihiro Togashi's <u>Yuu Yuu Hakusho</u>)

<p>Examples (2 -SITUATIONS):
<br>characters that had died in the original work will be brought back to life, either with or without a reasonable explanation as to how their death might not have been real ... or how they were saved by whatever means were necessary (<i>Sirius Black</i> from J.K.Rowling's <u>Harry Potter series</u>)</p>

<p><b><i>OR</i></b>
<br>characters of one published, original work is thrown into the universe of another published, original work; these fanfictions are called crossovers (Yoshihiro Togashi's <u>Yuu Yuu Hakusho</u> and J.K.Rowling's <u>Harry Potter</u> series)</P>

<p>Examples (3 -RELATIONSHIPS)
<br>two characters who, in the published, original work, did not have a strong relationship would, in the fanfiction, be involved either romantically (<i>Draco Malfoy</i> and <i>Harry Potter</i> from J.K.Rowling's <u>Harry Potter</u> series) or non-romantically (<i>Harry Potter</i> and/or <i>James</i> and <i>Lily Potter</i> from J.K.Rowling's <u>Harry Potter</u> series)</p>
by Random Idiot Ri April 14, 2006
 
1.
I noticed most of the other definitions here completely trash fanfiction.

First, definition: Fanfiction is when someone takes either the story or characters (or both) of a certain piece of work, whether it be a novel, tv show, movie, etc, and create their own story based on it. Sometimes people will take characters from one movie and put them in another, which is called a cross-over.

Most people who bash fanfiction are not willing to look past the fact that it's based on something else to see that it could be worth reading IF you like the subject. If they don't like the subject, then obviously they are going to automatically dismiss the fanfiction.

It is true, however, that some fanfictions are rather poorly written and only a few hundred words, and it is also true that some people just write them so they can have their favorite characters have sex (lemon). But, if you take the time to find something decent, you can end up with a fanfiction story that is so close to the original piece of art, that you'd barely notice the difference.
Mary decided to write a fanfiction based on a story she had read. She liked the idea of two of the characters as a couple, but it wasn't in the original plot, so she twisted the story around a bit and evolved the characters so that it seemed as though they actually *could* have been together in the first place. (Good example, it's rare that someone does it perfectly but there are some out there)

Sue was so angry that her two favorite characters never got together that she wrote her own story in which the first thing they did was have sex and get married. (Bad example, but sadly sometimes true)
by Mistaki August 07, 2006
 
2.
n.

A piece of fiction within a fandom utilizing characters and situations from a pre-existing work including (but not limited to) books, television programs, films, and comic strips.

Typically separated into het, slash, and general genres. Often used to play out AU scenarios and/or various romantic pairings not found in the original work.

Distributed via mailing lists, blogs, and zines. Heavily archived online.
Kate writes fanfiction about what would've happened to Jack and Rose had the Titanic not sunk. Poor Kate.
by nortylaK March 11, 2004
 
3.
Something this English teacher heartily approves of as a way for writers to hone their art in a supportive community.
Some of the best stuff I've ever read can be found in the fandom!
some of the longer stuff on quizilla and fanfiction.net
by Noor of the North April 25, 2009
 
4.
Fiction written by fans for other fans about the fandoms that they like. Usually the author takes the characters and/or the setting of the fandom and writes a new or continueing plot. Sometimes they write crossovers
I once read a Xena, Warrior Princess/Star Treck: Voyager uber, crossover, fanfic.
by Dartxni November 24, 2003
 
5.
A fandom tool, which allows fans of books, tv shows, anime and the like to write about their favourite characters.
Fan Fiction (shortened mostly to Fan Fics) is represented on many websites, the most dominant being Fanfiction.net and MediaMiner.org.
In Fan Fiction, the writer can either create a story from where the series/episode/book left off (Cannon); create a new world for the same characters (Alternative Realtiy); or mix characters together from different fandoms (Crossover).
Fan Fictions cover all genre, from romance, horror, comedy, to what is known as Hentai (japanese word, for stories of a sexually mature nature).
The fan fiction world is full of a mixture of unreadable, badly written, good and excellent fiction; much like the music industry and its varrying degrees of music quailty.
Some Fan Fiction authors employ betas, to edit their work for them.

As an author myself, I can assert that fan fiction is a fun way of carrying on a much loved and ended fandom. It is a way to improve one's writing, as most websites have the facility to recieve instant reviews and so allows the author to gain Constructive Criticism. (On the downside, some readers 'Flame' work they disagree or don't like.) It also allows those who are not inclined to write to read about their fandoms and keep the memories of their favourite characters alive.

Fangirl #1: "Omg, my favourite author just updated her Twilight Fan Fiction!"

Fangirl #2: "Kya, this site has lots of Kurama x Kagome crossover fan fiction!"

Fanboy #1: "Ewww, whose idea was it to pair Harry Potter and Professor Snape??? *reads on*..I'm scarred, I'm scarred for life!!!!"
by KawaiiKekeChan November 04, 2008
 
6.
1. Fiction written by fans about an extant fictional universe.
2. Amateur fiction of any kind published in fanzines.
He wrote a great piece of fan fiction set in the universe of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.

She had a piece of fan fiction published in THE CRUDZINE QUARTERLY.
by The Doctor November 09, 2004
 
7.
A work of fiction utilizing characters from a book, television show, or movie, as opposed to original characters. Referred to as "fan"fiction because it is generally written by fans obsessed with the book, television show, or movie.
"Man, I found some awesome Buffy slash fanfiction last night. Spike and Angel were getting it on!
by Loki August 09, 2005