Q&A 277: Do you read and/or write fanfiction?

In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.

Do you read and/or write fanfiction?


ANIKA

Both! I ‘confessed’ to writing fic two hundred and eighteen Q&A’s ago and now there’s movement to have fanfiction available on Amazon and in libraries. The world is so interesting.

My daughter plays out elaborate stories with two refrigerator magnets featuring her OTP, Draco Malfoy and Princess Peach. Fanfiction is a beautiful, wonderful, beautiful thing.

MARIE

I don’t think “yes” is a strong enough word, so here is a gif:

I’ve been writing and reading both for over fifteen years. Overall, I think it’s an incredibly thoughtful and creative outlet to express your passion for a ship/fandom, and also a wonderfully awesome way to get in touch with like-minded people who just “get you.”


SAM

Yes! Both! Though I definitely read more than I write. I write a lot in my head, does that count? Anyway, I’ve been reading fanfiction probably since the mid nineties, starting with Xena. The first thing I wrote was in the Buffy fandom, but I’m most prolific in comics or Doctor Who. I’ve also been participating in the Yuletide fix exchange for the last six years? Seven? I’m not sure, but it’s definitely my favorite time of the year.


SARA

Do I read fanfiction, they ask. Ask me if I breathe. Go ahead.

I don’t mean to sound flippant, but this means SO MUCH to me. I love fanfiction. I read it everyday and talk about it almost as often. It’s a wonderful exploration of worlds created by other people. It’s an homage to characters and settings that have spoken to us on a deeper level.

I’ve been reading fanfiction for about twelve years now and I don’t ever see myself stopping.


So what about you? Do you read and/or write fanfiction?