Way back in 2009, I was working hard on my 2nd NaNoWriMo novel. I was also a senior in high school. I was so amazed and in love with the idea of writing, that when I stumbled onto fanfiction... I wasn't a nice person. I don't remember where I had said it, or where I had posted it, though I do know it was on at least three social platforms... but I said it, and I'm sorry.
"Fanfiction writers are not real writers."
Yep, I was that asshole. Oh it get's worse...
"All they're doing is stealing the original content from creators they wish they were, and changing the characters to fit their lesser, basic needs."
Yep. Shoot me now... it doesn't stop there... This mind set continued, even though the general writing/reading public tried to tell me I was wrong and to write a fanfic myself. I dug my heels in. I would not read a fanfic, and I wouldn't write one of my own... or so I thought...
See this pretty gem? That was my nanowrimo novel a year after I made those horrible comments, (my 2010 nano novel). But, why does that matter? Because it wasn't an original story like it may seem.. oh yes, a few months after that, I buckled down and admitted it on my camp nanowrimo project for 2011. IT WAS A FANFICTION.
As I was being high and mighty in my stubborn and annoying views, I was secretly reading, you guessed it, fanfictions. I also tried to justify it...
"I'm only reading The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time FanFics, it's different. It's a game, not a novel! The characters are meant to be taken control over!"
*bashes head against wall a million times*
When I finally shared my fanfic with the world, it was met with a lot of hate from the fellow lovers of the game, saying such things as, "LINK WOULD NEVER DO THAT." And other comments like, "HOW CAN ANYONE MESS UP THIS GAME!" And I finally understood where I was standing for the last two years, with the haters. So this is to all the fanfic writers out there, "I'm sorry. You are writers!"
I will admit, I haven't read or written a fanfic since 2011, and I probably never will as it's not for me, BUT that doesn't mean it isn't the perfect genre for someone else.
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Hey, I'm Maryah Stevens, a 25 year old, self-published, college graduate, married, 1st time mom! Phew!