I've always been a nerd.
I need glasses, joined the marching band, won spelling bees, was unanimously voted Most Studious by my senior class, and so on. But, I didn't (don't) mind being a nerd or a dork. Especially after watching Sidney White and the brought-a-tear-to-my-eye scene at the end where even the jocks proudly proclaim that they're dorks.
Have I discussed how much I love Amanda Bynes? No? Well, that's a random, crazy person post for another day.
Today, I want to discuss fan fiction, something that gets the nerd and/or dork label pretty quickly. But, let's break down the purpose of fan fiction (my opinions, of course). There will be a couple parts to this conversation, but please, give me your thoughts.
Point #1: Exploring supporting characters
I love supporting characters. Main characters are great, but usually it's the supporting cast that make the hero or heroine hit home. So, for me, fan fiction is about digging deeper into the hero's best friend or the Big Bad, exploring their motivations, asking what made them the way they are, and working on your writing at the same time.
Haven't you ever wanted Stephanie Meyer to write the story in the background of Breaking Dawn where Alice and Jasper go to find the other human/vamp hybrid? Well, I'm sure someone has, and if you read enough fan fiction you may come across a rare jewel of a story. What about how Lupin and Tonks came together? They never struck me as complimentary, but I'm not J.K. Rowling.
What other stories would you like to see? Do you read/write fan fiction? If so, what do you get out of it?
Are you a dork? :)
More to come...