Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘The Last Stand of Viktor the Lion-hearted’ (Suikoden 2)

August 16, 2014 at 10:49 am (Fanfiction) (, , )

It’s Suikoden Day once again, which means plenty by way of being a fan. And by being a fan, I mean writing fanfiction. This one’s about Viktor facing maybe (sort of? Most likely? Certainly?) doom.

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘True Beasts’ (Suikoden 2)

July 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm (Fanfiction) (, , , )

This is a work of fanfiction which was submitted to Suikoden Day 2012‘s Eike’s Library! Fanfiction Contest, and won first place.

It’s about a 16-year-old Luca Blight, a birthday, getting drunk, a True Rune, and foreboding about the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘Tea Time’ (Suikoden 2)

July 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm (Fanfiction) (, , , )

This is a work of fanfiction which was submitted to Suikoden Day 2013‘s Eike’s Library! Fanfiction Contest. And it won too.

It’s about Han and Genkaku hanging out, talking about life, death, the war, and what may or may not happen when it’s all over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fan fiction: Loading the canon

March 11, 2011 at 10:01 am (Articles / Interviews) (, )

What I think of fanfiction n__n.

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Darna Lives pic

 

Last week, Gerry Alanguilan and Arnold Arre released Darna Lives!, a self-proclaimed work of “fan fiction created by two Darna fans.” In true fanfic style, it was done without the consent of the copyright holders (although the makers do acknowledge that Darna is not their original creation, and Alanguilan “humbly asks permission” from Mars Ravelo’s family to continue the project), but was pursued solely for the fun of taking an iconic character and giving her a new story.

As fanfics are wont to do, being outside of the established “canon“, Darna Lives! takes a few liberties with an otherwise well-established character – Narda is re-imagined as a pudgy middle-aged working mother, whileValentina is a popular superhero.

Despite the changes, Darna Lives! manages to do in 10 pages what all fanfic makers try to achieve – take a previously established character and craft an entirely new story through which that character remains compelling.

Fiction made by fans

Anyone who has read fanfiction knows what happens when writers try for this and fail – the result is the typically self-absorbed kind of work which has given fanfiction a bad name. But then, there are many potholes when one undertakes bridging an established mythology with whatever comes from one’s own imagination.

This includes how much one adheres to canon, how to interpret a certain character, and how much restraint must be employed when introducing wide-sweeping changes to an otherwise established character or concept.

As such, fanfiction is notorious for being bad. The pseudo-fanfic My Immortal parodies the popular mistakes many fanfic makers tend to make – a disregard for the basics of writing, a callous twisting of characters to suit the writers’ needs, and a tendency for self-insertion – putting the writer him or herself in the midst of the action for no reason other than self-gratification.

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