This post is 4+ years old, and it’s under a readmore for a reason. I apologize for anything that makes you cringe. I’m cringing thinking about what’s below, and now I’m cringing even more thinking of your (completely deserved) reaction. -8/11/17
I had no freaking idea what I was talking about, and still don’t right now.
This is probably going to be a yearly occurrence. Gosh dang it, Kat.
Most of this is purely my opinion, and shouldn’t be used to prove anything.
Let’s try this again. 3rd time’s the charm.
Words you should know:
OC– Original Character/ A character made by you.
Canon– anything in the real universe or stated by the creator(s)
Mary Sue– an overly perfect character. No flaws, enemies, or character development whatsoever.
Ship– Short for relationship/ any two (or sometimes 3+) characters in a relationship. [Video]
Fanfiction– Stories using events that may or may not be in the actual series/Created by someone that isn’t a creator.
Fanart– Pretty much fanfiction you draw, but can also just be a sketch or drawing of a character.
Alternate Universe/AU– Anything that isn’t the canon world. Example: The characters from The Hunger Games are in High School instead of the arena.
First up: Original Characters. When an OC is made specifically to be paired with a Canon Character or they are the center of the story, and you don’t even hear about everyone else: I will not read it. Huge no.
Otherwise, OCs show your creativity. You just made a character that you can make into someone wonderful through flaws and character development. Heck yes.
Or, if you choose not to, they’ll become a Mary Sue. Don’t let that happen.
Next up: Shipping.
If you’ve been anywhere near Tumblr, you probably know what this is.
These don’t require boxes, or the actual postal service: Just a couple of fictional characters in a relationship.
This pairing isn’t in the series? That’s okay, you can always write fanfiction or draw fanart. Why not make a page for your ship on DeviantART or even their own Tumblr while you’re at it?
Got the hang of shipping? Awesome! Let’s discuss:
- Some people are hardcore shippers, and would go down with them like they were the Titanic.
- Don’t talk crap about people’s ships. They’ll probably hunt you down, and eventually kill you.
- If you can think of a pairing, there’s most likely going to be dirty writings that rival 50 Shades of Grey, and fanart that could almost be classified as porn related to it.
- It’s really freaking creepy to ship real people. They are their own individual person, and you need to leave their personal lives alone.
What are my ships?
I ship pretty much anything.
I will avoid certain pairings like the plague if I’m absolutely sick of hearing about them, though. You can only get enough before you want to vomit whenever anything even closely related to the pairing is mentioned.
When a story completely ignores a timeline. Especially when the creator was nice enough to provide you with one.
I know theories are super fun, but following the timeline makes everything less confusing. Less annoying, too.
There’s a certain theory from the Portal fandom that makes me wanna stab someone in the face with a pencil every time I see it. Sadly, this is pretty often. Try to provide me with ‘evidence’, and I’ll provide you with a punch in the face.
I’m joking. I’m too weak for that.
Also, same goes with shipping here. Talk crap about other peoples’ theories, and they will find and kill you.
…Don’t talk crap about anything. There are some vicious people on the Internet.
When a story has no plot.
Someone here is guilty of this.
Slow clap for you, Kat.
I’ve abandoned several stories because I had no idea what to do next.
I didn’t plan at all, and it definitely showed. Plots are obviously important. Without one you just have a bunch of filler, something that you’re about to see be discussed below. I’m definitely not writing fanfiction for a while.
Fluff, in this case it means ‘Filler’.
Another thing I’m guilty of. I’ve written stories with more fluff than my stuffed panda.
It was a gift from my friend and I freaking love it.
I love fluffy oneshots, but it’s not a bunch of cute moments here:
The House of Night (Come on, it’s not like you actually liked it.) series is pretty much this, and it shows in the last book.
This, combined with the above, was pretty much my writing style when I first started out.
When a story is almost identical to another. Yes, we all have some of the same theories.
No, we don’t need dozens of stories about said theories that are pretty much the same thing with different dialogue.
Heck, it doesn’t even have to be a theory. Have an idea for a story that someone has already written? That’s okay, make it yours by changing a few little things around.
…Some even have the same title.
I don’t care if you want to write a story based on someone else’s idea(s), but I’m begging you, please, make it original.
Misinterpretation of a character. Nope nopenopenope.
If you’re writing about a character, please research. Actually, please research any subject you don’t know very well.
Think about it for a second: Would this character ever initiate a fist fight?
If you can give a confident answer, maybe while providing evidence in the process, proceed to your writing. If you can’t, go back and look up a few things.
Not everything about this character will be flat out told to you, and headcanons are perfectly acceptable.
A few of my favorite things about fanfiction:
- Parodies. Even if it’s my least favorite series or my absolute favorite, I love being able to laugh at it.
- Comedies. We can’t always have angst.
- Alternate Universes. I even enjoy the classic High School cliches. Another favorite AU is ‘Only a Dream/Delusion’. (I already know I’m a little freak.) It puts the series in a whole new perspective. Character wakes up in a different place- Nothing they did actually happened.
- I love crackships. Pick a ship you know would never work out, and start writing fanfiction or making fanart.
I have a love/hate relationship with fanfiction. It gives fans the power to do whatever they want with a character or series, which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it.