Fanfiction, how does it work!?
September 3, 2012 7:08 PM Subscribe
What makes an original work particularly suited to being followed by fanfiction?
posted by The otter lady to media & arts (20 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I'm curious though generally neutral/accepting/uninterested about fanfiction, but I've been wondering, what makes a book (or a film, or a TV series) particularly appealing to writers of fanfic? Why do some properties have thousands of fanfiction stories written about them, and some have very few? I'm particularly thinking of why, say, there is a HUGE fanfiction following for JK Rowling, and almost nothing for Terry Pratchett. Also there seems to be a lot more Star Trek fanfic than there is Star Wars fanfic. Why does Doctor Who appeal more than Blackadder? What is it; characters? world building? writing style? story? that makes viewers/reader go, "Wow, -but-, Harry should -totally- turn into a wombat and team up with Picard to save Narnia!"
(Note; I'm not saying there is -no- Blackadder or Discworld fanfic; I know there is.... but there's not as -much-, at least in the brief trawl of Google I've done.)
Bonus extra-credit question:
If someone was going to create a new property (a book series or a TV show) with the deliberate intention of appealing to fanfic writers (and courting their business, rather than stomping on it as some seem to), what would they want aim for?
Further bonus question: What further makes a good source material for EROTIC fanfiction? Same things? Or do you need a more prudish source, or a more easygoing source, or just lots of hot bodies?