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sweetmagic4u

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 11:15am | IP Logged
I was talking to an American friend of mine who made a comment that threw me off guard. We were talking about the Twilight books and she said, "Yeah my sister is so crazy about them that she even reads fanfics about them online." I was surprised and asked her what was wrong with that. She said, "Well fan fictions have the lowest reputation in writing. I mean if you want to write, why steal someone else's characters?"

That really surprised and shocked me. I write fan fictions on this section myself, I thought they are a fun way to improve your writing skills while making friends. Angad and Kripa are merely names to the fictional personalities I create.  Am I still really "stealing" someone else's characters?

Are you open about your FF hobby or do you prefer to keep quiet about it?

Please share your views and experiencesSmile

*Mods, you may close this if it breaks any rules. I just thought this would be an appropriate section for this topic.


Edited by sweetmagic4u - 29 May 2008 at 3:16pm

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 11:40am | IP Logged
i don't think so ... if you want to write and express what you feel then what wrong with it !!

just write what you want it improves your writing skills
and tell her there are words like INSPIRATION and some ppl are inspired by something so what is you are inspired by others writers characters... and its not like you COPY it ... you also make some littel changes in it !!

Smile

Edited by sabzz - 29 May 2008 at 11:41am

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 12:48pm | IP Logged
I don't think your stealing someone else's characters bcos sum ppl change their age, attitude, roles and make up a whole new identity 4 the characters, only using their names! I think it does help our writing skills as we try and create an interesting story which helps us with vocab and sentence structures! but thats my point of view, others may disagree Smile

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 2:15pm | IP Logged
ur not stealing anyones characters. it's ur story; its your thoughts. it would be stolent if the charater were exactly the same as the drama. theres nothing wrong with fan fictions. the story and thinking is yours and the characters is what you put them as not the dram so its not stealing Smile

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 3:45pm | IP Logged
i don't think like that i mean its not like you are just using same people name i mean many people write such a diff version in diff format so yeah i think your friend is little(sorry a lot actually) wrong there Smile

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 5:22pm | IP Logged
When you're writing fanfictions, all you're doing is getting creative and having fun while improving your writing skills on characters you admire. It's not "stealing" someone else's characters, no. :)

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 6:17pm | IP Logged
i have always interpreted fan-fic as fictions written by fans, as in how the fans of a show/book/etc interpret the characters or how the fans would like to see the characters and create a fiction based on their individual ideas. i could be wrong but fan-fics are meant to be this way right?

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Posted: 29 May 2008 at 6:39pm | IP Logged
Interesting discussion. Personally, I'm not a big fan of fan fics that follow the serial/book/movie too closely. I guess I agree partially with your friend that using someone else's characters and situations makes the story less original. It makes sense that the reputation of fan fics will not be as respectable as stories that are based on unique characters and concepts.

I'm writing two stories right now, one that is not based on any show and one that has the names of Prem, Mukti, Angad and Kripa. But since I've never seen KZK or KYPH, the characters and events are not based on the shows. That's the only way I am really comfortable writing a fan fic and can honestly feel like I'm being original.

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with writing less original fan fics, but it's just something I don't really like doing. We are already influenced by every thing we see and hear...why make it even more blatant?     

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