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Famous From Fanfiction



Fanfiction: a royal waste of time. Right? I mean, it’s fun and all, but let’s face it, doesn’t help you much. It’s just a way to procrastinate, something to do instead of study for that big biology test or finish those history questions that are due tomorrow. It hinders more than helps, really.

Well, not necessarily. Sometimes fanfiction does help. Reviews and constructive criticism can build on a budding author’s ability, and sometimes it can even attract publishers.

First, we should look at Cassandra Claire. She was a very popular fanfiction writer, both in the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fandoms. She wrote a very successful fic called “The Draco Trilogy”. Claire received many reviews, her readers even offered her gifts if she continued to write. Eventually she wrote her own novel, City of Bones. It was published in March, 2007. It was her debut novel, and was quickly made a bestseller. City of Bones has received praise from Kirkus reviews, Publisher’s weekly, and influential teen writers such as Holly Black. The sequel, City of Ashes, will soon be released, and is already available for pre-order. Followers of her fanfiction and new readers drawn in by her intriguing plot and entrancing style wait for the next with extreme anticipation.¹

Next we can take a look at Francisca Solar. She’s another Potter fan, but found herself dissatisfied with the fifth book, The Order of the Phoenix, and wrote her own version. Her fanfiction, “Decline of the High Elves”, received over 80,000 reviews.² She later wrote her own book, La Septima M, or the Seventh M. It has been published by a Spanish publisher. During an interview for BBC News she said:

“All the things I know about literature, about writing, I learned in the fan fiction world, I owe it everything.”³

These aren’t the only fanfiction authors that are well known. Phillipa Ashley and Rosy Thorton both loved the TV show <;em>North and South. They both wrote fanfiction avidly, and received many reviews and encouragements from their fans. And they both wrote their own novels, and then got picked up by publishes. Philipa Ashley wrote Decent Exposure, the first in a new series of books called Little Black Dresses. Rosy Thorton published More than Love Letters. Both are romantic comedies, edged with parody.

The popular teen author Meg Cabot wrote fanfiction when she was a girl. She dedicated much of her time to the fantasy author Anne McCaffrey. She later grew up to write successful book series such as The Princess Diaries, and The Mediator. Cabot encourages her fans to write fictions based on her books, and it is one of the most active fandoms today.

Russel T. Davies wrote <;em>Dr. Who fanfictions, and when the show was put forth for revival he was hired to write the script. Many of the script writers of Star Trek originally posted their works online.

Along with the the original novels, many fanfictions have actually been published. T.S. Eliot’s poems often resembled concepts that were shown in his favourite show, Dr. Who. Paradise Lost, a famous poem by John Milton, told the story of the fall of Lucifer and of Adam and Eve. In many ways it was a fanfiction of the Bible. The famous trilogy of plays, The Oedipus Rex, were written by Sophocles in 429 B.C. They were a continuation, or sequel, of an old Greek Myth. Proof that fanfiction has been around for thousands of years. Many “Alternate Universe” books have been published as well. Gregory Maguire has written many fairytale fanfictions, include Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. This shows the other side of L.F. Baum’s classic tale of The Wizard of Oz. The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor is an Alternate version of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, and Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End expands the story of Sleeping Beauty.

As you can see, fanfiction can be key to any future author. Authors have been published, and their fanfictions too. Just a little bit of advice, if you are going to write an original story, make sure that it is truly original. You don’t want to be caught plagiarizing. Make sure that your characters are yours, and do not look like somebody else’s, and make sure that your worlds and names are completely original.

So, next time that you are writing fanfiction and putting off your science homework, remember, in the long run, that might be the better option. Or… maybe you should get to it. Just in case. 😉

Works Cited

  1. Fan History Wiki, “Cassandra Claire”.
  2. BBC News, Entertainment, “Potter Fanfiction Writer Launches first book”.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Rosy Thorton writing “From Fanfiction to Published Novels”. Birmingham
    Words: A Community for Readers and Writers.
  5. Lilacfree writing “T.S. Eliot: Master poet and Seminal Fanfiction
    Author”. A Teaspoon and an Open Mind: A Dr. Who Fan Archive.
  6. Justin writing “In Defense of Fanfiction”. The Swiftly Writing Blog.

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  1. Mentos_not_mental March 17th, 2008 at 1:29 pm 1

    Oh yay! Another Haven Herald! Wow, the major changes in this one really make it better. I liked the is your character a mary sue test thingy. Hmm… the comics won’t show, but I think thats my computer’s problem. Anyhoo, Congrats to everyone who won. 🙂
    Great job everyone who worked on this edition of the Haven Herald! It was once again, totally awesome!

  2. Hmm… the comics won’t show, but I think thats my computer’s problem.

    No, it’s not your computer… The server where I uploaded that comic
    collapsed early today… That comic was working last night! I’ll fix it
    as soon as possible [which is a few hours since I am in school right

    And thanks for pointing it out. Otherwise, I may not have noticed! XD

  3. Awesome issue! But I can’t see the comic… Congratulations to HollyShort9 for being member of the month! Congratulations to holly_s for being newbie of the Month! Congratulations to PhoenixRSA for winning the contest! And congratulations to everyone who won an award!

  4. Brilliant job guys!!!!!Congratulations to all the winners!You guys deserve it!Brilliant articles,great pics!!!Loved it!

  5. This issue rocks.
    It looks so good!
    But nobody has filled out the survey! (Hint hint)

    Awesome job to people who aren’t me!
    And congrats Elseworld winners. 😀 Your stories rock!

  6. I loved the intro to the HH! Keep it up!

  7. I can’t see the comics! TT

  8. Hey guys! Great issue. Love the changes! Sorry I haven’t been on in forever. Very busy. Too busy to write full sentences.
    EXTREME CONGRATS EVERYONE WHO WON THE FANFICTION CONTEST! I ran out of time to write mine. I wouldn’t have won anything anyway. Those are way better than mine ever would be!
    Shoot, Opal, you made my Trance character sound like a total Mary Sue! 44 points, at least. Made me completely abandon my Life of Lies story, too. *rushes to the Word Processor and makes major changes to character.* Damn you! Joking, joking. Thanks for pointing out the flaws.


  9. WOW! I relly liked this month’s issue! It was brilliant! And congratulations to all the winners! 😀

  10. Congrat to all who won!!!!!! *claps*
    i love this issue, and the idea of having comic is brillant! i’ll go to fill the servey after this.
    Oh, i want to see SPIDERWICK (movie),i like Freedie Highmore’s movie, he acts so good. My Dad is going to bring me to cinima this Sunday!
    And…. can’t want for The Time Paradox!!!!!

  11. Great Issue guys! Keep working at it!!! Amazing job!!!

    And lol!!! I LOVED the intro exceedingly creativa and original!!!

    And the grapics are amazing!!!

  12. Target Aquired March 19th, 2008 at 4:15 am 12

    Nice! I really liked the “Mary-Sue” character guide; man I catch myself doing that. -hand/forehead- Also, the comic… well that was just hilarious. Poor Arty…

  13. Hey there,Thank you for mentioning Rosy and me on your brilliant blog. Fanfiction is a great way to start writing. I’m guessing some of your readers are younger than me (my daughter is 20) and for writers of all ages, fanfiction is an excellent way to learn writing skills and to share your work with a (hopefully) willing audience.I used to write stories when I was at junior school but stopped until I was 42 – when North & South came on TV and inspired me and a lot of other people.  My one piece of writing advice? DON’T wait until you are that old to start writing! Forget about what other people might say and just do it. You never know where it might lead and if you enjoy writing, don’t let anyone stop you.By the way, my first book, Decent Exposure, has been optioned for a TV movie by Fox. I don’t know if it will be made – but it all stems fom writing fanfic. I’m sure Rosy will come here and tell you her view on fanfic too.Phillipa Ashley

  14. […] is so cool. I got mentioned (with Rosy Thornton) on the Fowl Fanfiction. I am so proud to have begun my novel career as a fanfiction author. Fanfiction mus be the biggest […]

  15. Rosy Thornton March 19th, 2008 at 10:33 am 15

    Great article! Like Phillipa, I’m another oldie, who didn’t discover fanfic – and through it, fiction writing generally – until I was a mum. But fanfic is certainly a great training ground for writers – limbering up using someone else’s characters and settings is such an easy way to begin, and the support, friendship and feedback available on sites like this are brilliant. Then you can go on from there to develop your own original stories if you want – or just carry on sharing the characters you love with others who love them, too. Neither Phillipa nor I had written any fiction before we tried out hand at fanfic in 2005 – and now we each have our third novel ready for publication later in the year and are working on our fourth…

  16. Absolutely LOVE the Cartoon Artemis!AS an artist I can really say Well Done.Keep it up!

  17. Ah, cool.
    I can’t believe you guys came on to our lil’ newsletter. 😀
    Thanks for the advice. Your stories are pretty amazing.

  18. ArtemisFowl III March 20th, 2008 at 7:56 pm 18

    That comic was HILARIOUS!!!!!!

  19. OH NOOO!!! I entered the wrong story! Editors! Just so you know, that contest entry was the wrong one! Untimely meeting was the one that should have been entered! I REALLY should have deleted a fatal mistake! That was my worst story ever! Please remove my entry! I forfeit my title! Just PLEASE don’t let people see that one! Untimely meeting should have gotten credit!

  20. Oh…well, I guess it wasn’t TOO bad…OMG! That Haven Herald banner is just beautiful! The comic was hilarious! I hope to see more in the future!

  21. Yeah! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FANFICTION, ARTEMIS!!! Y’all should do more of these themed newsletters!

  22. O.O
    I got best fanfic…

    And I haven’t even been visiting this site for the past two months…

    I love you guys.

  23. I was a smidge disappointed my story wasn’t qualified, and my brother agrees non-cannon sequals should have been accepted, but I’m glad Pheonix won. She is an acceptional writer.

  24. Another great issue, guys! 🙂

    The link to the fan art of the month is incorrect, I think. Or at least, I’m not being directed to the picture described.

  25. No, it’s correct. That’s the picture I described.

  26. Oh- it’s right for me now too. Either it got fixed, or my computer was just being weird that day (it does that).

  27. It’s not your computer; I fixed it. XD Sorry for not letting you know by commenting.

  28. ArTeMiS FoWl FaN April 3rd, 2008 at 11:35 pm 28

    dude i love the have hearld. if u read fowl fan fiction read artemis fowl the last lockdown. it my first fan fic

  29. DANG! 2 of my characters are Mary-Sue! gosh that test seemed impossible I mean add nine points add five points add 3 points no wonder I came up with 47! oh well… It can’t all be true! can it?

  30. 5ywjk5wsy7k

  31. Wow, You know I didnt like the alternative ending, whole war thing. I thought It was Overdone. Tell why I’m so blind but why was that good. And what is wrong with the weirdo, hjzsryj ?

  32. great issue!!!
    i like reading some fanfics but i can’t write any…i just never know how to end a story XD
    the comic was really funny!!!! poor artemis… his being controlled 😛

  33. I love the intro and the comic

  34. *first comment dance that’s not on fanfiction* I ♥ the comic! My fav part! I also liked the Mary Sue and Gary Stu test thingamigig. That helps a lot! Comic rocks. ‘ with fanfiction, we basicly own your soul, Artemis.’ Hee-Hee! PS: How do you become one of the Haven Herald team? It sounds like a great job! Excellent everybody who helped make this! It’s awesome.

  35. ah. wha?

  36. It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of susnhine.

  37. That saves me. Thanks for being so snsebile!

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