When I first heard that 50 Shades of Grey came from a fan fiction about the Twilight saga, I couldn’t believe my ears. How could that have happened? From my previous encounters with fan fiction, I know it to be a genre that focuses on adaptations of another existing body of work, so I decided to investigate. I read in Wikipedia that E. L. James rewrote the story into something truly different, which shifted my focus to learning more about fan fiction; it sounded like a powerful entity, considering the fact that Time Magazine considered E.L. James as part of their 100 most influential people of 2012. I tried to learn more about the genre by interviewing two fan fiction writers, Moviebuffgirl and Ingenious Macabre. The interview proved to be most illuminating since they helped me confirm what I know and learn more about fan fiction.
Through the interview, I confirmed that the definition I knew was accurate. Ingenious Macabre said, “Fanfiction is the art of creating fictional writing out of previously-established universes. Basically, they’re stories and/or scenarios that incorporate the characters, as well as other elements, of the source material, and are created by the fans.” Moviebuffgirl specified that these previously-established universes refer to films, television shows, and books. Based on her body of work, it could also span video games since she has stories made for Left 4 Dead. That last bit was new to me since my original concept of it only included anime and manga, and the interview further expanded my definition of the genre.
Based on the definition, it’s natural to think that fan fiction would include the same plot elements from the original work but it can include more than that. Moviebuffgirl mentioned that fan fiction writers can inject original characters or OCs into the stories, which is one way of adding originality in their work. On other times, the stories are entirely different since some writers opt to write about alternate universes or AUs. To clarify, Ingenious Macabre gave an example: “For instance, I wrote a story about a college movie, and transplanted that entire universe into a spy setting.” Judging from the name of the genre alone, I could not have guessed that those are possible.
Confirming what I know about fan fiction is good, but learning more about it is even better. More than just writing about what is, this genre pushes the boundaries of the original work that they so love using OCs and AUs, and now, I’m not so surprised that something like 50 Shades of Grey came out of this genre. Perhaps, there’s more to come since writers and other creatives do not stop producing new books, TV shows, and films, and fans will most likely expand on those, too!
About My Sources
is a 23-year old movie fanatic who has spent most of her life in front of the typewriter (and now, the computer) churning out stories by the dozen. She likes nothing better than watching a good movie, listening to music, and playing with her dogs. Now, her attention is spent on creating interesting fan fiction and improving her writing craft, writing stories based on Charmed, Underworld, Twilight, Phantom of the Opera, 300, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Resident Evil series, Walking Dead, Tudors, Left 4 Dead, Thor, Avengers, and Borgias. To check out Moviebuff girl’s stories out, click this link.
says that she doesn’t write as many fan fics as much as she reads them. She’s not afraid to share the love by victimizing others with her incessant fangirling. She currently has two stories for based on the fandoms for Pitch Perfect, and she is part of the Sherlock (BBC), Doctor Who, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Suits, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, and Cover Affairs fandoms. You could read Ingenious Macabre’s stories by clicking on this link.