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True confessions of a girl who writes dirty books--and loves it!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Never Say Never

I have never been interested in fanfic. I made a lot of assumptions about it (poorly done imitations of the real thing, weirdly sexual versions of the real thing, etc.). But recently, when more than one person came up to me independently and said I should check it out, I decided to give it a shot. After all, I thought I'd never write a blog, and look at me now!

So I started with Harry Potter fanfic, because (and I kind of blush to admit this) I thought it was the most likely to confirm what I already believed. I'd heard about the nutso pairings of Hermione/Snape, Harry/Snape, Harry/Draco, and so on, and that most of the stories were basically pornographic. Perfect! This won't change my mind or open my eyes at all! Right?


I got recommendations from an online friend who happens to be a Draco/Hermione shipper. So that's where I started. And let me say up front, my assumptions were totally correct--some of the time. As with any other genre of writing, fanfic isn't universally good, and it's not universally bad. There are, in fact, some very talented writers out there who simply enjoy playing with someone else's characters and inhabiting someone else's world. I read some fantastic stories, hard to put down, full of tension and characterization and yes, lots of sex. Geez. And I thought I wrote dirty books! See, most fanfic authors are not delusional--they don't actually believe there's a chance that J.K. Rowling is going to wake up one day and realize that Draco Malfoy is actually the hero of the Harry Potter books. But it's a tribute to the scope of her imagination, and her ability to draw her readers into what she creates, that so many people have been inspired to add their thoughts to hers.

And now I'm hooked. I have favorite online authors! I check their websites periodically to see if they've updated their stories with new chapters! And I haven't even made it out of the Draco/Hermione archives yet.

Can't wait to see how I get when I move on to Buffy/Spike stories. You may never hear from me again.

[D/Hr Fanart by FranCE]


At 7:28 AM, Blogger Mel Francis said...

I've never read any fanfic. But now I'm curious.

Gee. Thanks. Like I don't have anything else to do....

At 11:55 AM, Blogger MariaGeraci said...

First the blog, now FanFic. Next it will be a MySpace account. (g)

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Louisa Edwards said...

I know! I'm so plugged in.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Maureen McGowan said...

Congrats on getting the second draft done, Louisa!

The best book I've read in the past year was How to Be Lost, by Amanda Eyre Ward. Year before that, my favourite was The Time Travellers Wife.


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