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Fan fiction! (Recs, favorites, meta, /, tags, etc.)
« on: September 06, 2016, 03:03:37 PM »
Inspired by recent chat about fan fiction in the journal section, I thought it might be fun to start a thread about it. I would love to hear about people's favorite authors, specific stories, thoughts. I like to read but have never written any.

I'll throw out a few of my favorite authors and a really ugly link to an amazing speech about fan fiction and online community


Who do you like? Why do you read fan fiction? Do you have any stories you love and reread?

Edited to add: Maybe it seems weird to talk about fan fiction here at MMM, but free stuff is certainly mustachian, as is doing things out of one's own volition, rather than at an employer' behest.
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Re: Fan fiction! (Recs, favorites, meta, /, tags, etc.)
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2016, 04:44:10 AM »
I don't read/write fanfic, but the seminar transcript you linked there was pretty interesting. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 11:15:08 AM »
The more people talk about FF the more normalized it'll get. I'm so happy you brought it up!

There are only two people I know in real life who know I write fanfiction, and one of them doesn't realize I'm still writing. Writing ff and playing around with a world that already exists has let me train my skills so that I'm getting confident in venturing out in creating my own world and characters. I think a lot of people think of fanfiction as poorly written crap that tends to get dragged into the media (looking at you, Sherlock community), but I think a lot of people who don't read or write fanfiction don't realize that there are incredible novel length works that are just as amazing as the original works, and can offer insight to underdeveloped characters, or behind the scenes moments that don't fit into a main plot. In college I wrote a paper for my consumer behavior course regarding the Harry Potter fandom, and a large chunk of it had to do with fanfiction. It was an extremely interesting thing to research.

I've written for -
- Harry Potter (books) (not in years though)
- NCIS (television show)
- Sherlock (BBC television show)
- Dragon Age (video game)

Two authors that I can think of off the top of my head who I think have written wonderful works are -
- Sashile (NCIS) had a series of novel length stories. I remember not being able to stop reading anything she wrote, and when one story was in progress, I would wait eagerly for an email notification that she published a new chapter. She also published her own non related fiction book that I meant to look into but never did. Something I'll have to remember to do soon.
- Dasque (Dragon Age Origins) has a couple of phenomenal shorts and completed long works about life after Origins (before or unrelated to 2), but my favorite of her's is (unfortunately) an abandoned work based on the main story of DA:O.


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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 12:08:50 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2016, 01:19:24 PM »
This pokes gentle fun at fan fiction in a positively brilliant way....

Ulrich Haarbürste (who I'm pretty sure is the online pseudonym of Michael Kelly, though he absolutely never breaks character) gained a cult following with tales of Roy Orbison Wrapped in Cling Film. I absolutely adored this site back in the day and have just been checking it out again recently.

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 09:02:31 PM »
I got a little bit addicted to fanfic when I was working on my graduate thesis, because I felt too guilty to read anything that could be called 'proper' literature, and many fanfics are short!  One that is not at all short, but which many Mustachians might enjoy, is 'Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality' ( -- it's a pretty seriously awesome read, with a lot of good material to think about, and I think the concepts in it dovetail with the kind of optimizational (shut up, I am calling this a word) thinking of the folks on this site.

I got into fanfic at the same time I was introduced to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', and so I've read a lot of Buffy fanfic.  One of my favorites is 'Counts of Blood' (, which is a Buffy/Sesame Street crossover.  No, really!



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Re: Fan fiction! (Recs, favorites, meta, /, tags, etc.)
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 11:04:50 AM »
Seconding Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

If you like that, there's a whole set of rational!fic, including Unsong which is like Kabbalah humor fanfic ( ).


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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2017, 04:15:31 PM »
Ooh, how have I never heard of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality? Anyhow, I downloaded it, can't wait to read it and be transported back, for a brief while, to the days of new Harry Potter books.

Don't have much to recommend, as all the fan fiction I've been exposed to has either been awful or x-rated (sometimes both!). However, I totally recommend reading the novel "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell, along with its fan fictionesque spinoff, "Carry On". Also, "Harry Potter & the 10 Years Later" is a highly entertaining video series.