Fan Fiction

Fan Fiction does not interest me too much. Most of it is poorly written, which is a shame because some of the stories I have come across have had so much potential.

It is hard to read fan fiction when the author tries to write it like they think a television episode would be written. It is easy enough to do some research and find out the proper format for scripts. Maybe this is just the teacher in me coming out, but if something isn’t presented correctly, it is really hard for me to get past that.

I think people like to see stories continued indefinitely. This explains the popularity of sequels in the theatres and the countless Star Trek and Star Wars books available.

I’ve been thinking about writing a My So-Called Life story for some time now. It’s been something that has been kicking around in the back of my head for a while. I have some reservations about writing this story however. I would very much like to see where the characters are now. Of course, I don’t own these characters. Everything else I have written has been an original creation of mine. Should I take the time to write a proper fan fiction piece?

I’ve done some research and found out that there are places on the Internet to post fan fiction. Most of these sites contain poems, short stories, or television episodes. I am proposing to write a novel. I could post it on my website and some of these fan fiction sites.

The reason I remain a little reluctant about this is that I just found out that the series will be re-released on DVD this fall. That could create a lot of interest in the show. If the DVD sales do well, who knows, perhaps there could be a reunion show. It is doubtful but I would hate to write something and then have something official be released that would make my work null and void.

I also found out that two novels have been written about the show but were not authorized. These novels must be highly sought after though because the prices for them on Amazon are astronomical.

So, I don’t know what to do. Should I write the MSCL novel or not? I know that there are plenty of fans out there, and that it would probably find an audience. I know that I would enjoy writing it. But it would be a lot of work. Hmm, decisions, decisions.