Hmm, fan fiction. I can honestly say I have never read or written any fanfic. I am simply not that kind of geek.
For those of you who don’t know, a fanfic is a story written by a fan of a book, movie or TV show. The fan-writer takes the characters and plot of the original book or show, and develops them in new and interesting ways.
When I think of fanfic, I think of Star Trek.
According to Wikipedia, Spockanalia was the first modern example of a fanfic. It was a fanzine (magazine written by fans) published from1967-69 and had four issues. I can only image what it contained…Star Trek fans can be a *little* strange.
I have to make the sad confession that I have read some of William Shatner’s TekWar series. Not exactly fanfic, but as geeky as I get. I vaguely recall that they were interesting enough, although not especially well written.
I sometimes wonder what Star Trek actors and writers must think of the fans. I suspect that William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek, quite enjoys the attention. Other than writing sci-fi novels, he attends Star Trek conventions and was involved in a documentary about the TV series. It seems to me that Star Trek is a universe of it’s own, complete with action figures, collectable trading cards, comics and fanfic.
And there we go, I made it back round to the topic in the end!