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13 Reasons Why We Write Fanfiction

Kate is a bookworm whose favorite authors include Danielle Steel, John Grisham, and Stephen King.


Why Do We Write Fanfiction?

Fans don't only form fandoms and cliques when they have a novel, TV series, or movie that they love. There are some fans who are creative enough to write a spin-off all on their own. That's fanfiction! This type of creative writing is an internet phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Here are 13 reasons why fans like us write fanfiction.

1. We Got Inspired

One of the reasons why we write fanfiction is because we love the original novel, TV show, or personality we are basing our works. However, the original author, no matter how good he or she has written his or her original work, may be unable to satisfy our personal creative cravings regarding our favorite. Thus, we write because we are inspired to bring another take or another angle to our idol's story.

2. We Think We Can Write a Better Ending

So our favorite anime ended yesterday. However, we, as hardcore fans, are left hanging with the finale. The best way we can get over our frustrations regarding the unsatisfying ending is through writing out what we think would be the best final scenario.

3. Too Little "Fan Service"!

Sometimes, we find two great characters in a novel who look good together. However, because they are just secondary characters, they have too little screen time. The limited screen time between them sparks a chemistry that's a perfect ingredient for fanfiction. Since we aren't given what we want, why not write it ourselves, right?

4. Our OTP Is Non-Canon

If you are nerdy, then you probably already know what OTP means. OTP means "one true pairing". For hardcore fans, the OTP is the "ship" or the character pairing that they love to see the most. The pair is who they want to get together at the end of the series. However, not all OTPs are "canon" or "official". Thus, if our OTP is non-canon, the best way for us to get them together is to write a fanfiction.

5. We Also Have a Plot Twist

The original author has indeed written a mind-blowing plot twist. However, there are some writers, especially the hardcore ones, who can exploit loopholes and foreshadowings in the story to create their own amazing plot twist as well.

6. Hiatus Is Hateful

This reason is especially applicable to those series that are on hiatus. When the break goes on for a period of a few years and fans are unable to continue waiting, fanfictions are helpful in tiding them over.

7. What We Have Is More Adult

I was fresh out of high school when I started writing fanfiction. Initially, I only wrote fluffs because I was naive. However, as time passed by (and with the help of the internet!), I eventually opened my eyes to the "naughty" side of romance. It wasn't appropriate for my age to write smut at that time, and I was still a little bit embarrassed writing it back then. So I hid behind my secret fanfiction pen name to write the smutty scenes involving my favorite characters.

8. It's Specific

What's amazing with fanfictions is that we already know who will be reading our works. When we write romcom fanfic between Anya Jenkins and Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then we'd know that our readers are also ones who like the same pair as us. Those who read our fanfics but aren't fans of this pairing are either looking for a new read or looking for fodder to make fun of. We just ignore them, though.

9. We Get to Pair With Our Own Idol

Another reason why fanfiction writers love writing is that we get to pair ourselves with our favorite character. If you search for Harry Style fanfics nowadays, you'd see a lot of them written in first person POV. This kind of fanfiction shows the inner fantasies a writer has over his or her favorite character.

10. We Want to Get Something Out of Our Head

One thing you should know about writers is that there are always different plots, scenarios, or ideas running through our head. When we see a movie and there's a scene or idea that plays out in our head, the best method we can do to get it out of our head is writing a fanfiction.

11. We Get to Use Our Talents While Indulging in What We Love

Fanfiction authors not only show off their talents but we also indulge in the two things that we love the most: our favorite character or novel as well as writing. Writing is the raison d'etre of an author.

12. We Can Write Behind a Nome de Plume

Pen names are essential for writers. It is a way to get us remembered. Aside from that, it is also a way for us to hide our awkward fanfics from our family members.

13. We Can Be Shameless When We Write

Yes! We can be shameless when writing! Fanfics don't have a limitation. We are free to write whatever we want. It is possible for us to be as shameless as we can be when writing the fanfiction story.

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Final Thoughts

Some other fanfiction writers may have other reasons why they are writing aside from these 13 mentioned above. However, what all of us fanfiction writers know is that writing this type of fiction is a way for us to bring our imagination to life. Regardless if you belong to the same fandom or not, you'll surely be able to find a few write-ups that are worth reading.


Jasmine Klassen on July 27, 2018:

Hi Kate Roux it is Jasmine. I was reading the thing that you send 6 weeks ago. it was so good I had the tell my older cousin about it. Sorry I didn't write back to you in a wile. I was just wondering if you can get back to me as soon as you can Kate Roux. I will just love the hear from you again.

Craig on July 25, 2018:

Hi my name is Craig W. my oldest daughter is a big fan of 13 reasons why. she is 18 years old she will be 19 years old in October 13 1999 I was wondering Kate Roux if u can just answer some of my questions 4 my plz. when did you wont to come a writer when you younger. then you were younger what was your dream job when you where younger. my

olivia hanes on June 30, 2018:

hi my name is Olivia. me and my one friend is a big fan of 13 reasons why the TV show. I was just wondering if u can answer some my questions 4 me please.

1.... what happens with Hannah baker

2.... Why did Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker was not dating in the first season of 13 reasons why

3..... why was that one teenager guy posting those pictures of there to everyone in the school

Katie roux

I am a big fan of your work that you do in the real world there in Lethbridge Alberta Canada. same with my friend. me and my classmates graduated on Thursday June 28 2018. I wont you to watch the YouTube video of Chinook High School yote day 2015-2018 please Katie I'm your big fan here. and same with my friend

can you send me a book of your work please to Lethbridge ALBERTA.

12121212121221212212 on June 16, 2018:

13 reasons y was sexily gross

Amy louitti on June 16, 2018:

hi Kate. my names is Amy I was wondering if you can send me a book of 13 Reasons Why for my niece jasmine louitti. she write to you 7 days ago she meet to tip louitti no klassen. I don't know what she was thinking. I am so sorry about that Kate. when the 3rd season coming out on tv. are you going to make some more books from 13 reasons why. I really love the 1 book that you made it was so cool. I was wounding when I can meet you in person sometime Kate.

Kate Roux (author) on June 11, 2018:

Hi, Jasmine! 13 Reasons Why's 2nd season has already ended last week. I'm looking forward to the 3rd season.

While waiting for that, you can read some recaps, just like here:

jasmine klassen on June 08, 2018:

hi my names is jasmine klassen i am a big fan of 13 reasons why. same with my older cousin.

mactavers on February 20, 2018:

This sounds like so much fun!

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