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Offline Bardo Thompson

An inquiry concerning the definition of fan-fiction
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:49:33 AM »
Good evening.

A question that I would like to pose is what counts as fan-fiction?

I understand the most common usage of the word is fiction concerning alternate narratives for already existing characters.

But what if one wishes to craft a story within a universe already in existence?

No use of any characters from the original story, but the worlds that those characters inhabit are used.

For example, I'd like to write something that takes place within White Wolf's World of Darkness (rpgs with vampires, werewolves, mages, ghosts, etc.)

No characters from the games are used, but the setting, the creatures, and the mythology are implemented.

Would this count as fan-fiction?

The world is a weird place, lets keep it that way.

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Re: An inquiry concerning the definition of fan-fiction
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 04:15:40 AM »
There are a number of definitions. I think creating something within an already existing universe does qualify, though. I once wrote a Buffy story which featured Buffy herself only very briefly, and dealt with another Slayer, but I'd still call it fan fiction.
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Offline Nyki Blatchley

Re: An inquiry concerning the definition of fan-fiction
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 06:24:01 PM »
Yes, I'd agree with Elfy - unless you've been officially invited to write a sequel, prequel or sidewaysquel, anything that centres on elements of someone else's work is fanfic.

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Re: An inquiry concerning the definition of fan-fiction
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 10:53:11 PM »
Yes, I'd agree with Elfy - unless you've been officially invited to write a sequel, prequel or sidewaysquel, anything that centres on elements of someone else's work is fanfic.
Pretty certain Karen Miller (who wrote a number of authorised Star Wars novels) said much the same thing at Worldcon a few years back.
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Re: An inquiry concerning the definition of fan-fiction
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2013, 07:38:09 PM »
Unless it's a open shared world, in which anyone can write then it is someone else's work and would have to be counted as fanfic. So basically, what everyone else said :)
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