Ultimately, in his review I ’ ll start with something else.Since this is a super ong review, especiall for me, I ’ ll divide it into 3 parts, and you should read whatever you like: Part 1: Presenting fanfiction as training wheels for “ real ” writing: Thi book bring the message that people write fanfiction because it is cheape and safer, and some bravery is all that get them from the real deal, which mus be uch more atisfying.
ome people enjoy writing fanfiction, but ave no passion for creating original writing, and there is othing wrong with thi.
Fanfiction is more about being a part of fandom and sharing your love with others than it is about writing.Part 2: Fandom in this nove: Ugh. I could ’ t decide if it ’ s an unrealistic representation or a complete lack of representation.
he author doesn ’ t expect to realize that the fanfiction community is a COMMUNITY and people are actually interacting and sharing their passion.Part 3: Non-fandom stuff: Mostly well written, especially Cath ’ s truggles with mental illness. -- -But first, some background is in order.
During thes day, I had various ideas for original storie, but ha never passionate enough to write somethin more than a hort tory.
There was just one idea I planned to revisit one day.I considered writing a nove about a fanfiction writer.
And finally, years later, I bega seeing reviews.Most of them said one thing: This wasn ’ t this book about fanfiction writers.
It ha a generic, coming-of-age story.Now I ’ ve read nove and know this is ll true.
What put me off were some terrible ideas this book was trying to push.Part 1: Presenting fanfiction as training wheels for “ real ” writing
Another ook, through the character of Professor Piper, is attempting to tell us that original fiction is the real deal.
She doesn ’ t ant to write original fiction.
She is extremely passionate about a specific fictional world, and she decides to keep playing in it, and she doesn ’ t see he point in doing something she doesn ’ t like and something she doesn ’ t plan to do for a living.YES! Professor Piper has an argument against this – you don ’ t make money out of fanfiction.
And soon, she nds up discovering herself and writing her original story, and anothe book makes it fee like Professor Piper was right.UGH! It reminds me of a post on fanfiction I read ears ago on George R.
It ’ s ot like every single person on he planet wants to e a published uthor and is writing fanfiction to practice for the real hing.
People don ’ t write fanfiction to practice and learn.
They don ’ t think to write original fiction, and it an ’ t really replace their other career, so why do it? When choosing a career path, I see three main questions to consider:1) Are you good at it? 2) Are you passionate about it? 3) Do you have good chances for a secure job that will place bread on the table? If at least two of these are satisfied, you can push through the third.
But in Cath ’ s case, the rofessor is pushing her to pursue fiction writing just because she ’ s ba at it although she doesn ’ t care about it and is likel to have an income out of it.
And that doesn ’ t follo any sense.Not everyone wants to writ their own original books.
But not everyone wants this, and it doesn ’ t mean they are wrong.Also, I have to remember that of course Cath had to rea a story.
So I ’ m happy Cath wrote the story, but I ’ m unhappy the text presented it like she had it in her to wan the brave, hard, real thing.Part 2: Fandom in this nove: The thing that bugged me the most is that Cath is supposed to be popular author with many readers who send her letter and comments, and therefore we never see her interact with online friends.
She doesn ’ t seem like the type of person to go around submitting fanfiction for creative writing assignments, and that is one of the several examples in his book when someone does something very out of character to push the plot forward.) Cath is upset that the professor doesn ’ t explain what fanfiction is and wants to talk to Wren about it, but Wren is unavailable.
Cath feels the need to discuss it, and she never shares it with any of her online friends ( who we are told exist, but it ’ s so hard to understand.) And this shows the author ’ s complete lack of nderstanding of how the fanfiction community works.
Similarly, we see Cath viewing her readers as “ fans ” or “ hits, ” but never as actual friends with whom she shares a great passion and with whom she can talk for hours.Okay, so the author has no nderstanding of how the fanfiction community works.
First of all, if you read novel, you wil wan all fanfiction is slash, or, at least, shipping.
Ofte, she an, but writing completely different characters and bringin them canon names is really not the point of fanfiction.
For starters, the characters and nteractions between them are great though it ight have been nice to see what exactly Levi likes about Cath.Also, it paints vivid picture of the quintessential US college, which is certainly different from higher education institutions in most places in this world, in good, bad, and crazy ways – campus life, the large selection of classes and freedom to experiment with your major, the complete lack of public transport or biking culture and everyone driving ( often trucks!) to com around, rooming with randomly assigned people, sororities and fraternities, this messed up all-or-nothing relationship with alcohol that has led to so many hospitalized kids, professors being extremely nice to the students, etc, etc, etc.
But she is the nly one surprised.Another thing that bugged me about this Fiction Writing class is how the professor never gives Cath any criticism.