cheat, from <lj user="erin_giles">, firefly


Fan fiction. I remember writing fan fiction at university. We all wrote fan fiction, although we didn't call it that. It was plot driven, character driven, usually slotting in around the sides of episodes we had already seen. It was all about the science fiction.

I feel old. When I was at university we didn't use the internet - I recall the first internet terminal we had at university, the first email addresses that were issued. Very few people had email addresses those first few years. We transferred our fiction on computer disks and made little A5 magazines for ourselves.

Maybe that's why I've hit my thirties before finding fan fiction on the internet.

We didn't criticise anyone's work; we rarely complimented anyone's work. It was difficult enough to get sufficient numbers of stories to make publication worth our while. A lot of it was so, so bad. Some was amazingly good. It was still worth reading it all, just for the few excellent stories.

For me, enjoyment is all about the writing.

There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all. (Oscar Wilde)
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