The Internet’s come a long way since I first began using a computer. Actually, now that I think about it, I think the ‘Net was still reserved for academia way back then. My recollection of surfing the ‘Net, as the saying goes, and interacting with others only goes back to somewhere around 2000. That’s not to say it wasn’t an active place before that, I know it was. I just wasn’t participating.
My journey of a million + clicks began with fan fiction.
I love to read. I’m a fast and voracious reader. Within a year of moving to North Texas, I’d gone through almost everything in our local library that tickled my fancy and we couldn’t really afford to keep me in books. One day, I was lamenting my lack of reading material and my husband suggested I hunt up some fan fiction on the Internet.
For those of you who may not know what fan fiction is, it’s fiction written by a person who is a fan of a particular TV show, movie, book, video game, or whatever (and I do mean whatever). There’s massive amounts of it on the World Wide Web. If you’re curious just pull up your favorite search engine and type in fan fiction and the fandom of your choice—the TV show “Castle” for example. See what pops up.
But back to my tale…where was I? Oh, yeah. Reading material on the Internet. The first thing I looked up was Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction. Our family had been watching the show, so it was an obvious place to start. I was in heaven!
One thing led to another and I was reading all kinds of stuff.
So, as you can probably guess, my favorite places on the web have to do with fan fiction… I started off at FanFiction.net, but now read almost exclusively via LiveJournal and Archive of Our Own (AO3).
So tell me…have you heard of fan fiction? If so, do you read it? If you do, what’s your favorite fandom?