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All About Fanfiction Meme

Haven’t posted for a while, so here’s a fanfic meme!  Stolen from monarchist.  It seemed interesting, and there’s a bunch of people on the flist these days who are relatively new, so… 

 

1. How about a brief introduction of yourself?
I’m Sinnatious.  That’s not my RL name, obviously, but it was the username I first came up with when making my first online profile, and I’ve stuck with it for a good ten years now.

2. Fabulous! And what got you into fan fiction to begin with?
I’ve always been writing stories, since about sixth or seventh grade.  Fanfiction, however, didn’t come onto the radar until I finished high school.  There didn’t seem to be much of a process to it – I did a google search looking for Rurouni Kenshin fanart, wound up finding fanfiction, read a bit, decided I liked it, then started writing it.

3. I see, so what kind of fan fiction do you like to write?
Melodrama and tragedies, but I write all types.

4. Do you tend to write the same pairings/characters? Or are you a fandom whore?
I have a main character fixation.  Whatever I write, it will almost always feature whoever the protagonist is for a particular game or series.  Probably because if I don’t like the main character of a series, I won’t like the series enough to spend time on fanfic for it.

5. What is your most popular fan fic and why do you think people like it so?
Probably The Fifth Act, due to the fact it’s gen and in a larger fandom than any of my other stories.

6. Forget other people, what is the fan fiction you're most proud of?
Tempting to say The Fifth Act again, simply because it’s the most recent longfic.  Outside of that, maybe A Traditional Ninja Romance, it’s stood the test of time in my esteem better than most.


7. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What are the most difficult aspects of writing you struggle with?
Easy – the hard part is writing something good.  Pacing is an ongoing challenge for me, especially in the middle parts.  I struggle with a tendency to fall into passive voice and with using repetitive sentence structure, too.

8. Write a few sentences about your favorite pairing or character.
I’m mostly active in FF7 fandom at the moment, so I’ll talk about that.  Cloud’s a fascinating character, in that he becomes the hero, has all the physical trappings and abilities of the hero, yet despite it all never develops the personality of one.  He didn’t care that much about the planet – he went after Sephiroth for revenge.  He didn’t have particularly noble reasons for wanting to become stronger before Nibelheim either.  …This actually probably just boils down to me liking anti-heroes, but likable, well developed anti-heroes are surprisingly rare.


9. Are there any fan fiction cliches/trends that you can't stand or you're just sick of?
I’m a bit tired of disability!fic.  Where x character is horribly injured/blinded/paralysed/deafened and y character nurses them through rehabilitation or helps them learn to cope.  I’ve seen it done badly too many times, instead of a story about a struggle to deal with a massive life change it’s become a kinkmeme fill that leads to fluff and angst and eventually romance.


Also, the ‘I’m pregnant’ twist.  Het, slash, doesn’t matter, I drop almost any story with it immediately.  Characters almost always seem to undergo massive personality changes when this happens, and are no longer the characters you knew and loved, and a heap of the story focus shifts to this new character who won’t be particularly interesting for a good four or five years yet.  Actually, this is true in real life too.

 

10. Are you guilty of any of the fan fiction cliche/trends? Or any other ones?
I wrote a time travel story.  And a vampire AU.  (Not yet a fanfic with time travelling vampires, but there’s still time.)

11. What was the first fandom you wrote for?
Rurouni Kenshin.

12. Name your OTPs or most frequently written pairings/characters and explain what it is about them you love to write.
A. Tezuka/Ryoma (PoT) – Their dynamic continues to fascinate me.  They’re both character types I typically like, and I’m a sucker for the mentor/student and rivalry type relationships, and this somehow encapsulates both of these things.  It also might be because it feels like Tezuka is maybe the only character Ryoma genuinely respects.

B. Genesis/Cloud (FFVII) – I don’t even know why.  Maybe because even though there are a lot of parallels in their stories, their personalities are complete opposites.  Plus, they have their rivalry with Sephiroth in common.


C.  Zack/Aeris (FFVII) – I don’t really write this per se, but after Crisis Core, I can never bear breaking these two up, even when they’re side characters.

D. Hawk/Angela (SD3) – this is a really old one, but I still ship it.  Two flamboyant flirts (at least in fandom characterisation), the whole country-of-fire and country-of-ice thing, princess and a thief, they’re too much fun.

13. What would you call your "writing style"?
This is a tough one.  Minimalist, maybe – I often skimp on the description and explanation, sometimes to dangerous levels.  Also slow-building.  How these two things work together I don’t know.

14. Do you read other people's fan fic? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?
Lots.  I go on fandom binges every now and again, as well as whatever turns up on the flist that looks interesting.  Recently just wound down from a Harry Potter binge of all things (lots of good time travel and alt dimension stories there), and after watching Junjou Romantica on a whim went on a bender reading all of the Hiroki-centric fanfic of that (considerably more disappointing).

15. Name ONE thing you'd love to write but have been too afraid or shy to do so.
Is there a genre I haven’t tackled yet?  Sometimes I’ll write things and not post them because I’m too shy (typically anything risque or PWPish or stuff that's just below standard), but if I really want to write it I’ll just go ahead and write it.

16. Do you have trouble taking criticism? Or worse yet, do you have the bloated ego?
Seems like a trick question - if you had trouble taking criticism, would you possess the ability to admit so?  Most criticism I receive I normally agree with, except for the criticism which is obviously just a matter of personal preference.  I can, on occasion, justify my way out of criticism, which is a bad habit.  …I might have a bloated ego, but again, it doesn’t seem like one of those things you can easily recognise in yourself.  If you say you don’t, you’re in denial, if you say you do, you’re fishing for compliments… lose-lose situation.


17. When you write, is there anything that helps? Music? Quiet room?
Quiet helps – music normally gets distracting, or worse, randomly changes the pace or the mood of whatever I’m writing.  I also absolutely need a standard old-school PS2 keyboard.  Anything else stuffs up my typing like mad.

18. What inspires you?

For fanfic, inspiration comes from reading or watching something and wishing it went another way.  Sometimes it’s reading a lot of fanfic looking for a particular kind of story to scratch a fandom itch, and if that story doesn’t exist, then I’ll go write it.  Other times, random things people say will cause a brainstorm of plot bunnies.

19. Lastly, how would you sum up your fan fiction experiences and yourself as a writer?

For experiences - Fanfiction’s done a lot of good for me.  I’ve met a lot of people who’ve come to be great friends with it, and it’s improved my writing by leaps and bounds – in no other forum can you get feedback like you do with fanfic.  It’s made me more open to showing other people my writing, too.

Myself as a writer, in one word – selfish.  Even when I know what will make the majority of the audience happy, I’ll create an ending or follow a tangent that pleases just me, and if some other people like it too that's a happy coincidence.  Same with sequels, or rather, the lack of them.  ...I can be quite the lurker on occasion too, which feels rather bad when there are so many people who take the time to comment or review.  It takes something really unique or under-appreciated to rouse me into leaving feedback.



I'd be curious to see some other fanfic writers on the flist tackle this one.  It's always surprising to hear about the fandoms that preceded the ones you share especially!


Comments

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ixtey
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Recently just wound down from a Harry Potter binge of all things (lots of good time travel and alt dimension stories there)

OMG YES. YOU HAVE BEEN READING HARRY POTTER SHDGSHDSDK Any recs? :D

I've always thought you'd started writing fanfic at a much earlier time, like before high school or something. Apparently I'm wrong :P
sinnatious
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Probably nothing new to you? I wound up delving into the back catalogue mostly. (I don't read Drarry, either, isn't that your ship? Usually Snarry, if not gen.)

Surprise! I'm just getting old. Memes are learning experiences!
ixtey
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ehh, I don't know. I've nearly reached the halfway point of gossymer's rec list directory, but it's all h/d so I probably haven't read anything that you're reading.

Yeah, Drarry is a ship of mine... and Snarry, Tom/Harry, Krum/Harry-- well, any ship that involves Harry, actually! XD In most fandoms I typically ship any pairing that has the main character in it.
sinnatious
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Eh, well, here are some of the better ones I found then. They're either Snarry or Gen.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1922112/1/Crumbling_Pedestal
(Snarry, it's a time travel one but a great deal more AFTER Harry gets back from his time travelling)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6404178/1/The_Pumpkin_Scone_Conspiracy
(Snarry, post-war au, generally awesome)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1260679/1/Realizations
(Harry gets abandoned by his relatives then goes into hiding, one of the better examples)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2156663/1/The_World_Without_Me
(Dimension travelling)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1883296/1/My_Place
(Another dimension travelling, Harry gets adopted by the Potters in this one)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1903795/1/So_it_Ends_then_Begins
(Snape and Harry guardian type, starts off with Voldy's death and goes from there)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2104141/1/The_Stag_and_the_Dragon
(Darth Vadar is the Defence Against The Dark Arts Teacher)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1851139/1/H_is_for_Helga
(Snarry, post-time-travel story)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2010083/1/S_is_for_Slytherin
(Sequel to H is for Helga)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5554780/1/Poison_Pen
(Harry uses the Daily Prophet and his Slytherin side to wage a PR war)

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4198643/1/Timely_Errors
(One of the best time travel fics I've read in the fandom)
ixtey
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks for the recs! Time-traveling hooray~ And lolwhat Darth Vader as a DADA teacher I must read that immediately 8D
killiara
Feb. 9th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
EEEE! I just realised, two of the fics listed made my list of favorites, but I forgot to bookmark them and had lost them to the annals of the internet. Thank you!

*runs to read Poison Pen and Realizations*
killiara
Feb. 8th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Seconding the asking about harry recs!
Though, the only time I can stand to get near snarry is when Snape's becoming a parental figure instead of a romantic one.
sinnatious
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
I enjoy those too! The vast majority of Snarry fics are awful, I don't blame you for steering clear. I typically find I only like the post-Hogwarts variety of them.

Anyhow, I put a short list of recs in the reply up above if you're interested.
killiara
Feb. 9th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank You!

And with Snarry, something about the imbalance there makes my fingers itch to call the cops on them. Hard to enjoy something written as light and fluffy when all you want to do is ask if Snape's animagus form is Pedobear.
sinnatious
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
LOL! It's true! (Hahahaha, Pedobear animagus, I wonder if anyone has done fic or fanart of that!)
agentlerain
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
TAKING THIS UP TONIGHT BECAUSE I CAN'T SLEEP JUST YET. :/
sigart
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I totally, totally get the fanfiction itch thing! Gaaaawd! I've even started my own chapter fic because of it, haha, but I'm nowhere near as good as you at updating x_x;

...Also agree on the Tezuka/Ryouma and Zack/Aeris thing. Cannot see why Squeenix thought to change that, they're too perfect for each other.

And, uhm, when you say Drarry and Snarry... you mean Harry is bottoming? Because then I'm just gonna, you know, not read anything -_-; (is very particular about bottom/top roles in some fandoms XD)
sinnatious
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
XD Glad I'm not the only one who suffers strangely specific fanfic cravings!

Well, technically Square didn't break them up? They're just... dead. :/

LOL, I can be fussy about ship orders too, no worries. Though the vast majority of the rec list up there is gen?
sigart
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
I heard Squeenix made a novel of some sort where Aeris and Zack are talking and Aeris thinks to herself or she tells Zack tat she thought she loved Cloud more. It's... the mere concept is very nearly offensive! ...Clearly I'm a fanatic XD

Yeah, but it just so happens that I read HP fics for certain things, and gen is definitely not one of them XD Do you know the feeling? Certain fandoms just seems to perform better in certain genres (or maybe it's just 'cause I prefer the characters to be portrayed in a certain way XD). FFVII, btw, tends to be good for happy-ending-alternatives where Zack doesn't die.

...Yeah, it's pretty amazing I'm still following you >_> If you had made Fifth Act a tradegy, I don't know what I'd hae done. Something drastic. Possibly.
sinnatious
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
D: *DENIES*

XD Fair enough. I tend to like well-written gen wherever I find it, but I can also fully understand getting into certain fandoms exclusively for certain pairings or genres.

...And yes, with your fondness of happy endings, I REALLY don't know why you're still kicking around this journal, given my reputation. :P Seems a bit like playing with fire.
sigart
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Mmh, I checked out the Poison Pen you recced, and I did like that :P I just wish it had been continued a -little- bit XD

Haha, I didn't know of your rep at all before I was well into Fifth Act and by then I guess it was too late. I guess you're just that good. Besides, you do make happy endings... sometimes :P
sigart
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
Also, it's not "hanging around" it's "obsessively checking" XD
sinnatious
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
LOL, 'It's a TRAP!'
teekoness
Feb. 11th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I never really understand why some writers feel that to ascribe value to one relationship they must detract it from another. It's like saying that my grandfather he loved my step-grandmother more than my grandmother, or vice versa. It's perfectly possible to love or be in love with two people over the course of one's life and love them equally albeit in a different way.

I suppose it's for the same reason it's for the same reason as why they think break ups must always have one person being the bad guy.
sigart
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
No, I understand perfectly well. It just works different in fiction XD
teekoness
Feb. 11th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know you do. I suppose I'm just venting.
teekoness
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
I suspect you've got only part of the reason why Fifth Act is so popular. From my perspective, it seems to be largely because has some popular concepts like Cloud time-traveling and joining SOLDIER, while keeping the fact he has many reasons to despise Sephiroth and avoiding him being in his younger body. I suspect a lot of people were craving this. Add to this strong pacing, considerable writing abilities, talent for characterization, a sense of humour, and you've got a winner.

It seems like your inspirations are almost identical to my own. I wonder if it's similar with other fic writers.

I have to admit one of my favourite things to read about is about the writing process, the experience, the thoughts behind it, and the inspiration. I'll have to do my own.
sinnatious
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Well, I was talking more in context of popularity versus other fics I've written. I normally write in much, much, much smaller fandoms. But thank you for the lovely compliments anyway, I never tire of them. ;)

The meme has started doing the rounds, it does seem to be a frequent theme from what I've seen so far! This is valuable data. Looking forward to reading your response.
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