But the funny thing about that is we (as readers/viewers) sometimes miss out on information that might have been interesting. The author didn’t think it was, but fans? Most fans will soak up content like a sponge (see: LotR extended editions, cutscenes, etc). And so we’re likely to ask ridiculous questions like “What is laundry day like at Avengers Tower?” - not because it’s important to the narrative, but because we’re curious.
Not to mention: every narrator is an unreliable narrator. Especially the ones who seem the most straightforward. Which means there are a wealth of stories not being told hiding right behind the story that is.
Which, I think, gives an inkling of the primary difference between original fic and fanfic: original fic is declarative, saying “here is the story, these are the important events and characters and aspects of the world,” while fanfic is exploratory (even when it’s got a cracking good plot).
Fanfic exists in the interstices, in the ellipses and the enjambment. Fanfiction exists in the moment before the wave function collapses. A transformative work doesn’t actually transform the original media it is based off of (because the original medium exists in a fixed state and cannot be literally changed by fans unless the canon creators allow it to be so) so much as take the essential structure of the narrative and the characters and twist it, turn it, rotate and reflect it until we’ve built a fractal around it.
JESUS FUCK THIS HAS HOW MANY NOTES??
When you get to the end of a story and want to fill in all the blanks, that’s not necessarily the sign of a lack in the original. Sometimes it’s just because you don’t want to leave this amazing new world that has been created!
Halloween Party: Horror Story Writing Contest – Sponsored by evilsupplyco
Do you love writing? Think you can scare the IGGPPC Staff? Want to win some delightfully creepy stationery?
If the answer to those questions is ‘YES!’ then you should enter our Horror Story Writing Competition which is sponsored by the super villains over at Evil Supply Co! We have decided to launch this competition early to give everyone plenty of time to get their thinking caps on and get writing!
To enter all you have to do is write a short horror story that incorporates five of the elements listed below…the scarier you make the story, the better! Everyone who submits will receive an achievement code for participation!
WORD LIMIT: 1000 words
PROMPTS: Your story should include at least FIVE of the following elements, how they are used is up to you!
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DEADLINE: All stories MUST be sent to email@example.com by 12pm GMT on October 29th with the subject “IGGLE HORROR STORY”. Please include your name and website username in your email! Winner will be announced on Saturday 1st October!
READY? SET? SCARE!