Prompt: Fan Fiction as Prompt


Fan fiction sounds like a relatively new phenomenon, but the reality is that transformative fiction has been around as long as there have been stories to tell. Some examples include Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Bible stories, and Wicked. For some reason, we as a society don’t categorize these (and others) as fan works, fan fiction or transformative fiction.

Granted there’s a legality with copyright, but I’m confident that this will adapt with the times and the movement towards more mainstream idea/world/’verse sharing.

What is the true difference between fan fiction and literary adaptation? Money? Unions? Those of us who engage in this type of writing know it’s not love or respect of the original work.

This literary movement will continue moving forward and with online becoming so prevalent in most of our lives, this “trend” that’s not really a trend isn’t going away but developing and growing and authors should get used to it and join the ever expanding interpretative and interactionary world that encompasses their fan base, not as their equals but somewhat as their collaborators, seeing the big picture through a new set of eyes.

Keeping this in mind, today’s prompt has to do with transformative works. Three prompts to choose from:

If you could change the ending of any fictional book (that you loved), which one would it be and how would you change it?

Which loved character would you bring back from the dead and how?

Your favorite TV show was just cancelled. What plot line would you like them to follow when they bring it back because of all the fan clamoring?

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