It's a well-known fact that fanfiction lets you play with the raw materials of your favorite videogame or TV series. But did you know it can also provide excellent practice for aspiring fiction authors? Vanessa Cohen details how fanfiction made her a better writer.
The Fanfiction Issue
You may think fanfiction is a laughable attempt at literature. But did you know you've probably already paid good money for it? Dillon Sinnott examines the phenomenon of "corporate fanfiction," when a company ditches the canon to make a quick buck.
Let's be honest: Making fun of fanfiction is like shooting fish in a barrel. But according to a few fanfiction writers from The Escapist's forums, that may be missing the point. Peter Parrish speaks with three "fans of fanfiction" about what makes the medium special (if occasionally a little cringe-inducing).
Many JRPGs feature complex stories involving ensemble casts of dozens of characters. But one game went a step further: It let you play interstellar matchmaker. Brendan Main examines the fanfiction-inspired relationship mechanics of tri-Ace's Star Ocean: Second Story.