Quotes on FanFiction

This is part of something I am working on (at the time of writing this). One of the books I am trying to write is about fanfiction and one section – more of an appendix – is quotes that related to fanfiction in some way. So In hopes to get get more in the comment section from your dear readers is the ones I have collected. Many are from Goodreads and others are from some articles that I read.

If you have anymore feel free to drop them in the comment section.

“Fan fic texts are very diverse and it is difficult, if not impossible, to draw any general conclusions from them”

Berit Astrom

“Fanfiction is indeed an excellent tool for those who are learning to write, as well as for those who are striving to improve.”


“There’s a time and place for everything, and I believe it’s called ‘fan fiction’.”

― Joss Whedon

“Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.”

― Lev Grossman

“I adore the way fan fiction writers engage with and critique source texts, by manipulating them and breaking their rules. Some of it is straight-up homage, but a lot of [fan fiction] is really aggressive towards the source text. One tends to think of it as written by total fanboys and fangirls as a kind of worshipful act, but a lot of times you’ll read these stories and it’ll be like ‘What if Star Trek had an openly gay character on the bridge?’ And of course the point is that they don’t, and they wouldn’t, because they don’t have the balls, or they are beholden to their advertisers, or whatever. There’s a powerful critique, almost punk-like anger, being expressed there—which I find fascinating and interesting and cool.”

― Lev Grossman

“Some people are born to fandom, others have fandom thrust upon them.”

― Nenia Campbell, Nostalgia Trip

“Alright. I’m over on the dark side. You’d better have the cookies I’ve been promised.”

― Danika Stone, All the Feels

“Imagine for a moment that you are the proud owner of a large house which you have spent years of your life painting and decorating and filling with everything you love. It’s your home. It’s something you’ve made your own, something for you to be remembered by, something that, perhaps years later, your children and grandchildren can visit and get a view of your life in. It’s part of your creativity, your hard work… it’s your property.

Now suppose you decide to go camping for a couple of weeks. You lock your door and assume that nobody is going to break in… but they do, and when you return home, to your horror you find that not only do these trespassers break in, but they also have quite uniquely imaginative ways of disrespecting, vandalizing and corrupting everything within your property. They light fires on your lawn, your topiary hedges are in heaps of black ashes. There’s some blatantly obscene graffiti splattered across your front door, offensive images and rude words splashed on the walls and windows. Your television has been tipped over. Your photographs of family and friends have had the heads cut out of them. There’s mold growing in the refrigerator, bottles of booze tipped over on the table, and cigarette smoke embedded into the carpeting. Your beloved houseplants are dead, your furniture has been stripped down and ruined. Basically, the thing you’ve spent years working for and creating within your lifetime has been tampered with to the point where it is just a grim joke.

So, I feel terrible for poor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll, who must be spinning in their graves since they have no rights to their own works of fiction anymore. I’m all for readers being able to read books for free once and only when the deceased author’s copyright eventually ends. Still though, did Doyle ever think in a million years that his wonderful characters would be dragged through the mud of every pervy fanfiction that the sick internet geek can think of to create? Did Carroll ever suspect that Alice and the Hatter would become freakish clown-like goth caricatures in Tim Burton’s CGI-infested films? Would Austen really want her writing to be sold as badly-formatted ebooks?

The sharing of this Public Domain content isn’t really an issue. Stories are meant to be told, meant to echo onward forever. That’s what makes them magical. That being said, in the Information Age, there’s a real lack of respect towards the creators of this original content. If, when I’ve been dead for 70 years and I then no longer have the rights to my novels, somebody gets the bright idea of doing anything funny with any of those novels, my ghost is going to rise from the grave and do some serious ass-kicking.”

― Rebecca McNutt

“Fandom has a nasty tendency to absorb the surface appearances of a thing without ever bothering to internalize its underlying message.

Huh. I guess it is just like a religion”

― Fred Van Lente, The Con Artist

“No use provoking the die-hard fans if you didn’t have to.”

― Danika Stone, Internet Famous

“Of course I know what she means. To make art in fandom is to follow your passion at the risk of never being taken seriously. I’ve written dozens of fics-put them together and you’d have several novels-but who knows what a college admissions officer will think of that as a pastime. Where does 12,000 Tumbler followers rate in relation to a spot in the National Honor Society in their minds? Every week I get anonymous messages in my inbox telling me I should write a real book. Well, haven’t I already? What makes what I do different from “real writing”? Is it that I don’t use original characters? I guess that makes every Hardy Boys edition, every Star Wars book, every spinoff, sequel, fairy-tale re-telling, historical romance, comic book reboot, and the music Hamilton “not real writing”. Or is it that a real book is something printed, that you can hold in your hand, not something you write on the internet? Or is “real writing” something you sell in a store, not give away for free? No, I know it’s none of these things. It’s merely this: “real writing” is done by serious people, whereas fanfiction is written by weirdos, teenagers, degenerates, and women.”

― Britta Lundin, Ship It

“Irritated fans produce fanfic like irritated oysters produce pearls.”

― Anne Jamison, Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World

“Fanfiction isn’t copying – it’s a celebration. One long party, from the first capital letter to the last full stop!”

― Jasper Fforde, One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

“Well, who doesn’t love a good mpreg?”

“A what?”

“Sim gets man-pregnant? Gives birth to twins during a tornado?”

“I’ll pretend I never heard that.”

“Here, I’ll read you the wedding one -“


― J.C. Lillis, How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

“I was not alone. Like a lot of other queer millennials, fanfiction was my first introduction to queer sex and provided lessons that my sex ed teachers dare not speak. Where the education system failed us, our fellow horny teens stepped up.”

“Smutty Fanfiction Taught Me More About Queer Sex Than School Ever Could Where the education system failed us, our fellow horny teens stepped up.” Lauren Strapagiel, October 15, 2019

“I am one man with a laptop. When I give the world my characters, it’s because I don’t want to keep them for myself. You don’t like what I made them do? Fucking tell me I’m wrong! Rewrite the story. Throw in a new plot twist. Make up your own ending.”

― J.C. Lillis, How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

“But I don’t want to write my own fiction,’ Cath said, as emphatically as she could. ‘I don’t want to write my own characters or my own worlds — I don’t care about them. . . . I’d rather pour myself into a world I love and understand than try to make something up out of nothing.”

― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“When I was still in One Direction, fans would write stories based on me and the other lads and publish them online, it’s crazy to think that we inspired so many different stories and the opportunity for so much creativity from so many people all over the world.”

― Zayn Malik, Zayn: The Official Autobiography

“The ones that landed near the bathroom are Bad Tolkien imitations or transcripts of a D&D adventure; bad Herbert, Heinlein, and Asimov are below the television; and these on the bed are the ones whose authors I want to hunt down personally and slap.”

― Sharyn McCrumb

“In truth, it is the act of amassing such details — and discussing them — that breeds the intimacy, but not between the fan and the fangirl: rather, between the fangirls themselves, who are bound together by their curiosity for this otherwise meaningless knowledge.”

― Abby Norman FANGIRLS A Journalist Explores The Modern World of Fandom

“The difference between fanfic and a “real” novel is that fanfic is honest about its inspiration.”

― Mary Robinette Kowal

“You don’t have any friends, your sister dumped you, you’re a freak eater..and you’ve got some weird thing about Simon Snow.”

“I object to every single thing you just said.”

Reagan chewed. And frowned. She was wearing dark red lipstick.

“I have lots of friends,” Cath said.

“I never see them.”

“I just got here. Most of my friends went to other schools. Or they’re online.”

“Internet friends don’t count.”

“Why not?”

Reagan shrugged disdainfully.

“And I don’t have a weird thing with Simon Snow,” Cath said. “I’m just really active in the fandom.”

“What the fuck is ‘the fandom’?”

― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“Fandom, after all, is born of a balance between fascination and frustration: if media content didn’t fascinate us, there would be no desire to engage with it; but if it didn’t frustrate us on some level, there would be no drive to rewrite or remake it.”

― Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

“A lot of fans are basically fans of fandom itself. It’s all about them. They have mastered the Star Wars or Star Trek universes or whatever, but their objects of veneration are useful mainly as a backdrop to their own devotion. Anyone who would camp out in a tent on the sidewalk for weeks in order to be first in line for a movie is more into camping on the sidewalk than movies. Extreme fandom may serve as a security blanket for the socially inept, who use its extreme structure as a substitute for social skills. If you are Luke Skywalker and she is Princess Leia, you already know what to say to each other, which is so much safer than having to ad lib it. Your fannish obsession is your beard. If you know absolutely all the trivia about your cubbyhole of pop culture, it saves you from having to know anything about anything else. That’s why it’s excruciatingly boring to talk to such people: They’re always asking you questions they know the answer to.”

― Roger Ebert, A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck

‘Fanfiction is a great incubator for writers’

Naomi Novik

“She’d just thrown gasoline on the fire. Now it was up to fandom to keep it burning.”

― Danika Stone, All the Feels

“While the concept of the muse is noteworthy, the development of the muse has changed substantially in today’s online world. The tables have practically turned as the artist who is responsible for creating music in today’s world is now being the muse to others. They have been responsible for the creation of “fan art,” a style of performance where people create new forms of media based off of existing creations.

It was originally that the muse was what prompted the artist to create something new. Today it has changed to where the artist is the muse to others in society.”

― Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, CELLOGIRLS: Identity and Transformation in 2CELLOS Fan Culture

“The coolest thing about fandom is the friendships made along the way with people who share your passions.”

― Jacquelyn Middleton, London Belongs to Me

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