A Fan of My Father’s Fiction

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“Ooh Mister X” is an exploitable comic series based off a webcomic by artist Kate Beaton. The comic depicts a man who arrives home, takes off his shirt, and causes everyone within a 20 mile radius to experience ecstasy while he makes love to a woman (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ooh-mister-x).

I am not alone in thinking fan fiction is an odd phenomena. In the process of looking up information about a favorite TV show about a year or more ago, I came across a fan fiction site for the first time. I was amazed at the number of books, movies, TV shows, comics, video games and just about anything else that has a narrative attached to it turned into something so…different.

Are the people who write fan fiction truly inspired and have simply let their imaginations loose as a result, or are they just … frustrated? Maybe it’s because they feel the authors and screen writers did not resolve the end of a story as they thought it should have ended, or that the story did not go in a direction they thought it ought to go?

The salacious takes I found particularly strange. It made me wonder if I had missed something in the original. Anyway, it seems too many people are concerned with getting their super-freak on more than anything else.

All of it seemed so odd until I started reading my late father’s short stories and became inspired, from the purest sense of the word. My father’s writing and photography is often my muse.  Perhaps for similar reasons people adapt another’s work, or mimic a writing style, or are moved to create works of fan fiction, I have reworked a couple of his pieces. I added exposition, sometimes changed circumstances, or added characters. But unlike many fan fiction writers, my goal was to maintain the essence of his narrative; the story he was trying to tell. Most importantly, I tried to preserve his particular voice.

If you are interested in seeing how I fared, check out the following two efforts thus far: “Helen’s Plan” and “Red Bird”.

3 thoughts on “A Fan of My Father’s Fiction

  1. That Mr. Darcy (or whoever it is) is quite “The Man”. Even with his cravat on! Haha!

    Some fan fiction will make couples of actors who just work well together. For instance, I just discovered from watching “The Graham Norton Show” that apparently there has been a flurry of fan fiction with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy from “X-Men” living as a couple. Personally I think they look well together and apparently so did many would be authors and artists! 🙂

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    1. You should check out the site for some other funny takes on that comic. I liked Fassbender and McAvoy in that film, too, but I guess I didn’t see anything beyond the bro-mance. Some fan fiction is actually interesting, though.

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