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.