WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Fan Fiction or fanfic is any work which exaggerates, modifies, or rewrites the work of another with new storylines, characters, alternative endings, beginnings and substitutes sets of morals, principles or sexual politics. Fanfic also involves when people take characters from one movie or franchise and puts them in another, this process is called a cross over.
DID YOU KNOW?
For the past few years, fanfiction has become an internet sensation. It has altered and replaced different subcultures including gaming, movies, and television. Fanfic numbers are rising. Posts on different websites that are dedicated to fanfic in general or fanfiction of series, books, films, or games number by the millions. So much so that even the best fanfiction downloaders are a hot commodity. This trend that has lasted for years will continue to flourish and right now it’s looking like sky is the limit. But, did you know that people are terrified of fanfiction and its exponential growth in popularity? Scotland Yard wrote, “the problem with fanfiction and the fandom that they develop a level of devotion to the contents of these media. It reaches a point where the growing numbers no longer treat it as entertainment. They find it impossible to divorce fantasy from reality.” Another cause for concern is the younger audience involved in fanfiction. They cater to the sexualization of fictional works written for children. The explicit heterosexual, homosexual, and violent sexual versions of famous media can be read by almost anyone. Children are learning about age-inappropriate terminologies and practices from reading these works. Plus, it separates people from their own personal lives due to the countless hours spent on reading fanfics. Only time will tell if this continues to be a problem.