Good Reading : June 2009
categorical real fa Ho c f and Wizardry. Ron plays seeker in the Quidditch World Cup. Hermione falls for Draco Malfoy during Potions class. Platform nine and three-quarters is discovered by a muggle. Lord Voldemort is Harry’s ather. H H No, J K Rowling isn’t throwing around ideas for an eighth instalment of the ‘Harry Potter’ series. These are just some of the fan fiction stories inspired by her work. Browse through the list of stories on fanfiction.net, one of many online archives with hundreds of thousands of fan-written stories, and it becomes clear that this is not just a hobby for bored teenagers. Although the Harry Potter archive is one of the biggest, plenty of adult readers and writers are ensuring their favourite books aren’t being ignored. Alongside new stories set in the fictional worlds of The Devil Wears Prada, Memoirs of a Geisha and even Angela’s Ashes are tales inspired by Shakespeare, Austen and Conrad. As the name suggests, fan fiction is a genre of fiction written by the fans, for the fans of a particular book (or TV show or movie). Fan writers reshape or expand their favourite works, taking existing characters, settings or plots and creating their own stories. Fan writers may attempt to fill holes in the story or completely endin B clea A Sha nam itte change the ending, add new characters or transfer original ones into different settings, tease out subplots or even merge the storylines of two different books. but writers most co atson. Anything is possible in the realm of fan fiction commonly explore romantic pairings not found in the original. Jo March accepts Laurie’s proposal; Ar Aragorn falls for Éowyn; and sometimes, just sometimes, Sherlock Holmes declares his love for Watson 16 goodreading ı JUNE 2009 e enth ELIZABETH PATON explores the intense and controversial world of fan fiction.