If it weren’t for them, I won’t be writing here today.
Because one can never get enough from the original series. Because one wants to recreate fantasy with their favourite character. Because -gosh- there aren’t enough fan-fiction of the hottest OTP (meaning ‘one true pair’, a favourite pairing of characters in a fandom).
Torture can be redefined as reminiscing my fangirl days. As a new Korean-pop boy-band has just debuted two days ago, I am reminded of one boy-band which I was once very obsessed with. I won’t say much about the members, or the songs, or the commercials they were in. As what the title says, I will highlight on fan-fictions.
Yes, it is very embarrassing. Please understand and have sympathy on me as I was in my early teens. However I cannot deny the solid truth, that fan-fictions have helped me in so many ways.
- They gave me ideas.
Don’t get me wrong for plagiarising them in my English essays -they are too beautifully written for me to do that. Many ideas popped into my mind in that span of time reading and writing fan-fictions. I remember researching so much as I was in the process of writing one at a time. I had tabs open from the Korean War back then to the futuristic technology years ahead. All these research, just for a fan-fiction.My favourite part of forming a story was crafting a plot twist. The art of doing it is hard to master. Thank you fan-fictions for guiding me.
- They pushed me to read even more.
The books on the shelves of bookstores were starting to copy each other, especially on Dystopia. I was bored with them as endings were starting to be more and more predictable.Now many people think that fan-fictions share the same outline and I have to agree on that. Yet for this case, the fandom I was in, or the fan-fictions I chose to read (and later write) were different. They go by the name of fan-fictions because they borrowed the names from that boy-band for their characters. The plot and the characteristics of the characters vary otherwise.
- They helped me with my English.
Truly they did. A free English lesson on expressions and writing excellent descriptions at the tips of my fingers. I gained bucketfuls of vocabulary, pretty much more than what I have learnt from school.
- They perpetuated my passion for writing.
I never really have the guts to share what I wrote. Even my first fan-fiction took me loads of convincing from myself. When my first uploaded fan-fiction surprisingly got good feedback, I was overjoyed. It boosted my confidence, and I proceeded to write further.
I completely stopped writing fan-fictions now, I even took them down except for ones that were translated. For now, I am looking at writing in another light. Nonetheless I really want to thank EXO and the fandom. If it wasn’t for them, that seed of passion that was planted in me would never grow.