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      31.05.2012 23:58
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      A site I still see myself using in the future.

      Fanfiction.net was one of the first sites I've ever joined. It still remains one of the most popular sites that writers use to gain an audience. It's been used by millions and has left a huge mark on the writing community. There's been many changes to the site since I joined in 2006, but the overall experience has remained unchanged; still easy to navigate, still maintains a simplistic layout, still has a lot to offer to readers and writers.

      Fan Fiction are strange stories using concepts, characters, or universes from popular culture, fiction and fantasy and putting your own twist to it. They don't accept original stories or non fiction, although they have a sister site, Fiction Press where you can post original stories. An example of fan fiction would include someone other than J.K Rowling writing a story about Harry Potter and his friends going to the pub.

      Originally the website was open to anyone who claimed to be under 18, but conveniently put the age limit down to 13, the NC-17 rating was removed and all stories of such rating demolished, although some of these fics were just changed into the M rating. Songfics (stories that copy and paste lyrics from a song to add atmosphere to their story) and stories with celebrities and real people in have been banned from the site to save trouble with copyright infringement acts. A lot of this all happened before I joined though, but I was around when they experimented with servers and added a lot of features to the site, such as avatars, an improved crossover section and a more efficient search engine.

      Although the policies seem quite strict, I've never heard of anybody getting banned unless it was for plagiarism or posting a fan fiction where the original writers or creators did not give permission to write fan fiction. Anne Rice is one of the most famous examples of this, although many people argue that she's being a hypocrite because they think she's writing religious fan fiction. I enjoyed her book Interview With A Vampire, but I wouldn't write fan fiction for it.

      I do wish I joined the site before they had all these bans. I read a USA TODAY article from 2001 where they mentioned a story about Charlotte Church being a superhero. That would have been some read. On the other hand, there's an exceptional amount of content on the website, both good and bad. I find it quite hard to recommend which stories of the site I think is the best, I think it all depends on what things you're in to.

      I have been both a reader and a writer for this site. There is no money involved, which is understandable. But the years of fun I've had on the site have been priceless: I wouldn't dare put a price tag on it. New users have to wait three days to post anything. This is automatic and it tries to make the staffs' job easy by preventing users signing up to spam up the place.

      As mentioned their is a variety of content and the quality of the stories can be unpredictable. On the plus side, it gives authors the chance to receive feedback and stats for their work. Only the writer of the story can view stats, but all reviews are public unless it's sent via the site's private messaging system.

      What's kept me so interested in Fanfiction.net and it's jargon is being able to see the characters I like in different point of view. I've been able to write some of the most experimental material that I've ever done and in time I have seen great improvement from my writing and feel more confident in my ideas. Fanfiction.net is also a circle to small forums and community which in time can lead you into an online peer group that you'll soar in. I think that's applied to me. I started writing for the site, and then gone on to posting stories on other forums and then eventually writing reviews for this website.

      In all the years I've been a member of the site, there's been many trends on the website. One trend that has been constant is homosexual fiction. If you write about a trending pair in a romantic situation, there's a high chance that you'll be very popular. Most of the writers are very young, although I do suspect that there's some authors on the site that are best-selling author's in disguise.

      If I could change on thing about the site, I would give the site a better layout. It's not 1998 anymore! To conclude my review, I think that this website is legendary and keeps the creative juices flowing in so many other people. One feature that I would absolutely love in the future is a download feature where we can send the fan fiction over to our kindle. Although there are ways of putting fan fiction onto your kindle, I think it quite a tiring process. I've never had any severe problems. There are the odd monkeys here and there, but you kinda get that wherever you go.

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      26.01.2010 13:36
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      Let your fingers do the walking

      I have a confession to make. During my GCSE Chemistry exam, I finished the paper within an hour (was given 2 hours) and instead of checking through my answers, I decided to make up a song. It went something like this....

      (Pretend to sing like a train)

      "Fanfiction, fanfiction, fanfiction wooo wooo "All Aboard!!"

      I'm on the road.....to my addiction...shh! It's a secret!

      It's fanfiction!

      I'm like a bird as I soar through every word.....now I'm off to read...some Harry Potter fanfiction!!

      Wooo wooo!!"

      There were several other verses but it was many years ago and that's the only one that stuck in my memory.

      Anyway, so after I made up this very silly song. I handed my test in, charged up the stairs to the computer room and logged onto fanfiction.net.

      I've been a member since 2005 and I can't remember where I found the site! I still log on now actually, just not as regularly as when I was at school.



      WHAT IS IT?

      Fanfiction.net is a site where anyone can post up their stories - namely fanfics - for their favourite books, film, TV programmes, plays, radio shows...the sky is the limit. You can post poetry, your own song lyrics, one-off chapters (i.e. an epilogue for a book or a random scene you would have liked to see in a movie)

      The site has not changed very much since it was first created. Which I love. The design of the site is similar to Windows Notepad. Very basic and user-friendly. The site is easy to navigate with it's simple links and easy upload features.

      You can search for an author, story or subject you want to find. With options to choose the rating (maturity rating) genre (romance/ adventure...etc) how many words (100,000+ or 30,000....etc) Completed or uncompleted works and characters involved in the fic.

      The site is aimed at youngsters and teens really. So it needs to be kept clean.

      You upload your fanfic chapter by chapter. The members of the site can add you or your stories on their favourites list and subscribe to your updates. The members can also review your chapters. This makes the site so much fun because when you upload a chapter, members will start giving you their feedback.

      Regular writers can also request for a beta - this is a person who will review your work before it is published and will spell/grammar check it. It is completely free and all done on a volunteer basis.

      There are sections for members to chat and discuss each other's work or collaborate their favourite stories.

      I love Fanfiction.net - it is a great site that encourages youth to be creative - how could it be a bad thing?

      10/10 - Love it!!

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        03.06.2009 20:45
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        A great site for anyone who loves to write fan fiction.

        I first stumbled upon this site back in 2007 and since then it's only been getting better. The sign up process is very easy and you hardly have to give any real details. You can choose whatever fandom you want to write in, even writing crossovers, and have other people review your work for you. If you enjoy writing fan fiction, this is certainly the site for you!

        Once you have signed up and confirmed your email address, you have to wait 48 hours before you can post any stories and 24 hours before you can post an avatar (user image). However, during the time you have to wait you can read other people's stories and review them after your account has been active for 24 hours.

        You can post as much or as little information as you wish to on your profile page and post polls as well if you wish. There is the ability to post in forums and friendly communites about whatever subject you wish. You can even create your own.

        The standard of the stories there aren't always amazing but that's how authors improve. Honest, helpful criticism is invaluable to any writer!

        When you upload stories, you have to select a fandom to categorise the story in, give it a rating (eg PG, 12+, etc) and give it a brief summary and then you're away.

        In my opinion, this is a great site for all who like to write fan fiction stories, no matter how long or short they are.

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          22.09.2008 16:43
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          A really good place to start off if you're new in the fanfiction arena.

          Fan fiction. net is one of the best places for authors to post their stories. Mainly because they don't insist on high quality material like most other sites. One of my main issues with other fan fiction sites was how they wouldn't even tolerate a slight dip in the quality of the stories posted. How are we as authors supposed to improve on our writing if we don't get a chance to post our stories and have people critique our work?


          This was what brought me to fan fiction.net and I'm sure this is probably why fanfiction.net is one of the most successful and crowded fan fiction sites online. The best thing about fanfiction.net is its easy to use interfaces. They follow a simple registration and uploading process and thereby reduces the hassles involved in posting a story which are aplenty in other sites.

          Apart from this, they also have a very warm and tight knit community. It is the willingness of other authors to be honest and open about our stories that helps us improve our writing. It has been exactly a year and three months since I joined fanfiction.net and I have met some of the nicest people on that site. Not to mention the huge number of talented writers on it. Their imaginations will simply blow your mind away.

          So if you're contemplating entering the fan fiction world and are looking for an appropriate site to start posting in, look no further- fanfiction.net is the site for you. Even if you fail to attract the attention of readers, you can always introduce yourself in the various communities and request your fellow writers to take a look at your work.

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            29.08.2008 20:11
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            Brings people together in a way many other websites can't

            Fanfiction.Net is probably the most well known site around for those who choose in their free time to write stories based on existing characters in Television Shows, Films, Novels and the like. The nature of the site therefore means that its content is sensitive and in my experience of the site therehave been copyright issues - therefore, in the terms and conditions there are certain categories, shows and authors whose characters you cannot use. This is their prerogative, however, and in comparison to the categories available to write in, the list is almost negligible.

            The site is easily accessible - there is no need to register to read stories, and registration (enabling you to post stories, write in forums and groups, and review stories of others) is again free and easy. There is absolutely no obligation to write stories once registered, but there are many (myself included) who write and update regularly, and in many cases incredibly frequently.

            There is, of course, one major downside to this freedom of registration. Whilst there is a lot of fiction of incredible and almost exceptional quality on the site, you do have to sift through a lot of lower quality work to get to this. For those who are fans of particular shows or films however, this is worth it. In addition, once you discover a particular author whose work you have a particular affinity for, story and author alerts allow you to receive notifications straight into your e-mail inbox which does to a large extent save trawling through endless pages of uploads.

            For those who do choose to write their own stories, the upload process is relatively self-explanatory - a little confusing the first few times it is carried out as it involves uploading the word document on a separate page to that on which the story itself is created, however easy to pick up. There are, by the sensitive nature of the site, a number of terms and conditions which have to be agreed to regularly, however those who write to a large extent understand this and will be willing to agree to these wherever necessary.

            Once you have written and published your work, the ability for readers to review the story has both positives and negatives. It can be a brilliant way to get some constructive criticism from fans of the fandom in which you are writing, and from writers who are more experienced - everyone has to start out somewhere, which is where the amount of lower quality work becomes somewhat easier to accept. However, readers can get quite agressive and leave what are known as "flames" - reviews which are essentially quite horrible. These can be reported and removed, however can be quite disheartening for the more sensitive writer.

            Fanfiction.Net has one other major advantage - whilst not, in the strictest sense, a social networking site, it brings a large number of people together. Personally I have made and developed a number of lasting friendships through the site, and with the development and addition of forums and groups this is encouraged even more. There is also the chance to get work beta read (checked over for grammatical and other faults) by more experienced writers, which again provides the chance for newer writers to develop their work.

            In summary therefore, it provides a brilliant, comprehensive setting in which like-minded people are brought together. Whilst many may see it as trivial, it is in my mind an exceptional website which provides many with a break from the stresses of everyday life, and the chance to develop their creative side!

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              27.05.2008 22:56
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              may be worth a visit one boring sunday morning

              Fanfiction.net allows any Tom Dick and Harry to post their stories online for all to read. 'Fanfiction' refers to fictions written using characters or settings already established in a TV programme, film, book etc. It is extremely unusual for any of the work to actually b published.

              The site is split in to thousands of forum specific to 'fandoms', for example, there will be a forum for CSI fans to publish their work in, and another for Patricia Cornwalls' fans to publish their continuations of her work in.

              As the site allows any person to publish on it, there is a large amount of trash on it- badly written stories which sometimes is VERY cheesy. Sometimes there are a few truly talented writers on there though.

              Each story can be multichaptered, have warning ratings (done under the American system, e.g. M is their equivalent of an 18), and the stories can be reviewed by readers.

              The site has become notorious for breaking down now and then due to bad management, though considering the amount of work on their, its not surprising the webmasters cannot always keep up with it.

              This site is probably something you would visit if you are either bored or a megafan on something.

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                Writing fanfiction can be just as good as the quality of the writer creating it.

                In case anybody's been wondering where I've been spending a lot of my time lately... well, okay, I know nobody has, but I like to live in my little fantasy world in where everything revolves around me. Anyway, around a year ago I got so enthused about an anime series called D.N.Angel and, while doing some research on it, I stumbled onto some fanfiction about the series. I liked the particular one I read and noticed that it was posted on a site called FanFiction.net. So, I started looking closer into the site and noticed there was quite a lot of stuff posted onto the site. After reading a few more stories, I got fired up enough myself to think that I might try to give it a shot and combine my own attempts at writing something about the series I liked in a fictional story of its own, and hey presto, I ended up getting hooked. Now, I have never been a really skilled writer of fiction and the few attempts I have had always ended before they really even began. Thus it has been a nice learning curve to see how actually writing fiction goes instead of just doing factually based reviews and how much evolution is involved into improving one's writing abilities. Admittedly, my early attempts were of a very experimental quality, but since then I've happily noted how much fun writing something else than reviews actually is and my quality has considerably gone up... at least in my eyes. But, before I end up getting into some egotistical rant how fantastic I am, let us get on with the review itself.


                FANFICTION.NET

                FanFiction.net is a spin-off site of FictionPress.com, aimed to provide a free platform for fiction writers to post stories online free of charge. And as the name purports, FanFiction caters directly to fanfiction writers, whereas FictionPress is for original fiction. Now should you not know what fanfiction is, the simple definition is fiction written based on pre-existing characters, storylines or anything else created by somebody else. This can encompass TV series, movies, books, and any other narrative stories created by an outside entity and on which the derivative stories are then based on. Largely fanfiction has a bit of a bad rep for being often terrible in quality, exploitative to the max and sometimes even harmful for the original creators. However, in my own personal perception, that is largely dependant on the writer him/herself. Some people simply write better stories, while others are absolutely terrible at it. As far as I'm concerned, this does not really differ much from anybody else's attempts at writing fiction, as I think we all know if the author sucks then the story sucks, regardless if it is original fiction or fanfiction.

                FanFiction.net has them all. Since the site is completely free of charge to use and, if you just have the patience to sit and wait the two days it takes for your account to become active, there is really no limit how much material you post on site or of what quality it is. In this respect the site can be both a blessing and a curse as anybody can easily set up an account (or five, as there's no real supervision on how many accounts you may have) and start polluting the site with whatever your keyboard spews. Of course, a lot of fanfiction that gets posted is not of that high a quality because of this freedom and some stories are simply horrible, but as always, there are those real gems that are created by people who actually do care for their writing, just like the reviews on Dooyoo go from brilliant to the crap stuck under your shoes. Literary snobs of course will raise their noses at it, but then again, a good story is a good story, regardless if the characters are original or not, right?

                Now, the site itself is fairly plain in appearance and operation. When you enter the main page at www.fanfiction.net, you are faced with a simple white background on which site news and updates are listed on. There is no logo at all, really, and under the blue block on top there is a number of links to different areas of the site, like the forums, a dictionary, a search function, and lists of communities, just-in stories, and beta readers. Even more, under that are further links to different fandoms that are sorted through genres (books, movies, anime/manga, games, etc.). With these it is easy to navigate to different parts of the site and are easily decypherable. Now as a member, an even more important place to check out is your own account page that you can get through the link in the top right corner called "login". Through this link you get to manage your account in any way you want. In here you do everything you need to handle your own participation on the site. You handle your avatars and profile page here. You upload your documents and post your stories from here. You get to manage your alerts, forums, favourite stories/authors and check your stats here. In short, anything you need to do with your membership can easily be handled from this source and everything includes clear instructions on how everything works. Just as long as you follow the instruction, everything should work just fine... even though many don't tend to follow these and end up lost on the site. For me, just doing what I was told to do, everything went just fine and I have not had problems regarding the use of the site at all when I simply applied logic and execution.


                WRITING STORIES

                Now, writing fanfiction is somewhat different to original fiction. With original fiction, you have sole responsibility to make everything in the story work from the story to the characters. With fanfiction you have to take into consideration that you are essentially using somebody else's creations and, to me personally, it is always a mark on the writer's hat if they take this into consideration. I am very resentful towards those writers that either mold the characters into something they are not (as in pretty much making them so hard to recognise to make them practically original) or taking cheap shots at characters they don't particularly like. I always like to look at each character I'm using from all angles and try to make them understandable so that, even though they may end up being somewhat different from what they were originally, there is always a clearly explained reason why they are like that. Thus, I take canon as my starting point and start expanding from the material that is given to me, without making any character just a cardboard cutout. I just like to understand them all and use that to mold the characters in ways that is fitting, while never losing sight of my origins. Unfortunately many don't do this, but then again, those who do are so much the better for it.

                Apart from the canon characters, there are also some writers that like to insert their own characters into the stories. These are usually the most hit and miss aspects about fanfiction writing as many original characters are there just to bolster the writer's ego in making them unbelievable, absurd or simply there that upstage the canon characters by hooking favourite characters romantically with thinly veiled self-inserts or too perfect/tragic characters with magical abilities and stuff. These are referred to as Mary-Sues or Gary-Stus, and are usually frowned upon. An original character can be a great asset to a story, but it is also easy to make a total mess of it, and if you don't have confidence enough in making believable characters that don't draw unnecessary attention to themselves or simply don't fit along with the canon characters, then it is best to just not even try.

                So, now that you have painstakingly written your masterpiece and are happy with it, the next step is to upload the document onto the site through your account page's "Documents" section (which requires you to simply finding the document from your computer and adding it to the site; something everybody has done I'm sure). Now, when the document is uploaded, you get to preview it and edit it (always a recommended thing to do). Should you have used any other format than .txt (a full list of compatible files are listed in the documents section), the formatting you have already done on the text (as in say .doc or .rtf files) transfers to the site automatically, so any italics, bolds and centerings are preserved so you don't have to do everything on site again. Once the text looks finished to you, then just go to "Stories", press the link saying "New Story" and follow instructions. It takes from 15 minutes to an hour for the story to show up and you're all set to go. It's really that simple.


                READING ON SITE

                Now, as a member, there really is no real obligation for you to write stories if you're not comfortable with it. You can just read around the site if you so wish and leave reviews. Or on the other hand, you can just write and not read a thing. The site really has no obligations for you to be really personally attached to the community side if you so wish, though it may gain you some trustworthy readers in the process. Now, when reading a story you can leave feedback on what you thought about the story you just read. These are called "reviews", which can either be critical comments to the writer, or just general comments on the story or chapter or whatever. Every signed-in member is allowed one comment per chapter, while non-members can essentially leave unsigned reviews as many as they want to. However, if the writer has blocked non-members from commenting on their stories, then one really does need to be a member to leave a comment on a story. Also, un-signed reviews are free for the author to delete on their own discretion, while signed reviews have to be reported to site admin if you want it to be deleted (though these are usually reserved for flames). Flaming is something that is generally discouraged and some people are just out to cause mischief by spamming comment threads with useless stuff or cause other harm to writers. Personally, I'm okay with flames as long as they concentrate on criticising the story, but should they cross the line of insulting the writer him/herself, this kind of behaviour should be abolished entirely. Still, leaving reviews can be a good opportunity to give encouragement or constructive criticism for those you think are great writers or on whom you have hope into becoming very good writers (I know this one member who just needed a little nudging to create some of my favourite stories I've read on the site).


                FORUMS

                Forums are the manifestation of the most interactive part of the site. Anybody can set up a forum with no holds barred. How successful that forum will be as regards posters can't be determined. As far as different forums are concerned, there are two types. The first are the fandom based forums that exist within any given fandom and center on that fandom. The others are general forums in which you can discuss anything really, and some are even set up for helping out writers to get help and advice and stuff on their writing. Admittedly, these forums tend to house the people who want to get more from the site, and sometimes there's real competition among forums, resulting in silly dramas and online wars and other immature things like that. I have chatted somewhat in the forums and even ended up in some heated arguments with some other members, but they can be of use every once in a while should you want to delve deeper into the community and mingle with other writers. But again, that is completely optional. In all, the forums are a mixed bag and the quality of them is largely reliant on the people participating in them. This area of the site will definitely not be everybody's cup of coffee, but if you find a forum you enjoy, then there's no real harm in participating every now and again if you feel like it.


                PROBLEMS AND COMPLAINTS

                The site, however, is not perfect. Apart from having to deal with bad writers and people set out to cause mischief, the largest complaint I'd say is the unresponsiveness of the administration. Obviously, as noted by the site updates, things are always on the roll behind the scenes, but whether any complaints you send about the site's operation is actually getting read is anybody's guess. As far as I know there is only one person who truly runs the site's operation (though I'm not sure), thus making this an understandable little flaw, but also brings up the question about how much management or action is actually taken against any complaints. Secondly, the site does at times fall victim to glitches when stories temporarily go AWOL, or the site is generally acting out. These are usually taken care of fairly quickly, but this can be an annoyance at times. Thirdly, there are fandoms that are not listed on site, and these need to be added by the admin. The only way to get this done, however, is to send them an e-mail requesting this addition, which again brings us to problem no.1. Fourthly, with so many different people freely running around the site, sometimes you may end up in clashes you don't want to be in, but this is really fairly easy to avoid if you are not being provocative. Surely, I myself have not often fallen victim to these problems apart from the glitches and the site operation is usually fairly smooth, but you may always expect some difficulties with any site run largely by volunteer help.

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                The site administrative side has recently shown a lot more presence and have done a considerable part in making the site's operation much smoother for the user. This includes for instance what they call the "Story Traffic" function in which you can see how many people are reading your stories and where abouts the world they are doing this, which is quite interesting to find out. Also they've added new e-mail addresses for fandom and character list suggestions to ease their addition. Also your account page is now entirely revamped into a more streamlined whole, though it may require a bit more clicking now than before. But it seems to be pretty straight forward anyhow. There are also plenty of smaller improvements I won't go into here, but it is a good thing to note that the site managers are getting up to working on the site instead of the essential neglect it has been under for the last few years now.


                LASTLY

                However, regardless of any of the negatives mentioned above, I have found FanFiction.net to be a considerably nice place to be. Sure, there is a lot of garbage posted on the site every day, but to lump every fanfic writer into the same stereotype of being people incapable of writing original stories would be an injustice. Why do I write fanfiction? Personally, I just like to work with these characters that I already know and take them to places they never will go and explore their personalities in ways that may never actually get explored with the depth that I'd like. It is to better appreciate what I have come to like about them and try to figure out what makes them tick. It is to see how far I can take them and what can they become without compromising their origins. It simply is fun and I have at the same time proven to myself that writing fiction is only as hard as you let it be. With even a simple story origin, it can always be expanded into something much greater and I feel it has helped me to become a better writer. When another member has offered to translate one of my stories into Spanish, then what else can I say but "damn, I'm good". Just as long as you remember to put a disclaimer up that you don't own any of the non-original elements, then you'll be just fine. Certainly, I love writing fanfiction, and there is no need for people to sneer at it any more than at the stuff spewed out by Stephen King every year. I'll just reiterate, a story is only as bad as the writer is, and a good writer can always write a good story. I, of course, fall squarely into the latter type, as my stories are pure GOLD.

                Don't believe me? Well check out my stories then:
                http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1323621/Berlioz_II

                © berlioz, 2008

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                  i came across fanfiction by accident, whilst looking for something else on google. before that i wouldn't have thought any such thing existed - for a start, i'd have thought it was illegal. but as all the stories have a disclaimer, i guess that keeps the lawyers happy. some of it is actually extremely well written, and in the same style as the original author. some of it is painful and best left alone. some of it is quite surreal. and a lot of it is downright offensive unless you welcome the idea of an intimate relationship between, for example, sam and gollum. in fact, lord of the rings does seem to inspire a lot of fiction involving homosexual love between the characters, but it doesn't end there - like the universe, the imagination is infinite, so we shouldn't be surprised by stories which portray aragorn and legolas as the father and mother respectively, of faramir.. and yes, i did say "mother". maybe the author should have changed the name of the elf to lego-lass....... humour is rife also. pick any situation, and you are likely to find a story based on it, and despite early misgivings, i did chuckle at "the fellowship do the nativity". the "cross-over" stories, like all the others, varied in quality. i couldn't bring myself to read "little hobbits", which tho featuring the little shire folk, was actually based on "little women". maybe one day! but i have to admit, for light reading, a lot of them are quite entertaining. you will find gandalf at hogwarts, or cowboy families like the barkley's meeting up with the cartwrights of bonanza, or the lancers. i spent almost a day searching through the site, not just in the book section, but in the tv section, where i found programmes of my childhood, long since gone (both programmes and childhood unfortunately). it was quite blissful, meeting again my favourite characters in totally new situatio ns. <
                  br> You may even find that you feel inspired to attempt a story of your own, and for any budding author, it's a perfect training ground, because every story has an option for readers to review, and many of the comments are constructive and I would imagine, very helpful to a would be novelist. So if you mourn the loss of Bodie and Doyle, or Starsky and Hutch, or if you feel you could do a better job than the real authors, then fan fiction is definitely for you! It's all good fun, and enough there to keep you occupied for days, so a packed lunch is advisable. And possibly a sleeping bag. Footnote: It was suggested that I should say something about the website itself...well until recently, it has been a bit erratic, and I frequently had problems logging in, or linking. They appear to have done something to combat this tho, and the whole site seems to be working really well.

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