May. 12th, 2010

asatira: (stories)
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Largely indifferent. I appreciate it, but I never really got into reading fanfics, especially anime based fanfics, largely because I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep characters straight. This meant I only read a few fanfics of series like Ranma 1/2 and Sailor Moon, the ones with loads and loads of characters. Also, if I don't know the series very well, I feel even more intimidated about reading a fan's version of the story/series. And the quality often varies wildly.

I also tend to like the original stories as presented and don't feel the need to read some other version of a perfectly fine story.

Having said that, I do like to read fanfics for series I do like a lot and know pretty well, usually via word of mouth. If somebody has come up with an interesting point of view or tweak to an aspect, and does it well, I'm all for reading it. And there are a few points in the source series that could have been done better or weren't explored, and fanfics fill that in well.

So, I'm not a big fan, but I appreciate their place. If I find a good one, or one is pointed out to me, I'll read it happily. Hell, one of these days, I'll get around to finishing the handful that I have floating in my head.

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