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Mar 18 2011

Don’t Let the Story End

by Jimmy L

Fan fiction is generally defined as fiction about stories, worlds, and characters written by fans of an original work, rather than by the original work’s creator.  You can find many works of fan fiction on websites such as FanFiction.net, based on works as diverse as The Great Gatsby to Star Wars.   It’s not the most respected of genres, usually seen as derivative and amateur.  But who hasn’t wished, at the end of a book, movie, or TV show, to spend just a few more hours with these characters to whom you’ve invested so much emotion?  It’s totally understandable that a true fan would have little choice but to pick up pen and paper (or laptop) and start jotting away.

Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, fan fiction is produced that reaches that high bar set by the original works.  There are many examples of these in the form of published fiction, and here are just a few:

Do you know of any others?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen March 18, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I avoid sequels to great books and film, especially after reading Mrs. DeWinter (sequel to Rebecca) by Susan Hill and Blade Runner 2 (Blade Runner film; actually became a series of books). But here are some that I’ve read or know about:

Godfather series – a series of sequels based on Mario Puzo’s The Godfather;

Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley (Gone With the Wind) – This book lead to a trend of sequels to classic literature, if I recall correctly. (The Wind Done Gone, a parody, might fall into this discussion);

Scrooge and Cratchit (A Christmas Carol) by Matt McHugh – A short story about the titular characters’ doomed partnership. Available free online;

A Christmas Belle (A Christmas Carol) by Claudia Johnson and Matt Stevens – An earnest sequel taking up after Scrooge’s visit with the three spirits, where he must make amends with one last person;

Nemesis (The Untouchables) by William Bernhardt – Based on Eliot Ness’ last major case, Ness is on the trail of a serial killer who preys on the destitute of Cleveland, Ohio.

Jimmy L March 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Thanks Stephen. I just found another one: Friday by Michel Tournier (based on Robinson Crusoe), but DCPL doesn’t carry this book.

Cathy March 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

I love these. Another one is March by Geraldine Brooks that is based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

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