The internet has taken over human-kind, now we cannot escape social media, not even in stories!
And to be honest, I’m quite okay with that.
Look, there is no shortage of stories that depict the perils of social media and with reason since these are very real, but sometimes I just wish for a story that treats the internet like we do- as part of everyday life. In which friendships, romance and self-discovery can become.
I used to hate talking to my friends online or through texts however, when the COVID 19 attacked I had to quickly assess my assumptions. I started to be more active online, eventually finding the TYWI instagram page that let me become part of this awesome team.
You have read “Fanfiction 101: Where to read and post”, found yourself scrolling across FanFiction.net on a lazy Thursday afternoon and realized that there are all these weird words you have no idea what they mean: gen, slash, pre-slash, etc. Most likely, you have found the main genres of fanfiction.
Like all forms of literature there are more genres that you can count: fix-it fic, coffee shop au, modern au, dark fic, hurt/comfort, etc. However fanfiction can be easily classified into two main categories: Gen (that comes from the word “general'') and Slash (that comes from the slash used to identify romantic pairings in AO3 and others).
Gen refers to works that do not focus and/or contains any romantic and/or sexual content. It is also referred to as a category that is “safe for all audiences” however, that is not always the truth. Slash is the opposite, stories that use the label, have two or more characters place in a sexual and/or romantic situation.
You have read “Fanfiction-The Writer’s Playground” by Nate Fahmi and now you want to start reading/writing/publishing fanfics, the problem is you have no idea how to start. Do not fret because Fanfiction 101 is a series in which I will walk you through the things I wish I knew when I had just started reading transformative works.
Today’s article is (like the title says) where to read and post. I will introduce you to some websites, their pros and cons and what type of works are expected from them. If you want a more in-depth explanation of how the sites work I suggest you watch “How to read fanfiction” by ColeyDoesThings.
The next three are the most popular sites and archives in which fanfiction is stored/published to be read FOR FREE (if you have to pay for reading fanfiction it is likely the work was published without the author’s consent and is illegal).