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FanFic Is Big with Teens and Tweens: Here’s What Parents and Educators Need to Know

While there’s much for kids to like, even love, about fanfiction (also known as fanfic), there can be a dark side to it as well. My teen daughter has been reading fanfic for several years now; writing it, too. When her tween sister started reading fanfic about Narnia, I took a closer look.

What Is FanFic?

Fanfic is fiction that fans write that’s inspired by a favorite book, movie, celebrity, TV show, comic, etc. Anything with a loyal and dedicated community, or fandom, behind it is fodder for fanfic. Books that have spawned tons of fanfiction include Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and Twilight. Movie and TV shows like “The Avengers” and “Stranger Things” are inspiring fanfiction, and even pop star Harry Styles has an enormous fanfic-writing fandom. Who knew?! There’s a fandom for just about everything.

And that can be good news for teens and tweens, particularly those who count themselves as super fans. Writing your own fanfic is a great way for teens and tweens to extend the story, think creatively, and write. Well-known authors Meg Cabot, of The Princess Diaries, and Cassandra Clare, of Mortal Instruments, both started out writing fanfic.

How to Write Your Own Fanfic

  1. Pick a favorite topic (book, movie, etc.).
  2. Brainstorm ideas. What will you write about? A minor character? A new problem? An original character? A backstory?
  3. If you haven’t already, think of a problem for your main character to overcome.
  4. Map out the plot.
  5. Pick a point of view. Will you write in first, second, or third person?
  6. Choose a tense. Will you write in past or present? Stay in that tense throughout the story.
  7. Start writing. Write (at least a little bit) every day.
  8. Stay true to the canon, the original story’s foundations. (i.e. Harry Potter and Remus Lupin cannot be the same age and best friends at Hogwarts.)
  9. Revise and edit. This is SO important! Use spell check.
  10. Share your story with others.

A Word of Caution

Now about that dark side I mentioned… A lot of fanfic is called “mature” or “smut”— and is not appropriate for kids. After searching “fanfic” on Tumblr and freaking out about what I found, my teenager scolded me. “MOM, you NEVER search #fanfic!” Yeah. So, that’s what I’m telling you, too. Help your kids be careful about searches. My best advice is for kids to read a direct link recommendation or stories from trusted friends. Encourage them to self-censor if they come upon mature material. Delving into the world of fanfic merits important conversations around what’s appropriate and how to stay safe, both virtually and emotionally.

If your kids are writing fanfic, I strongly suggest that only mature teens post on the popular fanfic websites. And that they consider turning off comments. There is little censoring of what people comment, and these comments can be inappropriate and hurtful. If your kids want to share their fanfic writing, consider starting a blog.

The most popular fanfic sites include Tumblr, AO3, WattPad, FanFiction, Figment, and Fiction Alley. Again, proceed with caution. Although these sites have some ability to search by ratings or to ban words, many stories aren’t labeled or aren’t labeled correctly. My teen advises, “Don’t read any fanfic if it’s not labeled.” (I can only guess how she knows this.)

Another thing to be aware of with fanfiction is the overall quality. Many fanfic stories are filled with grammatical errors. Keep that in mind as you read — most of these are not traditionally published stories with editors behind them.

Tips for Reading Fanfic

  1. Read the warning labels. Decide if it’s right for you.
  2. Try the first chapter. If you like the story, keep reading. Otherwise, pick a different story.
  3. Read for overall meaning, ignoring any mistakes as best you can.
  4. Don’t read the comments. If you decide to comment, say something helpful and kind.
  5. If you register on a fanfic site, don’t use your real name, age, or location.
  6. Read like a writer. See what works or doesn’t work. Use that information to inform your own writing.

There’s a lot to like about fanfic. Fans get to immerse themselves in a beloved story. Fanfic reading and writing are filled with wonderful, creative possibilities. And it gives our book-loving kids an opportunity to be part of a community of other book lovers.

Fanfic Terms

Canon: Something that happens in the books. Harry marrying Ginny is Harry Potter canon.

Headcanon: Reader assumed things that are not in the books. Muggles smuggling in cellphones to Hogwarts because there’s no Wi-Fi is Harry Potter headcannon.

Crossover: When you merge two fandoms together. For example, Percy Jackson showing up at Hogwarts.

OC Fics: Fanfics with an original character of the writer’s creation. Aslan’s daughter would be an original character for The Chronicles of Narnia.

OOC: When your canon character is different than in the canon. Hermione as a joke-telling circus clown would be an example. These aren’t very popular with fans.

Reader Inserts: Stories written in second person where you (written as “you”) insert yourself as a character and the love interest of the fandom character.

Drabbles: These are very short fanfics.

Song Fics: Fanfics based on song or that use lyrics throughout the story.

AUs: Fanfics with some canonical information but in an alternative universe, usually an alternative period in time, that would never actually happen in the canon. For example, a story about pre-serum Steve Rogers (Captain America) living in 2017 without any super strength.

Soulmates: Popular fanfic where the love of your life is destined since birth.

Fluff: A super cute, upbeat story.

Angst: A sad or upsetting story.

Smut/NSFW: Sexual content, “Not Safe for Work” because it’s mature content.

 

A big thanks to my 15-year old daughter for her help with this article!

 

Know of any great fanfic stories for tweens or teens? Share them with us in the comments below.

Sours: https://www.readbrightly.com/what-parents-educators-need-to-know-about-fanfiction/

FanFiction.Net

US fanfiction website

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Type of site

Fanfiction archive
OwnerXing Li
Created byXing Li
RevenueN/A
URLwww.fanfiction.net
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedOctober 15, 1998; 23 years ago (1998-10-15)

FanFiction.Net (often abbreviated as FF.net or FFN) is an automatedfan fiction archive site. It was founded on October 15, 1998[1] by Los Angeles computer programmer Xing Li, who also runs the site. It has over 12 million registered users and hosts stories in over 40 languages.

The site is split into nine main categories: Anime/Manga, Books, Cartoons, Miscellaneous, Games, Comics, Movies, Plays/Musicals, and TV Shows. The site also includes the Crossover category, added on March 27, 2009. Users who complete the free registration process can submit their fan fiction, maintain a user profile, review other stories, apply for a beta reader position, contact each other via private messages, and maintain a list of favorite stories and authors. There are centralized communities and forums. In lieu of signing up with a new account, the website allows users to use their Google, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. The site also owns a Twitter account called FictionPress where users of the website are updated on changes and improvements made.

Creation[edit]

In 1998, Xing Li, a software designer, created FanFiction.Net.[2] The site was created as a repository for fan-created stories that revolved around characters from popular literature, television, comics, or real-world celebrities. Unlike other fan fiction sites, FanFiction.Net allowed stories about any characters rather than revolving around a specific set of characters, such as those from Naruto, Twilight, or Kingdom Hearts. Registration was open to all people who claimed to be over 18, and by 2002 over 118,000 people were registered. (The age limit has since been moved down to 13.) At that time, one-third of the registrants self-identified as 18 or younger, and 80% were female.[1]

Site content[edit]

Writers may upload their stories to the site and assign them a category and rating (such as K, K+, T, and M). The ratings are no longer done on the MPAA system, due to cease-and-desist demands from the Motion Picture Association of America in 2005.[3] A list of explanations for the rating system currently employed is available from the drop-down rating menu in each of the individual archives on the site.[4] The MA (18+) rating is not permitted on this site.[5] The site does not pay money to people for posting content or charge money for posting on the website,[2] and it uses advertisements to pay for costs.

FanFiction.Net does not operate a screening or editorial board.[1] Many users leave reviews after reading stories, most of which are positive.[2] While reviews can be left by those without accounts, it is an option for all writers on the site to moderate "anonymous reviews", made by those who are not signed into an account.

The stories are based on books, television series, films, and video games. Stories are about recent works and older works. By 2001, almost 100,000 stories were posted on the website. Steven Savage, a programmer who operated a column on FanFiction.Net, described it as "the adult version of when kids play at being TV characters" and that the content posted on the website serves as examples for "when people really care about something" A. S. Berman of USA Today said in 2001 that FanFiction.Net "reads like the 21st century successor to the poetry slams of the Beat Generation."[2] In 2011, Ogi Ogas described the website as 'the world's most popular "erotic" site for women'.[6]

FanFiction.Net uses the rating system from FictionRatings.com. This system contains the ratings of K, K+, T, M and MA. The MA rating and explicit violent and/or sexual themes are forbidden.[7]

In October 2008, the site underwent a major redesign of its admin/user area. Changes to how users check hits and reviews, post chapters, etc. were made.

Most popular sections[edit]

As of September 5, 2021, the top 20 fandoms (i.e., the fandoms with the most stories submitted) on FanFiction.Net are (the figures are rounded to nearest thousand):

The top fandom for each category on the site are:

Notable long fanfiction works[edit]

FanFiction.net also hosts one of the longest works of fiction ever written. The Subspace Emissary's Worlds Conquest, a Super Smash Bros. fanfiction written by FanFiction.net user AuraChannelerChris, gained media attention for its length of over four million words at the time of notice, more than three times as long as In Search of Lost Time written by Marcel Proust, and is still being written.[13][14][15] The longest fanfiction on the site is The Loud House: Revamped, a crossover fanfiction of The Loud House which is over 11,000,000 words long as of August 2021[update].[16]

Disallowed fanfiction[edit]

Copyright and trademark issues[edit]

FanFiction.Net instituted several policy changes as it grew in size and popularity.[17] These policies frequently led to the deletion of fanfiction based on the copyrighted works of certain published authors or containing specifically targeted content.

Since the site's founding, several professional authors and producers have asked that stories based on their copyrighted or trademarked works be removed, including Anne Rice, P. N. Elrod, Archie Comics, Dennis L. McKiernan, Irene Radford, J.R. Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Raymond Feist, Robin Hobb, Robin McKinley, and Terry Goodkind.[18]

In addition, stories based on real-life celebrities were disallowed around 2003. Fan fiction based on professional wrestling, however, is still allowed, being the number one fandom in the "Miscellaneous" category.[18]

NC-17 ratings[edit]

On September 12, 2002, FanFiction.Net banned and removed material that was rated NC-17. Prior to the new policy, the site would use a pop-up to prompt readers to say whether they were over 17 or not, but since then, the site has relied on its users to report stories that are inappropriately rated. Some NC-17 material was moved to Adult-FanFiction.org (previously AdultFanFiction.Net), a similar site which was created to serve the adults who write R and NC-17 rated fan fiction. However, many stories containing explicit material still exist and have yet to be removed.

Story titles and summaries must be rated K.[18]

CYOA (Choose-Your-Own-Adventure)/Reader-Insertion fics[edit]

These have been banned since 2005, and the site removed all material that had the potential of inserting the reader into a fanfiction. Under the heading of "Entries not allowed," Item #5 says: Any form of interactive entry: choose your adventure, second person/you based, Q&As, etc.[18]

Songfics[edit]

In 2005, FanFiction.Net banned songfics which contain copyrighted lyrics. Public domain lyrics (such as those to "Amazing Grace") or lyrics written by the author of the fanfiction are allowed, however.

Lists[edit]

Until April 21, 2002, in addition to fiction stories based on existing characters, the site had a section devoted to lists, generally humor-related, for example "20 Ways to Dump Your Girlfriend".

Globalization[edit]

At first, FanFiction.Net's server was accessible mainly only in the West; and worked poorly, if at all, in other parts of the world. In late 2006, announcements were made of special web links designed for Europe and Asia. These were supposed to give other areas of the world a significant boost in server speed on the website. In 2007, all three web links were combined under one worldwide link. In an announcement on the home page, it was stated that the site would go global that year.

Prior to the reorganizations of 2002, FanFiction.Net contained approximately 20% of English-language fanfiction.[19]

According to Hitwise, as of August 2007 FanFiction.Net comprised 34.7% of all traffic directed to sites in the Entertainment, Books and Writing category. For the week ending August 25, 2007, the site was ranked 159 out of over 1 million websites in terms of hits.[20]

FictionPress.com[edit]

Type of site

Fiction archive
OwnerXing Li
Created byXing Li
URLwww.fictionpress.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Current statusOnline

FanFiction.Net's sister site, FictionPress.com, contains over 1 million original stories, poems, and plays. The site has a similar format and rules to FanFiction.Net, except that no fan fiction is allowed. Currently, there are more poems than prose.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abcBuechner, Maryanne Murray (March 4, 2002), "Pop Fiction", Time Magazine, archived from the original on February 18, 2007, retrieved 2008-01-07
  2. ^ abcdBerman, A.S. "Lame TV season? Write your own episodes online." USA Today. August 20, 2001. Retrieved on May 19, 2011.
  3. ^O'Connell, Pamela Licalzi (April 18, 2005). "Please Don't Call It a G-Rated Dispute". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  4. ^"Fiction Ratings". Fiction Ratings. Archived from the original on 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  5. ^"Terms of Service". FanFiction.Net. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  6. ^Ogas, Ogi (2011-04-30). "The Online World of Female Desire". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  7. ^"Guidelines - FanFiction.Net". www.fanfiction.net. FanFiction.Fet. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  8. ^"Anime/Manga". FanFiction.Net.
  9. ^ ab"TV Shows". FanFiction.Net.
  10. ^ ab"Games". FanFiction.Net.
  11. ^ ab"Movies". FanFiction.Net.
  12. ^"Anime/Manga". FanFiction.Net.
  13. ^"Proust is no match for these two fanfics". dailydot.com. July 24, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  14. ^"Meet The College Junior Behind The Longest Fan Fiction Ever". BuzzFeed News. August 2, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  15. ^"fanfiction.net". August 2015.
  16. ^"fanfiction.net". May 6, 2021.
  17. ^"Privacy Policy". FanFiction.Net. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  18. ^ abcd"Content Guidelines". FanFiction.Net. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  19. ^"FanFiction.Net Statistics".
  20. ^Tancer, Bill (August 30, 2007), "Life after Potter, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke", Time Magazine, archived from the original on September 1, 2007, retrieved 2008-01-07
  21. ^"FictionPress.com".

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FanFiction.Net
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9/11 FanFic - The Towers

Literature Text

September 11, 2001, 6:30 am

America woke up earlier than usual that morning.  Something felt... off.  Thinking for a moment, he assumed that he had probably forgotten to do something at the work he was finishing at the World Trade Center.  He chuckled to himself.  It would be like him to forget something like that.  "Maybe I'll go in early today, just to make sure," he said out loud.  He got dressed, walked out of his hotel, which was several miles away from the towers,  and headed to the subway.

When he got to the station, he saw a crowd of people gathered around the ticket booth.  They all seemed upset.  When America got closer, he heard some of what they were saying.  "This isn't fair!" one yelled.  "I'll be late to work!"  Everyone else was complaining as well.

America looked at the sign.  His train was running an hour and a half behind schedule.  So much for being early.  America started to join in with the yelling, but then that feeling came back.  He sighed, accepting that nothing could be done but wait.  "Man, if I had booked a room here sooner, I could have gotten into the Marriott at the World Trade Center, and this wouldn't be happening," he muttered to himself.

The train finally arrived, and America rushed to grab a seat.  He eventually arrived at his stop at 8:44 am.  He walked up the subway steps, blinking in the blinding morning light.  Above him rose the Twin Towers, shining magnificently.  Even from 10 blocks away, they seemed as tall as ever.

"They're beautiful, huh?" a voice said.  America turned to see an off-duty fireman waiting in line at a hot-dog cart.  He was young, probably not over 25 years old.  "Such a beautiful day, too.  Really makes 'em stand out."

America smiled.  "You're right.  They're really something.  And I just realized what a gorgeous day it is."

The fireman held out a hand.  "My name's Joseph.  Karl Henry Joseph."  He beamed.  "I work on Engine 207."

America shook Karl's hand, feeling an instant connection to the young man.  "Pleased to meet you, Karl!  I'm Alfred Jones.  I'm doing some work at the towers this month."  He let out a sigh, looking up.  In the distance, he could see the outline of a plane. He turned to the fireman again.  "Doesn't that plane seem to be flying a little low, or is it just me?"   He looked back up.  The plane was getting closer.  That feeling came back, too.

The fireman looked up.  He paused, then said, "You're right.  I think it's flyin' kinda low for somethin' that big."  He looked back at America.  "Maybe it just took off from an airport near here."  But when they looked back up, the plane wasn't getting higher.  It was getting lower.

Looking at his watch, America assumed it was no big deal and decided to head to work.  "It's 8:46," he said.  "I need to go-"

He looked up just in time to see the plane crash into the North Tower.

The noise of New York disappeared and was replaced by silence.  Then people started yelling.  "Oh my God!" "What just happened?" "Call 911!"

America was stunned.  His brain tried to process what had just happened.  Police officers and firemen ran passed him, including Karl.  America just stood there, staring at the smoke pouring out of the building.


3 pm


New York was in shock.

Both towers had been hit.  Both towers had collapsed.  And both towers had been targeted by terrorists.  America looked on at the burning wreckage where the towers once stood tall and proud. Now, they were a pile of concrete and metal.  Firemen were desperately trying to put out the flames engulfing WTC 7.  America had gotten the news about the Pentagon and Flight 93.  He had been attacked by someone or something.  But why?  Who hated him this much?  Who would purposely murder so many innocent people?  He couldn't understand.  He just couldn't understand.

He took a deep breath, fighting back his tears, and slowly walked away.


11 years later...


America stood at the 9-11 memorial, which, for today, was only open to families of the victims and other people greatly affected by the attack.  He started walking slowly around one of the fountains as he read some of the names on the walls.  He stopped to look into the fountain, feeling the mist on his face.  He let out a sigh, straightening up to read the names again.  America’s eyes fell onto a familiar name.  He felt his heart plummet.

Karl Henry Joseph

He read it over and over, trying to convince himself that he was seeing things.

Karl Henry Joseph

He took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes.  He placed them back on his head.

Karl Henry Joseph

The memory of that kind man came rushing back to him.  Then the memory if the towers being hit found its way back to his mind.  He heard the screams as the towers collapsed.  He saw WTC 7 give way.  He smelled the dust and ashes covering the streets.  Everything came back.

America felt tears well up in his eyes.  Tears he had held back for years.  He couldn't keep them hidden anymore.

 America closed his eyes, bent his head down and wept.

Sours: https://www.deviantart.com/yuukidesune/art/9-11-FanFic-The-Towers-351525118
9/11 20 years later - The Key Consequences

Every fictional character you can think of has experienced 9/11 in fanfiction. 

A Clone Wars veteran with two lightsabers is on United Airlines Flight 93 and prevents it from crashing. Ron and Hermione get caught up in the chaos as the towers fall. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her friends watch the attacks unfold on TV from Sunnydale. We have spent 20 years trying to process what happened on 9/11 and its fallout, and that messy process can be tracked through the countless, sad, disturbing, and sometimes very funny fanfiction left across the internet.

Many of the fanfics written in the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks seemed to directly respond to the news as it happened, processing the tragedy in real-time through the eyes of characters they loved. In the absence of a canon episode where DariaMorgendorffer paid respects to those lost, writing fanfic about these characters also experiencing trauma helped fans cope.

One YuGiOh fanfic published on fanfiction.net in May 2002 could have been ripped exactly from what this writer experienced that Tuesday morning. “It started as a normal day,” user Gijinka Renamon wrote. Yugi and his friends were in school, where their teacher informed them of the attacks and sent everyone home from school.

“After reading people’s 9/11 fics, I decided to write my own, and put a certain character in it. And Yugi and his pals were my first choice,” the author's note reads, explaining the connection they felt to United flight 93 and the World Trade Center attacks. Given that they lived in Pennsylvania, and “it’s close to New York, I felt really sad about it.”

Stitch, a fandom journalist for Teen Vogue, told Motherboard that this reaction to 9/11 is not at all uncommon in fandom.

"Fandom has always been a place that positions nothing as 'off limits,'" she said. "Historical tragedies like the Titanic sinking and atrocities like… all of World War 2 show up regularly across the past 30 years of people creating stories and art about the characters they love. So, on some level, it makes sense that 9/11 and the following 20-year military installation in the Middle East has joined the ranks of things people in different fandoms turn into settings for their fan fiction."

Reactions depicted in a handful of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfics published in the weeks after the attacks ring a little truer to the characters. “Tuesday, 11th September 2001,” written by Anna K, almost echoes the lyrics from “I’ve Got a Theory,” one of the songs in the musical episode that aired in November 2001. “We have seen the apocalypse. We have prevented it. Actually, we’ve prevented quite a few. So we know what they look like,” they write, before taking a darker turn. “They look a lot like...New York today.”

Killing demons and vampires doesn’t phase the Scooby Gang, but when preventable human death is brought into the picture, it’s gut wrenching. 

“What am I supposed to do...When I can’t do anything to save the world?” Buffy cries  into Spike’s chest, watching the attacks unfold on TV in a fanfic the author described as being “about feeling numb and helpless.”

In “Blood Drive,” Kirayoshi writes about Buffy and her friends saving a van full of donated blood meant for victims of the attacks from a group of thirsty vampires. One Buffy the Vampire Slayer fic even takes a blindly patriotic turn, where noted lesbian witch Tara McClay helps Xander hang an American flag from the window of the magic shop to make Anya feel better.

Experiencing 9/11 as a young teenager was overwhelming not just because of the loss of life. Almost immediately after the event itself, it was as if the entirety of American culture re-oriented itself towards an overtly jingoistic stance. As we get distance from the attacks, seeing the tone of television and movies from the early 2000s is jarring, and some have gone viral on Twitter. In the world of pop music, mainstream musicians like the Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, were blacklisted from the radio while Toby Keith sang about putting a boot up the ass of terrorists. On the Disney Channel, a young Shia Labeouf reading a poem he supposedly wrote about the events. The poem concludes with the line, "it's awesome to be an American citizen."

In a world so completely saturated with this messaging, it is not surprising that fanfic authors started including 9/11 in their work so soon after the event. Even The West Wing had a strange, out of continuity, fanfic-esque episode where the characters reacted to 9/11. In some cases, it made sense that the characters in the stories would be close to or a part of the events themselves. 

"For characters like John Watson or Captain America, the idea works to an extent," Stitch told Motherboard. "In the original Sherlock Holmes works and the 2011 BBC series, Watson had just returned from Afghanistan. For Captain America and other Marvel heroes, 9/11 was something that was addressed in-universe in The Amazing Spider-Man volume 2 #36. Technically, 9/11 is 'canon' to the Marvel universe."

In “Early Warning: Terrorism,” a fanfiction for the TV show Early Edition in which a man who mysteriously receives tomorrow's newspaper, predicting the future, avoids jingoism, but tries to precent 9/11 from happening. This fanfic remains unfinished; it’s unclear if the characters successfully prevent 9/11 in this retelling.

Largely in fanfic from the era just after 9/11, when many young authors were trying to emotionally grapple with it, the characters don't re-write or undo the events themselves. It's this emphasis on the reaction to tragedy that colors the fanfiction that features 9/11 going forward.

Although fanfiction authors have been writing about 9/11 consistently since soon after the event, whenever that fanfiction reaches outside of its intended audience, it looks bizarre. 

A screenshot of a Naruto 9/11 fanfic on the Tumblr subreddit comes without any context, or even more than two lines and an author's note. It’s impossible to suss out if this falls into the category of sincere fanfic without the rest of the piece or a publication date, but modern-day commenters on the Reddit thread see it as classic Tumblr trash. 

Screenshot from r/Tumblr

“Bin Laden/Dick Cheney, enemies to lovers, 10k words, slow burn,” one user joked in the replies, underscoring the weirdness of Naruto being in the Twin Towers by comparing it to a What If story about Cheney and Bin Laden slowly falling deeply in love. 

It’s hard to tell how much of the 9/11 fanfic and fanart starting a few years after the attacks is sincere, and how much of it is ironic, and trying to make fun of the very concept of writing fanfiction about 9/11.

A 2007 anime music video (in which various clips, usually from anime, are cut together to music) that combines scenes from The Lion King with Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and clips from George Bush’s speeches immediately after the attacks feels like the perfect example of this. Even the commenters can’t seem to suss out if this person is a troll or not.

There’s no way that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 9/11 fanart could be serious, right? Especially if the description pays tribute to “some of the nation's most memorable buildings,” and features five of the main characters as child versions of themselves. The comments again are split between users thanking the artist for a thoughtful remembrance post, and people making their own headcanon for why Twilight Sparkle is surreptitiously absent from the scene. 

Screengrab via DeviantArt

There’s Phineas and Ferb fanfic that combines a 9/11 tribute concert with flashbacks to Ferb being rescued from the towers as a baby, written on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It jumps from introspection to lines like, “‘Quiet Perry the Platypus. I’m trying to listen to these kids singing a 9/11 tribute.’” 

The author's notes make it more likely that they meant for this to be a tribute piece, but it doesn’t quite make sense until watching a YouTube dramatic reading of it from 2020, fully embracing the absurdity of it all.

“For me, 9/11 is synonymous with war. It completely changed the course of my life," Dreadnought, the author of a Captain America fanfic Baghdad Waltz that sees Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes fall in love over the course of the war on terror, told Motherboard. "It’s the reason I joined the military, and I developed deep connections with people who would go on to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq. These very much felt like my generation’s wars, perhaps because people I graduated high school with were the youngest folks eligible to serve at the time.” 

Dreadnought told Motherboard that although they didn't deploy, their career has kept 9/11 and the trauma from it in their mind. After seeing that people who fantasize about Steve and Bucky getting together seemed particularly interested in reading fanfiction that related to 9/11, they decided to try their hand at it.

"I had to do something with all of that emotionally, and I’m admittedly a bit emotionally avoidant. So I learned through fic that it’s easier for me to process those feelings and the knowledge of all the awful stuff that can happen in war if I can turn it into something creative," Dreadnought said. "Give the feelings to fake people and then have those fake people give the feelings to readers!"

To Dreadnought, who is a queer man, the experience of researching and writing this was more cathartic than they first expected, especially as a way to navigate feelings about masculinity, military culture, and queer identity. But they said the research they did, which included watching footage of first responders at ground zero, was what helped them finally process the event itself.

"It was like a delayed horror, and it was more powerful than I expected it would be." Dreadnought said. "When I was eighteen, I was pretty emotionally divorced from 9/11; I just knew I wanted to do something about it. So coming back to it in my 30s while writing this fic, it was a very different experience. Even the research for this story ended up being an extraordinarily valuable exercise in cognitively and emotionally processing 9/11 and all of its second and third order effects."

Fanfiction that features 9/11 provides an outlet for people who still grapple with the trauma from that day. But Stitch warns that the dynamics of fandom and how it relates to politics can also create fiction that's less respectful and more grotesque.

"With years of distance between the stories written and the original events of 9/11, there seems to be some sort of cushion for fans who choose to use those events as a catalyst for relationships—and Iraq and Afghanistan for settings," Stitch said. "The cushion allows them room to fictionalize real world events that changed the shape of the world as we know it, but it also insulates them from having to think about what they may be putting into the world."

The tendency of turning these events into settings or backgrounds for mostly white, male characters to fall in love has the unintended effect of displacing the effects that the war on terror has had on the world over. Steve and Bucky might fall in love during the war on terror, but they would also be acting as a part of the American military in a war that has been criticized since it started. Fanfic writers in other fandoms have come under fire for using real world tragedy as settings for fic before. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake Supernatural fanfiction about the actors Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki going to the island to do aid became controversial within the fandom. There have also been fics where characters grapple with the death of George Floyd that is written in a way that displaces the event from the broader cultural context of race in America.

"A Captain America story where Steve Rogers is a 'regular' man who joins the US Army and 'fights for our freedom' post-9/11 is unlikely to deal with the war’s effect on locals who are subject to US military intervention," Stitch said. "It’s unlikely to sit with what Captain America has always meant and what a writer is doing by dropping Steve Rogers into a then-ongoing conflict in any capacity."

After enough time, “never forget” can even morph into “but what if it never happened?” A 19k+ word Star Wars alternate universe fanfic asks this question, wondering what would have unfolded if someone with two lightsabers was on United Flight 93. This fic, part of a larger fanfic series with its own Wikia, considers what would have happened if Earth was a military front in the Clone Wars.

In this version of events, a decorated general who served in the Clone Wars is able to take back control of Flight 93 before it crashes, landing safely and preventing even more tragedy from happening that day. In the end, all of the passengers who made harrowing last calls to their loved ones before perishing in a Pennsylvania field survive thanks to the power of the Force, and are awarded medals of honor by President Bush.

Twenty years after the attacks, it’s painful to think about what would have happened if people got to work 15 minutes later, or missed their trains that morning. There weren’t Jedi masters deployed to save people in real life, but for some of the fanfic writers working today, the world of Star Wars might feel just as removed as the world before September 11, 2001.

Fiction serves as a powerful playground for processing cultural events, especially generational trauma. The act isn't neutral though; a decade's worth of fanfiction that takes place on or around 9/11 shows how our own understanding of a traumatic event can shift with time.

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RECENT ARTICLES

"From Austerlitz to Open City: Teju Cole's Post-9/11 Palimpsest," under review. 

Gatsby’s Ghost: Post-Traumatic Memory and National Literary Tradition in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland,” Contemporary Literature, 54:3, Fall 2013.

"Screen Memories: Maternal After-Images in Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Novels," in Women's Utopian and Dystopian Fiction, ed. Sharon Wilson, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.             

“’Time to go’: The Post-Apocalyptic and the Post-Traumatic in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake,” Studies in the Novel, 43:4, Winter 2011.

RECENT REVIEWS

"The End of the End of the World," review of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam, at publicbooks.org, October 10, 2013.

Review of Roger J. Porter's Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing The Secret Lives of Fathers and Peggy Whitman Prenshaw's Composing Selves: Southern Women and Autobiography, in American Literature, 84:3, September 2012.

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” review of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of The Flood, in Women’s Review of Books, 27:2,  2010.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

"The Problem of Interiority in Never Let Me Go," SNS, Ithaca, June 2018

"Paranoia and the Limits of Interiority in The Turn of the Screw and Never Let Me Go," ACLA, Utrecht, March 2017

"Written, Erased, Rewritten: Tracing European Atrocity in Teju Cole’s Open City," MLA International Symposium, Dusseldorf, June 2016

“ 'How It Strikes a Contemporary’: Woolfian Remains in Three 21st Century City Novels,” Society for Novel Studies Biennial Conference (SNS), Pittsburgh, May, 2016

“Converging Cultures: LitCrit Meets FanFic”, ACLA, Cambridge, MA March 2016

“The Contemporary Turn: The Way We Read ‘Now’,” Roundtable on Periodization, MLA, Austin, January 2016

 "In Between Time: Periodization and the Problem of the Contemporary," invited presentation, Interdisciplinary Working Group on The Contemporary, Stanford University, March 2015.

"ReKindling a World: Time Travel, Slaughterhouse Five, and Post-9/11 Fanfiction," MLA, Vancouver, January 2015.

"From Austerlitz to Open City: Reading Teju Cole’s Intertextual, Urban Palimpsest," ACLA, New York City, March 2014.

Respondent, Panel on “The Contemporary,” 20th/21st-Century Colloquium Series, UC Berkeley, March 2014.

"Evidence and Argument in 'Close Reading,'" Panel on "Evidence and Argument in the Disciplines," Reading And Composition Colloquium Series, UC Berkeley, February 2014.

Roundtable on Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy. Margaret Atwood Society, MLA, Chicago, January 2014.

Respondent, Panel on "Immigration and the American Novel," Consortium on the Novel, UC Berkeley, November 2013.

"Intertext, Palimpsest, Open City," invited lecture, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, November 2013.

"From Austerlitz to Open City: Reading Teju Cole’s Intertextual, Urban Palimpsest," ASAP, Detroit, October 2013.

"Ghosts in the Machine: Intertextuality in Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days," ALA, San Francisco, CA May 2012.

"The 'terrible gift': National Literary Tradition and Intertextuality in Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days," Consortium on the Novel, UC Berkeley, May 2012.

Gatsby’s Ghost and the Melancholic National Past in Joseph O'Neill's Netherland,” MLA, Seattle, January 2012.

“Personal Trauma and Global Apocalypse in Atwood's Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood,” MLA, Seattle, January 2012.

“Returning from the Past: The Ghostly Presence of Modernist Trauma Narrative in Post-9/11 Fiction,” Rocky Mountain MLA, Scottsdale, 2011.

“The Post-Apocalyptic as Post-Traumatic in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake,” Contemporary Women’s Writing Network Conference, San Diego, 2010.

"Close Reading as Conversation," National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Philadelphia, 2009


Current Research

My current book project, Novel Traces: Rewriting the Past in the Post-9/11 Present, identifies a hitherto unrecognized cluster of post-9/11 novels that extensively rewrite canonical works of literature from various historical moments. While some of these post-9/11 novels explicitly allude to their significant literary precursors, others rework their predecessor texts more obliquely. Whether patent or latent, these contemporary acts of fictional revision contribute to our understanding of the continuing post-9/11 moment while reshaping the present meanings of our literary and historical past.   


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How The 9/11 Tragedy Changed Friends

By late September of 2001, "Friends" was going strong in its eighth season, or at least that's how it seemed. In reality, the third episode of said season, "The One Where Rachel Tells...," had to be rewritten and reshot in response to the 9/11 tragedy. The version that aired two weeks after the real-life event centers on Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) traveling by airplane for their honeymoon. While waiting at the airport, the two become engulfed in a rivalry with another couple that kept getting sweeter perks than them. 

This is quite different from the initial plot of the episode, which never even saw Chandler and Monica make it to their hotel. According to Insider, as they waited to get on their flight, Chandler made a sarcastic remark about bombs, prompting airport security to detain them for much of the episode. To make matters worse, Monica got into a brief argument with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) over the phone that resulted in further interrogation from the security officers who misread the situation.

It's not hard to see why this original story was cut — bearing in mind the cultural sensitivity to air travel, bombs, and general concerns about airport security at the time. A few deleted clips from the unused episode have since resurfaced and are currently available to watch on YouTube for those curious. Though from a 2021 perspective, it appears rather tame, 20 years ago it would've acted as salt in the wound for viewers across the US. Ultimately, the "Friends" showrunners made the right call.

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Summary: In remembrance of all the men and women who lost their lives on that fateful day. September 11th, 2001, Edward Masen, a NYC paramedic, faces his worst fear, losing his wife in the tragedy of 9/11.

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