Episode 12: Fan Fiction, Legit or Illegal?

Welcome back to Fandom Cracked with Episode 12 and our look into the world of fan fiction. Is it fun? Yes. Is it legal? No one seems to know. Should it be legal? And are there ethical implications for fanfiction?  Find out on this episode where Pebble and Blü discuss the interesting world of fan fiction, what makes it fun, and why some creators of original works might not like it.

Podcast Notes:

  • Canon – a plot point or fact that is sanctioned by the author or creator of an original work. For example, the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended it’s television production after season 7; however, Joss Whedon, the original creator, continued to work on “season 8” in the form of comics. These comics would be considered “canon” despite the 8th season of the show never making it to television.
  • Fan Fiction – a form of creative writing in which fans will sometimes engage. Works can range from complex, lengthy, or serious works to the fantastical, strange, and poorly written.
  • Fluff – a category of fan fiction that includes romance and may be considered sweet.
  • Pairing(s) – when two characters of a work are shipped (put into a relationship) together. Note: pairings and ships do not have to be canon. Ex. pairing Trish and Jessica from Jessica Jones in a relationship.
  • Reader Insert – Also known as “x reader,” where the author writes a story in which the reader can insert themselves into the text. Typically this is achieved by including “Y/N” or “Your Name” in the text so that readers can supplement their own name while reading.
  • Slash – a category of fan fiction that includes a homosexual pairing between two characters.
  • Squee Factor – a situation or item that produces a feeling that induces the viewer/participant to make a high pitched noise of happiness or excitement.


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