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30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 13

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

In answer to the first part of the question for me it is canon all the way.

That said, I take the view that there are two sides to canon.

The first is hard factual canon, i.e. a character's name, eye colour, height etc. - things that cannot be disputed. Although, given how poor NCIS is at keeping it's own canon, er. canon, writing NCIS fanfic can be a challenge in a way I have not experienced in any other fandom in which I have written.

The second is one's personal interpretation of canon which we back up with factual canon i.e. Gibbs puts his arm around Ducky more than once on the show. I chose to interpret that as them being more than just good friends, a non-Gibbs/Ducky fan would interpret it as just a friendly gesture. In the reverse Gibbs head slaps DiNozzo a lot; I see that as him being irritated by DiNozzo, but I understand many Gibbs/DiNozzo fans see it as a way of him showing his lover affection. Given we have no hard proof either way (we don't see either Gibbs & Ducky or Gibbs & DiNozzo kissing) we interpret the canon to suit us. But it is still canon. And for me it is how I write; I write based on what I see on the screen, albeit with a degree of personal interpretation.

I don't believe I have ever let fanon influence the way I have written, at least not in any major way that completely contradicts canon. However, I do know from what has been said by a number of Fraser/Kowalski fans that a lot of early F/K fiction was based on fanon. People wrote it without having seen the show and when they did see the show, they wondered who Ray Kowalski was and why x, y and z hadn't happened.

As far as the second part of the question, no. I do not believe that it has - or at least I am unable to think of a case of when it has.
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1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
4 – Do you have a 'muse' character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?
5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your 'muse' or not, what did you do about it?
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?
10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12 – Have you ever attempted an 'adaptation' fic of a favourite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?
15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka 'bunnies') from?
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a beta horror story or dream story?
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain 'mood' to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!

Tags: !memes: fanfic/fandom, fandom, fanfic
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