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June 4, 2014

How to Start Reading Fanfiction


There is nothing more heart wrenching than when your favorite book or series ends. What do you do when there is no more Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments or Grisha Trilogy? For Teen Board member Katherina T., the answer is obvious --- find alternate endings, new couple pairings and thousands of related plot lines on fan fiction websites! Below, Katherina explains why she loves fan fiction, gives a sneak peek at popular fan fiction lingo and, best of all, shares links to her favorite fan fiction and stories. So dive in…and maybe  you’ll be inspired to write your own AU version of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

Fan fiction is stories written by fans that relate to the universe of their favorite book, TV show or comic. There are many websites in where these stories are written, such as, (which also has great original stories) and You can find hundreds of stories from many fandoms with different couple pairings and plot lines.

I love reading fan fiction because it allows me to continue a story that has already been finished. When I finished reading the Twilight series, I was so upset that it was over. I wanted more of the Cullens in my life. I needed more. Naturally, I stumbled upon fan fiction and haven’t looked back since. As I joined more fandoms, I discovered It became my fan fiction heaven and I know many people on Tumblr would agree!

Now before I give insight into my favorite fan fiction and original stories, let me give you a crash course into the fan fiction lingo:

AU: Alternate universe. Basically the story diverges completely from the original story. For example, if the original story had vampires for main characters, the main characters in the fan fic may be human.

AH: All human (all the characters are human, so no supernatural freakiness)

OC: Original character. The writer of the fan fic created his/her own character.

OOC: Out of character. The fan fic character acts completely different from the original character.

“insert any word”! “insert any character”(i.e. demon!dean) : This basically means the fan fic character will display the characteristics of the word before the “!”

Oneshot: A fan fic that is usually one chapter and has a short length (as opposed to a “Drabble” which is 100 words or less)

Ship: To favor a pairing of two people (“I ship Scallison so hard!”); a pairing of two people (“The best ship is Stydia!”)

OTP: One true pairing, AKA the one couple you love so much that it could kill you (for me it’s Delena!)

Now that you have the vocabulary down, here are some of my favorite fan fics:

1)     If Every Word I Said Could Make You Laugh by carmelinagunn (Twilight)

Bella moved to LA and has found "sisters" in two of her schoolmates. They meet three brothers in their new apartment building and experience love in more ways than one, in more depth than she knew was possible. AH, regular pairings.

2)     The Tales of a Charming Truck Napper by Mk Marie (Twilight)

Edward makes one memorable first impression!: "Stop listening to my music, get off my cell phone and bring back my truck…now!" Are first impressions really the most important? Let's hope not. AU-HUMAN. OOC. All canon couples.

3)     Cupboard Love by mklutz (TEEN WOLF)

He’s carefully balancing the sandwiches and the two biggest Tupperware containers he could find when the front door opens and he almost drops everything right there in front of the stupid fountain. If that’s Derek Hale, he’s definitely not a mountain man.

4)     Fail by Dustland-Fairytales (The Mortal Instruments)

"So, apart from being sexy, what do you do for a living?" In Fail, Magnus tries to seduce Alec by using his entire reservoir of pick-up lines. Which doesn't work...much.

Here are some of my favorite original stories:

1)     One of the Boys by knightsrachel

Samantha Evans is a 17-year old girl in her senior year of high school. According to stereotypes, she should be worrying about what outfit she's going to wear and what boy she's going to date, but Samantha has a different plan --- her senior year is all about proving that she deserves to be the quarterback for Westview High School just as much as the next guy. But as the season continues, problems arise and the pressure builds. And it's all on Sam to bring the Westview Polar Bears to another State Victory, no matter what.

2)     The Quirky Tale of April Hale by demonicblackcat

Self-proclaimed weirdo April Hale and the notorious troublemaker Ryder Black have been living side by side for more than ten years. Both never attempted to communicate with each other, but on the night Ryder Black is thrown out by his own father, he asks her a question that might change both of their lives: “March, will you let me stay in your room?” He even got her name wrong.

The Quirky Tale is a coming of age story about loss, the wonders of falling in love, and ultimately pretending to be normal. Get inside April's distorted and yet humorous perspective and watch as her tale unfolds into a shocking finish

3)     The Boy Who Lost His Sight by Bellaaa_

"Why are you being nice to me?” Riley once asked Ellie. “I'm a freak --- I'm blind." But Ellie couldn’t answer that question, and she would never be able to.  Ellie Burke is a simple town girl, and moving to Florida means everything to her --- she could turn over a new leaf, start a new life and get the chance to actually be someone other than a useless, nerdy girl. Everything's going well for her until she meets this boy in her English class --- and he's the most interesting, unique person Ellie has ever met. And he lost his sight. She's going to fight for what her heart wants every step of the way. This is Ellie's story, and it's going to be one bumpy, complicated romance that's nothing like the fairy tales say.

Happy reading everyone!

Katherina T. is a member of the Teen Board.