Fanfic is a topic which few people discuss openly. It’s got a air of desperation and obsession around it and you get looked at a little oddly if you admit to reading it. To be fair there are a lot of obsessed readers and some very badly written stories out there. But in the dross there are some excellent authors and some excellent stories. There are a number of authors who cut their teeth writing fanfiction and then moved into more conventional writing. A few weeks ago I saw it go full circle – a fanfic author getting a publishing contract, creating his own universe then having others witting fanfic in his universe.
So today I’m going to share one of my favorite fanfic authors – who is also a published author in his own right – Tenhawk. He has written a huge catalogue of fanfic and original fiction in multiple universes and if you follow by the date of his writing you can see his evolution as a writer
If you’re of a similar age to me the chances are that you were a Buffy fan and that you spent years reading and then watching the Harry Potter books and movies. Tenhawk’s biggest fanfiction writing success is the epic “Alexander Harris and the Shadow Council“. It currently stands at 358,970 words and was most recently updated in mid December 2015. To give you an idea of context the first Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was 76,944 words and the longest – The Order of the Phoenix was 257,045 words.
So what is Shadow Council about? That’s a little difficult to describe without giving away.
What happens when you wake up one morning and someone tells you that you’re a Wizard? More to the point, what happens to you if you’re not a mythical chosen one, but rather you’re just a normal kid who is about live every kid’s dream? What happens when the dream becomes real, and you slowly grow up to realize that there is a man behind the curtain, and you’d better damn well pay attention to him no matter what he’s telling you?
No matter how weird, how horrible, or how magical… that’s life.
It’s a great read and if you’re any sort of fan of modern pop culture well worth your time. Recommended.