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Is fanfiction legitimate literature?

Fanfiction is exactly what it sounds like. It’s fiction written by fans of certain bodies of works or artists, ranging from anime shows to pop artists. Reading an actual fanfiction, however, is quite the wild ride—fanfiction stories are infamous for some of their less-flattering tropes, like absurdist writing styles and extremely graphic sex scenes. Because of these stigmas, debates over whether or not fanfiction can be considered legitimate literature have arisen (just like the passions of many a ship in fanfiction, hardy har har). Champions of fanfiction point to how most art is borrowing from other works; others, however, label it as outright trash. What do you think? 

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Of course fanfiction is legitimate literature—someone wrote it, it got published, and a certain amount of people consume it. Some of the greatest works of art were barely noticed for years before someone with an eye elevated them to the status they are now. What’s so different about one little story on the internet? Besides, when you think about it, some of the greatest forms of entertainment—from literature to music—have taken from other original works. Are they considered “not art”? No. In fact, they’re widely accepted and acclaimed. 

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It seems that the main gripe of naysayers against fanfiction lies in the fact that it’s “smutty” or, to put it plainly, just flat out bad. But just like art, this is all a matter of opinion, no? Speaking of smut, just as an example, “Fifty Shades of Gray” may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but millions drank it all up. And guess what it started out as?

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Of course fanfiction isn’t legitimate literature—if it were, then any doodling shmuck with a pencil would suddenly be an artist. The whole point of establishing something as literature is that it goes above the norm in its excellence. While fanfiction is fun, would you call the majority of it “excellent” or even “good”? No. It’s similar to how there are plenty of movies out there, but there are only a few that are truly “cinematic,” right? 

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This can all be summed up with the whole “My Immortal” thing, which you would think was a lovely Evanescence song, and you would be right. What we’re talking about, however, is one of the most notorious fanfictions in existence which is so unbelievably bad, that people want to believe it’s ironic. But is it literature? We’ll answer that one with a “no, absolutely not.” 

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Is fanfiction legitimate literature?
A festive crown for the winner
#FanfictionLegitLit
#FanfictionNotLit