So, you want to be a fanfic writer, eh? You want to sit down at the
computer, and write a story about Miaka and Tamahome .... where ...
Miaka gets abducted from Eiken by Kouji and Tasuki, and Kouji turns out
to be ..... Hotohori's older brother who was stolen away at birth.
Miaka and Kouji fall in love ... and she stays in Konankoku as Empress after Kouji kills Nakago. Yeah! That's the ticket! The award winning plot! I'd better write that down ... Wait. I just did.
As strange as this story sounds, as far off from the canon plot
(Fushigi Yuugi as portrayed in the manga or in the anime) of Fushigi
Yuugi as it is, this story is just waiting to be written. Fushigi Yuugi
is ripe for fanfiction, and it's been plundered over and over. Writers
use characters, and put them in places and situations that don't occur
in the normal Fushigi Yuugi timeline. It's that newness, that originality that bursts out of the fans that makes fanfiction so much
We all love Fushigi Yuugi. You wouldn't be sitting here reading my
article if you didn't. I wouldn't be sitting here writing it. However
at the same time, for some of us (a rather large some of us)
there are aspects about Fushigi Yuugi that leave much to be desired. So we write.
For me, as an example, I write because I want to do one of two things. First, I write because I would like to see more of a particular
character. Those of you who might have read my fanfiction probably have
noticed my tendency to write about Kouji. I do this because I love to
wonder about things. Most of what I wrote, I wrote before
Genrou Den (the Tasuki novel) was released. I was able to make up my
own mind, and use my imagination about what his life was like before he
became a bandit, or decide how I wanted Tasuki and Kouji to meet. Even
the little things, for example, what kind of foods Kouji likes (other
than sake). That's fun for me.
The other reason I write is to explore a particular relationship. I
generally write yaoi or shounen ai (stories involving relationships
between two males) so with 13 major characters (7 Suzaku shichiseishi
and 6 Seiryuu shichiseishi) there is a lot of yaoi based relationships
that can be explored. You have Nuriko-Hotohori, which is probably the
most canon couple in Fushigi Yuugi, Tasuki-Kouji, Nakago and the
Emperor, Nakago-Soi, Tasuki-Miaka, Tomo-Nakago, Amiboshi-Miaka,
Yui-Nakago, Yui-Miaka, Yui-Suboshi, Yui-Tamahome, Tasuki-Tamahome,
Tamahome-Miaka, and even Taka-Miaka to play with (to name just a few).
I write because it is fun to test these relationships, and see how far
you can take then, what situations you can put them in, what words or
actions might break up their love or friendship. Does that sound
sadistic? I suppose so. However you can never have character growth
without conflict. Would Fushigi Yuugi have been as interesting a story
if all Miaka had to do was gather the Suzaku shichiseishi and call
Suzaku, without anything standing in her way? No, it probably wouldn't
have, and thankfully the story wasn't written that way do we don't have
to test that fact.
Writing fanfiction is surprisingly easy. Why do you think so many
people do it? You just sit down, and make the characters do what you
want them to do. That's easy. The hard part is making the plot move
swiftly enough that the reader isn't bored, but slow enough that you
don't lose the reader. The hard part is deciding which character might
take which path, or which choice they would choose. Would Nuriko really
have wanted to be turned female if Miaka had asked Suzaku for that
wish? The hard part is making the story believable; making the story seem like the part Watase Yuu just forgot to put in Fushigi Yuugi. That takes practice, hard work, and a lot of attempts at bad fanfiction before you begin to get good. I'm not trying to sound like I know everything, or that I'm even particularly good at writing fanfiction. Believe you me, I've written some bad stuff in my time. You could probably even find it lurking around if you look hard enough. What I do mean to say is that practice makes perfect, and after two years of writing fanfiction, I am starting to get better.
So, what's the point of all this babble? That's it exactly. It's
just babble. Now onto the real meat of the article:
Everything I Needed To Know I Learned By Reading FY Fanfiction
10. It's okay to write a lemon; as long as it doesn't involve real
9. Humor has it's place. So does angst. Balancing the two is like
walking a tightrope with a lion on your back; it takes time, practice,
and a lot of fear.
8. Don't be afraid to try something you think people won't like. How
else would there be fanfiction about Tamahome and Suboshi?
7. Crossovers are your friends.
6. Length doesn't matter; content does. A fanfic can be 5K, and contain
more than one that is 50K. However, it's harder to condense everything
into a short fanfic; there's a lot of background that you may be
5. You can only take self inclusion so far; remember, it's only a
4. If you don't like yaoi or yuri (stories involving female/female
relationships) it doesn't mean that others don't. If that offends you,
don't read the fanfic.
3. If you like yaoi or yuri fanfics, remember that not everyone else
feels the same way. Put a warning in the fanfic somewhere.
2. Flames should only be shouted by people with red hair, a tessen, and
who like to say 'Rekka Shinen!" (taken from Thea of fushigiyuugi.com)
Constructive criticism is a good thing. Every author loves that. "I
hate you, your stories stink," is another.
1. Have fun with it!
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