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Well. That's not how I see fanfiction. For me fanfiction is just a way to have a different interpretation of the story and it's not necessarily uninteresting. I think that whole "oh that's horrible you're destroying the original story" is irrelevant. On the contrary, if the writer can make a good story using a pre-existing universe but add his own style, I think that makes it a good work.
Our whole litterature, our whole art, and even mythologies and religions are about different interpretations of the sames stories. That's how people create, how they are inspired. Classic theater for example is like a plagiarism of Greek tragedy. Most paintings are just representations of myths, historical events, etc.
I think we just don't see things the same way. But hey, you aren't completely wrong, I kinda understand your point of view. I just disagree.
You said you were writing original stories ? That's cool. What are they talking about ? :)
I'm sure that they exist, I'm just saying that they're so few of them out there. Who knows? Maybe there is a fan fiction out there that's on par or even better than the original work.
I wouldn't call that example plagiarism. More of inspiration. Look at Star Wars for example. That's a combination of John Campbell's Hero's Journey, Eastern philosophy, samurai films, spaghetti Westerns, homages to classic films, and tons more. It's not plagiarism, more of a celebration of culture put into one film. Today, it's extremely rare to find an original idea that's 100% your own. I even admit that with my own writings, I've been heavily inspired by some other stuff.
Awhile back, I started writing a detective novel called "Neo-Noir." It's in the style of those old film noir movies from the 1940s, but set in a contemporary setting. It takes place in this decadent city called Neo Haven and in the near-future. There's also a smaller district within the city called Old Haven, which is more in line with what you'd see in a black and white movie. Trench coats, fedora hats, old-fashioned fire arms, etc. The rest of the city, "Neo," is way more modern with people having computers, smartphones, etc. I'm trying to describe it as a combination of eras and cultures, not unlike Ridley Scott's futuristic vision of L.A. in Blade Runner.
Crime is at an all time high, and the government is overwhelmed with so many cases. Because of this, they team up with private detective agencies and start a special forces unit nicknamed "Gumshoes" to investigate these crimes. The main protagonist, Jack Johnson, is one of these detectives. He's graduated from the academy is moving in to Neo Haven to take over the private agency of his late older brother, Ray Johnson. He was mysteriously murdered months ago, and Jack wants to find the truth. However, he becomes preoccupied with what seems like a standard murder case that's happened at a nearby hotel. As he investigates this death, he soon uncovers a large conspiracy that will change his life forever.
My inspirations consist Humphrey Bogart films, Blade Runner, Snatcher, Policenauts, L.A. Confidential, and even Ace Attorney. While the themes are similar to those works, I'm trying to make it original with the plot and characters. I've been writing it for over two years, but life has gotten in the way. I'd like to return to it eventually, but I'm busy writing for professional sites The Punk Effect and Video Game Music Online.
For English class recently though, we've been given the assignment to write a short story in the style of Ernest Hemingway. I'm very wordy when it comes to my writing, but how I tell my stories with dialogue is similar to Hemingway. What I'm writing is a yakuza crime drama set in the style of The Killers. It's again very similar to film noir, but it has a distinct Japanese setting and I've tried very hard to get the names, places, and culture down with accuracy. I want it to be authentic as possible. I've called it "Giri," which roughly translates to "duty" or "obligation." It follows the story of Kenji, a relatively new member to the Inagawa-kai syndicate of the yakuza. He and his partner Daisuke are given orders to assassinate an influential leader of a rival clan so they secure important territory from him. The attempt on his life fails, and Daisuke is severely punished for his failure since he was the one with the sniper rifle. Kenji is then ordered to go back in alone to finish the job. But when he does infiltrate the HQ, he finds himself hesitating to kill the clan leader. It turns out that he cares greatly for his men, treating them like members of his family. He's happily married to his wife and has young children. The leader isn't a bloodthirsty person, but someone who is genuinely human in a business that's about illegal activities.
The main theme I'm trying to evoke here is the place of duty against human emotion. The opposite of giri is "ninjo" which means just that. It's a story about humanity among a gang of mobsters, so it'll be interesting to see how much philosophy I can put in to something that's only supposed to be a few pages long. I've always been fascinated by the yakuza and their code of honor. It makes me wonder what it's like being part of it.
Sorry for the wall of text, but that's what I'm working on currently.