Those of you that know me know that I am a huge fan of both the Labyrinth and its star, the late, great David Bowie.
Many of you also know that I have been trying to get serious about my own writing again lately. (Don’t worry… I’m still reading away!)
What, you might be asking yourself, do these things have in common?
Well, in order to sharpen up my rusty skills, I decided to write fanfiction. It was more comfortable for me to work with characters and within worlds that already existed while I “warmed up”, so to speak. So, I decided to write Labyrinth fanfiction. While on one hand, I’ve been fairly embarrassed about it, on the other, it has really kick-started my creativity, allowing me to finally start work on my own book. That project is still in it’s barest infancy, but I’m more committed than ever to crossing the finish line.
For anyone who is unfamiliar, fanfiction is exactly what it sounds like: a fan of a particular book, movie, TV show, etc., writing their own piece of fiction using the setting and/or characters from that world. There are tons of sub-genres within fanfiction itself, but I won’t get into that. Put more elegantly than I could:
“Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.”
― Lev Grossman
It can also be surprisingly polarizing. Some artists embrace fic writers, while others, such as George R.R. Martin and Diana Gabaldon among many others absolutely hate it.
Like I mentioned above, I had been pretty embarrassed about my fanfiction, but because of my amazingly supportive and wonderful friends and family, I’ve decided to go ahead and share it with people I know. The first completed short story is Return of the Goblin King, followed by the in-progress sequel Legacy of the Labyrinth. Please, feel free to leave me feedback, good or bad, as long as it’s constructive. If you’re being a jerk, I’ll just delete it anyway.