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12 Traits of a ‘True’ Fanfiction Fan

So, you say you’re a fanfic fan? Sure, Jan…

Of course, your newfound fanfic habit doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that masses of fanfic readers are turning previously spurned fanfic writers into legitimate mainstream stars with publishing and movie contracts. We believe you.

Still…it always pays to be sure.

After all, everybody’s jumping on the fanfic bandwagon nowadays. That can make it hard to tell the poseurs from the true believers – the ones who let their fanfic flags fly even when it branded them as nerdy little outcasts.

Back in the day, when fanfic was still something you only admitted to reading and writing with a healthy dose of shame, you had to be a skilled tracker and hunter to find good fanfic.

You had to shoulder your way to the back shelves of quirky comic book shops, scour the vendor tables at ramshackle fan-run conventions, or ransack the personal collection owned by some shady, half-fast connection you made with another fan. It was brutal.

Nowadays though you just go online, rev up your search engine and there it is – spread out for you like a feast.  Where were you newbies during those lean, hungry days, huh? Huh?

No, you just don’t get to say you’re a fanfic fan. You’ve got to hunger for fanfic, crave it, turn your life over to it.

Okay, no, you don’t have to go knocking on doors and asking people if they would like to discuss our lord and savior, J.K. Rowling. (Ducks the lightning bolt.)

But you do have to show you’re committed before the old guard fanfic fans take you seriously. So, let’s take a look at the

12 Traits of a True Fanfiction Fan

You know you’re a true fanfic fan when…

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1. You refuse to move on to another fanfic because you’re waiting patiently for the author to update. sits waiting by the phone * “They’ll call. I know they will. And then we’ll be together again…” 

2. You go into mourning when you learn your favorite fic will never be finished because the author has officially abandoned it.

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3. You automatically go into death eater mode when someone interrupts your fanfic reading.

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4. You grit your teeth and endure the pain of crappy grammar because the story itself is just so, sooooooo good!

5. You suffer a minor breakdown when you realize you forgot to bookmark a fabulous fanfic, go back to find it, and learn it’s vanished from the web forever.

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6. You feel strangely alone in the world because no one writes fanfic for your one true pairing. 

7. You block former online friends after getting into a knockdown dragout fight over whether the fanfic version of a character totally violates the canon character. *yells at the computer screen* “No, Harry would not start dating an apple!”

Fanfiction lovers are everywhere. Sherlock holmes can't stop them, Ron Weasley can't stop & malfoy has no chance. If you're a Harry Potter fan and lover of all things HP fanfiction you may well have some of the common harry potter fanfiction traits in this list. Find out inside. #harrypotter #fanfiction #jkrowling #hp

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8. You get a courtesy call from Homeland Security because of the arcane subjects you research to write your fanfics. * gulps * “Uh, no officer, I hadn’t intended to, um, actually use the anthrax…” 

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9. You stay cool and calm as everyone around you rants and raves over a wretched series finale. * calmly sips a cup of tea * “They’ll fix it in fanfic.”

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10. You keep an enemies list of those fellow fanfic fans who refuse to ship your one true pairing. * strokes hairless kitten* “Don’t worry, Snuffles, one day we’ll have our revenge!”

11. You deny any and all knowledge of weird fanfic tropes. Omega-verse, that’s that new livestream game on Twitch, right?” 

12. You argue with fanfic authors for days over why their fanfic sucked before giving up in disgust and writing your own. * types furiously while making plans for the book contract and movie franchise *

Fanfiction lovers are everywhere. Sherlock holmes can't stop them, Ron Weasley can't stop & malfoy has no chance. If you're a Harry Potter fan and lover of all things HP fanfiction you may well have some of the common harry potter fanfiction traits in this list. Find out inside. #harrypotter #fanfiction #jkrowling #hp

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Terri L. Heard is a web content writer, former TV Guide assignment editor, and committed fanfic (Harry Potter, Sherlock, etc.) reader and writer who lives in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on completing her debut romance novel, (working title) Black Ice. She writes as Librasmile or Tenthsun on Archive of Our Own.

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