So awhile back I opined that fan works are a boon to the creative process. For instance, fan art is a great means to practice the art of character design by drawing on the successes of other artists/working within current trends. In fact, some big name animators dabbled in fan art before their careers took off–or continue to dabble in fan art today as a way to unwind and to exercise those artistic muscles.
But fan art is just one of the many ways that fans can contribute to the
monster collaborative that is fandom. Just as popular as fan art is its written counterpart, fanfiction, allows the imagination to run wild in any and every direction possible. And with the success of works of fanfiction–notably that train-wreck known as Fifty Shades of Gray or the parody works such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies–in the mainstream media, should fanfics be considered the next step towards a coveted publishing contract?