I've been in many fandoms in my six years of fanfiction writing, usually anime/manga and video game fandoms. I wrote my first fanfiction in various different forms, neither of which were ever published on the internet. My Sailor Moon Mary Sue, Minna Kinotome (also my pseudonym at the time), was mostly exposed to RPGs, usually with other fan-made senshi. I wasn't really involved in SM fandom other than reading fanfiction and role-playing with friends. This goes back to circa 2001~2002.
Sailor Moon is mentioned, however, because it was what got me to think about fanfiction, and inspired me to write my own. Back then? I had no aspirations to become a writer, it was something I did for fun, like video games or Legos. However, Sailor Moon was what first got me into fandom, so that is why it's here.
My first foray into fanfiction? Pokémon fandom, back in late 2001. "The Reign of a Pokémon Master" was my first attempt at a works in progress, and "The Death Letters" was a (very bad) attempt at crossing Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and G-Gundam over. I was very adamant about Ash being paired with my Sue, about Domon being paired with my Sue, about everyone being jealous and it ended up being slightly better than the Resident Evil movies. I still have my first Pokemon fanfics, which can be viewed here (Reign of...)
and here ("The Death Letters")
But then I decided, one day, that I didn't want to write Pokemon fanfiction anymore. I changed my fandom to G-Gundam shortly after, in 2003 (November 2003, according to an old printed listing of my fanfics on FFN).
G-Gundam is special to me because it got me into slash, and man did I write it. It was crap, yes, but I didn't know any better. This was a Gundam
fandom after all. It was George de Sand/Chibodee Crocket, and I wrote it so bad that...well, I could have written about Todd and Chuck and no one would have been the wiser. The fandom was half-dead by the time I joined it, and it's dead as wood now, because G-Gundam just isn't as popular as the chock-full-o'-bishies Gundam Wing. I deleted every trace of my G-Gundam fics, because in 2004 I realised how irredeemable they were. And I was embarrassed of them. So bye-bye they went. I left the fandom thereafter.
My G-Gundam fics were those road trip ones, complete with "suga hi!!11". I was even accused of plagiarism
because I wrote a road trip fic. Never mind that there were five other fics about road trips to Hawaii. My fic was completely different, apparently the reviewer was "jealous" of how many reviews my fic got, and the issue was dropped once I took the fic down. I have never, and will never, plagiarise a fic. Or any piece of literature. I also wrote a rape fic entitled "I'm too Dignified to Do This", which was George/Chibodee. Don't ask; I don't even know why I wrote it. I think I was eleven at the time, too. But I caught the slash bug and it's interwoven its DNA with mine.
Amazingly, I never wrote for Gundam Wing. I was scared of the fandom because I said I liked Relena, and they nearly sent DOS attacks at me. For real. So I stayed away from that
Moving on, 2004. This started the current-day fanfic writer you see before you, with better grammar and spelling and no Mary Sues to speak of. In December of 2002, I received a game for Christmas y'all might know as Super Smash Brothers Melee. Apparently my diary lied to me and said I unlocked two certain swordsmen August 10th, but it was actually a Saturday in February
(I remembered it was a Saturday, and it matched my Melee data), but that's not important. I was enamoured with three swordsmen, but a certain blond was my love interest of the time.
I wrote Melee fic starting on November 24th, 2004. Your typical sugar high tween drivel, of course, where everyone was OOC and I was in the fic. Due to a fic by the name of Momentum
, I became obsessed with Marth/Roy, and that was what the fic had in it. Among other pairings, of course. I had your fanon, like Roy being a pyro and Zelda being a bitch, in the fic even. It was a disgrace, and I even tried to rewrite it.
I entered Zelda fandom in 2005 due to my obsession with Link. That was the fandom where my Sues all died, the fandom where I honed my writing skills, where I became quite desensitised to every pairing in that fandom and said, "To hell with it! I'll just ship everything and anything!" Thus, from that, I learned that everyone needs love
, and I paired Link with whomever - the more insane, the better. And that carried over to my other fandoms, obviously, because I'm still like that. I was known as the "writer who twisted cliches" because I took badly written plotlines and made them new and interesting. I even parodied badfic ideas, and started a twisted Zelda: OoT novelisation, which I never finished since I left the fandom before its completion.
I left Melee fandom for a time so I could focus on Zelda fandom more. That lasted about three months, because I was hit with several plotbunnies, all with slash involved.
December 2005 was when my interest in Zelda started to wane, because I had a new video game love: Fire Emblem. I thought Fire Emblem was interesting, sure, and I played Rekka a bit.
Part of my interest in Fire Emblem was stemmed by Melee, because of Marth and Roy. So when I heard Souen was coming out, I asked for it for Christmas. It's all history now, because we all know how that turned out. I got into Fire Emblem too late to be able to buy Rekka, and Seima was out for a while (I could still get it in stores, anyway), but I wanted this
game because it was for Gamecube.
Souen ruined any interest in video games where there was no personalities. There was a huge cast of characters, all with their own histories and quirks and it was wonderful
and Zelda looked so bland
in comparison. Souen got me to replay Rekka, and I even lost sleep over it. It was so wonderful, to be immersed in a world as diverse as the characters in it. I was hooked, addicted.
I found Zelda boring after that drug-like experience. It did nothing for me - I needed a game with many characters and I needed them to have personalities, not just...existence and the personality was determined by the player. Why should I care about a character if I can't relate to them? He's supposed to be me, of course, but I can't relate to the character to make him me
. Fire Emblem? I could relate to all of the characters in some way. There isn't a character I hate in Fire Emblem. Zelda? The only character I like is Ganondorf, for whatever reason.
September 2nd, 2006 was the day I said goodbye to Zelda. I was tired of the fandom and I lost interest in the franchise because of another love. I never looked back and I can't say I even miss being apart of it.
Before I got into Fuuin, I gave up anime/manga and video game fanfiction writing for a while, almost a year, due to writer's block. In that time, I wrote three Green Day fics, and I began writing het again. I kinda got out of the het fic thing in Zelda fandom because I shipped all slash pairings. The RPS stint lasted about six months. After that, I returned to writing video game fics, which started through Fuuin.
After my RPS stint, I fully immersed myself into Fire Emblem, mostly Fuuin no Tsurugi, a game I fell in love with because it had Roy
, and he was my favourite Melee character. (Him and Marth, of course.) So I wrote (and still write) Fuuin fanfic, which spilled over into Rekka fic. I wrote only one Souen fic, and that's enough for me. I have no regrets in regards to picking this fandom over Zelda's. None. I've found things that've made me fall in love with FE over and over again.
Right around the time I started posting FE fic and after my very brief stint in Harry Potter fandom, I started Melee School Boys: Battle of the Bands (subtitle added later), the first WIP I actually finished
, and it took me a year to do so. Its sequel, however, was discontinued. Right after MSB: Prom was posted four chapters in, I started Melee Academy of Higher Learning for Boys, a more serious version of Melee School Boys. While working on this series, I started a Fuuin no Tsurugi novelisation titled The War
, scheduled for thirty eight chapters.
During this, I wrote one fic for Count Cain/Godchild, two Resident Evil fanfics, and I'm relatively active in Sukisho! fandom, an anime I got into a bit before Melee Academy.
So that's almost six years (six years July 31st) of my involvement with fandom. It's practically my life.
There's one fandom I would never leave, of course. Well, two, actually, now that I think about it. Melee and Fire Emblem fandoms. Melee's can be sorta batshit, but it's okay. Fire Emblem's fandom is special to me, though, because I met the best friends I could ever hope for, I've had so much fun in it, and I've actually started RPing again! I can relate to FE the most through its variety of characters, the situations, their quirks...
So what's your
fandom history? What was the fandom that started you on fanfiction, fanart, RPing, etc.? How did you get into them, why did you leave them (if you did), what made you relate to them?
Fandom history is important, because it makes up a part of you, and it's just as important as your childhood, and for some of us? fandom is