“I myself used to write Star Wars fan fiction when I was younger. I think writing fan fiction is a good way for new writers to learn to tell a story.”
Fanfiction is basically fiction written by fans or, to put it in a better way, admirers of the original work. Fanfiction writers include much of the same characters and also sometimes choose to add new ones, if they want to. Fanfiction stories often reflect the writer’s view (in this case, the view of the reader of the original work) as to what should have happened in that particular story. Fanfiction also encourages “crossovers”, when writers choose to combine the elements of different stories in one single fictional creation.
There are several websites dedicated solely for fanfiction, and are a great platform for writers of any age to publish their content online. What makes these websites very popular is that most of them are free, and the process of uploading content is fairly simple, and writers get reviews from other fans, which encourages them to keep writing.
If you’re looking to read some really good fanfiction, or are a writer searching for the perfect fanfiction website to publish your work, you’re on the right page. Here’s a list of the 13 most popular fanfiction websites, including generic fanfiction websites, as well as subject-specific ones.
This is perhaps the largest fanfiction community in the world, and with good reason. Fanfiction.net offers readers a large variety of content to browse from, with categories ranging from books to cartoons, from movies to plays, and from TV shows to games. The Harry Potter section on this website is especially popular. However, the only glitch is that since content is not pre-approved before it goes online, you might find some stories of poor quality (bad spellings and/or incorrect grammar).
The best part about Quotev is that it isn’t just a fanfiction website, but it is also a platform for writers to post their original stories, poems, and even quizzes which they might have created. For fanfiction too, this site is great. Quotev offers a wide array of fanfiction categories for readers to choose from. If you’re looking to post your original story/your work of fanfiction, this is a good choice. If you’re just looking for reading fanfiction, this site is great for that too!
Based in Canada, Wattpad is an online platform for writers who to share their fictional remixes and enjoy vast readership. Not limited to fanfiction, Wattpad boasts of over 70 million stories available for readers. To encourage writers, Wattpad has a list of awards that are given for the best works that year.
Archive of Our Own
Archive of Our Own, called AO3 for short, is a non-profit website dedicated to fanfiction, created by fans of fanfiction themselves. The reason why AO3 is so popular is that it displays no ads, which is a very appealing concept for readers. AO3 has a large assortment of categories, and the most popular ones among others are Harry Potter and One Direction.
Fictionesque is another website dedicated to fanfiction, although it does encourage writers to put up original work as well. Publishing content on this website is completely free and very easy, and though it is one of the newer fanfiction websites, it has quickly gained a significant number of followers.
Harry Potter Fanfiction
This is strictly for non-muggles! If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, this is where you should go! With over 80,000 stories dedicated to Harry and the rest of the gang, Harry Potter Fanfiction is truly one of the biggest HP fanfiction sites. Stories here are validated, ensuring good quality fanfiction for readers. This website also encourages writers through various annual awards.
Naruto Fic/ TONFA
All right Naruto fans, listen up! This website is purely Naruto-centric, and has a large archive of Naruto fanfiction. Enjoy a wide choice of fanfiction, and submit your own if you have any good ideas.
Those who love Korean Pop, or K-Pop, as it is popularly known, should definitely pay this site a visit. Dedicated to K-pop fanfiction, this website offers many categories to choose from, ranging from action to romance, fantasy to war, and horror to comedy, among others.
Do you gush over the character of Edward Cullen? Do you adore Jacob Black? Do you feel Bella should have made a different choice? If you’re nodding by now, then what you’re looking for is Twilighted, a fanfiction website revolving around the Twilight universe. Read thousands of fanfiction stories, and submit your own―Twilighted welcomes different types of fanfiction as long as it is related to Twilight in some way, and also accepts stories with crossovers.
Percy Jackson Fanfiction
Fans of the legendary Perseus “Percy” Jackson, this site is for you. Find different Percy Jackson story remixes to read, and write your own too! Your Percy Jackson story will also be subject to reviews from fans just like you, through votes and comments.
One Direction Fanfiction
Love the band and its members? Visit this site to read stories about your favorite people from One Direction. If you want to write a story about you and maybe Zayn Malik, or about you being a part of the band itself, why not register with this site? There are several categories for you to choose from―action, romance, drama, and mystery, among others.
Mrs. Darcy’s Story Site
If Jane Austen is your favorite author, and Pride and Prejudice is your favorite book of all time, then why not try writing fanfiction about it? Mrs. Darcy offers you a platform to write your stories based on this epic novel. Dreaming of meeting Mr. Darcy? Want to feature as Elizabeth’s best friend? Write it! Looking to read something like the aforementioned? Visit the site, now.
This is a great website for Asian fanfiction spanning many genres and not limiting itself to any particular Asian country or ethnicity. If you like Asian fanfiction, you will definitely enjoy the thousands of stories uploaded here. This website has fast gained popularity around the world, and enjoys a large readership of over 1 million.
Fanfiction is fun to read, and not very difficult to write once you have the idea in your head―you already know the characters, the original plot, and the writing style of the author. If you’re writing fanfiction for the first time, here’s a little advice for you.
- Check your grammar and spellings thoroughly before you submit any story. If there’s one thing that genuine fanfiction-lovers hate, it’s a poorly-written story. Though the essence of the content is important, correct grammar and good spellings are important too!
- Don’t include explicit content in your story. Many websites cater to audiences of different ages, including children, and if your story has inappropriate content, it may be rejected by your chosen fanfiction website.
- Make sure you read all the rules and guidelines specified by the website before posting your story, mainly about copyrights and other related issues.
- Decide the plot of the story beforehand. Your story shouldn’t confuse the reader with a complicated plot. Be really clear about what you want to write, and prepare a rough draft for yourself so that you can read it and decide if you need any changes.
- Don’t expect to get paid! Fanfiction websites are a great platform for you to showcase your writing skills, but that’s it. Don’t expect to get paid for posting any work of fanfiction on a particular website.
If you want to become a professional writer, you’ve got to start somewhere, so why not start with this? Writing fanfiction is a great way to get started on improving your writing skills. We hope the aforementioned list helps you find great stories to read, as well as an audience who eagerly reads your work! Best of luck, and we hope to read your stories on these websites soon!