Fanfiction Rules: Shows and the Fans that Try to Save Them (A Top Five List)

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Welcome back to the randomness! Today, my dears, I am talking about fanfiction. Yes, fanfiction. Apparently, you can write fanfiction and make a ton of money! I am looking for my middle school written Princess Diaries/Harry Potter crossover fanfiction as we speak (I will be rolling in the money…right?)

In the meantime, many fans write fanfiction for the love of the show.  Whether it is to continue an episode, fix a storyline or just write some fluff for ship they love (my inner fandom geek is coming out in full force today), the fans will write what they want to write. Especially for shows that need those fanfiction writers.

We all have those shows. I am sure, when you read that sentence, at least two shows popped into your head. If it did not happen, you are among the lucky 1% that has not had their heart broken by a show.

I have curated a list of the top five shows (in no particular order) that need these dedicated fans and writers. Without them, we are left with the shattered remains of a television show. Dramatic? Yes. Does not make it any less true. I try not to spoil any shows but I just leaving a small spoiler warning…especially on one show. You will know when you see it.

Now…onto the list!

Top Five Shows that Need Fanfiction Writers

Glee

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Glee is one of those shows where, from a marketing standpoint, should be taught in businesses schools. It is a true case study in how to milk a specific demographic (and their parents). From a writer’s standpoint, it is a mess of a show. The character development was non-exist. The plot would go forward one-step forward just to go two steps back. However, I was attached to these insanely unlikable characters and their weird auto tuned singing. The show never took advantage of cast chemistry, obvious storylines that would have helped grow the show and the characters and the show did not let things develop naturally. This is where fanfiction comes in. Fanfiction is needed to fill those obvious nooks and crannies the original Glee writers missed.

I challenge the amazing writers I know are out there to rewrite the whole show from season one taking advantage of all the plot threads and characters the show left behind. I bet anyone it would be a much better show and have a better natural outcome. If only the real powers that be could accomplish that.

How I Met Your Mother

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How I Met Your Mother was a show with a mystery, a lot of sweet life lessons and The Slap. However…that was all screwed it up at the end. I will not go into it but it is still talked about today with fever. Mostly by me. To others on the internet. With clenched fists.  Anyway, fanfiction writers are needed here to soften the blow. Yeah. I will not lie to any of you but that ending still stings. I cannot watch old episodes on Nick at Nite without thinking about it. Fanfiction is the only way this show can survive for me. Amazing writers who can give us an ending that makes sense and I don’t know… (Cough)KEEP THE MOTHER ALIVE!(Cough).  Also…Swarkles for Life! Ok. I’m not over it. However, the fanfiction can fix that…if written right. 

That 70s Show

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That 70’s Show is a great. It got my attention for the funny, recognizable situations and characters. It also got my parents interest because they were reliving their teenage years.  In general, it was a well-written and well-acted show.

Then the eighth season happened. Season 8 is a very dirty word in the fandom. A very small amount (1%, in fact…yes…it’s a fact. Don’t question me on this) liked season 8 but the majority refuses to acknowledge that season even exists. A completely new set of showrunners and writing staff and important cast member departures really screwed things up. The writers tore apart popular couples, had the characters running around with other characters that didn’t make sense and messed with established character histories. Fans were not the only ones upset by the change.

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It is upsetting and does not completely ruin the show but it got pretty freaking close. Fanfiction about the characters in the 1980s has always made it easier to take that last season.

I also know that fans out there have wrote their own season eights that were awesome. Either way, That 70’s Show was a victim of their writers and it is up to the fans to turn that victim into a hero.   

The Pretender

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The Pretender is a show that not too many people talk about but it is amazing. It is about Jarod, a genius who has been living at The Centre since he was a child. He can become anything he wants and does when he escapes and plans to out the Centre for its shady policies. Chasing him is Ms. Parker and his handler Sydney. The show is not the victim of bad writing or cast departures. It was the victim of bad handling by NBC (what else is new).  The show stayed never had an ending. It had two movies and a novel series after its cancellation but they left things wide open. This requires fanfiction to cover the bases (at least for me).  The plot goes forward and stops for a couple of years at a time. Fanfiction writers are the ones that practically write new episodes to hold the small fan base together. Seriously though. Check out the show on Hulu. It is so well done and holds up even though it was written in the late 1990s.

Selfie

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This is more of a recent burn. Selfie aired on ABC and was a modern take on My Fair Lady. The characters were fun and the cast had a great chemistry going. However, it did not make it past season one. The final episodes were released on Hulu. Didn’t even get a burn off in the summer! I feel the fanfiction need is obvious in this situation.

I challenge the fanfiction writers out there to give us a season two. I’m still upset the show was pulled so quickly. I’m still hoping for a reveal on either Netflix or Hulu. Weirder things have happened. I’m looking at you Full House.

What was the point?

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Fanfiction can fix many problems with any show. Sometimes fans need closure and fanfiction provides that closure. I know that fanfiction authors out there are amazing and can handle any challenge out there (cough…my fanfiction challenges…cough).

What do you think? Do you agree with my list?  Can you think of other shows that deserve the fanfiction treatment?

Regardless the randomness has ended. Enjoy. Stay tuned for tomorrow when I defend the movie that no one remembers…Grease 2: Greasier.

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