"So, Kellie, what are you reading at the moment?"
I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about. When people find out you like to write, it's just a short jump to assuming (quite correctly) that you like to read too. And if you like to read, then you must have some amazing recommendations of stuff that will blow their minds. Perhaps some hidden gem that will turn out to be the next Harry Potter series.
Oh boy, I could definitely recommend things that would blow their minds ... I'm just not sure if I should.
Okay, I'll just come out and say it ... I read fan fiction.
I know, I know, I'm not supposed to like that stuff. Or at least I'm not supposed to admit to liking that stuff. But you know what? I'm done with the hiding! I'm coming out of the literary closet!
I'm a fan fiction reader, and proud of it!
And really, before you go scoffing at my lack of literary depth you really should try it first. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it is knowing that somewhere out in the world there's a small army of people, and they're all writing hundreds of thousands of words a day about shows and characters that I already love. I never run out of things to read, I get to see what my favourite characters would do in situations the TV networks would never allow them to be in, and I don't have to pay a cent for it!
So instead of hiding my literary leanings, I've decided I'm just going to be honest from now on. When someone asks me what I'm reading now, I'm just going to tell them. Maybe I'll even give them an URL or two.
But I don't think I'll warn them about the tendency fan fiction authors have to pile on the homoerotica and make all their characters gay. I'll just leave that as a surprise.
Kellie's Fan Fiction Recommendations (just some of my favourites)
Sandstorms [link] by Mithreon (Stargate Atlantis) - Lot and lots of angst here. I cried so much reading it!
Make A Wish [link] by Rorschach's Blot (Harry Potter) - This was written before the series was finished, but it's hilarious and well worth the read.
My Father's Keeper [link] by Emerald1 (NCIS) - Another angsy offering, this time with poor Tim McGee getting the rough end of the stick.
Syrup and Honey [link] by LauGS (Glee) - a really well done "what if" story where Kurt owns a bakery.
Ianto Jones' Diary [link] by Torchwoodfour (Torchwood) - This one was great! A bit of a "missing scenes" one, in the form of a Bridget Jonesesque diary written by good old Ianto.
Feel free to leave recommendations of your own in the comments! I'm always looking for new stuff to read!