Author has written 28 stories for NCIS, Toy Story, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who.
Jananae's Golden Rule of Fanfiction: Character ALWAYS comes first. More than the plot, more than the story being told, respect for the characters is the most important thing. Without compelling characters, a story is worthless.
Hello to all you readers out there, my name's Janine. I thought up my first fanfiction story, "A Mangled Reminder", while I was bored at work one night. On a whim, I wrote it up when I got off at midnight, and posted it here the next morning. And so it goes. Actually, I seem to only write after midnight has come and gone. I don't know whether I'm just more creative then or the silence of the time allows me to think more clearly, but whatever works, I suppose. I only write when I have a strong idea come to me, so the pieces that I post will be pretty sporadic. We'll see what happens from here ;)
In all of my pieces, you'll find multiple instances of symbolism and double-meaning. Why? Because I love the hidden secrets that these reveal. I think it really adds another layer and a certain special something for those that care to dig deep enough. So yes, on the surface, there is obviously a main point or theme to all of my stories. But if you continue to read and try to understand even more, I think you'll find some little gems that'll give these stories so much more power.
Jananae's Recommendations: Of all my pieces, I consider "Worth It" and "Replies of Silence" to be my best written. I just find them to be the most eloquent of my stories. To me, they communicate their respective messages the best among all my fics.
Some preferences I have with fanfiction: I'd like to take this moment to create my own word and say that I don't like "uncanoness" in either the characters or the stories they're in. Obviously, I have no problems with creatively changing things as long as they're written well, but I like the movies and books that I watch and read because of the way the characters are portrayed and the stories are told. Why fix what's not broken? Instead, I like the fanfiction that simply expands the reader's knowledge of the already existing story. The best stories are about the smallest things that we may never see: A small gesture here, a little exchange there. That being said, I like to write my fanfiction in "plausible possibilities". That is, I write only what I think is probable within the canon of the situation and characters.
Another preference: I don't really like fluff. Yeah, it can make you feel warm and fuzzy for a brief time, but it isn't something that lasts. I think the reason why I don't like it is because it tends to be a little cliched and (dare I say) campy. I typically don't care for it. It's just fake. A very short, heartfelt story is worth so much more than 38 chapters of longing looks and cheesy, unrealistic dialogue.
Personal writing style: I think it's easier to write in a more "train-of-thought" way because I think people (most people, anyway) are their most honest while in thought. There's no reason to put on an act or front in your own mind. So whatever may possibly cross a character's mind is fair-game to write and read. At least, that's what I believe. Given this, it's inevitable that there are purposeful sentence fragments all over my pieces ;)
Favorite Fanfiction line: "I once thought that I was living the American dream - an independent life, a job requiring a gun, and a string of leggy blondes ... I know now that I was wrong. The American dream is about second chances, about being better than other people's expectations. It is about justice and personal triumph over tragedy. It is having an immigrant wife who is intelligent and exotic and bears badges of strength and courage on her perfect skin." Tony, Bare My Scars by Not in the Face
I love this line because it really shows the growth that Tony goes through throughout the series. That, and it's just so beautiful :)
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