An Unexpected Adventure in Fanfiction- Revised Revised 11/30/15 Fanfiction is not the most respected of literary genres out there, and in a sense, it deserves its infamy. Some of the worst pieces of literature of all time are fanfictions; mention the story “My Immortal” to most Harry Potter fans and they’ll give you the Death Stare. Fanfiction is rife with unskilled writers, badly developed characters, and outlandish plots. Many writers of skill have identified archetypes within fanfiction that they warn others to avoid in their own writing, which include the infamous “Mary Sues,” who are characters that are glamourized and unrealistic projections of the author. To me, the sheer amount of awful fanfiction in existence is annoying and discouraging as a serious writer. I’ll spend countless hours pouring my heart into a completely original work of literature, and it’ll only get two favorites on DeviantArt, or a comment if I'm lucky.