by Amber Carlyle
There's a lot of truth behind that song title from Aida. In every great story, there's a love story, a romance. Romance is one of the main aspects that allow us to truly relate to these characters. Whether it's a musical, a book, a television show, or even a video game, these stories become more grounded when we can identify with them. Sometimes, even the greatest stories, with the greatest romances, leave people wanting more.
That's where the world of fanfiction comes into play. Sometimes, two characters will exchange a glance between one another that will speak volumes to the audience, but it's never truly explored. Other times, two characters may have a brief exchange of dialogue that will light an imagination on fire. It doesn't matter what the inspiration stems from, what is important is drawing on the connection between those two characters. What is important is to show the breadth of emotion that could be built on those foundations.
Fans are no longer passive bystanders in communities. They live and breathe the creative works that are put out; they become attached to these characters, invested in them. Fanfiction allows us to break the traditional boundaries. Fan writers explore new dimensions between the characters, they add to the relationship and to the fan community by their unique insight. None of which would be possible without the romance. After all, we can use the romance to see a side of a character that we never thought we'd see.
One of my favorite little fanfiction corners of the internet is within the Cinders community. Cinders is a visual novelization developed by MoaCube, and the entire experience is an interactive retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale. Not only is the Cinders story engaging, but because there are a multitude of endings, there are moments between characters that can tease but never develop if the reader doesn’t make the choice to do so. However, those moments linger, and they drive new stories and ideas from the fan community. In particular, for me, Cinder’s stepsister Sophia dances with Prince Basille at the ball, and their dialogue made me fall in love with the idea of those two characters one day developing their own relationship. The glimmer of potential between them was more tantalizing than any choice Cinders was making for my game, and because of fanfiction, there is the ability to find like-minded people who also want to see those same ideas.
So, whether it's exploring a relationship that was never given a chance to shine, or delving into the tragic romance that bloomed between two fictional characters, there is a place in fanfiction for those stories. Just because it doesn’t follow the set path laid by the original creator, it doesn’t diminish its power to reach the hearts and minds of others.
That's the beauty of fanfiction.
If you’re interested in checking into fanfiction for your own favorite fandom, check out Archive of Our Own.
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Amber's Newest Release: Not So Picture Perfect
Series: Between the Veil #1
Author: Amber Carlyle
Genre: Suspense w/ Romantic Elements
New Orleans native and private investigator Yumi Matthews finds herself steeped in a murder investigation – a far cry from the vision of reuniting people with their missing loved ones. Still, she devotes herself to investigating these supposedly unsolvable mysteries as a way to distract herself from the haunting disappearance of her own brother 10 years ago. Yet, while at this latest crime scene, she unveils a bizarre clue into her brother’s cold case, which terrifies and excites her all at once. As she digs deeper into the case, the lines between reality and fantasy blur, causing her to question everything she knows. A cast of strangers gather around her, from the familiar Detective Joshua Boulliard to the new, and possibly dangerous, Ash. How far is she willing to go to discover the truth surrounding these mysterious clues?