Crikey! Nearly 50% of Gen Z told MP! that THIS is there secret hobby and you totally need to stop shaming them for it

We’re surprised so many people do it

Nearly 50% of Gen Z have been spending more and more time locked in their bedrooms indulging in a very secret hobby. Quite honestly the amount of teens that do is has left us shocked. We’re also incredibly surprised that their fingers aren’t tired by now…

Things have gotten a bit awkward, haven’t they?! Well, please get your heads out of the gutter, guys and girls. We’re not on about THAT – obviously.

The secret hobby that fans are delving into is writing fanfiction. That’s right! More and more teens are furiously typing away on their computers every night, creating masterpieces out of their favourite fandoms. Just ask our Twitter followers.

In a recent poll we conducted, over 44% of MP!’s followers confirmed that they’re either current or ex-fanfic authors.

Obviously, the hobby has been shunned a lot in the past. Some people think it’s weird to delve into fandoms and create your own stories out them. They call the fics creepy, especially the smutty af ones, which usually involve Harry and Draco.

Well, yawn. We here at MP! couldn’t disagree more. Fanfic doesn’t hurt anybody. In fact it’s probably one of the best hobbies you can get into and we’re going to tell you why…

1. Imagine the creativity it takes to pen your own fanfic

Writing fanfiction is one of the most creative hobbies out there. It takes brains, imagination and bucketloads of passion to be able to adapt a story to your liking. Some fanfic authors even create their own original characters to fit into existing plots.

It’s not an easy task. So it seems sort of stupid to shame it, doesn’t it? After all, would you shame someone for producing a drawing or painting? Probably not.

2. It helps many people’s English

For a lot of fanfic authors, penning stories and reading other people’s fics has help them learn English a little better. Even those who are fluent in it, pick up on different writing styles and sentence structures. It also helps people learn grammar rules, as well as heaps of other creative writing techniques.

3. Fanfic has kickstart many famous authors careers

Many of MP!’s favourite authors originally started their writing careers penning fanfiction. Take Cassandra Clare, for instance. She’s now a best-selling author with dozens of books to her name. Her ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series has even been turned into a film and TV show. Meg Cabot also delved into fanfiction before writing ‘The Princess Diaries’ series.

4. The fanfic community is one of the most positive groups online

It’s true. The fanfic community is one of the most supportive groups online. Authors and readers always have each others backs and it’s super cool seeing a bunch of people bond over something they love. Just check out these wonderful comments…

5. There are plenty of different types of fanfic

Fanfic has got a bad rep as being smutty or dirty, but that’s not always the case. First up there are so many different types of fanfic with a wide range of ratings.

In fact, one of the leading fanfic sites, has various degrees of stories. Some are for more mature readers, whilst others are PG13 and below.

6. Fanfic has also helped many people discovered their sexual identify

We’ve also like to point out there’s nothing wrong with smutty fanfic. In fact, some people have even said that it’s helped them discover their own sexual identity.

Many people see fanfic as a safe space, they can explore LGBTQ+ characters and meet other people from similar backgrounds who may also be going through the same thing.

7. Books are working hard to de-stigmatise fanfic

So many of our favourite YA reads are delving into fanfic now. The chances are you’ve probably read ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell. The whole novel focuses on Cath, a secret fanfic writer who’s tired of getting shamed by her hobby.

8. Who wants to be cool anyway?!

And lastly, one of the biggest (and most stupid) reasons why people dislike fanfic is the fact it’s not cool. Well, we’re not sure about you guys but we have no desire whatsoever to dunk our laptops in a tub of cold water. So, obviously fanfic is never going to be cool, is it? Lol. Cool is so overrated.

Let us know your thoughts about fanfic in the comments below or tweet us @MaximumPopBooks.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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