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When you’re a fan of a particular book or series of books, it can be hard to reach that last page and know it will all soon be over. With fanfiction, it doesn’t have to be! Fanfiction is fiction written by admirers of a certain work or genre, anything from fantasy to comedy to romance. While keeping close to the spirit of the original, fanfiction allows children to explore their favorite stories by borrowing characters, plot elements, and settings and using them in their own creative writing process.
Writing fanfiction helps children sharpen literacy skills in many ways. First, it encourages children to think more deeply about a book or story they have read, considering character dynamics and motives, plot techniques, and the role of setting and mood. Second, it allows children to engage in the creative process but gives them established characters and settings as the basis for their own fictional work. Finally, writing fanfiction can be a highly motivating experience, even for the most reluctant writers, because children are able to model their work after a piece they admire and enjoy.