7 Books Based on Fan Fiction

Posted by Marie on January 25, 2018


Fan fiction (stories written by fans that feature characters and settings from existing films, television shows, novels, etc.) has always been a deep-seated part of fandom culture. Retellings and rewrites of folklore and fairy tales have also been popular within the last few years, showing that the spectrum of fan fiction is wide, that its boundaries are murky, and that its position can be extremely polarizing.

Some authors love it, some authors don't, and some authors have used their own “fan musings” as starting points for their own novels. Check out some of these books below!


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The world of Jane Austen has been revisited, reinterpreted, and readapted in many ways by many authors over the years. Bringing droves of the undead to the grounds of Pemberley is but one of the ways Grahame-Smith added apocalyptic flavor to this classic love story.


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Although Rhys’ work is considered a masterpiece in its own right, her unsettling story of Antoinette Cosway was inspired by the origins of Bertha Mason—also known as “the madwoman in the attic” and foil to Charlotte Bronte’s eponymous character, Jane Eyre.


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Before turning pro, Clare was a well-known writer of Harry Potter fanfiction. Though her popular young adult series The Mortal Instruments bears little resemblance to the magical universe conceived by J.K. Rowling, its roots can be traced back to the halls of Hogwarts.


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Almost everyone is familiar with the steamy escapades of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. But what some might not know is that the Fifty Shades trilogy evolved from James’ Twilight fanfiction, giving this business-meets-pleasure series some bite.


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Taking a cue from Homer's Illiad, Miller adds breadth and dimension to one of Greece's greatest warriors and most tragic heroes. Achilles will not be the last mythical figure that Miller will adapt. Her upcoming novel Circe, based on the enchantress from Homer's Odyssey, will be available in April 2018.


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While not traditionally thought of as a work of fan fiction, the powerful verses of Milton’s magnum opus brought the Bible to life in a way that still resonates. His sweeping epic weaves together multiple points of view, giving voices to familiar characters both good and evil.


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Way before the Broadway musical, Maguire's Wicked was originally based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Maguire’s work retells the story from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West, offering a more sympathetic portrait of this iconic villain.


What books based on fan fiction do you recommend? Share them with us in the comments.

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message 1: by Maria (new)

Maria Freeman "Paradise Lost = fan fiction of the Bible" is a fantastic description of the book


message 2: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina actually, most of these books aren't based on fanfic; they ARE fanfics.


message 3: by Alex (new)

Alex Zagorac Sabri wrote: "actually, most of these books aren't based on fanfic; they ARE fanfics."

Yes! Only one I'd say qualifies as "based on fanfic" is 50 Shades.


message 4: by Jude (new)

Jude Simms ✨ Alex wrote: "Sabri wrote: "actually, most of these books aren't based on fanfic; they ARE fanfics."

Yes! Only one I'd say qualifies as "based on fanfic" is 50 Shades."


Hmm - the title of the article is quite misleading!


message 5: by Austin (new)

Austin No wonder The Mortal Intruments is trash. (I love Harry Potter though)


message 6: by Vicky (new)

Vicky ✨ Alex wrote: "Sabri wrote: "actually, most of these books aren't based on fanfic; they ARE fanfics."

Yes! Only one I'd say qualifies as "based on fanfic" is 50 Shades."


50 shades is straight up fanfic.


message 7: by Julia (new)

Julia *cough, cough*

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

*cough, cough*

Though it is quite possibly the WORST piece of fan-fiction out there!


message 8: by Bibliyohan (last edited Jan 25, 2018 02:13PM) (new)

Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰ Haven't read any fanfics of Cassandra Clare but I do believe Cassie's TMI series is quite different from Rowling's HP series (Though her haters says otherwise). I believe all authors are fan of works by authors before them, they are inspired by books and just because Cassie was more passionate in loving HP and made fanfics, she's no longer entitled to write her own tale. My point really is, TMI is not a fanfic of any books.


message 9: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia There were books published that were Star Trek fanfic - New Voyages Volumes I & II. Also "The Price of the Phoenix"- ST fanfic.


message 10: by Akshara (new)

Akshara Maurya Julia wrote: "*cough, cough*

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

*cough, cough*

Though it is quite possibly the WORST piece of fan-fiction out there!"

Why isn't there a like button?


message 11: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I do feel the need to post that Clare is/was being sued over TMI and not by Rowling. But by Sherrilyn Kenyon due to the similarities between TMI and Chronicles of Nick (which are striking). I really don't have a stance on it one way or the other just felt it needed to be out there.


message 12: by Chelin (new)

Chelin Johann wrote: "Haven't read any fanfics of Cassandra Clare but I do believe Cassie's TMI series is quite different from Rowling's HP series (Though her haters says otherwise). I believe all author..."

The novel is basically a re-working of a Harry Potter fanfic that she wrote


message 13: by Luke (new)

Luke Johnson This list is terrible! Mulder and Scully don't have sex in any of these!!


message 14: by Julia (last edited Jan 25, 2018 05:48PM) (new)

Julia Akshara wrote: "Julia wrote: "*cough, cough*"

LOL I accept your comment as a "Like" to my post! :) Thanks!


message 15: by Gretchen (new)

Gretchen Luke wrote: "This list is terrible! Mulder and Scully don't have sex in any of these!!"

This comment wins this entire comments section!


message 16: by Claire (new)

Claire The Divine Comedy is my all-time favorite fanfiction. An author's self-insert main character gets to go on a magical adventure with his favorite celebrity/fanboy crush. Doesn't get much more fanfiction-y than that.


message 17: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Claire wrote: "The Divine Comedy is my all-time favorite fanfiction. An author's self-insert main character gets to go on a magical adventure with his favorite celebrity/fanboy crush. Doesn't get much..."

Being Italian, I want to thank you. It's our national poem and it's nice to see that people abroad know it and grasp the details. I'm not being sarcastic, your post is basically the introduction every teacher gives to the book.


message 18: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Claire wrote: "The Divine Comedy is my all-time favorite fanfiction. An author's self-insert main character gets to go on a magical adventure with his favorite celebrity/fanboy crush. Doesn't get much..."
^^^^
IT DESERVES MORE RECOGNITION


message 19: by idiffer (last edited Jan 26, 2018 01:43AM) (new)

idiffer uh-huh, no wonder all those books are on my "not interested" shelf. Frickin sad how shit like this and Carry On are published, but good fanfics are not. (Yes, carry on IS fanfiction in the ways it matters, meaning "harry potter" was changed to another name and it's shit)


message 20: by Bunny (new)

Bunny McFoo Johann wrote: "Haven't read any fanfics of Cassandra Clare but I do believe Cassie's TMI series is quite different from Rowling's HP series (Though her haters says otherwise). I believe all author..."

Um, those of us who read her fic back in the day can promise you that it's 100% a reworked AU fic with the serial numbers filed off.


message 21: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Hurley March by Geraldine Brooks is the story of the Dad from Little Women. It's actually very good!


message 22: by Bunny (new)

Bunny McFoo Funny enough, literally the only things on this list that could be accurately described as a book based on fic are The Mortal Instruments, as it's basically reheated Leather Pants Draco, and Fifty Shades as it's famously a serial numbers filed off fic.

The rest of these actually are pro-fic aus. Which at the end of the day does make them fan fiction. :)


message 23: by DrCalvin (new)

DrCalvin And Cassandra Claire's book, since it's a (big) reworking of her old fanfic.


message 24: by Cosmos (new)

Cosmos I'm horrible and always considered The Divine Comedy to be self-insert Bible fanfiction as well. I know there are some people that would probably gut me for that!


message 25: by Cosmos (new)

Cosmos Oh! I wanted to add Miranda and Caliban. Based on The Tempest, I think this is probably one of my favorites.


message 26: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Filler I thought I'd be reading about SEAL lovers and all the romantic fan-fic in Kindle Worlds. That's where I write for Russell Blake's JET series. I thought it was perfectly acceptable to take his ex-Mossad assassin JET and give her a sex life!! Of course, a fan accused me of turning her into a slut ... And she said SLUT like it was a bad thing...who knew fan-fic couldn't delve into the sexy side of life...


message 27: by idiffer (last edited Jan 26, 2018 08:52AM) (new)

idiffer @Cosmos
Bible fanfiction - nice one)) Guess there is alot of Satanic Bible fanfiction too)
@Lynda
I just made peace with fanfiction being wish-fulfillment taken to the extreme. So I'm like OF COURSE she's a slut, why wouldn't she be? There are probably version where she is gay, a genius, knows magic, etc. That's normal to me nowadays.


message 28: by Hotaru (new)

Hotaru So many books were published as fanfictions of Hugh Howey's Silo series, I'm surprised none of them are listed up here.


message 29: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Filler idiffer wrote: "@Cosmos
Bible fanfiction - nice one)) Guess there is alot of Satanic Bible fanfiction too)
@Lynda
I just made peace with fanfiction being wish-fulfillment taken to the extreme. So I'm like OF COURS..."

haha, I got over it and toned her down... but really, she needs a romantic life and Luke Raven is panting after her.. book 6 I think I'll take her full on romance... !!


message 30: by Violet (new)

Violet Mitchell Just finished "Knights of Riona by KT Webb. Very good reading. A great imagination and interesting concept. I like the way the chapters are written for each character. It makes the reading go faster and gives the reader a better view of the character. Very good author.


message 31: by Claire (new)

Claire Cosmos wrote: "I'm horrible and always considered The Divine Comedy to be self-insert Bible fanfiction as well. I know there are some people that would probably gut me for that!"
You're not horrible, you're absolutely correct! And it's still one of my favorite books. Definitely one of the greatest fanfictions ever written, in my opinion.


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