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What Fanfiction Is Actually Better Than The Thing It’s Based On?

"A Finger Slip" is a work of art.

Fanfiction is a beautiful thing that we should all be reading.


If you were a nerd like me in middle and high school, you too stayed up until 5 a.m. reading James/Lily fanfictions on your pink Dell computer you got for your bat mitzvah.

...Too specific?

It often rights wrongs of canon storylines and relationships, explores new worlds and ideas, and is far more sex positive and inclusive than the actual source material. In fact, sometimes it's even better than the show, book, or film.

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If you've never read fanfiction, you're honestly missing out. It's also a wonderful place for young writers, because you build a community and hone your craft.

But there are also SO MANY amazing ones. Maybe you think James/Lily Harry Potter fic "Commentarius" by B.C Daily, though unfinished, is the best YA novel of our generation.

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I'm not positive it'll ever be finished, but it's still worth reading. It's written diary style in Lily's POV and it's so well fleshed out and entertaining.

Or maybe you think "A Finger Slip" by Pawtal is better than Sherlock.


It's SO SWEET and the format is so unique: John and Sherlock meet as young adults through John texting the wrong number, and the format is in text messages and calls. I'd read this one again and again.

Or that "Twist and Shout" by gabriel and standbyme is the story Dean and Castiel on Supernatural deserved.

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Okay, so I haven't actually read this one (not a Supernatural fan), but I've spent enough time on Tumblr to know how people feel about it. The prose is supposed to be beautiful!

Or maybe you love any fic that gives Finn and Rey the story they deserved after The Force Awakens, like "Hell of a Start" by 13letters.


It's super cute to see Finn pining over Rey. Poe also plays a fun older brother sort of role for poor Finn, who's completely clueless.

Now it's your turn: What fanfiction is actually better (or at least as good as) its source material, and why? Let me know in the comments and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!