Seinfeld Is Unfunny/Fanfic

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  • This effect can happen a lot with online fanfiction as well; any particularly well-executed fanfic that takes source material in a new direction is likely to spawn a horde of imitators, rapidly turning the original author's new and innovative take on the source material into a tired cliche. With fanfics that are Long Runners or suffer from Schedule Slip a story can actually go from innovative to cliched before the author is even done writing it.
    • A lot of older fanfic suffers from this, especially in large, well-trafficked fandoms like Harry Potter, when a fic that invented or popularised a popular piece of Fanon is examined in light of what went after.
  • Likewise, the old apas and zines seem quaint and silly in comparison to the internet. Many younger fanfic writers never heard of the days when it was incredible to get four or five novel-length fanfics circulated in a year.
    • After the internet became the most popular way to share fanfiction, the zines phenomenon became so low-key that modern fanartists of the Tumblr era reviving the concept as "collaborative fanbooks" and "online magazines" thought themselves as original.
  • This is a notable problem with many old Redwall fics, particularly The Urthblood Saga, that deals with the theme of "noble vermin". When these fics where written back in the late 90's/early 2000's, the concept of including good foxes, rats and weasels in a story based on a series that is so strictly black-and-white was fresh and challenging. Nowadays however, it's rare to find a fic that doesn't include it, or that plays the Exclusively Evil mantra from the official books straight.
  • A vast majority of Ranma ½ fanfics written after 1998 or so were built almost entirely upon Fanon established in earlier works by notable authors; the absolute worst case of this being the Flanderization of Akane into a brutally violent, abusive raging bitch with a hair trigger and no rationality whatsoever—which was given legitimacy in the very dark The Bitter End, a story which painted a darker picture of the Ranmaverse and reconstructed this portrayal, with a Freudian Excuse, in the process. After TBE, "psychobitch Akane" became one of the biggest cliches in Ranma fanfiction, to the point that most people roll their eyes and groan when they see a story going in that direction.
    • Also, the amusing parody crossover Sailor Ranko spawned an entire subgenre of Ranma fanfiction.
  • In Total Drama Island fandom this happens a lot; Total Drama Comeback popularized Ezekiel, Bridgette and pairings without any relation in canon like Katie/Noah to the point of this has became clichés in most TDI fanseasons (many of them could be rightily called TDC fanfics, not TDI fanfics).
  • Harry Potter has inspired one of the most prolific fanfic communities ever. As a result, tons of clichés have formed over the years. A modern reader might find a fic way back from 2002, filled with clichés and not realize those he's reading the first fic to use some of those ideas.
    • This is what has made impossible to determine however My Immortal is a Troll Fic or not, even with (or perhaps because) the benefit of hindsight. At the time there were so many fics sharing its clichés written as actual serious efforts that My Immortal merely looked like the Most Triumphant Example.
  • In the early day of the Fandom many My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans liked the ideal that Princess Celestia was really evil or at least a Knight Templar. However soon after, fanfics about her being a Hero with Bad Publicity or The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask woobie started showing up. Now Celestia would be no worse than a Harmless Troll.
    • Cupcakes was considered the most terrifying thing ever when it was first published. Ever since then, there have been an awful lot of grimdark imitators that make Cupcakes look mundane in comparison (Example: Sweet Apple Massacre) and now some people don't find it as scary.
    • Contemplate this: a show which existed all of two years has an internet community so dedicated that ideas in fan fiction have already become accepted conventions and then faded into being boring. The conclusions you draw from this are up to you.
  • A Trekkie's Tale. Being the source of the term "Mary Sue", people who seek the story out may be disappointed to find that it's extremely short, and a quite basic parody. Then you consider that it was written in the early '70s, when even the idea of fanfic itself was in its infancy.