Ten Ways to Rewrite a Show

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    In his book Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, academic Henry Jenkins includes a section detailing ten different ways a show can be rewritten as a Fanfic. In an abbreviated form, these are:

    1. Recontextualization - Filling in the gaps in broadcast material and providing additional explanations for characters' conduct. See Fan Wank and Fix Fic.
    2. Expanding the series timeline - Either into the past or future. See Continuation, Prequel and Backstory.
    3. Refocalization - Shifting attention away from the program's central figures and onto secondary characters (often women and minorities). See Day in The Limelight and Lower Deck Episode.
    4. Moral Realignment - Inverting or questioning the series' moral order. See Deconstruction/Deconstruction Fic, Alternate Character Interpretation, Perspective Flip, Die for Our Ship and Draco in Leather Pants.
    5. Genre Shifting - Telling stories different in tone and style from those of the actual series. See Characterization Tags, Dark Fic and WAFF.
    6. Crossovers - See Crossover and Fusion Fic.
    7. Character Dislocation - Characters are removed from their original situations, and may be given alternative names and identities. See Alternate Universe Fic and Transplanted Character Fic.
    8. Personalization - "Mary Sue" stories, and stories that break the fourth wall by having characters interact with fans. See Mary Sue, Marty Stu and Self-Insert Fic.
    9. Emotional Intensification - Including the "Hurt-Comfort" genre. See Hurt/Comfort Fic.
    10. Eroticization - See Lemon, Lime and Porn Without Plot.

    Of course, these are rules for fanfic. If you're a pro, just stick 'em on a rocket.

    If you are interested in more ideas about writing fanfiction see So You Want To Write A Fanfic.