Guilty Pleasures Part 1

So hey.. I kind of ran out of time yesterday to post anything. I guess it’s not the end of the world, because I don’t think there are a whole lot of people that read my dribble.

Anyway, I kind of want to write about guilty pleasures after catching up on last week’s Glee episode. I know that I don’t have a whole lot of guilty pleasures, but I think I’ll make this a series of posts. One of them for sure is fan fiction. Though I suppose if you really think about it, aren’t a lot of books published based on fan fiction? Take Star Wars for example, would you not consider all of the Expanded Universe stuff as fan fiction? All started because of a love for the original trilogy with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. Same thing with 50 Shades of Grey, it started out as fan fiction for Twilight.

It all started in 1996 when we had just gotten the internet at my house and from that point forward I was doomed. At that time, I was a fan of the band Hanson- not so much a fan now, I haven’t even listened to them in years. I used to have this big huge crush on Taylor Hanson, so being the fangirl I am, I decided to try my hand at writing fan fiction. Of course they were crap and I ended up burning them one night during a bon fire, but that hasn’t stopped me from writing in general.

Then my love of Star Wars happened. Man, lol. I don’t even know where to begin. I suppose the beginning is a good place to start. Back in 1998 when I was in 8th grade, my science teacher gave an assignment to create a planet. It could be anything you want it to be, but it had to have certain aspects. Like if you wanted a gravity heavy planet, you had to design beings and plant life that would survive there, for example short aliens that were able to withstand the heavy gravity. If you wanted a planet that had little to no gravity, an example of an alien or being would be super tall and gangly. To get us in the mindset of aliens and what they could look like, we spend the first half of the class period watching sci-fi movies. The first film clip being the original Star Wars with the classic cantina scene where Luke and Obi-Wan ‘Ben’ Kenobi meet Han Solo and Chewbacca. Until that point, there was only one other time that I had watched Star Wars, and even then I wasn’t too interested in it. I was in a hotel room on vacation, Star Wars was on and it was the trash compacter scene from the same one I mentioned. The other movie that I was switching back and forth on during commercials was the original Tron movie and ended up being the movie I watched until I fell asleep.

Needless to say, after that day in my science class, I was in love with Star Wars. My best friend at the time, and I were planning a sleep over for the weekend and the main thing on the agenda was to have a Star Wars marathon. I fell in love with Han Solo, he’s just too damn cool for his own good. However, the thought never occurred to me to write about Han Solo. That didn’t happen until after I saw Episode I in 1999. Young Obi-Wan Kenobi. What is not to like about a sexy looking Jedi knight? With a Brit/Scot accent as well? After that movie, he was the Star Wars man of my dreams and kicked Han Solo to the curb. I decided that Obi-Wan needed a girlfriend and eventual wife. So I started writing about it. Now 14 years later, I’m still working on it. Every now and then I go back and read what I had first wrote and I just shake my head and laugh. Was my writing really that bad? Like it was worse than what I think the quality of my writing is now.

Along with my Star Wars thing, I also have written some other stuff centering on a favorite actor of mine as well as my favorite band. I’ve also tried my hand at fan fiction for an anime that I adore, Inuyasha. My favorite character pairing for that is Kagome and Sesshoumaru. For anyone that has seen the anime series or read the manga, Kagome ends up with Inuyasha, but I like the pairing of Kagome and Inuyasha’s icy bastard of a half-brother, Sesshoumaru.

Lately though, my writing has taken a backseat because it seems like my little muse has wandered off somewhere and has yet to return. So I have been reading a lot of fan fiction online hoping to read or see something that strikes my fancy enough that I’d like to try to write something like it.