This year, for NaNoWriMo, I have decided that the fact I am moving is going to dictate what I write– I will not have time to be as invested in the character developmet area, so I have selected to go with fan fiction.
Specifically, Gruvia fan fiction from the series Fairy Tail. I am a completely unashamed shipper of Gray Fullbuster and Juvia Lockser. There are things I do not expect Hiro Mashima to touch on. I have decided to write them myself.
I discovered my love of writing from writing fan fiction, and one of my all time favorite books, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, focuses quite a bit on a fan girl who write fan fiction. I liked that. It’s a reality and a medium I really enjoy, because it’s a quick way to expand ona universe that an author no longer intends to build upon– it’s a way to create a vested dialouge for characters or interactions you wished to see touched on, but never was.
It also is an easy way to introduce ones self to writing. The characters are pre-existing, and you learn to delve into what you know of them to keep them in character for your own storytelling. This teaches so much– character development, for one, and also literary analysis and critical thinking. You process that and out comes a new work of art that is not canon nor publishable, but free for scrunity and critism that you take back to hone your skills. From there you learn just how well you must know your own characters, and the transition to writing original ficiton is born.
That’s what it is for me, anyway. I know many authors are not fans of others expanding their universes, which they have created and dictated and invested time in. And still there are others (Mashima included) who are fans of fanwork and appreciate the insight and understanding their readers have of the characters, worlds and message of their work. There may be things they themselves never noticed, or inspiration that is found within a series– or a surprise that the plot twist they anticpate is already a common theory.
When I become a published author (which I hope to be), I will support fan ficiton of my own work.
That’s not why you clicked this post though, is it? You want to know what exactly it is that I’m writing.
THE REMAINDER OF THIS POST WILL INVOLVE SPOIILERS. IF YOU DO DO NOT KEEP UP WITH FAIRYTAIL THROUGH CRUNCHYROLL MANGA TRANSLATIONS, YOU MAY BE SPOILED FOR CONTENT NOT YET PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN BOOKSTORES.
NaNoWriMo Novel Title: For Our Tomorrows
Category: Fan Fiction– Fairy Tail, romance
Characters: Gray Fullbuster & Juvia Lockser
He denied himself a future. She showed him he deserved one.
The ship that is Gruvia is set to sail at any moment. Chaper 507 is proof enough that Gray views Juvia’s safety as the one thing that keeps him grounded. He fainted when he saw she was still alive– that even though he has lost everyone and everything else he’s ever loved, she will always come back. She is the one person who has placed themselves on the line for him, and lived.
Even when he thought he’d lost her forever.
So what changed? When did Gray Fullbuster realize he couldn’t live without Juvia? When, and how, did their relationship develop to one of vocal honesty and attachment instead of tsundere misdirections and distance?
The answer is in those short 6 months they lived together. That is what I’m going to write about. There are so many questions that need to be answered.
- How did they go from Chapter 416 to living together?
- When did Juvia start stripping and why?
- What kind of missions did they go on?
- Why did Gray stay so silent when accused of being a jerk for leaving her?
- What question is Gray giving his answer to?
- Why did Juvia secretly learn Water Make: Blood?
- At what point did Gray know there was no turning back?
- When did he begin feeling accountable?
- What caused Gray to begin keeping her close instead of pushing her away?
- When did Juvia become more than a friend?
- When did Juvia become so confident what she means to Gray?
My plan is to touch on most of these. At the end of Novemeber I will have 50,000 words explaining that which Mashima has held back from fans that will hopefully help fill the need of fans. We want to know.
I want to see if I can write it.
Stand back, NaNoWriMo. I’m coming for you.