At first, Anna Todd wrote fan fiction on her phone. She then published her chapters to Wattpad. Eventually, after she earned over a million views, several literary agents reached out to her. After five years, her story AFTER became a New York Times Bestseller. Today, Todd is an accomplished author and millionaire.
Amanda Hocking’s story is equally as impressive. Once she began to write fan fiction, she landed a multimillion-dollar book deal. There’s also Erika Leonard, aka E.L. James who learned about fan fiction in 2009. She bought the Fifty Shades of Grey series and movies in 2018, which gave her a net worth of $150,000,000.
These stories make it clear that fan fiction is certainly worth pursuing. Before you begin to write it, check out my list of top 21 fan fiction sites and see where your work could fit in and more importantly, stand out from the crowd.
- Mibba: Mibba is a community that welcomes fan fiction. Through the use of forums, it offers help with writing and connecting with people who have similar viewpoints.
- Deviant Art: Deviant Art offers 176,092 deviations for fan fiction, grouped in 6 categories including drama, general fiction, horror, humor, romance, and sci-fi. The most popular one, however is Not in Harry Potter, with quotes and words that should be included in Harry Potter books – but aren’t.
- Archive of Our Own: Founded and operated by the Organization for Transformative Works, Archive of Our Own is a non-profit, non-commercial archive for fan fiction of all formats, including writings, graphic art, videos, and podcasts. There are currently over 170,000 users.
- FictionAlley Founded in 2001, FictionAlley serves over 60,000 registered users. In 2006, it launched HarryPotterWiki, the first wiki to blend information about the Harry Potter book series’ characters, places, magic and things, with fan theories, stories, art, videos and music
- Tumblr: Tumblr allows you to search for new, fresh fan fiction; it’s just a matter of using the right tag to search the posts, and finally picking up Tumblr posts you want to follow. Use #fanfic, #fanfiction, or any book title you like.
- Twilighted: Twilighted refers to itself as all-inclusive, high-quality Twilight fan fiction. Founded in 2008, the site’s most popular and interesting category is AU-Human: stories in which all the vampires are humans.
- MediaMiner: MediaMiner connects those who are interested in reading and writing fan fiction. Its three major sections are fan fiction, fan art, and anime.. Feed Books: Feed Books features works uploaded by the site’s users into its Original Books section. You may upload any of the 800 fanfiction pieces to a book application or an e-reader. They’re available in mobi (Kindle), epub and pdf formats.
- Quotetv: While Quotev is a fan fiction site that offers a wide variety of fan fiction categories for readers to choose from, it’s also a platform that allows writers to post their original poems, stories, and quizzes.
- FanFiction is the world’s largest fanfiction archive on the web. The most popular sections on FanFiction are Harry Potter (675,000 titles), Twilight (215,000 titles), and Lord of the Rings (51,000 titles).
- Good Reads: Good Reads serves 18 million users. Its members can share their work, about 400 of which are fan fiction. The most popular books are inspired by Twilight, Harry Potter, and Naruto.
- Wattpad: Based in Toronto, Wattpad’s monthly audience is over 10 million readers. Every minute, the site connects more than 10,000 readers with a new story. Wattpad is more about fanfic driven by celebrities and comics. There are over 100,000 stories about One Direction.
- FicWad: FicWad is an archive of both fan fiction and original work, launched in 2005 and managed by K&D Lynch. The site is currently in beta stage, but you are able to read the stories even if you are not a registered user.
- Commaful: Commaful offers a unique flavor of fan fiction. It’s one-of-a-kind picture book format that’s ideal for shorter works.
- Asianfanfics: Asianfanfics is mostly about Asian characters and topics that often revolve around Asian culture. One-shot fanfiction, which is characterized as stories no longer than one chapter, is very popular on Asianfanfics.There are over 35,000 stories listed in that category.
- Percy Jackson FanFiction: Percy Jackson Fan Fiction was made for fans of the legendary Percy Jackson. It offers a variety of Percy Jackson story remixes you can read and may encourage you to write your own remix. All Percy Jackson stories are subject to votes and comments from fans.
- One Direction Fan Fiction: If you love One Direction, you’ll be pleased to find out there’s a website dedicated to One Direction fan fiction. It’s categories include action, romance, drama, mystery, and many others.
- Fiction Press: Fiction Press is the fan fiction site for all things sci-fi and fantasy. Its dedicated communities of authors on the site who help edit and encourage the work of one another.
- Sugar Quill: Founded in 2001, Harry Potter fan fiction site favors the Harry and Ginny love match, as well as the Weasley family in general. It’s intuitive and offers a page of daily affirmations, lest you forget.
- Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library. Users can download digital material or upload their own.
- TONFA: TONFA is a purely Naruto centric website. It offers a robust archive of Naruto fanfiction. Users can read fanfiction on this site or submit their own.
Don’t hesitate to take advantage of these fan fiction sites. It may be just what you need to take your writing career to new heights!