The other side of the fandom
More often than not, you will find fans spazzing over their favorite idols on social media. This is where they get real time updates, photos and schedules. However, there is also another venue where fans go to unleash their “feels’’ that they could not inflict on other people in their social media timelines. This venue is where fanfiction is produced.
KPop fanfiction can range from yaoi (boy to boy) to yuri (girl to girl). There are original character fanfics where a writer creates a fictional character that will be paired with an idol (which is what fans call KPop stars) and straight-themed stories which are male-female fanfiction.
The popular places where fans hang out to read or write fanfics are Asianfanfics, Livejournal and Wattpad. Fans create accounts in these sites to either compose their own stories and to use it to comment on the works of other writers. By commenting, fans interact and share their sentiments about their biases or ships.
When a certain fanfic gets really popular, it becomes a big thing in the fandom. For an instance, Anterograde Tomorrow, a story written by changdictator in Livejournal which stars Kai and D.O. of EXO was a huge hit in the whole EXO fandom that some of the lines in the fic are already part of fandom lingo. KaiSoo (ship name for Kai and D.O.) is one of the most popular OTP.
Similarly, Gashiyeon, a korean fanfic dedicated to the YunJae ship (Yunho and Jaejoong from DBSK back when they were still together) became a must read story if you are a fan of the group because it was believed that Yunho and Jaejoong have read it.
Livejournal user ladylia257, who hails from Indonesia, writes mostly about the YongSeo (Yonghwa of CN Blue and Seohyun of SNSD) couple and is quite famous, considering she is one of the most followed writer of this ship. The couple gained followers during their We Got Married stint in 2010. We Got Married is a reality show where celebrities were paired with each other and required to act as married couples for certain time.
ladylia257 began writing in 2004 about the lead characters in the drama “Memories in Bali (What Happened in Bali)” Jae Min and Soojung. After her debut, she went on writing about the friendship of Japanese idol group KAT-TUN. It has been nine years since she got into fanfic writing though she has been most active the past four years.
Fanfics vary in genre from fluff, angst or mature to alternate universe and canon (true events). Likewise, they are rated just like movies and TV shows—G, PG-13, NC-17 and R so that minor readers could be warned if ever there is an adult content in the story. They can also be categorized through lengths—drabbles, oneshot, twoshot, threeshot or chaptered.
ladylia257 says she likes writing angst the most since it is very challenging. Majority of her stories are in alternate universe but then she also writes canon with supplied information from fellow Gogumas (collective name for YongSeo shippers). Oppa Nappa, Half Alive and Secret Revealed are just some of her works that have mild angst content.
Fanfic writers also get editors to look at their stories before they are published online. In ladylia257’s case, she edits her stories herself. She says this is faster since her readers really wait for her updates.
Currently, there are more than 100 stories dedicated to the YongSeo ship in ladylia257’s livejournal.
At 29 years old, ladylia257 is an English teacher although she took up Financial Management in college. She continues writing for the love of it and it is also a good way to gather more fans into the YongSeo fandom. Additionally, fanfics take readers to another dimension which helps fuel their passion for their ships or groups.
Writers are not paid when they write fanfics. They all do it for the fandom, for their readers, and for themselves. Thus for consolation, reading the comments of their reader, knowing someone appreciates their work and waits patiently for the new chapter are enough for them to keep on writing. “It feels good to know and when someone says they became a YongSeo fan because of my fics,” says ladylia257.