'Gilmore Girls' Thriving on the Internet
'Gilmore Girls' Thriving on the Internet
The CW cancelled Gilmore Girls in May, but the cancellation has not stopped fans from doing their best to keep the show alive outside of the small screen.

17-year-old Tally Deushane, a self-described “[Gilmore Girls] junkie,” has turned to the internet in order to search for fan-written stories based on the original series.  These stories are more popularly known as “fan fiction,” new material penned by devotees of a certain show, film or book.

One of the thousands of Gilmore Girls fan fiction features lead character Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) returning home to Stars Hollow following her time as a journalist covering the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama.

"I definitely gravitate toward TV fan fiction," said Deushane.  "With TV show, the plot is constantly changing and it creates more opportunities."

The internet hosts innumerable fan fiction websites, one of which is the new entrant, FanLib.  The website, co-founded by Chris Williams, has several major media companies, including broadcast and cable networks, serving as advertisers.  It also holds promotions to urge fans to submit their finest stories.  Last year, FanLib held a contest that challenged contributing writers to pen an online script for Showtime’s The L Word.

"The biggest thing we offer ultimately will be the connection to the people behind the shows," Williams said.

Williams also believes that fan fiction is a way for avid followers to share their creativity within a community.

"It could be unresolved story lines or character relationships, but the bigger picture is not so much driven by people trying to break into writing,” he explained.

While some perceive fan fiction writers to be nothing more than frustrated screenwriters, Dushane, who has written stories for such series as The Office and Numb3rs, insists otherwise, even saying that there are times that fan fiction outdoes the original.

"There's this misconception that they are horrible writers and have nothing better to do," Dushane said.  "Fan fiction is a great way to meet people with the same interests and sometimes the fan fiction is better than the real episodes."

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NY Post
(Image Courtesy of the CW)