Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Are you on the outside looking in, or the inside looking out?

Author: Dreamflower
Nominator: Cathleen
2010 Award Category: Genres: Non-Fiction

Story Type: Non-Fiction : Length: N/A
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: An examination of two diametrically different approaches to the text, and how each can contribute to writing fanfiction.


Reviewed by: Fiondil -- Score: 6

This is an excellent essay for anyone who writes fan fiction or just enjoys reading other people’s stories and likes to see where the authors are coming from. The analysis of the different approaches in writing stories, whether from story-internal or story-external, is very lucid and well written. I like that Dreamflower expands on the definitions of these two approaches and gives appropriate examples of how these approaches can be applied to writing fan fiction. Reading this essay, I found myself nodding to myself and saying, “Oh! That’s the very approach I used to write this story or that one” and it was a delight to see that there were actually name sfor what I was doing instinctively while writing my stories. Thanks, Dreamflower, for an insightful and helpful essay. This one is definitely worth bookmarking and re-reading.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 5

Dreamflower gives us an insightful analysis of two different approaches to text interpretation.The one is the story-internal approach, which I might call the naive approach, that seeks answers to all questions within the actual story layer of the text. The other story-external, is the approach of the historian, speculating on author's motivation, referring to external sources etc. Both yield intersting insights. In a third approach, I might add, we stay within the confines of the text but analyse it's deeper levels, the metastructure that reveals the author's craft.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Ah! More writing advice, and from a fanfiction writer whose work I've admired for years! Dreamflower's analysis for evaluating writing and for developing plotlines, character arcs, and story development is excellently written and reasoned, and is definitely worth considering as we work to develop our takes on Tolkien's world. She has obviously thought deeply on the subject, and is as excellent in writing nonfiction as she is with her fanfiction tales. As always with her NF essays, this is well reasoned and expressed. Definitely recommended.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 4

A rather fascinating essay on two approaches to fanfiction writing. I have probably come to plotting/writing decisions via the use of both the story-internal and story-external methods, but have never stopped to consider the distinctions. So Dreamflower's excellent essay is an eye-opener for me. Highly recommended for Tolkien fanfiction writers and anyone interested in the creative process!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 3

A fascinating and thought provoking essay concerning different approaches to writing fan fiction. I've decided that I am inspired mostly by unanswered questions within the plot when writing my own stories! It is very interesting to step back and think about what inspires us as writers.

Reviewed by: Cathleen -- Score: 2

This essay is, in itself, an inspiring read. Dreamflower answers questions I never even knew I wanted to ask!