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Jakarta Post

Write your own happy endings

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 10 2010   /  03:51 pm

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series wrapped up in 2007, but for Dian, a 40-year-old housewife in Bandung, the story continues. While her kids are at school and her husband is at the office, she finds time to craft tales about her favorite characters, sharing them with fellow Indonesian Harry Potter fans on www.fanfiction.net, the largest and most popular fan fiction online archive. The Bandung mother of three is just one of many Indonesians involved in the genre of creative writing known as fan fiction, which involves fans of an original, canonical work, referred to as canon - be in literature, cinema, comics or even video games - writing their own stories revolving around original characters and settings, often adding new characters and extending the author's world. Dian, who has been involved in fan fiction since 2001, also writes about Japanese manga series Naruto, Ameri...