5 Well-Known Books That Began As Fanfiction

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Some of our favorite books began as fanfiction!

Published Fanfiction Books

Fanfiction is a huge part of pop culture, giving fans the chance to keep reliving their favorite movies, TV shows, comics, books, and more long after it's over. While there are oodles of fanfic writers, some go on to turn there are also plenty of published books that began as fanfiction.

Many fanfiction writers are incredibly talented and, even if they don't adapt fanfiction stories they once wrote into books, go on to become writers. It used to be frowned upon to admit to writing fanfiction because it wasn't considered real writing, but it's, thankfully, becoming much more mainstream.

I think it's really exciting to discover so many books that began as fanfiction are being published. In a way, it isn't all that different from giving your story a serious rewrite as long as it doesn't steal from the original source material.

Here are a few books that began as fanfiction for you to check out!

1. Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood


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Jen Archer Wood's novel, Point Pleasant, once used to be Supernatural fanfic, but since then it's been reworked into a story with an uncanny world all its own. Point Pleasant, West Virginia was an idyllic small town to grow up, though an otherworldly encounter at a young age changed Ben Wisehart's life forever. It even put him on track for becoming a bestselling horror writer when he got older.

Ben left Point Pleasant thirteen years ago and has returned after the creature that caused all his childhood nightmares has reemerged. He and his former best friend, Nicolas Nolan, who is now sheriff, dig into the mystery of what's going on in Point Pleasant and "discover that the ghost that haunt us are sometimes made of flesh and blood. And sometimes they lead us home."

Don't miss the incredible artwork by Svetlana Shpakova that accompanies the book!

2. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton


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Before a serious makeover, Wallbanger, the first novel in Alice Clayton's Cocktail Series, was Twilight fanfiction. But that was then. Now, Clayton's story is an erotic romance about a woman named Caroline Reynolds. Between a thriving design career, great friends, her cat, and a new apartment, her life is great. Well, except for one thing. She really needs to get off.

Too bad her new neighbor is having loud, wallbanging sex to the point she's actually losing sleep over it. Fed up and sexually frustrated, Caroline heads to Simon Parker's door and, well, that's when the sexual tension really begins to ramp up.

3. Rewriting the Ending by H.P. Tune


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Grey's Anatomy is quite the prolific show, so much so that fanfiction based on the show have been rewritten into incredible novels! Once a Calzona fic, H.P. Tune's book, Rewriting the Ending is one such novel.

Juliet is an author on deadline with a bad case of writer's block and heading to Belgium. Unsure of exactly what she's looking for, Mia is flying anywhere away from here and chooses Scotland. Due to a shared flight itinerary, Juliet and Mia happen to meet in the airport lounge.

They instantly connect and feel as if they've known each other forever, but they only have twenty-four hours together before they're forced to go their separate ways. The novel is an emotional ride and not to be missed!

4. Popcorn Love by K.L. Hughes


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K.L. Hughes' novel, Popcorn Love is based on their Once Upon a Time Swanqueen fic. A busy business woman and single mother to a three year old boy, Elena Vega seems to have it all. Except for the fact her love life is non-existent. Her friends set her up on a series of blind dates, but Elena only agrees to go if she can find a decent babysitter for Lucas.

That's where New York University senior, Allison Sawyer comes in. Elena is impressed with the way Allison is immediately able to connect with her shy son. That's enough to earn her the job. Each blind date Elena goes on leaves her frustrated because no one measures up, especially once she realizes the perfect person for her is Allison.

5. Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata


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Originally a Twilight fanfic, Mariana Zapata's Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin is about Gaby Barreto, a twenty-six-year-old woman who gets invited to be the merch girl on tour for her twin brother's band. She's not exactly happy about the idea of spending ninety-some days on tour, but without any promising job prospects, she's reluctant to say no.

But then she meets Sacha Malykhin, lead singer of the headlining band. Funny and with a great personality, tattooed and hot, what's not to like? Gaby never stood a chance.

6. A Beautiful Lie by T.E. Sivec


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He saw her first, but his friend made the move.She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.They love, they crave, they lie.Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?

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