Where did these elements come from anyway?

Well, this is more of a prelude for future segments of fanfiction highlights. So, sorry if you’re actually hoping I’ll target a specific story today. I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to rant about various aspects in fanfiction that I’ve noticed come up repetitively. These aspects seem to be out of place, yet seemingly, next to everyone who writes in those various sections use them. I simply don’t get it.

First, I’ve gotten bored at times and wandered into the territories of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fanfiction. Since I like bad boys, I tend to search for Spike stories when I do that. However, I am baffled by the “mine!” thing that many stories seem to include.

I cannot think of a single instance of vampire mating found within the source material, let alone some moment where one vampire will mark another while proclaiming “mine”. So, I honestly am baffled as to where this trend started. I imagine that it had to come from some other vampire fiction. At least, I hope that it came from another vampire fiction and wasn’t just a bunch of authors mimicking each other.

Then again, I have noticed that fanfiction writers will emulate previously successful stories ad nauseum. If one author has success in making a compelling story with time travel, all the sudden there’s 100 different stories with the same concept. However, I am diverging from my point at the moment.

I still have no idea where this “mine!” thing came from. It completely baffles me. However, not so much as what I encountered when I once again got bored and started browsing Inu Yasha fanfiction.

Well, to put it simply, I found a variant on the “mine!” with just mating and marks. So, I think I will need to revise my theory that this trend was some replication of a vampire fiction that I know not of. For, it clearly was adapted for dog demons as well. Unless the authors have at some point confused vampires with the yokai of Inu Yasha and… I don’t even want to think of that.

Anyway, I must admit that these trends have slightly irked me. While some authors have managed to use these cliche’s of fanfiction to some sort of proper effect, the overabundance of stories with these elements do honestly irritate me. Perhaps they wouldn’t bother me so much if I felt that they were canon, but I’m more than certain that they are fanon.

People make no sense.

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