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5 Films That Actually Started As Fanfiction

5 Films That Actually Started As Fanfiction

There are fans. And then there are fanfictions. Offbeat storylines written by and for fans full of OC’s, ships and personal headcanons. Some are good, some are great, and some are so totally terrible that they, somehow, become great in their own right (See: My Immortal).

But in a world of reboots and spin-offs, Hollywood has turned to the whacky world of fan-written stories as hopeful recipes for hard-hitting success. Here are some notable examples:

1. The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments is a book-series by Cassandra Clare. It follows a teen girl in New York City who discovers she’s destined to be a Shadowhunter: people who hunt demons/spirits from another world. The first book, City of Bones, was released in 2007 and became a movie in 2013. But the series itself was allegedly based on Clare’s popular Draco Trilogy, a Harry Potter-AU fanfic that went viral on

2. Fifty Shades of Gray

This erotic novel by E.L. James spawned three movies, the first hitting theatres in 2015 and the sequels released in 2017/18 respectively.  The series’ questionable writing quality makes sense when you find out it’s based on a Twilight fanfiction.

3. Pride Prejudice and Zombies

Its all in the title. A classic-based work reminiscent of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; this odd combo made not only for an interesting fanfiction, but a well-read book and 2016 movie adaptation.

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4. After

Slated for release on April 12th and being criticized as a “Fifty Shades of Gray for teens”, this movie about a college girl in a harrowing relationship with a popular boy is based on a Harry Styles/One Direction fanfiction.

5. She’s the Man

Though technically not fanfiction-based, this hilarious feature is a fun, modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night starring Amanda Bynes.

Are fanfictions worthy of making it to the big screen?

Or is it lazy content creation making for lazier movie adaptations?

Can spinning fanfictions into original works be considered plagiarism?!

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