A Film Fic
is a Fan Fic
which is the plot of a film — usually romantic in nature — adapted to star the characters of another fandom.
It sounds like a cheat - and when written badly, it is
- but it's surprisingly difficult to remain faithful to both the film and the characters, especially in Slash Fic
. Done badly, the plot alters the transplanted character's canon personality, leaving them with nothing more than a passing resemblance to their namesake and the plot being nothing more than Serial Numbers Filed Off
. The laziest examples become copyright infringing transcripts of the target movie with the names changed
The most common victims are Disney
movies, although Dreamworks
and sometimes Studio Ghibli
are also popular. Even well-written examples of this genre have the unfortunate risk of being removed from Fanfiction.Net
for copyright infringement, but other fan fiction sites may still host them.
When done badly, it is sometimes referred to as a 'Rip-Fic', as in ripping off somebody else's plot.
A subtrope of the Fusion Fic
and the Whole Plot Reference
. Compare Twice Told Tale
- There is a Heroes Peter/Mohinder fic fused with the film Music And Lyrics.
- This Stargate Atlantis McKay/Sheppard version of "An Affair To Remember".
- A fic from about ten years ago which rewrote the entire script of The Princess Bride using Star Wars characters and with some judicious lightsaber duels, fighting, torture, revenge, Jedi, Sith, chases, escapes, True Love, the Force.
- A fanfic that was essentially Fight Club with Mario characters playing the roles, Mario being the unnamed protagonist and Luigi being Tyler Durden.
- There are some Fairly Odd Parents Gen Fic The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan ones.
- There's a Daria fanfic where Daria is Marty and Aunt Amy is Doc Brown in Back to the Future, the entire trilogy.
- Similarly, Undocumented Features includes a storyline where Doc Mui creates a time-traveling DeLorean, and he and Marty Rose ape Back to the Future.
- Jennifer Morales' You've Got Ranma presents a Ranma ½ Alternate Universe deeply patterned after the romantic comedy You've Got M@il.
- Which is interesting, seeing how You've Got Mail is one of several remakes of The Shop Around the Corner.
- Harry Potter and the Florinese Dream by Lady Norbert puts the Harry Potter characters into the setting and storyline of The Princess Bride.
- There is a Death Note L/Light fic fused with The Fifth Element... Near was the commander, Mello was Zorg, Beyond was the shapeshifting alien, Mikami was the priest, Misa was the Diva, L was Dallas (Bruce Willis's character) and Light/Kira was Leeloo.
- Griffin's Eleven, with Family Guy characters in Ocean's Eleven.
- Love Is Strange by garryowen does a rather magnificent job of fusing Kirk/Spock slash with the film Dirty Dancing, with Spock as the Baby character and Jim as Johnny.
- There's a fanfiction with a Princess Bride plot (well, another one) which uses characters from Rurouni Kenshin. It's actually not half bad.
- Decks Fall, Everyone Dies by Kalarin adapts the plot of Moulin Rouge! to the Yu-Gi-Oh! world and attempts to blend the original English dub with Yugioh The Abridged Series, all while having parody songs to keep it as a musical. It looks like actual effort may have been put in.
- In Doctor Who fandom, the This Time Round series Storytime! is basically "Lit Fic" ... with the No Fourth Wall characters complaining every step of the way.
- There exists a combination of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Little Shop of Horrors with Pinkie Pie playing the part of Seymour. It maintains the tone of the former, for the most part, with plots being adapted and altered so that no one has to die, and it incorporates parody lyrics to keep it as a musical.
- There's a Fullmetal Alchemist fan fic which runs on an adaptation of the plot of Look Who's Talking. It is actually astonishingly well done.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has "The Five Calvins", which is just "The Five Doctors" (which is feature-length...) with different names and a few other things changed.
- iLost And Found, is an iCarly fanfic based on the Bollywood movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
- The same author wrote another story for the same show, using the plot from 17 Again. Both stories are some of the best in the fandom.
- Dark Studios Kids Next Door has Operation: DREAMS, which is Codename: Kids Next Door mixed with Inception. The basic plot is the same, focusing on an original character (although several canon characters appear, Numbuh 1 included), with a few details changed. For instance, the Mal Analogue (Numbuh 12) is changed from being dead to having joined the Teen Ninjas.
- Harry Potter and the Dark Knight takes the "Harry in wrongfully imprisoned in Azkaban" and "Neville is the true Boy-Who-Lived" Fandom Specific Plots and fuses it with the plot of the The Dark Knight Saga with Harry as the Joker, Neville is Bruce Wayne, Lucius is Falcone, Sirius is Jim Gordon, Draco is Harvey Dent, and Ginny is Rachel.
- The Fanmake Blooper Series takes a literal look at the film fic genre. A majority of the story is focused on the characters being actors or performers being put in roles and having to perform according to the script, if they aren't derailing it.
- There's one called The Tangled Princess Bride which crosses Tangled with The Princess Bride. It actually incorporates the plots of both movies together without being just a retread with the names swapped. Also, Chapter 15 is Something Completely Different—a crossover of Tangled and Die Hard, with Rapunzel as John McClain and Frollo as the leader of the terrorists, who are all villains from other Disney Animated Canon films!
- Tangled In Time crosses the plot of Tangled and The Legend of Zelda with Link as Rapunzel and Ganondorf as Mother Gothel with a few details changed. The Flynn Rider analogue, who is Tetra, doesn't take part until the second half of the story and Ganondorf is not emotionally nor psychologically abusive of Link, part of it due to Becoming the Mask and part of it due to Pragmatic Villainy.
- Ever wonder what Suicide Squad would have looked like in the DCA? One YouTuber has a good idea how the trailer might have looked, at least.