-> '''Candace:''' Will you guys read my fanfiction?\\
'''Franchise/SpiderMan:''' Sorry, we're not allowed to accept unsolicited material.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel''

In fiction, only women write [[FanFic fan fiction]], and the majority of these are teenagers. In addition, their work tends to contain [[{{Pun}} boatloads]] of {{Shipping}}, {{Mary Sue}}s, and IkeaErotica.

This trope has been in effect since well before the internet made it much easier to proliferate fanfic. Studies of early ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfiction showed as many as 90% of authors were female in the 1970s, even though at the time such stories could only be shared through fanzines or through sending self-addressed-stamped-envelopes to the authors and having them mail you a manuscript.

Various theories abound as to why this trope has persisted so prominently, such as the idea that men prefer visual porn while women prefer written porn, but this idea is easily disproven by the thriving yaoi doujinshi culture in Japan and written porn sites for men like nifty.org (not to mention the fact not all fanfic is pornographic). More likely is simply that reading prose fiction is simply a more common pastime for women: [[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14175229 men account for only 20% of the fiction market]], and similarly, [[https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/27/us-study-finds-publishing-is-overwhelmingly-white-and-female nearly 80% of publishing industry staff are female]]. It's simply that [[https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/feb/04/research-male-writers-dominate-books-world books written by men get far more media coverage]], leading to the distorted perception that the industry is not as female-dominated as it actually is.

Also a reason why RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil is frequently in play throughout fanfics intended for mature audiences (i.e. in fandoms with multiple villains, rape will frequently be one of, if not ''the'', key issue that divides the invoker of EvenEvilHasStandards from the very worst).

This phenomenon has been subjected to academic analysis by ethnographer Camille Bacon-Smith and MIT's Henry Jenkins. Jenkins suggests in ''Textual Poachers'' that fanfiction is a reaction on the part of a female audience trying to find their own pleasures [[GirlShowGhetto in media that caters mostly to]] [[MaleGaze males]].

See also {{Shipping}}, SlashFic, EveryoneIsGay, EstrogenBrigade, HetIsEw, MarySue. Compare MostWritersAreMale and MostTropersAreYoungNerds. Combine with TheInternetIsForPorn to get AllWomenAreLustful.

Faced with the trope ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet, this leads to the absurd conclusion that the massive numbers of Internet fanfic writers are all male, and are but a small minority of all fanfic writers. Either that, or [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil they aren't the true authors of the fanfics they post]].

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Haruna draws her own {{Doujinshi}} which is based of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Mahou Shoujo Biblion]]'' and sells her works at Comiket.
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'': Ogiue also draws {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}}, much to the great trouble of her Editor boyfriend who is...not a fan. Well, Sasahara gets the appeal of yaoi to her... it's just more than a little awkward when she draws him and ships him with one of his best friends. Other than being featured himself, he's surprisingly accepting.
* [[PunnyName Harumi Fujiyoshi]] of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' draws {{Doujinshi}} as well -- one of them about her Teacher [[Creator/HiroshiKamiya Itoshiki-sensei]]. As well as a pairing of Apple × Pine when everyone else likes [[IncrediblyLamePun Pine × Apple]] (the characters in question are [[{{Expy}} expies]] of [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Coco and Nuts]]). In the third series she is seen drawing a {{Doujinshi}} starring ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s [[ActorAllusion Tieria]] (also voiced by Creator/HiroshiKamiya).
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' had an entire [=OVA=] episode devoted to a character who writes in-universe slash fanfics about the protagonist.
* Nobuko Yokokawa of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' writes stories loosely based on her friends and classmates with her best friend Aiko she idolizes as the MarySue protagonist in most of them. Later joined by the shy artist girl Miho Maruyama, who starts creating similar comics with her. With their stories involving romantic plots with their own self-insert characters along with Aiko's, it results in awkwardly heavy doses of LesYay for a kids' anime.
* Hikaru Amano of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' portrays this in the English dub. She writes SelfInsert SlashFics.
* Erika from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' openly discusses writing SlashFics about her friends. She also ships [[FoeYay Izaya/Shizuo]].
* Tsuruko, a CanonForeigner in ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'''s second season, wrote a {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}} about the series' male lead, Mahiro Yasaka. Her #1 ambition is to meet him face-to-face, blissfully unaware that he was utterly pissed when he found out about the Doujin and in fact [[KillItWithFire bought a copy just to burn it]] (and keep it out of [[LovableSexManiac Nyarko's]] hands).
* Ban of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' writes and draws doujinshi of the Cures. The episode we're introduced to him, he's stuck with WritersBlock over a scene involving Blossom, Marine and a guy who looks like a fusion of himself and Itsuki.
* Aya from ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''. She is secretly writing a fantasy novel on her math notebook but lacks confidence of showing it. Junpei discovers the novel and encourages her to become a writer by sharing his dream of becoming a film maker, which he is also afraid to tell anyone.

* The new ''[[Comicbook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]]'', Kamala Khan, writes ''Avengers'' and ''X-Men'' fanfics. Specifically, about the Avengers' adventures on "Planet Unicorn", and Wolverine's and Storm's in space (where they fight worm hole farting monsters for example).
* Averted in ''[[ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Loki: Agent Of Asgard]]'' where Loki admits they write and publish fan fics online. Slash fan fics. Which are apparently "the most horrible slash upon the Internet". Can you say {{troll}}?
* And there is Nancy's best friend of ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl''. Her speciality are ''Cat [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' fics. Yes. Asking Thor if there are cats in Asgard is important research!
* If the 2016 ''Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentAvengers Annual'' is any indication the trope is ''averted'' for the Marvel universe as a whole. This annual has a framing story about two people who write, and (argue about) fanfic, one is the aforementioned Kamala Khan, the other [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]], and also includes 5 in-universe "fics", 3 by male 2 by female real life writers, and at least 2 would probably be written by guys in-universe too (one has a self-insert, the other a "go back to the kitchen" attitude).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook'', students Rory and Jim gain notoriety by shamelessly writing RealPersonFic about their teachers; Rory plays the trope straight, while Jim averts it. They even hand some of it in as writing assignments, which amuses their writing teacher - [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Varric Tethras]] - to no end.

* This trope forms part of the main plot in Rainbow Rowell's YA novel ''Literature/{{Fangirl}}''.
* Due to time-travel shenanigans, the first human novel ever written in the Star Trek universe is a Captain Proton fanfic created by Lieutenant Veronica Fletcher of the starship Colombia, as per ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny''.
* The main character in the AU Franchise/SherlockHolmes story "Parallels" by Jenni Hill (written for the AU Sherlock Holmes collection ''221 Baker Streets'') is a girl called Jane who writes Johnlock slash which is ''actually'' about her and her friend Charlotte, and has become "internet famous. A little bit."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has an entire ''in-universe slash fandom'', implied to be primarily female, writing about the show's main characters. The show also features a female slash fic writer as a recurring character, with serious stalking tendency.
* In the season two ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode with the case at the school for smart kids, one of the (male) students says to Shawn:
-->'''Student:''' Any leads? I'm adapting this into a ''Franchise/NancyDrew'' fanfic.
* Inverted with ''Series/{{Glee}}''; Sandy openly admits to writing fanfiction.
* It's implied that [[{{Adorkable}} Willow]] of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' used to write ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'' fanfic. (This is probably a ShoutOut to Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, the star of that show, who is a friend of Creator/JossWhedon. And [[HilariousInHindsight funnily enough, her eventual co-star]] on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.)
* In ''Series/{{Degrassi}}: The Next Generation'', Clare starts writing MarySue fanfic based on a fictional vampire book series called Fortnight.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Monk's self-proclaimed biggest fan asks him why doesn't he use his gun during a case. When he tells her that he doesn't carry one, she remembers that she made that detail up in a fanfic she wrote about him.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Parks and Recreation}}''. Ben Wyatt is known to write Star Trek fanfic.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Amy is revealed to write ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' fanfiction about [[SelfInsertFic a girl named Amelia]] who falls in love with a time-travelling physicist named Cooper.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Isabela writes "friend fiction". We only get to hear a bit featuring Aveline and Donnic but according to Isabela, she does it for everyone.
** However, she does it only as a fan of Varric, who is also a professional writer, who uses his friends as thinly veiled "inspirations" all the time.
* In the ''VideoGame/FableIII'' side quest, ''The Pen is Mightier'', one of the books is entitled ''The Pangs of Sunset''. It is essentially just an [[RomanceNovel erotic novel]] featuring the Heros from the ''previous'' game. It is implied to contain both [[GuyOnGuyIsHot Slash]] and [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Femslash]] and is written by a woman named Ilona Pureheart

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Garnet and Gure'' features [[http://www.bonedragoncomics.com/html/garnet_and_gure_60.html this strip]], wherein the largely female culture of fanfiction is explained.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' features two female fanfic writers, Tai and Marigold; Tai's stuff is apparently good (she writes a raved about Harry Potter piece), Marigold's, not so much. After a near miss where [[IncompatibleOrientation lesbian Tai hits on straight Marigold]], the latter seeks to make up for the awkwardness by posting a story to Tai wherein Hermione and Ginny "go all the way."
* Aeris from ''Webcomic/VGCats'' writes erotic fanfiction about [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus and Auron]], has dreams about [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox and Falco]], and likes the idea of a [[VideoGame/Left4Dead hot molotov throbbing in Bill's hand]].
* In Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, the female [[spoiler:Cherub]] Calliope ([=UranianUmbra=]) admits to writing fanfic about the Alpha Kids.
** Vriska has a diary from her ancestor who she strives to emulate, the notorious pirate Marquise Spineret Mindfang, who writes in an overwrought, awkwardly sexual, fanfiction-like style. When we meet Mindfang's alternate universe self, she is a fanfic writer. We also discover Meulin, who writes 'friendfic' speculating on ships.
** And then there's "Complacency of the Learned", a wizard fan fiction by Rose Lalonde.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Amber writes a WebSerialNovel that is a pastiche of {{Twilight}}.
* Rinnie from ''[[Webcomic/{{BlasterNation}} Blaster Nation]]'' is a female fanfiction writer, specialized in adult [[{{SlashFic}} Slash Fics]] mostly involving heroes from comics. And Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's]] [[http://amymebberson.tumblr.com/post/121968502899/pocket-princesses-152-meet-belle-please-reblog dark secret]] in ''WebComic/PocketPrincesses'' is that she writes ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fan fics.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a short story in which a teenage girl alters the Heterodyne Boys story she's telling to her siblings to include a MarySue AuthorAvatar - her mother apparently did the same when she told the stories as a teenager. It's actually a defense of fanfiction and author inserts, based on the fact that the dreams they inspire in people are more important than accuracy.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Donut of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' mentions writing some ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction but [[AmbiguouslyGay well...]]
* Tea is made this in [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-gi-oh Abridged]].
** She writes Harry Potter fics, and ships Harry/Hedwig, in case you were curious.
* Similar to the Yu-gi-oh Abridged example, Twilight Sparkle is an avid fanfiction writer in ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft''... except she writes fanfic ''about her friends''. Creepy.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is seen in a FlashBack apparently writing ''LordOfTheRings'' slashfic.
* Most of the students at FanFic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth are female.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter insists that Meg is going to write ''Series/UglyBetty'' fanfiction for a career.
* Tina from ''WesternAnimtation/BobsBurgers'' has shelves dedicated to erotic fanfiction she's written. (In fact, she's written so much of it she's moved onto erotic ''friend''fiction.)
-->'''Louise:''' Ooo! Have you shipped the janitor and the lunch lady, yet? I always thought they'd have cute kids.\\
'''Tina:''' I have, and they don't.
* Candace from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' writes superhero fanfiction, according to ''Mission Marvel''.
* The "Cabin Fever" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' has the male cast (and Sticks) stumbling upon Amy's play script "A Rose Without Thorns", with characters that are thinly-veiled expies of them.

* [[http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2081784,00.html This]] ''Time'' article on fan fiction mentions this phenomenon.
* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/24/fanfiction-deserves-more-respect An article]] by the ''Guardian'' also mentions this observation, linking directly to this very page.
* Statistically, there are more female doujinshi creators than male, even among the ones who make porn. Comiket has always had a massive female attendance, and even some of the biggest names in eroge writing (ex: Tori, writer of the majority of the Rance series) are women.