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Candace: Will you guys read my fanfiction?
Spider-Man: Sorry, we're not allowed to accept unsolicited material.

In fiction, only women write fan fiction, and the majority of these are teenagers. In addition, their work tends to contain boatloads of Shipping and Ikea Erotica.

This trope has been in effect since well before the internet made it much easier to proliferate fanfic. Studies of early Star Trek 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. Maybe it is simply that reading prose fiction is a more common pastime for women: men account for only 20% of the fiction market, and similarly, nearly 80% of publishing industry staff are female. It's simply that 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.

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 in media that caters mostly to men.

See also Shipping, Slash Fic, Cast Full of Gay, Estrogen Brigade, and Het is Ew. Compare Most Writers Are Male and Most Tropers Are Young Nerds. Combine with The Internet Is for Porn to get All Women Are Lustful.

Faced with the trope There Are No Girls on the Internet, 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 they aren't the true authors of the fanfics they post.

Only examples where a character in the work writes a fanfic are to be added. Parodies and deconstructions should not be added.


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  • The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan is an avid fanfic writer and reader, mainly writing 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). The trope is subverted in All-New All-Different Avengers Annual, however; not only is the author of a fanfic shipping Ms. Marvel with her friends, Miles Morales Spider-Man and Sam Alexander Nova, actually Miles himself but the admin Kamala contacts about it is Phil Coulson.
  • Averted in 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 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Her speciality are Cat Thor fics. Yes. Asking Thor if there are cats in Asgard is important research!
  • If the 2016 All-New, All-Different Avengers 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 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).
  • In Empowered, Emp not only reads yaoi slash fan fiction about her male teammates in the Superhomeys, but writes it as well.

    Fan Works 
  • In Skyhold Academy Yearbook, students Rory and Jim gain notoriety by shamelessly writing Real-Person Fic 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 - Varric Tethras - to no end.
  • Subverted in My Huntsman Academia. Izuku admits to writing Toshinori fanfiction when he was younger. Practically all of it is embarrassingly bad embellishment of Toshinori's adventures or indulgent Self-Insert Fic because of his Brokenness. In the non-canon sidestory, "Spectacular What?", the rest of Team MNVW comes across him writing a story on GalaxySkirmishes about a powerless boy who suddenly gained powers and became a hero. They all immediately accuse of him of writing another Self-Insert Fic until he shows him his notes and outlines, which reveal that the title of his story is "The Spectacular Spider-Man".
  • Fans like to give Kemono Friends' Grey Wolf this personality, turning her kamishibai style comics into thinly-veiled shipping comics about her friends.

    Films — Animation 

  • This trope forms part of the main plot in Rainbow Rowell's YA novel Fangirl.
  • The main character in the AU Sherlock Holmes 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."
  • Stranger Than Fanfiction: Moriko "Mo" Ishikawa is a girl who likes to write stories centered around the Peachfuzzle ship (Dr. Bumfuzzlex Dr. Peachtree). She plans to, upon becoming a legit writer, change the characters and publish the stories as her own.
  • 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 Star Trek: Destiny.

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  • In Dragon Age II, 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 Epic Battle Fantasy 5, Natalie tells the party that the reason she's hanging around with with them was because she got caught writing smutty fan fics of real people, much to her embarrassment, leading her to leave the university. She then says to herself that she just hides it better now.
  • In the Fable III side quest, The Pen is Mightier, one of the books is entitled The Pangs of Sunset. It is essentially just an erotic novel featuring the Heroes from the previous game. It is implied to contain both Slash and Femslash and is written by a woman named Ilona Pureheart.
  • Hollow Knight: After rescuing Bretta from the Fungal Wastes, going inside her house reveals that she fell for the Knight and wrote multiple fanfics about them and the supposed "love" the two of them share. If Zote returns from the Fool's Colosseum, she falls in love with Zote and writes fanfic about him instead.

  • Garnet and Gure features this strip, wherein the largely female culture of fanfiction is explained.
  • Questionable Content 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 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 VG Cats writes erotic fanfiction about Tidus and Auron, has dreams about Fox and Falco, and likes the idea of a hot molotov throbbing in Bill's hand.
  • Homestuck:
    • Calliope 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.
  • Walkyverse:
  • Blaster Nation: Rinnie is a female fanfiction writer, specialized in adult Slash Fics mostly involving heroes from comics. And Batman.
  • Belle's dark secret in Pocket Princesses is that she writes Harry Potter fan fics.
  • Girl Genius has a short story in which a teenage girl alters the Heterodyne Boys story she's telling to her siblings to include an Author Avatar - 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Peter insists that Meg is going to write Ugly Betty fanfiction for a career.
  • Tina from Bob's Burgers has shelves dedicated to erotic fanfiction she's written. (In fact, she's written so much of it she's moved onto erotic friendfiction.)
    Gene: Ooo! Do the janitor and the vice-principal! I think they'd have beautiful children.
    Tina: I did, and they don't.
  • Candace from Phineas and Ferb writes superhero fanfiction, according to Mission Marvel.
  • The "Cabin Fever" episode of Sonic Boom 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.
  • Karmi of Big Hero 6: The Series writes fanfics about the titular superhero team.
  • One of the people that Luz meets in the pilot episode of The Owl House was a woman who liked writing romantic fanfiction about anthropomorphic food. Luz herself is also shown to have written fanfics about her favorite book series, The Good Witch Azura.

  • This Time article on fan fiction mentions this phenomenon.
  • 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 (in fact, attendance of the first-ever Comiket held in 1975 was 80% female), and even some of the biggest names in eroge writing (ex: Tori, writer of the majority of the Rance series) are women.

Alternative Title(s): Most Fanfic Writers Are Female