6 Popular Books That Originally Started Out as Fanfiction

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Fanfiction usually gets a pretty bad rep ’cause the story isn’t coming from the mouth (or typing fingers) of the OG writer; that’s one of the many reasons so many of your favorite celebrities find fanfic to be weird AF. But a lot of people forget that good things can come out of fictional tales. We don’t discriminate: both the cure for your 11pm boredom on a Wednesday night and a book deal are both positive outcomes.

No one goes into fanfiction expecting to become a published author, but, hey, who’s complaining when it DOES happen? Certainly not these six authors, who started out simply reading & writing fanfiction and ended up publishing the whole dang thing: