Can Fan Fiction Writers Ever Be Serious Novelists? | Mariam Books

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A Buffy fan fiction story written by me

“Can Fan Fiction Writers Ever Be Serious Novelists?”

The answer is both yes and no.

  • No, if that’s the only thing they ever write.
  • Yes, if they train themselves to write original works.

For a more detailed response, keep reading.

Since 2000 the fandom that has made fan fiction popular is Harry Potter Fan fiction.  There are over 700,000 original works on FanFiction.NET.  But there are thousands of other fandoms as well, such as Star Wars, Twilight, Supernatural, Pokemon, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Gilmore Girls, and Doctor Who.

If you don’t already know, fan fiction is a story written by a fan featuring the same characters or world of the original book, film, or TV series.

Fan fiction has lived in the notebooks of budding writers, in the minds of readers, and on the dark recesses of the internet since the beginning of stories — and of course, the beginning of the internet.  Since then, some fan fiction writers have become best selling novelists, and most recently have come to the attention of the general public, such as E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.  In books (Fifty  Shades) as well as film/TV: CBS’s lawsuit against Axanar, a Star Trek fan film I discovered while reviewing the Trek Fan Film: Horizon (review under the link).

Lots of people write fan fiction, and even if you’ve never written it, you likely have a story somewhere in your head (often called head canon in the fandom) about your favorite book, film, or TV characters.

First off, I’d like to clarify that I DO NOT CONDONE THE STEALING OF OTHER WRITERS’ WORKS AND CLAIMING THE WORLD OR ITS CHARACTERS AS YOUR OWN.  THIS IS CALLED PLAGIARISM.  Also, when you write and sell this work, it is considered copyright infringement and is enforceable by law to claim another writer’s work as your own, even if you have changed a few people, places, and things.  The world remains the same and, therefore, it is not yours, it is borrowed — this is plagiarism.  However writing free fan fiction or for a school assignment (if your teacher allows, in that, I find instruction for budding young writers.

I also do not agree with authors such as Robin Hobb who blasted fan fiction and its writers (she did, however, made a clarification statement which I found here. I’ve included the link so you can read at your leisure, if you like). I think fan Fiction is an excellent way to explore one’s own creativity.  If a person writing fan fiction is doing it purely for fun, not getting paid for it, I think this is appropriate and for that writer, perhaps, a necessary part of their growth as creative person.  Art is inspired by other art, new stories by old stories.

Before you go searching for good fan fiction to read or write, let’s be clear: the majority of fan fiction on the internet is not good.  It is not well written, has grammatical and spelling mistakes rampant, and also, some is just plain smut.  I don’t find sex in fan fiction, or fiction in general to be taboo, as long as it is appropriate for the story line of the characters and is rated appropriately.  Otherwise, I am not too interested in reading your fan fiction.   Further, I think readers should know whether there will be explicit situations in the story, and as should their parents so together they can decide what is appropriate for their child to read.

As far as my fictions go, I used to write both original fiction and fan fiction in high school as well as quite a few song fics and stories about dragons. I was one of those writers who wrote PG-13 stories as they contained no graphic sexual scenes.  Even if the characters were in a physical relationship the readers learned through their dialogue how their “liasons” improved or ruined their relationship.  That’s what was important to me as a writer.

My fan fiction was also not very popular.  However, I committed to myself that whatever I wrote, whether it was original or fan fiction, I wanted to write something good, and if that meant that it wasn’t a romance novel, then that’s what I wrote.  That doesn’t mean that I think people who write “smut” are “bad” people.  I also don’t think they’re inferior writers, unless of course, they write nothing else and never grow.  Good writers are always improving their craft and exploring new uncharted oceans of words, new genres, and new territories.

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The Star Trek Fan Fiction story I started writing but never finished.  However making the edit was quite fun =)

I don’t read a lot of fan fiction because good fan fiction is hard to find, but if I’m writing it, I think it’s only appropriate for me to read what other writers  have written before me so as not to produce the same writing over and over again, boring my readers, and frankly, myself. Writing needs to keep me excited, and for me, that means writing something that has never been done before, even if I borrow my favorite author’s characters for a short while.  I think, in part, that dedication to write new stories makes me a serious writer.

As a teenager, writing fan fiction taught me how to plot my story, improved my spelling and grammar, and got me to finish my first novel.  However, for a writer, the best place to shine, I think, is in writing original fiction. If it takes 5 or 15 years of writing free fan fiction to get there, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.  No writer will forgo the hard work it takes for her art to live.

In conclusion, people will continue to write fanfiction until the end of times, in fact, we’ll probably be writing fan fiction beyond the grave.   Fanfiction writers are a different species (I think they’re part wizard-part elf).  Right now, with all the news about Star Trek: Discovery, and in anticipation of the new show, I am looking for every scrap of information out there on the time period and characters  of the new TV show so I can know more about the story.  I’m on the edge of my seat! It’s been delayed twice already, from January, to May, to indefinitely, and I want to write some fanfiction of my own so I can begin the story!! But I think I’ll leave it to the brilliant brains of the Star Trek writers, as throughout The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager they never failed to disappoint.  And I believe they will give us something great – well, I have high hopes, at least.

So, I have more thoughts on fanfiction, including its origins, its writers, current controversies, and the  future of fan fiction, so hold steady until I post part II.  If you have any thoughts on what I’ve mentioned above please feel free to leave me your thoughts below.  Thanks for reading!

— End of Part I —

For further reading, I enjoyed:

Why I’m Not Going to Read Your Fanfictionhttp://www.overthinkingit.com/2008/09/22/why-im-not-going-to-read-your-fanfic/

13 Things Fan Fiction Writers are Very Tired of Explaininghttp://www.bustle.com/articles/71438-13-things-fan-fiction-writers-are-very-tired-of-explaining

NaNoWriMo Reflection

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My novel’s tentative cover

It’s been quite a while since the end of NaNoWriMo 2016! As everyone is celebrating Christmas with their families I come to you today with my reflections on the month of novel writing.
This was the third time I participated in NaNoWriMo.  The first was a decade ago while the other was in 2014.  I didn’t get past 5,000 words each time.  But this year was different, in good ways and in bad.

I was optimistic this time and thought I could finish writing 50K words since I had planned this story for 6 months! Why all the planning? You ask? Why not just writing a simple story? Well, ever since I decided to become a writer (when I was 7), I wanted my story not just to entertain, but to say something about something.  Something that is enjoyable to read and has memorable characters, but also makes a comment about larger human society. I know most authors advise young writers not to set out to write something that will become a literary classic, but I don’t care. I’m aiming high.The best writers, like Stephen King, tell writers to write something truthful. To him, and to me, this is the most important thing.  I’m setting out to write a novel that makes a larger comment about the human condition and I’m not apologizing for it.  It may take me 2, or 5, or 10 novels until I get there, but my hope is that is that someday I will write something great; something timeless; something memorable.
The good news from this month is that I wrote 50,000 words! All mostly during the first two weeks.  The bad news is that most of it was background information — most of it will not end up in the novel.
Here are a few important things I’ve learned about novel writing this short month:
1. Interruptions WILL happen.  In the first week of NaNoWriMo my brother ended up in the Emergency Room in the hospital.  He’s fine now, but I was the one who he told about his pain, and I was the last person to see him before he was rushed off to the hospital.  He had another incident later in the month.  But he’s much better now.  The whole ordeal threw off my schedule.  I became stressed out because my brother was ill and could not concentrate, as it normal when anyone in your family becomes sick.  My family also had guests toward the end of November which threw me off a few days as I was helping my mom prepare.  So that along with my brother getting sick were two setbacks for my novel this month.
2.  My novel is NOT a novel.  It’s actually a series of novels.  I’m not sure yet if it’s a trilogy, or a 7-part series like Harry Potter, perhaps it’s more or less. My research and notes are causing my novel to be more of a universe than a single story.  I’m excited about the possibilities of my expanded universe, but that also means I’ll need to put in more work before the first novel gets finished.
3.  I CAN write 50K words in a month! I worked very hard all month. I downloaded a word counting app, I kept an audio log of my daily progress/research, and I sat down and wrote — usually early in the morning. I adjusted my calendar somewhat, and allowed myself an extra few days, up til the 10th of December if I needed to finish the novel.  NaNoWiMo has its schedule to finish and win the competition by the 30th, but since this is MY novel, I decided I could give myself a few more days if that’s what I needed to write a novel I was satisfied with.  The extra 10 days didn’t do much for me, as my story just became bigger and bigger, still, it reminded me a. I can adjust the schedule if I need to, 2. I can write 50,000 words in a month, just like all those other NaNo writers!
It was a good month overall.  I learned more about my writing style and abilities.  I don’t know if I will ever do NaNoWriMo again, as I’m planning on finishing my first novel before the end of next year, 2017, but it’s not completely off the list of possible ways to complete a novel!
To those who are celebrating Christmas or December celebrations, I want to say Happy Holiday to you and your families. For those who are on break from school, I hope you have a relaxing and stress-free holiday! Take care.

NaNoWriMo 2016! 

 
 
Six months of serious planning, researching, and plotting and #Nanowrimo is finally here! Aside from a short story published on my blog, I am an unpublished author of a young adult novel people always ask me why I dont get it published. And I answer: it’s for me. I wrote a story when I was a teenager about teenagers. It’s sloppy, it’s personal, I think it’s a good read — but, really, it’s practice — it’s just for me. This year’s novel is for everyone else and anyone else who likes science fiction and fantasy with a strong dose of realism.  

This is my 3rd time participating in #Nanowrimo, each time I wrote fewer than 5000k words. This is the first year I’m confident I have a good chance of winning. On my Instagram (@HerMintGreenTypewriter) a tentative copy of my cover. The title is also tentative. Right now all I know is that it will loosely fit the story I’ve had in my mind for a few years now; in my mind the story is in 8 parts. My target goal is 136,000 words, with 85k being completed before the 30th of November. I have 12 notebooks full of notes and months of planning behind this particular book. I think I’m in a good position to win this year around. I’m also willing to allow myself the first 2 weeks of December if needed. If I meet my word count goal, I will edit and release my book as an ebook before the holidays! Wish me luck guys 🙂 

If you want to follow my writing journey and discuss writing all month, follow me on Instagram at @HerMintGreenTypewriter  

  

Why Books over Everything Else? – Mariam Books

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE! I’m back with another blog post!

I hope your summer was fantastic!  I was busy with Ramadan in June, family things over most of July,  as well as writing during Camp NaNoWriMo, so I haven’t been able to post as much as I wanted to.

This month, though, I’ve gotten back to blogging and making videos and am quite excited to be back to it all this time around.  In this blog post, I wanted to share with you my current video, called “Why Books Over Everything Else?” In the video I discuss my reasons for choosing books over electronic articles, e-books, wiki sites, screen media and summarize my debate over both print and electronic media. Please watch and let me know how you feel about books over other types of media.  =)

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The Good Islamic Literature Brings, the Violence it Rejects

Sadly, no more than 2 days after I introduce an addition to my blog, International Literature, do we face yet another domestic terrorist act.  It serves as a reminder that awareness of other cultures is more important than ever.

We’re living in a scary world where no race or culture feels safe, and thoughtless people threaten not just the lives of the citizens of the West, but blacks, whites, hispanics, and Muslims everywhere too.  I profess the Muslim faith and can contend that no one claiming terrorism in the name of Islam, is someone who shares Islam with me.  It says so in the literature of the Arabs.

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It’s important to note that this was never meant to be a religious blog, however, like many readers’ devotion to the Bible, a lot of my love for literature came from classical Islamic literature. As I said in an earlier post, Holocaust and WWII literature begs the question is there ever a time when killing an entire group people simply because the color of their skin or religion is justified? In this case, we must ask, is killing justified because of a person’s sexual orientation? Or is it pure unadulterated evil? I would definitely say this massacre was a form of “evil” in the modern world.  In light of these happenings, I thought there was no better time than now to discuss with you some Arabic Islamic literature against violence.

I generally divide Arabic literature into four categories:

  • contemporary,
  • Golden era,
  • poetry,
  • and Islamic.

There are probably more genres, but unfortunately I am not currently well-versed in them.  I see Islamic Arabic literature as categorized into:

  • Quran (primary text),
  • hadith (secondary texts),
  • scholarship (law, theology),
  • and commentary (cultural or contemporary perspectives).

All over Arabic texts you will find literature rejecting acts of violence on the innocent. Today I will share with you just a few of those texts.

Let’s visit some oft-repeated controversial statements of the Quran:
The first being:

O you who believe (in Allah’s Oneness and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)! ….Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger …And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the disbelievers of old. Allah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth! 9:27-30

These verses are often used to promote the propaganda that Islam is violent.  First, Islam is not a person, it is a philosophy of life. Second, the claim that Islam promotes violence? This is untrue. These verses specifically speak about the Battle of Tabuq in 9 AH / 630 AD.  It was not Muslims who pursued a Holy Battle, it was Muslims uniting to defend themselves from the armies of a powerful Rome. It was the Roman Empire who started this war.  These verses do not promote a modern war with the West. You can find more on the history of these verses at www.discover-the-truth.com.

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Further, the text of The Quran says:

Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors….And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. 2:190-191

When Islamophobes cite these verses, they claim this is a direct order to kill people.  They fail to note the verse right before it: Fight people, if they pick a fight with you.  This verse only promotes raising a fist or a gun or sword if the other person first picks one against you.  It is a verse promoting self-defense, not mass killings of civilians who choose a gay lifestyle you disagree with.  Also, a verse quoted often today, but not often enough by the Mainstream Media is the verse in the Quran which says: “ whoever kills a soul… it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.” 5:32. To kill one person in Islam, it is as if you have killed all of humanity.

 

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One of Al-Jazari’s candle clocks

Also, here are a few statements compiled in the books of hadith (narrations):

Allah helps those who help others.  Whoever alleviates the the lot of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his  lot in this world  (Muslim)

Oppression is forbidden (Muslim)

There should be no harming others nor reciprocating harm.  (Ibn Majah)

Do not get angry.  (Bukhari)

Behave well.  If you do fall into a minor sin,  follow up a bad deed with a good deed and behave well towards people (Tirmidhi)

As you can see, there are endless statements in the books of Arabic Islamic texts that promote the welfare, and well-being of humans.  Whoever decides they’re killing innocents in the name Islam, are only acting in their own self-interest and hurting many others by way of their warped theology.  One-point-six billion Muslims around the world don’t agree with your militant ideology.  True strength lies in living with people, understanding the global world we live in, and serving others, not carrying out a juvenile dream of personal glory.

I hope that this exposed you to some Islamic Arabic texts and that you enjoyed this post.  Please pray for the families of the victims and donate blood if you can.  Thanks for reading and I will see you later this week for some book reviews.

International Literary Books Are Here

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Reading and writing has always been a part of my life.  This blog has particularly been an enriching journey.  While my Dead/Live journals were a great place for me in school to express my feelings about my student life, this blog, M&M Mariam Books, has been a place where I can share my thoughts while at the same time produce content my adult self can be proud of.  This blog is still in its youth, but it’s quickly growing.  I’ve seen great success with this blog, more than I could have expected. I think there is no time better than now to introduce the next great thing I will be doing with this blog.

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FOR EVERYONE

The world of English literature will not be exhausted by me anytime soon, but in my quest to read the best of all literature I don’t want to limit myself.  I would like to add new types of written works into my reading repertoire.  I will be focusing on Spanish and Arabic literature, along with English/American Literature.

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Those who have been reading this blog for some time now know I have an Asian background.  I have a profound love for classical Arabic literature.  The Arab civilization is large, with a long history, and a rich language.  I think the best works are from antiquity (aka The Golden Age) 750AD-1250AD, however many modern Arab or MENA writers like Tariq Ramadan, Umm Zakiyyah, Maryam Mahmoodian have added diversity to the genre.

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In addition to Arabic, lots of my neighbors are from various Latin countries, like Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic.  I’ve had Spanish friends and also attended school with Columbians, Ecuadorians, and Brazilians.  One of my favorite writing inspirations is Andrea Balt, a young lady from Spain who runs the WriteYourselfAlive write-a-thon.  Spanish writing hails way back from 14th century Andalusia to the Latin American countries: from  Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quiote to One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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THE ENGLISH BOOKS ARE HERE TO STAY

I have a great love for English books as I dedicated 4 years of college to study it, so those videos on my YouTube channel and posts on this blog will not go away and I will continue commentating on English books. However you will be seeing more posts and videos on Spanish and Arabic literature.    I hope that you are as excited as I am for this addition to my blog.  I am not limiting my blog to English, Spanish, and Arabic literature, however I would like to do justice to each of these first before moving onto others.   All cultures have something positive to contribute to our own and I’m honored to be bringing those cultures to my blog.

Star Trek: Horizon Fan Film Review – Spoiler-Free | M&M Mariam

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This will be a spoiler-free review.   

With a new Star Trek television show, Star Trek (2017), airing January 2017, new feature film Star Trek: Beyond and several Star Trek film projects including Renegades, Continued, Voyages, Of Gods and Men.  Campaigns like #WeWantWorf, #BringJadziaBack, and a new film Star Trek: Captain Pike, the Star Trek world is on the brink of some great stories for fans and new audiences.

ME, THE FAN

I became a fan of the Star Trek Universe (not so much the franchise, as I’ll explain later) after reading two Star Trek books in my early twenties.  While in high school I saw Captain Picard, Riker, Geordi, Data, Worf, and Deanna numerous times on commercials clips while watching Sliders on the Sci-Fi network. I even tuned into TNG for a few minutes once in a while.  I really enjoyed the two seasons of Nickelodeon’s short-lived kids show, Space Cases, starring Walter Emmanuel and Jewel Staite. To me, as a late 90s kid, the eighties aesthetic of Star Trek looked more like the 60s, so unfortunately it didn’t become appealing to me until I became an adult and watched it for the content and characters.  I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Netflix and fell in love with the television version of Star Trek; which is really the heartbeat of the Star Trek universe, in my opinion and is also the largest fan base.

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Even after I watched Star Wars, which my cousin really likes, Star Trek was always more appealing to me as it dealt with philosophy, relationships, humanity, human weakness and strength, diversity, and exploration, competition, and much more than just space battles alone.  That fact that it was a futuristic show with space ships, and alien empires was icing on the cake. This was my first favorite nonfiction picture book:

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Space, in my humble opinion, is vast and fascinating

THE TELEVISION SERIES & ORIGINAL MOVIES ERA

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Although ST: Voyager has a great diverse cast, and ST:Enterprise has good CGI, ST: Deep Space Nine and ST:The Next Generation is by far the superior of all Star Trek television.  As far as the films go, I haven’t seen them all, but out of what I have seen, I really liked First Contact, while The Search for Spock lagged behind it a little, and Insurrection was not too appealing overall, however I liked seeing TNG crew back on screen together again. The JJ Abrams, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and Star Trek: Beyond (coming out July 22, 2016 in theatres), are a sore disappointment.  They are not bad movies, they are simply not Star Trek, in my opinion.  Of course, I haven’t seen Star Trek: Beyond yet; for the CGI of space ships and outer space it will likely be worth watching.  Yet, many fans have decried failure to live up to the best of what makes Star Trek, Star Trek.

Post-TNG/DS9, fans have also been ambivalent about anything new from the Star Trek universe.  The last series ST:Enterprise ran only 4 seasons. It’s sad that Enterprise was short-lived because there’s nothing like Star Trek in any other television series or fictional world.  The failure of producers to live up to the quality of Star Trek and the depth of its content, has slowly been met by fans over the past few years.  And this is something new for me.  Unfortunately, I’d always imagined superfans of Star Trek to be “fangirls” and “fanboys” who squee at new movies, and blindly praise most Star Trek products, and dress up as Captain Kirk and betazoids at conventions devotedly.  After I saw Horizon, I was proven wrong.  The Star Trek fans are not just admiring viewers, they are also very talented people.  Slowly but surely, lots of what’s going on in the fandom, especially on YouTube and blogs, is worth looking into.  They have much more quality and are faithful to the Star Trek universe than what Paramount has produced in the films or anything post TNG/DS9/Voyager.

MY HORIZON MOVIE REVIEW

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Star Trek: Horizon is definitely worth a look. It was released February 28, 2016 on Youtube.  I’m not associated with any of the filmmakers, I ran across this movie while looking for Star Trek (2009) reviews, but what I saw, was impressive.  Not without its flaws, but quite nice.  I haven’t seen any other fan films, so this is the first time I’ve experienced one.

The movie follows the story of Captain Harrison Hawke, who has a surgically altered Romulan female- a starfleet officer on his ship, named T’mar. Because of her surgeries she looks completely human.  This movie is set in the pre-Federation era, where the Coalition of Planets is at war with The Romulan empire.  Captain Hawke must set out on a mission to defend the Coalition against a destructive weapon the Romulans are said to be making.

The movie opens with a scene 250,000 years in the past where two Ionians are using a device made by their enemy, the Arioui.  This device is called the Horizon.  They kill themselves to protect their people.  They end up destroying their entire population.  The opening scene instantly hooked me for three reasons:

  1. the imminent destruction of an entire population peaked the danger and consequence of the situation I was watching unfold
  2. the romance between the husband and wife fighting for their lives, and the lives of their people forcing them to make a difficult decision made me emotionally attached to these characters and want them to succeed
  3. the visual effects of Horizon encapsulating their planet was spectacular

We then fast forward to March 31, 2160. Hawke’s starship, Discovery is being chased and bombarded by a Romulan vessel. An important member of his crew dies, while the majority survive.  Admiral Gardener calls Hawke in to discuss T’mar, potentially a Romulan spy, and his next mission. On this mission, the Romulans attack; their weapon is not ready and fails. The Discovery arrives on a beautiful, yet abandoned planet.  The camera zooms in on a tall monument with a large golden ring spinning at the top, and spans down to the surface where it stands amidst a mountain of gorgeous purple flowers/flowering trees.  Hawke’s crew gets trapped in the future with no way out.  That’s basically the jist of the plot. Now onto my commentary.

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It’s clear to any Star Trek viewer that the starship bridge is filmed on a closed set.  Unlike in TNG/DS9/Voyager/Enterprise the producers decided to blur out the background, and focused on the speakers while on the ship.  This bothered me a little as I’m not used to this, but as a viewer it gave me the opportunity to focus on what each crew member was saying while they unlocked the secrets to return to their time.  I felt like I was on the ship with the crew, helping them solve their problems. The blurring ended up being very positive for me. However for the future, if the moviemakers had an impeccable set to film their bridge scenes, updated to 2016, this would certainly improve the visual appeal of the film.

The uniforms are all blue, similar to ST: Enterprise era.  I’m a fan of the TNG/DS9/Voyager uniforms, but the blue were appropriate because this film takes place pre-Federation.

The CGI is as good as what I expect from a 2016 film, better perhaps.  There was only one incident where I saw a mistake, that was in the last 20 minutes of the film, as they were trying to escape the Horizon, there was a computer-generated explosion-cloud in the right bottom corner of the screen and the stone didn’t tear apart.

I have no complaints about the actors, they were very good.  They were not endearing like Deanna Troi, Worf, Jadzia Dax, or Jake Sisko and Nog but the story line made me feel compassionate about these people.

I noticed the movie got  a 6/10 on IMDB, but I think that’s for two reasons:

1. because there wasn’t any sex in the movie. Everybody loves sex and sex sells, but I think onscreen sex is not usually satisfying, but self-gratifying, and sometimes just nasty. It is more important for me to see romantic affection between two characters because love is the most powerful human emotion. The filmmakers successfully managed to convey romance without having the actors take off all their clothes, or share a scene with green-colored naked aliens. That brought more focus on the story, relationship challenges between the characters during and after the battle, which is part of the reason Star Trek has always been so successful, and I think this movie, as well.

2. there wasn’t any humor

The way I see it, when dealing with difficult issues like the death of many people, an endless battle, racial tensions, losing a child, or break-ups in long-term romantic relationships, it’s important to have a little appropriate humor to lighten the mood.  I think Nog, Quark, Odo, Worf made great comic relief in DS9, while Data, and even Captain Picard, once in a while, made us laugh on TNG.

CONCLUSION

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I give the movie a 9/10.

This movie has had over 1 million views on YouTube, so you shouldn’t be surprised at my rating. Keep in mind, my review is from someone who’s never seen a fan film. I had nothing but original films and TV shows to compare it to.  I got lucky with clicking on Horizon. Based on the Star Trek material that’s been out since 2007, Horizon as a movie exceeded my expectations. It had an exciting plot. Also, it balanced beauty, science, and humanity.  It was not perfect, but very near to it. It’s so unfortunate that CBS is not allowing them a sequel: Federation Rising.  I think with movies like Horizon being produced, CBS has a lot to live up to satisfy the fans. There are dozens, even hundreds of amazing stories to be told in the Star Trek universe.   The fan film verse is undeniably growing; with the right talent it will flourish beautifully.  In turn, it will bring a bigger audience to the future Star Trek television shows.

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*AUTHOR’S NOTE: Before making this review I learned that CBS was suing the creators of Axanar, another fan film.  While writing it this morning, I learned that CBS dropped the lawsuit, paving the way for the continuation of Star Trek: Horizon and other fan films.  With this news, I certainly hope Tommy Kraft will seriously consider completing the Federation Rising project.  I will talk more on my thoughts about this on my YouTube channel here.