SOME people just don’t understand world-building. I brought in the latest chapter of my Mercy Braxton fanfic, which by the way is a serious thing and definitely not ‘just a bit of fan fiction’, thank you very much Sheila. How about you go back to stuffing your face with pumpkin cookies, huh? Don’t bother leaving us any.

What they don’t understand is that fanfic is actually a work of total passion, on par with the original product. What you’re actually doing is taking something that’s already been created and making it your own.

And yes, of COURSE, all the description of character’s hair is necessary. Um, for one thing, they say write about what you know. I once considered trying to get work as a hairdresser in St James Place three years ago. It didn’t work out but now I operate my own mini home salon whenever a friend needs a chop or colour. Why would I not integrate my specialist subject into the story? I’m just like the guy who wrote ‘Bored of the Things’, with all his languages and poetry, except for me, it’s the knowledge I gained from being in a hair salon. You cannot remove the parts about Alexandria having a different hairstyle in every scene. I know she didn’t do that in the original novel, but I’m building on concepts in the book that suggest that she’s insecure about her looks and she wants to try seeing how she feels when fighting monsters with braids, or bangs, or a beehive. That stuff matters, more than enough to devote a few hundred words to each style. World-building, people! And have you ever seen a beehive hairstyle? It’s super complicated! In my old days as a hairdresser in the Melbourne CBD– I was just prestigious and sought after in that way- it once took me seven hours to create the perfect beehive hairstyle for a movie premier. And you can’t read a few hundred words about the same thing? Shameful.

-Chatonja