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FanFiction for iOS App Review

FanFiction for iOS App Review

The world of fan fiction is a curious one where literally anything can and will happen, whether you like it or not. Take any character you can think of from a movie, book, game or any other medium, create an unlikely romance between at least two of the characters, add in some unnecessarily graphic sex scenes with Naruto, who really does seem to pop up in every other story, and you have yourself a fan fiction. Of course among all the strange erotic fantasies that the writers should maybe keep to themselves, there are some genuinely good pieces of work from talented writers. There is also 50 Shades of Grey but these things happen and its best to ignore them until they go away.

Perhaps the best place to go to discover fan fiction is the website fanfiction.net where you can read thousands of stories based on characters from all aspects of popular culture and beyond and even contribute your own. It is impossible to have a quick browse as you soon get drawn into this bizarre world that is hilarious and frightening in equal measure, especially when anime characters are involved. Sure enough, the popularity of the site has led to its own app, which is available now for free from the App Store although an in-app purchase of $0.99 is required to open an account through the app but you might as well go online and do this for free beforehand.

Once you are in you will see the favourable interface in the form of a sidebar that can be swiped to the side when not in use so it avoids a lot of useless clutter on the screen. From here you can then browse to your heart’s content and get wrapped up in the many stories it has to offer. You can either browse through the app’s library or check out the communities, which group stories together based on their subject matter. You can also filter your searches based on category or author and there is also an option to sync your account settings with the website for a more seamless transition from your iPhone to your computer. FanFiction also has all the standard sharing options so if you find a story you like you can easily post it on Facebook.

However, fun as it is the app is far from perfect and there are several bugs that will hinder your fun. It seems as if the app is still being ironed out a bit and it does look as if it was released slightly early. Elements overlap and the iOS interface mingles uncomfortably with that of the app. It also seems to be confused about purchases as there are mentions of them but no visible evidence. It could be that more updates will become available later on so there could very well be more in store for this app.

However these problems are minor and if fan fiction is your thing, you will have great fun here. With so much on offer you won’t get bored easily but be warned that among all the well written stories, there are bound to be many disturbing ones in there and quality will vary from writer to writer. But then discovering these is all part of the fun.

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