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Fan Fiction 1: Dante Alighieri

Abandon hope all ye who enter here Et tu, Alighieri who held life dear Yet dropped your bêtes noires without care or fear Into black hell, with wrinkled lip and sneer. Ravenna, a backwater and somewhere odd To damn your enemies and play at God. Imagine assuming you’d get the nod A fast-track to heaven, though made of sod. Flip it how you will, your unforgiveness Threads the back weave of their lasting distress; Betrayal begets betrayal – what a mess! While you sail onward free of fault or blame In perfect terza rima like a game, Enraptured by daydreams of an old flame.   My attention has been drawn to fan fiction, which in Japanese is called dōjinshi. It’s an entire literary manifestation. It is “fictional writing  written by fans, commonly of an existing work of fiction. The author uses copyrighted characters, settings, or other intellectual properties from the original creator(s) as a basis for their writing .” (Wikipedia) I have taken this modern practi