It's ridiculous that fanfiction gets a bad reputation, because it's basically the best thing ever. Taking one of your favorite stories and expanding the plot, usually to involve extra adventures and sexy time? Hi, sign me up please. But there's fanfiction out there that goes beyond your standard Harry Potter fare. For the Pride and Prejudice fans in the house, I'm here to tell you that Jane Austen fanfiction exists, which basically proves that some parts of the internet at still good.
I've been pretty unrepentant about my love of fanfiction (I've written about it here and here), and I'll continue defending it until the day I die. In fact, I have a couple of brilliant, nerdy friends with whom I like nothing more than to read erotic Harry Potter and X-Men fan fiction out loud, usually at the top of our lungs and in public places. My fanfiction preferences typically fall into the fantasy genre, but recently I decided I needed to expand my horizons. Class up the joint a little bit, if you will. So I went looking for Jane Austen fanfiction.
Guess what? There's a thriving Jane Austen fanfiction online community, proving that there's at least a tiny sliver of the internet that's still good and pure. So, I poured myself a cup of tea and spent hours (literally hours) reading about the further adventures of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (an overwhelming amount of the stories out there are based on Pride and Prejudice). I picked my favorite seven to help you ease into the world of Jane Austen fan fiction. For further reading, check out Derbyshire Writers' Guild, Austen Interlude, and Mrs. Darcy's Story Site.
And, in case you were wondering, yes, I did read a number of fanfiction about Mr. Darcy's and Elizabeth's wedding night, and I giggled like a schoolgirl through all of them. I've included one for your reading pleasure.