currently playing on my laptop: Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums
I LOVE fan art inspired by my favorite reads. But in addition to simply enjoying the beauty of the sketches, paintings, photographs, and more, I value what the pieces show about the fan.
Which characters grabbed them. What elements of those characters appealed to them. If the fan saw romance where I missed it. If the fan noticed a connection I ignored. Did the reader see fear where I saw arrogance? How about the way they hold themselves or even their weapon. How they wear their clothing or uniform. What is the pivotal point in the story according to the fan?
Fan art shows us writers what people love about their favorite stories and that is very valuable. We must endeavor to make our own characters shine in readers’ eyes.
(For me, the characters shown are Sophia from ROOK, Kell from A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, Po from GRACELING, Lorelai from THE SHADOW QUEEN, Arin from THE WINNER’S CURSE, Elisa from GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, Gansey from THE RAVEN BOYS, and Sean and Puck from THE SCORPIO RACES.)