Our much-anticipated Fan Fiction issue is coming out very soon, so we’d like to present you with some of the Underground team’s favourite Australian fanfiction works! This list includes works inspired by a range of primary sources, set in various worlds, genres and formats.
Musketeer Space (Musketeer Space #1) by Tansy Rayner Roberts
A very large percentage of Roberts’ books can be classified as fanfiction, very much including this series: ‘Musketeer Space is a gender-swapped, thoroughly bisexual space opera retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel The Three Musketeers’.
Clair-de-Lune by Cassandra Golds
Clair de Lune is a poem written by the French poet Paul Verlaine in 1869, and it is the inspiration for the third and most famous movement of Claude Debussy’s 1890 Suite bergamasque, so Cassandra Golds’ middle-grade magical realist fiction book is a fanfic of a fanfic! She was inspired to write this story after learning the fact that many people have difficulty saying their own name without ‘pulling back’ their voice, which is a big part of the young ballerina protagonists’ struggle in this story.
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
A historical fiction novel that uses the legend of the colonial-Australian folk song ‘Waltzing Matilda’ as its premise, this YA novel takes us through early settler times, including Federation, and does not shy away from the effect of colonists on Aboriginal Australians.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
A novel known as the Australian version of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Set in a small town during 1965, Charlie Bucktin is visited in the middle of the night by the town outcast Jasper Jones, who needs Charlie’s help. The horrific discovery Jasper shows Charlie in the bush becomes their secret, and when one secret is buried, many more start to creep up.
March by Geraldine Brooks
After watching Greta Gerwig’s film adaption of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, re-reading Alcott’s novel won’t satisfy my upcoming Little Women binge. Brooks’ novel tells the story of the absent father who went away to serve as a chaplain in the American Civil War. A story that centres on the lost father and fills in the blanks that his wife and daughters pondered while he was away.
Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker
Romeo & Juliet meets Wuthering Heights in an oddly satisfying mashup of dystopian time-travel. Set in 2083, Waking Romeo follows Jules, a young girl who spends her days hoping that her dear Romeo will wake from his coma. With civilisation on the brink of extinction, there isn’t much left for her to hope for. But when a time-traveller, Ellis, appears with the sole mission to wake Romeo, Jules will take her first steps in creating a future she desires.
You can read a full review of Waking Romeo on our Reviews page!
The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth
Kate Forsyth reimagines the Grimm Brother’s Beauty and the Best into a work of historical fiction. Set in Nazi Germany, Ava must marry a Nazi spy, Leo, in order to save her father. But when Ava joins an underground resistance to protect those victimised by the regime, she must live a double life and hide her true allegiance from her husband.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
This historical fiction takes inspiration from the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, modernising it with a dual narrative and an element of literary mystery. It combines the story of Cassandra, grieving after the death of her beloved grandmother Nell, and the mysterious disappearance of Victorian authoress Eliza Makepeace. It is a beautifully immersive and character-driven novel, perfect for fans of generational historical fiction.
Jane in Love by Rachel Givney
Jane Austen time-travels to the future and falls in love. But will she choose happiness in the present, or her career as a writer in the past? At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love – which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
You can buy Jane in Love from the Underground Books site!
What are some of your favourite Aussie fan fiction books? Keep an eye out for Underground Writers issue 34: Fan Fiction, releasing on Patreon 1st of May and on our website from the 5th of May!