It kind of occurs to me most of the sorts of prose people describe as “like bad fanfic” actually:

a) doesn’t sound like actual bad fanfic at all, and

b) does sound suspiciously a hell of a lot like a lot of prose written by the Great Men™ of fiction…1

  1. This post brought to you by the novel Solaris, which is basically a litany of Bad Fanfic Sins piled all on top of one another. []