Posts tagged fanfiction
Posts tagged fanfiction
So, here’s the deal. I’ll be taking fic requests for anyone who posts a comment on thirdwavescrashing.com. It’s a blog by fellow tumblrer Edpconnected that deals with issues regarding feminism. It’s basically her Master’s thesis, and she would love to get some more people’s view points. So, help a fellow tumblrer out and, more importantly, let your voice be heard on important social issues. Change doesn’t happen without conversation.
And! If you leave a comment, I write you a short fic of your choosing. It’s a win-win! All you have to do is visit her blog (thirdwavescrashing.com) and then either tell me which post on her blog is yours or screen cap it for me to see or something, and, boom! I write you a fic.
Here are the fandoms I am most familiar with and have written for before: Supernatural, Merlin, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and various animes (Naruto, Hakusho, Inuyasha, Gravitation, Bebop, Death Note, um, there’s a lot of those, so just let me know).
Important: I won’t fulfill non-con or dub-con requests, and I reserve the right to ask that a request be changed or altered if I feel uncomfortable writing it.
This is probably the best, non-judgmental description of fan fiction I’ve ever heard of in main stream media.
Interesting article. It’s sort of funny, but I felt a little exposed when I was reading the article—like the NY Times was discovering the world of fandom and revealing the secrets of our world to outsiders. Silly little passing fancy. Anyway, fanfiction, yes. Fanfiction and, really, fandom in all of its forms is really fascinating to consider within the realm of media, creativity, copyright, and redefinition of how we see and experience the world. Fandom is incredibly transformative, isn’t it?
The article discusses fandom, specifically fanfiction, and delves into some interesting topics, one of which concerns authors who are disconcerted by fandom, who see it as stealing, as distorting work already done. Maybe. I’ve never published professionally, so I suppose it’s possible I might feel the same if I had ever published or ever do. Probably not, though, and this is why: I don’t believe there is a person on this planet who hasn’t recreated something in his or her mind. What author or illustrator or musician, what artist, can say his or her work doesn’t recreate an idea already established, doesn’t stretch the bounds or pick up the thread and reinterpret a concept someone else has prodded at before? Leave off artist. What person hasn’t?
The other day, I saw a movie that was fantastic right up until the end. I thought the end was terrible. It ruined everything for me. I was dissatisfied, and as I sat on my couch thinking about what was wrong with the ending, I simultaneously thought about how it could’ve been fixed. I didn’t write my preferred ending down, I just thought about it, tweaked it in my mind so that the ending fit with the manner in which I personally had understood the movie. Fanfiction and other arenas of fandom do the same thing but in a tangible way. To me, that’s fandom—concrete manifestations of the many, many ways people experience and interpret art forms. And, really, that’s the crux of the matter, I think. An artist has control over his or her creations but not over the way people perceive his or her creations.
Look, I am certainly not any kind of professional writer, but I do write a lot, and I study writing, and over the years one of the things of which I had to gain an understanding is that ours is a planet teeming with worlds, trillions and trillions of worlds just bursting with people experiencing life differently. And that means that I can describe cut grass, describe it until I’ve exhausted my lexicon and my similes and my creative grammatical flourishes, and my reader still may not see exactly what I intended him or her to see. Maybe because cut grass looks different where my reader is from. Or maybe the thought of cut grass makes my reader recall an experience, a moment in his or her life that affects how that person understands the image of cut grass. The point is, no one has control over the way in which peoples’ individual experiences shape their understanding of a piece of art.
At the end of the day, what is really so disconcerting about fandom? What is threatening or harmful about people sharing, for no profit I might add, their unique understanding of a work they most probably admire?