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12 May 2010 @ 07:18 pm
Writer's Block: Sheldon and Penny 4ever!  

Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?

I disagree with the way this question is phrased. A well written, non-stereotypical fanfic is no different to me in reading enjoyment from a well written, non-stereotypical original story. Actually, I have a number of favourites in both of these "genres" with which it doesn't matter whether I'd found them online or picked up in a bookshop. I write fanfic and originals myself (just like many people out there, no doubt) and have come to think that each of them poses different challenges: in (serious) fanfic the main point is to keep the characters true to themselves without merely transcribing the canon in question, whereas in original stories the characters need to be invented from scratch. Putting one somehow above the other as a matter of principle comes off as pretty short-sighted to me.

Now, of course a sizeable portion of all fanfiction posted online won't be up to scratch, but so is a sizeable portion of all published stuff, so that argument doesn't hold for me, either. Writing is writing is writing, and I'll gorge on good writing wherever I can get it.

Current Mood: indifferentindifferent
Viovenvioven on May 12th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
See you later, instigator: Ocelot - Meow for Backupoudeteron on May 12th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
MGS icons for great justice!

This might be the first time I've received a gif for a comment. THANK YOU!
Ramblings of a madman: Albus Readingghostangel on May 13th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Most appropriate gif ever. :3
remecielremeciel on May 12th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I disagree with the way this question is phrased.
So do I. I guess it's as to provoke relevant arguments in a discussion (I haven't read the comments yet ) but it still is not the way it should have been asked. It's like asking whether one likes fanart or not. Too blunt.
See you later, instigator: Boss - bitch pleaseoudeteron on May 13th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Exactly! The way they phrased it is just opening a big can of worms. Which is the only reason I felt compelled to reply - a little word against the war of fannish screams and pretentious condemnations this was sure to provoke, honestly.
Melmo: moon at seamustntgetmy on May 12th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)

In other words, I agree with you.
See you later, instigator: Big Boss - badass with a gunoudeteron on May 13th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
I agree with that post on so many levels. My turn to sit back and applaud.

Melmo: Inigomustntgetmy on May 14th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
Isn't it brilliant?
See you later, instigator: House/Wilson Loudoudeteron on May 14th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's for the greater good.
Melmo: the quiet of the snowmustntgetmy on May 15th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
MissTeacakes: stealinmissteacakes on May 13th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen good and bad--I've seen good that, based on their content, I would never have thought would be good. (You can take that as me agreeing.)

To tell the truth, if I were a published author I'd be both flattered that someone would see my characters as good enough to use, and fascinated on what they would do with them.
See you later, instigator: Ocelot - Winky Heartoudeteron on May 13th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the most fun! You have to expect the unexpected. (Thanks!)

My thoughts exactly. It's wonderful that we don't suffer from Published Writer Insecurity Complex(TM).