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Okay, remember the big heap o'cluelessness about fanfiction I posted a few days ago - the one with the writer chortling over Olympics slash? Oh, that has NOTHING on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/13/fan-fiction-fifty-shades-grey

In which we learn that OOC is a genre, all real person fanfiction is Mary Sue self-inserts and crossover fics exist for no reason but to spawn violence and porn. Yes, the writer went in with a bad attitude about fanfic . . .

Fanfic is seen as the lowest point we've reached in the history of culture – it's crass, sycophantic, celebrity-obsessed, naive, badly written, derivative, consumerist, unoriginal – anti-original.

And it keeps getting worse, much worse, mixing tiny bits of genuine fanfic history with tons of misinformation and groundless opinion without sources to back it up. Um, yeah, I kinda have a bit of newspaper experience under my belt, and I seem to recall not citing sources being a Big Fat No-No.

Oh, but THIS takes the cake - and the bakery that made it as well:

There is a dark sexual undercurrent to the majority of fanfic, as if on a subconscious level the fan actually resents the control that their idol or idealised character has over their life. Through the act of writing fanfic, and subjecting characters to compulsive or vengeful love, sex, S&M or rape, the fan then regains control.

Really? REALLY? So the reason I wrote Ruki spanking Kai with Those Gloves last weekend was not to explore the idea of Kai voluntarily surrendering leadership and control for awhile, or just that the idea and Those Gloves are Pretty Damn Hot, but because I resent the control these boys have over my life and I want to punish them for it. Good to know!

Honestly, the next mainstream publication that tries to do an article about fanfic without, y'know, CONTACTING AND INTERVIEWING ANY OF US AUTHORS is going to get collectively slapped in the face with a banana peel. A rotten, stinky one. Listen, pompous writer dude, I'm not about to try psychoanalyzing any of your hobbies. Stay the hell away from mine.

Now, I'm about to go work on Kink Bingo. Because I ENJOY Kink Bingo, not because it's a manifestation of any twisted psychology. So there. Nyaaah.

Comments

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ldybastet
Aug. 17th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Oh, but we're WOMEN!!!! We can't possibly enjoy porn! Everybody knows that women don't enjoy porn! We don't even *have* a sexuality of our own, unless it's to satisfy the man in our lives. Maybe. Unless we're frigid bitches who won't put out. Everyone knows that!!! We just can't write porn because we think it's hot!

*cough*
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 17th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
Seriously, the guy who wrote this is the epitome of the whole "PORN BY WOMEN? AAAAHHH, THE SKY IS FALLING!!!" mindset we've seen over and over since Fifty Shades of Crap was published. Um, seriously, dude, it's been going on for decades. Google "Anais Nin."
misumaru
Aug. 17th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
Honestly? It's bullshit, complete and utter bullshit. Even worse, when the author gets called out in the comments by justifiably incensed fanfic authors, he has the nerve to say that we obviously have strong feelings about the subject, but don't know anything about each others genres.

...

Excuse me, I'm going to be over in that corner, banging my head against a wall. I mean, I'm just a silly fanfic writer, what do I know... -_-;
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 17th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Wow. This guy is such a tool that I'm sure his newspaper found him in Home Depot. So, he did some very shallow research on the subject and then presents himself as THE WORLD'S GREATEST EXPERT ON THE SUBJECT, OMG!!1!1!!11!!!! That's the tactics of a hack blogger with a huge ego, not a supposedly professional journalist.

In the interest of fairness, the newspaper should definitely invite one of the fanficcers who's been debating with this guy to write a rebuttal article.
misumaru
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
From the comments, it sounds like he's a published author himself? Which, let's face it, means nothing, but may explain why he's so against the idea. He can dress it up in fancy arguments all he wants, but he's obviously scared of the creepy fanfic writers taking away his sales.

They should, but they won't. Luckily, the comments contain some pretty eloquent arguments (that are being ignored...)
aleksiina_26
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
What a patronizing douchebag...

I mean, I agree with him that the fact that 50 shades of gross is currently selling like hotcakes all over the world somewhat worrisome. But not because its fanfic, or written by a woman, only because its a really shitty piece of writing. That guy's just threatened by the fact that a woman's amateur work is getting more attention than his own stuff and this is his petty attempt at grouping us all in the same basket. Sure, we are all creepy, power-hungry, middle aged spinsters with a punishment fetish...ahem...right. What a frickin tool. He sounds like the kind of guy that jerks off to classical music because it makes him feel intellectual and worldly. Eurgh.

And who made him the expert on fanfic when clearly he has nothing but disdain for it? I'm just baffled that they ask any idiot to comment on the phenomenon and not ask a single writer of said fanfiction to develop their own ideas and arguments about it. Once again, we are getting crap because of 50 shades...That book is fucking evil. My grievances will never end.
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