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Jun. 23rd, 2014

First 50 Shades of Crap, now this.

A OneDirection fan has gotten a massive publishing deal for her Mary Sue porn epic about Harry Stiles and, well, her Mary Sue. Mind you, this is the SECOND 1D fanfic to get a publishing deal. This one just has porn. Sue porn.

The sad thing is, there is a TON of better fanfic out there - real person and fictional person - but it will probably never see the light of day. Stuff like Twilight and OneDirection just happens to catch the attention of "real" publishers because it's so well-known - never mind whether or not it's good. (Heck, probably most of us have AUs where the serial numbers are pretty close to filed off already - we'd just have to change names and a few details).

But, on a better note when it comes to writing, behold my Season of Kink card!





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I like. I like a lot. I already have one fic completed and I'm working on a second. If you want to get in on this challenge, there's still time - you can sign up at the link above.

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golden_kimono
Jun. 24th, 2014 10:20 am (UTC)
I don't understand this, at all. I've read so many amazing fanfics, which made me laugh, cry, flail around as I read, made me want to punch a hole through the wall on occasion, but, as you said, if it's not in a famous fandom, it won't get this kind of attention. And why is it always smut? I mean, I love smut, but it's exactly because of this that people have a certain view of what fanfiction must be like and why they keep mocking it. Here we are, trying to keep RPF away from the people in question because we don't want to make them feel uncomfortable, and then stuff like this happens. (I know 50 Shades was about fictional people, but that story contains a whole other level of messed up.)

...This rant probably made no sense, but basically: I'm annoyed. XD
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 24th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
You're well-justified in being annoyed. This stuff is frustrating as hell for those of us who worked at perfecting their writing while obeying what we thought was the One Cardinal Rule of fanfiction - NO MARY SUES. And now, it's Mary Sue writers who are getting rewarded and scoring book deals. (I've seen 50 Shades described as being more a Robert Pattison Mary Sue than anything else).

It's not only always smut (well, except for the teenage OneDirection fanficcer who got her "general romance" Suefic published), but it's a specific kind of smut - abuse masquerading as romance. From what I saw in the comments of a couple of articles about this 1D novel, that's exactly what it is. It's 50 Shades of OneDirection.

The sad thing is there is SO much more deserving fanfic out there - gen and slash and AUs that could be original fantasy novels with just some minor filing off of serial numbers. And NONE of them get book deals. Hell, even het romances between canon characters that respect each other and properly written "safe, sane and consensual" kink get passed over.

And, God, yes, this is NOT doing the cause of RPF any favors. We've spent years telling people that yes, we keep the stuff away from the eyes of the people involved (it helps when they don't speak your language - though I had a minor heart attack when I found out Shou can read English!). No, we do NOT just write Mary Sue romances about ourselves and our biases - real person fanfic can be as creative and varied as fictional person fanfic. And then, this comes along in a very public way. Head, meet wall.
golden_kimono
Jun. 24th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
YES! That's another thing that pisses me off. I've only read one interesting Mary Sue fic and that was a parody, where the characters kept encountering Mary Sues and falling in love and then wondered what the hell just happened. XD Regular Mary Sues, though... They're a big no, but apparently that doesn't matter anymore.

They give warped views of relationships, not to mention of BDSM, which is actually all about respect and boundaries, not about this kind of crap. I haven't read 50 Shades, but I've read reviews from people actually knowledgeable on BDSM (and how relationships work - or don't work - in general), and I don't see the appeal. :/

So very true. I'm not sure why abusive kink is suddenly the trend, but I'm afraid we'll probably see a few more of those appear in the near future. =_=

Admittedly some of them find out themselvs, read it and find it amusing/interesting, like Misha Collins (Castiel on Supernatural), but that's an exception, not a rule. Things like this are why I rarely dare tell people I read/write fanfiction, just in case they ask what kind. =_=
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 25th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
I've been reading the recap that a professionally published erotica writer, Jenny Trout, has been doing on her web site. The book is . . . all kinds of special. For one thing, the writer of this Sue-a-thon openly amounts that she doesn't believe in editing her stories, because . . . wait for it . . . she doesn't want to RUIN them. Yes, she thinks that editing would ruin her stories. Meanwhile, her Sue bears several similarities to the main character of Fifty Shades of Crap - she's overly prim and proper and judgmental of "wild" people. Also, the author conveys her main character's roommate and her friends like to party by covering them with more tattoos and piercings than all of SCREW and Dir En Grey lumped together. (These are 18-year-old kids just starting college - where are they getting the MONEY for all this?)
hikage_48
Jun. 24th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Many of the comments were talking about how awesome the story is. I read some of it, it was just "meh" in my opinion, not really reaching novel standards. Now I'm worried about it getting publicity like 50 Shades. :/

And I agree with you about the Mary-sues. They make me want to gouge my eyes out. I've read quite a few fanfictions which story-telling quality is much higher than this and 50 Shades of crap (only managed to survive 1/8 of the story and skipped a lot of it).
puss_nd_boots
Jun. 25th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
I've been reading recaps (she calls them "sporkings," since she approaches it with snark) by a professional writer, and it's definitely nothing special - it's just another Suefic. Too-innocent-to-be-believed girl goes to college, meets up with some heavily tattooed and pierced people and starts trading insults with a "bad boy." Who, of course, she's going to fall in love with. If it had been written about anyone but 1D, I don't think it would have gotten attention.
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