Jul. 7th, 2011

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Top tags at the Torchwood Starz Forum

I haven't been back there in a few months, and I have no idea which side did some of these tags, but I've been giggling at the absurdity of the collection for the last few minutes. It's like a surrealist party game poem.

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I recommend [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy's latest post on "How to Slash Better"... though I also recommend taking his warning seriously!

I'll go through the points and add my thoughts here and there. I have an unusual perspective on this because I didn't start reading slash fanfiction until last year, when I got into Torchwood. Before that, I knew it existed, I simply assumed it was all objectionable and fetishizing. I realized that 1) it wasn't as objectionable as I thought, and there were already internal debates about what to do and what not to do 2) there were also gay men writing it, and not just that, lesbian women (to be honest that confused the hell out of me at first) and all sorts of people in the LGBT spectrum.  The majority of people into slash fanfiction are straight women, but still, I saw that there was a enough diversity that I didn't feel guilty about contributing to something purely fetishistic.

So [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy 's post is actually a lot more charitable to slash than I used to be. However, by saying that, I don't want to set myself up as wholly virtuous and take a "nyah nyah I know better and you don't" attitude. I'm a cis straight women participating in a highly problematic genre and my hands certainly aren't squeaky clean. I do like to think my eyes are open though. I also have two disagreements with his post -- NOT in terms of his experiences as a gay man, but in terms of logical social equivalencies he argues at certain points -- which I'll raise at the end.
Frank discussion! )

ETA: comments frozen (like I often do with potentially controversial posts, see explanation to the right). Sorry to those who already commented... I'd meant to do that in the beginning, just right when I posted, but forgot! If you would like to express any agreement or disagreement please make your own post and link here or feel free to PM me.
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Whoo hoo! [livejournal.com profile] rm got quoted in Time in an article about fanfiction! The Boy Who Lived Forever by Lev Grossman.

I only skimmed the article so far, but it seems pretty balanced. I especially loved the context at the end that shows how the divide between high and low literature is totally historically contingent.

Up until relatively recently, creating original characters from scratch wasn't a major part of an author's job description. When Virgil wrote The Aeneid, he didn't invent Aeneas; Aeneas was a minor character in Homer's Odyssey whose unauthorized further adventures Virgil decided to chronicle. Shakespeare didn't invent Hamlet and King Lear; he plucked them from historical and literary sources. Writers weren't the originators of the stories they told; they were just the temporary curators of them. Real creation was something the gods did.

All that has changed. Today the way we think of creativity is dominated by Romantic notions of individual genius and originality, and late-capitalist concepts of intellectual property, under which artists are businesspeople whose creations are the commodities they have for sale. But the pendulum is swinging back the other way. The particular feature, or bug, of our millennial moment is a double vision that allows us to look at stories both ways at once. In 1966, the year Star Trek premiered, Jean Rhys published Wide Sargasso Sea, which retold the story of the mad wife from Jane Eyre, and Tom Stoppard staged Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which borrowed two bit players from Hamlet. Both works fused homage and critique as surely as Spockanalia did. In her 2005 novel March, Geraldine Brooks filched the absent father from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and took him on a tour of Civil War battlefields. March won the Pulitzer Prize.




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