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Do you ever read fanfic?
The short answer is yes, I read fanfic.
[The coming answer is long, full of my opinion, unsourced, and speculative, but read on, if you’re so inclined…]
I consider fanfic to be the iterating, bleeding edge of literature with its own trends and tropes; its own rules and rule breakers. One often hears that social media and the internet have changed human communication in a fundamental way, and part of that fallout is this explosion of amateur art that is produced and distributed for free online. I don’t want to digress too much into the social and economic underpinnings of the evolution of human art in a digital era, but I will say that I find it exciting to participate in this evolution of human creativity; exciting enough to write the stuff, and exciting enough to read a lot of it as well.
As for fanfic itself, I consider it (generally) to be a fascinating hybrid child of literature and film. The ways in which fanfic differs from a book one picks up off the shelf is that the piece of fanfic, at it’s core, is striving to convey the immersive experience that you get from watching and hearing an actual scene play out. Fanfic specifies with great detail in predictable ways. Fanfic spends more time on the quality and tone of character voices. Fanfic spends more time on the directionality of eye movements. (For an outrageously literary example prefiguring this technique see Anna Karenina chapter 10, during the conversation between Levin and Stepan Arkadyich about oysters.) Fanfic spends more time with positional blocking than conventional literature does. Fanfic employs a tighter POV narrative whether it chooses third person limited or omniscient than your average book off the shelf. Fanfic zooms in and out like a lens—in for the detail shot on Scully’s widening eyes and Mulder’s clenching jaw and then out for the wide shot of the pair of them alone amidst the alien corn. In short, fanfic does not read like conventional literature; it’s its own, evolving thing, which is very exciting. Also, old, boring people look down on it, which is a GREAT SIGN regarding it’s future importance.
i wish there wasn’t a stigma about doing things alone. you can’t go out to eat alone, you can’t see a movie alone, basically anything fun, you’re looked down on for doing alone and it’s so stupid you shouldn’t need other people to validate your decisions
realtalk; every time I read a porn fic where the dude calls the girl a “slut” (even if they’re in a consensual relationship/situation and it’s part of a scene,) my eyes rolls so far to the back of my head that I can see my brain cringe.
that’s how I feel about words like “bitch” and “slut”
any kind of fic really between individuals
my companion said that she went to women in animation panel last night featured rebecca sugar stating that the gems are non binary
i’m finding zero articles on this and zero posts about it does anybody not even care about it did anybody else hear this or go to that panel
this is just so cool
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