||[Aug. 4th, 2007|12:12 pm]
Fandom- I don't get it. |
Why would you want to mess with someone else's characters when you can create your own?
Does J.K. Rowling take pleasure in badly written stories about her characters having sex? I doubt it. Why- If you admire and enjoy her work - would you want to disrespect her so?
Isn't "fan" a bit of a misnomer?
But lets move from the general to the specific. An artist just got banned by LJ because of an image she posted of Harry and Snape.
Only the banning seems ineffective because she's bounced back and the image is viewable. (I'm not giving links. I don't want to give her any more publicity than she's getting already).
I clicked. I was expecting an image of them kissing. Boy, was I in for a surprise.
The characters were clearly modelled on Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman. Isn't this defamation of character or libel of something?
Even more to the point: British comedian Chris Langham is about to go to prison for downloading images which (I assume ) are comparable to this.
So- forget morality- LJ needs to guard itself against prosecution.
But I don't want to forget morality. You take characters from a beloved children's book and you produce an image of them that any paedophile would be proud to own (you can quibble over whether Harry looks underage or not if you want to be legalistic and miss the point) and I can't think of any grounds on which I'd be prepared to defend you.
A lot of fans are up in arms and banging on about censorship. I just watched a video of a girl give a little self-righteous speech then attempt to burn her LJ shirt with a blow torch . Fine. Off you trot to some less scrupulous site and good luck to you! As it happens, I'm perfectly happy to see you go.
I think fandom was different once--less interested in itself and more in the source material. I've always identified myself as a Star Trek fan, and in the 1970s and '80s people wrote ST fanfiction, made costumes, and held conventions because it was the only way to keep ST alive. It meant something to them, it inspired them, and it had been cut down after only three seasons. That might be hard to remember, forty years and four other shows later. Even now, while people in HP fandom are producing art that to most people looks like a good argument for paedophilia, people who like to dress up as Klingons are doing charity fundraising. I don't mind identifying those folks as my people, you know?
I might also add that Harry Potter fandom is widely considered to be particularly crazy even by other fans.
I don't have any problem with trekkers. I can fully understand wanting to live inside that infinitely extendable universe. I'm a fan myself- and I've got a poem somewhere to prove it....
This was the daddy and mommy of all fandoms, wasn't it? And the relationship between the creators and the fans has always been respectful and creative. I've got a friend who is a huge fan- and also the author of an official Star Trek novel.
The Dr Who fandom has the same family ethos to it. The people who are creating the show now were all once childhood fans.
I'm an old-school Trek fan, too, and things were a lot different in the 70s and 80s. I retired from fanfic writing about 20 years ago, and never looked back.
Some of these potterfen just don't get it. Maybe they will when the law gives them a big dose of reality.