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Fandom [Aug. 4th, 2007|12:12 pm]
Tony Grist
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.

From: bleachedrainbow
2007-08-04 09:54 pm (UTC)

Re: SAY SO. Tell us this is not a fandom-friendly site, and we'll migrate.

The young jerks who buy guns and then go out and shoot up schools fuel their obscene behavior on their fantasies.

That's hardly a useful comparison unless we're suddenly talking about trade in real children/people. If we're still talking about fictional characters and fantasy then I think a more useful comparison would be water pistols, paint-balling and replica guns.

Of course, it's still not a very useful comparison, but it wouldn't be a "totally erroneous and stupid" one. Just as you can't have sex with a fictional character you can't 'shoot up' a school with a water pistol. We'll, not with lethal results.

'FANTASIES don't hurt anyone' this is another totally erroneous and stupid statement.

Please explain cause and effect. Preferably without making a random and totally unconnected statement about deadly weapons.

Even though I do sometimes share my fantasies as stories, my fantasies don't hurt anyone because I don't act them out. Those people who do act out their fantasies would act them out regardless of whether or not they new what mine were.

I'm sure many kids talk about shooting up or bombing their schools, or doing other likewise horrible things ... in fact, I know they do because I was once a child in a school and how to get such-and-such a clique/teacher back was always a favourite fantasy game. But the only person who actually goes out and does it, does it in accordance with THEIR OWN fantasy because they are sick for some reason(s) not associated with the normal human activity of sharing violent stories/pictures.
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