||[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 don't get it, and never have. I even tried to write fanfic recently and decided that I wouldn't, that I would create my own character, and she turned out to be more interesting and more human than the inspiration. The characters and the story took on their own lives and wandered far away from the original inspiration, becoming themselves and revealing a world that I had no idea was there in my mind.
Writing porn stories using someone else's characters is just crass, to me. It's like those T-shirts they used to sell in the '70s that showed Wile E. Coyote gripping the Roadrunner by the neck with the caption "Beep Beep, My Ass." Or the nauseating bumper stickers in the 80s with Mickey Mouse shooting the bird and something about "Fuck You Iran," or the truck decals of Waterson's Calvin from "Calvin and Hobbes," pissing on everything from Ford emblems to Osama Bin Laden - or worse still in a way, Calvin kneeling before a cross. It's just crass.
I can't imagine wanting to write fanfic. Parody, yes- fanfic, no. There's been a lot of argument (see above) about fanfic being homage and lit crit and parody and whatever- but I'm not convinced.
Fanfic is parasitical- and I'm too proud to be a parasite.