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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.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-05 10:43 am (UTC)
"if someone wrote fanfic porn with one of my stories I would feel gang-raped."

I'm glad you said that. I don't see how anyone can call themselves a fan and so thoroughly disrespect the original artist they're ripping off. I don't know how Rowling copes with material like the picture that started this debate. I guess she keeps well away from it.

The Flanders and Swan analogy is exactly right. I'm looking for the fanfic community to exercise a little restraint, a little self-awareness- and instead they're responding like sulky kids.
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[User Picture]From: cataptromancer
2007-08-05 05:55 pm (UTC)
From an outsider's perspective, one explanation might be that the phenom of "fan fiction" involves being a "fan" of the material, the world, the characters, and not their creator.

And I actually find it potentially (though perversely) liberating to get over the idea that stories must be at the beck and call of those who create them. Perhaps I'd feel differently if I had published fiction or created characters/worlds/stories, but I do intend to one day and, at least naively, I don't think it'll change my opinion. Or perhaps the new Beowulf movie will change it for me...(speaking of unsanctioned adaptations...)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-05 06:56 pm (UTC)
I can only say that I disagree. I can't separate the creator from the creation. Most of us who do any kind of creative writing are producing disguised or not so disguised autobiography.

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