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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.

[User Picture]From: michaleen
2007-08-05 05:18 pm (UTC)
Apparently Rowling is happy for people to write fanfic so long as it isn't porn. She could probably enforce her wishes through the courts if she wanted to- but she hasn't and I think that's because she's a fundamentally nice person. I think it's good manners to respect her wishes.
As a sometime scribbler myself, I've learned that it's terribly important to let go of our creations, especially the ones we cherish most. They're like children, in a way, and with success take on a life of their own.

I don't know, obviously, but it seems possible that seeking redress in the courts could have a negative impact on sales and promotion. If so, I doubt her publisher would allow her to pursue that avenue. Once money changes hands, a new dynamic comes into play and good manners seldom enter into it. Yes, I am a cynical bastard.
There's nothing remotely creepy about the Alice books and I'd be cross with anybody who used Carroll's imagery to create paedophile porn.
At a guess, that ship has probably already sailed. That his imagery has been used for garden-variety porn is an historical fact.

Suppose what I'm getting at here is, why get bent out of shape over Harry Potter and not about the huge amount of erotic art based on everything from The Simpsons to Batman to Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? What adults get up to and what tickles some fancies boggles the mind. There is no stopping it, has never been a snowball's chances in hell of stopping it. So long as no one suffers physical harm as a result - or financial harm, in the case of pursuing such infringements in court - I don't see a problem, aside from the usual problems when humans are passionate about something.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-08-05 06:21 pm (UTC)
Why get het up about Potter porn? Because- as George Mallory said of Everest- it's there.

This particular image sort of cropped up and there was an existing controversy about it and I weighed in. I've looked at the image, I find it sleazy and with an aura of paedophilia about it and I understand why LJ drew the line.

On the whole I thoroughly approve of erotic art.

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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2007-08-05 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well, exactly.

There is a time and place for almost everything, even censorship.
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