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December 28th, 2008


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10:30 pm - Fan fiction tastes, a new fandom + general update
A few weeks ago, teaotter and I had a conversation about fan fiction. One of the things that we both agree separates fan fiction from most other sorts of fiction is that fan fiction is (for the two of us at least) specifically about reading (and in Becca's case writing) stories that specifically punch the reader or writers' emotional buttons. They are essentially emotional fulfillment wrapped up with hopefully good writing, and for Becca and I our tastes are fairly specific.


For me, there are three factors, the first two of which are obvious, and the third somewhat interesting (at least to me). The obvious two are stories that are sappily romantic with relatively happy endings (which is seriously unsurprising given that I'm both a romantic and an optimist), and stories where the PoV character is somewhat of an intellectual, and it's even better if they are a geeky intellectual (which is again, unsurprising, given that geeky intellectual describes both me and everyone I care about).

The third element is also perhaps the most important – stories either about time travel, where a negative future is changed into a more positive one or (somewhat less powerfully for me) stories about averting some loomingly obvious major problem through cleverness, luck, and determination. The second is clearly a reflection of my optimism, however, the time travel stories are a mixture of that and the fact that my impulse is to tinker with everything, and tinkering with time is rather an irresistible idea, especially as a way to fix major problems. The flipside of this is that any sort of time travel where time is unchangeable is very much something that I dislike.

Needless to say, back when I was seriously into Smallville fandom, I read a great many romantic Clark/Lex stories written from Lex's PoV, where either some chance or deliberate action averted the canonical future of Lex as a mad villain or (even better) stories where there was actual time travel to eliminate the enmity between Clark and Lex. Smallville AU future-fic was very much something that I loved. I also read a number of Ninth Doctor Doctor Who stories about averting or rewriting Jack being left behind in Parting of the Ways, or coming back for him sooner than actually happened. However, those were (mostly) not as satisfying.

In any case, now that the Yuletide story archive is open, I read it, found some enjoyable fan fiction of P.C. Hodgell's Jame novels, a couple of moderately good Young Wizards' stories and then I found a new fandom – or not particularly new, because I've been eagerly watching the show for almost year – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, given that much of my interest in the show comes down enjoying watching a show about averting future apocalypse through cleverness, determination, and a whole lot of time travel (and also with my presumption that the end goal is clearly making peace between robots and humans), it comes as no real surprise to me that fan fiction about time travel and averting doom make me very happy indeed.


In other news, I have a lovely new Nokia n82 phone (my big Christmas gift), with excellent gps and a marvelous camera, Becca is recovering from a bad cold, and I am in the midst of/recovering from a far more mild, but deeply annoying cold (my rather impressive immune system means that I have little experience and less patience with getting sick). Combined with the continuing reality of too much work (which ends soon), means that while the visit with my parents goes well, I am quiet tired.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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From:shirtlifterbear
Date:December 29th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
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So I'm guessing that you love "To Say Nothing Of The Dog" by Connie Willis almost as much as I do?

Time-travelling historian and all-around bright guy, romance with an equally brilliant woman, and they save the time-space continuum...

PERFECT!
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From:heron61
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
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I haven't read it, largely because I'm not generally fond of her novels. I like many of her short stories quite a bit, but haven't found any novels of hers that I could get into. Then again, I haven't tried that one - it should like I should.
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From:amberite
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
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I keep telling you to read that one, too!
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From:shirtlifterbear
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
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Yeah!

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From:shirtlifterbear
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
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Rather interestingly, I can't stand short stories, and much prefer novels.

Of her works, this one is the one that I am most excited about, by far. No Black Death, no Titanic, no downers!

Set in: Victorian England, WWII England during the Blitz and 30 years from now.

And it's the Quest for the Bishop's Bird Stump!

*grin*

Funny, warm, intelligent and thought-provoking, and something I reread at least once a year. That's a damn short list of books!

(A Night in the Lonesome October, Lord of Light, and Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady are others on that shortlist)
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From:rjgrady
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
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"One of the things that we both agree separates fan fiction from most other sorts of fiction is that fan fiction is (for the two of us at least) specifically about reading (and in Becca's case writing) stories that specifically punch the reader or writers' emotional buttons."

Well, that is a quality often associated with genre fiction of all kinds. But I think fan fac is different in that the sought after experience can often be chosen with great specificity.
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From:shirtlifterbear
Date:December 29th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
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Mmmmmm...

Specificity.

"I'd like a Jayne/Mal fist fight that turns into anger sex, please!"

DONE!

*giggle*

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