Feb. 17th, 2016 04:05 pm
elsewhence: (alligator)
look, "mary sue" means and has always meant an obnoxious, flawless, impossibly perfect female self-insert whose presence causes the entire story to revolve around her and how great she is and how much everyone loves her instead of whatever its canonical plot is about. there's no way to "redeem" the term and there shouldn't be, because fact is that kind of story is never enjoyable for anyone but its author. i mean, write whatever you want, but the reasons you enjoy it apply to literally nobody else in the world, so honestly you might as well just keep it in your head.

mind you, good self-inserts are a different story altogether. i like those. but mary sues are the pariah of fanfic for a reason, and the only way in which that reason is related to gender is this: there's more female fanfic authors, so there's more mary sues produced by female authors. not everything is ~*misogyny*~.

Jan. 17th, 2016 05:23 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
haha, where'd people get this strange idea that shipping should be realistic from, that's hilarious

Nov. 15th, 2015 02:16 am
elsewhence: (stars)
who wants to speculate about fictional romance when they could be speculating about fictional species and their cultures instead. boooooring

Nov. 8th, 2015 02:48 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
man, looking at fanfiction in general, some people really think any kind of deep or meaningful interaction between characters constitutes romance, don't they. do they think that's how real people work, too? any relationship between two people that involves somewhat stronger emotions must automatically be romantic? what a bleak world view...

Jan. 3rd, 2015 10:18 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
haha apparently there's people who object to the term "femslash" because it makes it sound like slashing male characters is the norm and slashing female ones is the exception. uh guys, i hate to have to tell you this, but...

Mar. 9th, 2014 02:32 am
elsewhence: (LEGO stormtrooper kittens)

just in case you hadn't noticed

Oct. 9th, 2011 08:51 pm
elsewhence: (i don't care you know)
hey fandom activism types of the internet. there's actually a far larger problem than the fact that there supposedly aren't enough strong female characters for girls to identify with. know what that problem is? the underlying implication that it's not possible or acceptable for them to identify with strong male characters. that girls and women can never be awesome in the same ways as men anyway and should just stick with their own. isn't that kind of undermining the whole "men and women have fundamentally the same capabilities and should have the same opportunities in life" thing, and instead reenforcing the idea that there's male traits and female traits and neither are or should be available to the respective other side?

... also, does anyone other than other fandom activism types actually take said fandom activism types seriously?

honestly, how does anyone still think that whole thing is a good idea and totally going to work and help change the world? i mean, here you are, entering a fandom's communities and essentially telling its members what horrible unenlightened bastards they are for loving and cherishing the story in question exactly the way it is? and expecting it to come across in any way that isn't "hey guys stop having fun"? really?

god really what the hell is this i don't even. *helpless verbal flailing*

Jan. 13th, 2011 04:16 pm
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
so really, the reason i find it presumptuous and just plain absurd when authors make a big fuss about fanfiction is that in my view, it's impossible not to create your own version of every story you ever read. we can't passively take in the authors' untainted visions because we're not them, and the fact that most personal versions aren't that drastically different from the "official" one and few ever get written down and shared with the world doesn't change that. if you're that worried about preserving the integrity of your creation, the only real solution is to never put it out there in the first place.

personally, i'd feel far more bothered by the sort of people who insist on taking works of fiction as absolute fact and believing in them as objective reality that the author merely channeled. for me that amounts to denying the reality of part of their own mind and is just generally the worst insult to everyone involved in creating fiction ever. nevermind the way it completely destroys everything fiction is about, what with the way that if you insist every story is reality in a parallel universe somewhere, you're also saying they're all the real experiences of real people, which when you really follow the idea through, would make it unethical to use them for entertainment. why would anyone who feels enough of a connection to fiction in the first place to want to consider it real in some sense possibly want to do that?

Nov. 28th, 2010 09:43 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
i kind of wish fanfiction archives offered filtering options like "all genres except X" or "all characters except Y and Z". it would be such a nice way of avoiding all that annoying romance crap.

(that kind of sounds more bitter than it is, because i do read romance sometimes. what i don't read is long, sappy epics about whatever popular pairing fangirls happen to be obsessing at the time. especially not "we'll stay together forever and get married and have babies"-type stuff. i don't find that kind of thing appealing at all. what i like is one-shots that somehow manage to make less common and obvious pairings work, and maybe aren't happily ever after, but instead acknowledge that relationships can still be worthwhile and rewarding and generally a good thing if they don't last forever. that's interesting to read.

needless to say, i don't ship any particular couples. i've grown out of the "i think these people are or should be together in canon!" thing, and established canon couples are especially boring. i guess it's similar to how i don't want my fiction to be about things that i could easily experience for myself. i don't want my fanfiction to be about things i could easily see in canon. the could-have-beens are what's interesting.)