tips for (period) Austen fanfic
not quite meta, just a reaction to stuff I’ve noticed more than usual recently.
disclaimer: it doesn’t mean your fic is terrible badwrong if you don’t do these things or that nobody likes it or that your fic is even not good or that I am a perfect Georgian-period Austen fanwriter who has followed this to the letter from seventeen onwards, it’s just stuff that makes me (and most of my friends, but don’t worry, I’m not a BNF), more likely to read. Also, I tried to list things that are helpful for fic based on any of the novels, but the examples are from P&P since that’s like 95% of the fandom.
In some ways, fanfiction’s mode is nearer to academia and literary criticism than to typical fiction. The original work is a fanfic’s topic; familiarity with it is usually assumed. People sometimes use what is meant to be a response to the original text as a vehicle for discussions of other, unrelated things; this is often frowned upon. Fanfiction dialogues directly with the text, discarding authorial intent as often as not, and engaging with the discussion that has already grown up around it. Jenkins make the association explicit, describing fandom as “an institution of theory and criticism, a semistructured space where competing interpretations and evaluations of common texts are proposed, debated, and negotiated … Fans often display a close attention to the particularity of television narratives that puts academic critics to shame” (86). This sort of attention is par for the course among many fanwriters, who as the active interpreters bear the consequences if their narrative fails to make their argument.
#SCREAMING #CRYING #BLESS #BLESS UR COW #BLESS UR ANCESTORS
my ancestors thank you :)
I meta’d for a grade
I actually wrote this a few years ago (minus a few revisions). The Diana Gabaldon brouhaha was raging at the time, so I sat down and tapped out a few pages of furious meta, then decided it would be much more satisfying as Serious Academia That Is Serious (And Therefore Worthwhile). This is somewhat less work than actual meta, because then I don’t have to translate out of Pedantic into Merely Pretentious. I got an A, and my class loved it, so hurrah.
I used to say that fandom was ruining my GPA, but in the last three years or so, people being wrong on the Internet actually improvedmy grades. Anyway, this comes from a place of anger and was targeted at my (American) classmates, so it’s fairly US-centric, a bit incoherent and more than a bit hyperbolic, but I like to think that I harnessed my powers of getting-pissed-off for good instead of evil.
I am delighted to hear that you liked the Narnian books. There is a map at the end of some of them in some editions. But why not do one yourself! And why not write stories for yourself to fill up the gaps in Narnian history?
C. S. Lewis, letter to a fan named Denise
“revenge of the jedi” - fic
To carry on with the gradual crossposting, I wrote this fic for an au_bigbang awhile back (yes, I finished a thing! it happens sometimes!). It’s an AU, of course: a re-imagining of ROTJ based on some of the earlier plans for the movie. I borrowed some things from ROTJ/the PT/whatever, but it’s only compliant with ANH and ESB - so a sort of alternate-canon AU not-quite-fix-fic sequel to ESB.
title: Revenge of the Jedi (Prologue)
characters: Luke, Leia, Vader/Anakin, others (re: pairings, Revenge is a choose not to warn experience, though I will say that there’s no incest)
rating: PG/T or so
stuff that happens: After the escape from Cloud City, Vader keeps plotting against the Emperor and trying to get Luke to help him, Leia gets drawn into the plight of the surviving Alderaanians, Han hangs on Jabba’s wall, and Luke leaves the squadron to be a full-time Jedi.
Summary: the morning of the first day of Hiroshi’s trial
Word Count: 300
A/N: quick asami-centric flash fic. likes are good, reblogs are better, commentary is best. i was thinking about this earlier and now it just kinda came to me
It flashes in her hand…
Ooh, I like this Asami. And the significant haircut - it reminded me pretty strongly of Azula and hallucination!Ursa telling her how beautiful her hair always was. Also, this line was particularly awesome:
thick ribbons of blackness that spill through the hands of her lovers like oil
I don’t usually go for heavy metaphorical language, but I think that one works, both as a description (her hair is ribbon-like!) and the particular association with oil, something that easily slips away, but not before coating pretty much anything it touches. :(
The importance of media fan cultural production far exceeds its role as a training ground for professional publishing.
Henry Jenkins, Textual Poachers