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(I know I'm preaching to the choir, here. But I just thought... maybe someone who hates fanfiction will browse through the answers to the Writer's Block thing. And maybe they'll read this?)

Fan fiction is the modern version of sitting around the campfire, telling old folktales, myths and legends, and letting them live--retelling them, changing them, responding to them.

It's a natural and beautiful thing. Lately I've been coming across all these people who are pissed off or disgusted by it and I just want to shake them and shout, "WHY DO YOU HATE FUN?!" Or maybe "Why do you find this so threatening??"

Sure, not all individual examples of fan fiction are all that remarkable. And some are just bad. (Although, really, a lot of those are from very young writers, many of whom have a lot of growing to do as writers (and fanfic communities will likely help them)). But this is not a reason to condemn the entire practice. Would you condemn the entire world of academic literary criticism just because you'd found a lot of bad essays written by kids? -- or essays you didn't personally agree with, or maybe you thought they were too derivative... No, I hope not.

I really do think that they're very related activities (literary analysis papers and fanfic). They are both the result of engaging critically and creatively with a text, responding to it in a form that others will recognize and respond to as well. They are both part of ongoing, open conversations based around literature (and other media -- STORIES) and people's responses to it. People's responses are based on their own experiences, and other texts, and other "counter-texts" (essays, reviews and fanfic).

And fanfiction in particular is such a wonderful brand of that kind of active reading -- it provides such a great form and forum to do it in. The communities formed around it can be so supportive and generative of growth, thought and discussion, and it connects you with people from all over the world, and people with different experiences and perspectives, different ideas about the texts. It's like the fucking best English class ever.


Also, the fucking Aeniad is a fanfic of The Illiad.

Shakespeare's plays were pretty much all fanfiction!
And there are endless examples of modern fanfics of Shakespeare.

[ profile] bookshop has an awesome list of recognized and lauded derivative works here.
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Oh, hey, the remix reveal was a few days ago. Here's what happened. I wrote...

Title: (Men Occultus Dormiens (The Semper Titillandus Remix))
Summary: Dumbledore has a feeling that private Occlumency lessons might benefit Snape.
Rating: G
Fandom: Harry Potter
Original Fic: All School Days' Innocence by [ profile] aris_writing
Notes: Thanks for [ profile] topaz_eyes for encouragement and advice!

And was written for...

[ profile] isiscolo wrote an awesome remix of an old LOTR fic of mine, here: Ash and Smoke (Retrospective Remix)
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Everyone's been doing their Roundup Posts, so here's mine, rounding up all the fanvids I made this year.

16 more vids! )

Overall, I think the videos I made this year were much more sophisticated than last year's batch. I branched out to other things, wanting to kind of make one summing up video for many of my favorite films, and I think I did most of those justice. The Star Wars vids have been a little weak, maybe, and I've had this mental block about House, but other than that... Yay vidding!

And since there are only two (ish) of them, I might as well round up my fanfics in the same post:

fics and roleplay games )
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For no reason whatsoever, I am doing a fic roundup. There have not been many. But here's what's been written from March on...

5 House pieces (not quite fics) and 1 Lord of the Rings fic )
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Title: Elf of the Cave, Elf of the Spray (Goodbyes Are Long Remix)
Summary: The Half-Elven brothers Elrond and Elros must each make an important decision.
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion
Characters: Elrond, Elros, Maglor, Maedhros, Gil-Galad, Vardamir, Elwing
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: This fic is based on characters and events from The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. No copyright infringement intended - I'm just a fan, doing this for fun!
Original story: Guilt by [ profile] paranoidangel42
Author's Notes: Wee! The [ profile] remix_redux is up and the remix authors are now being revealed! So this is the remix fic I wrote, and I'm pretty happy with it. I enjoyed the remix process immensely, both writing one and receiving one. The one I wrote is for LOTR, but I don't think you need to be familiar with that fandom at all to read it, as it takes places long, long before LOTR, and everything in it is explained as if to an outsider, I think... Oh, and thank you to [ profile] topaz_eyes for beta-ing an early draft! :DD

Bitter was their parting that should endure beyond the end of the world...

new fic

Apr. 27th, 2007 09:13 pm
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Title: (This House Is Not) Home
Author: [ profile] stephantom
Summary: The House family sits down for dinner.
Disclaimer: Uh, "House" isn't mine.
Author's Notes: I just thought I'd share this. It's not great at all, but what the hell? I have to say, I'm really enjoying writing in this role-playing/muse context because it feels like there's less pressure and expectation or something. I'm writing stuff that I'd otherwise not think important enough to bother writing down and posting. Anyway, since this one turned out to have some semblance of a beginning, middle and end, I figured I might as well post it as a fic. Because, hey, I wrote something -- and that's something anyway. Any feedback appreciated.

It was John's first night back home after nearly a year in Vietnam...
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Everyone's been doing their impressive roundups. And it's got me thinking that I'd like to be more proactive in the fandom and become a better writer, and it's also, for some reason, made me look back on my old fics, from back when I used to write more often (but badly, because I was like 13). So I've decided to do a roundup of my fics starting in 2002... lol (Trust me, this list still won't even be as as long as some of the roundups from this year.) This is more for myself, but.

I've also taken [ profile] bironic's idea of quoting my favorite line of feedback for each. (Some chosen because they make me feel good about myself, some because they are very accurate, and some just because they make me laugh.)

2002 - 7 fics )
2003 - 6 fics )
2004 - 1 fic )
2005 - 1 fic )
Here's the all-House roundup for 2006 )
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Title: Up and Down
Rating/Warnings: PG, Spoilers for "Que Sera Sera" and "No Reason"
Summary: Written for the 100-word drabble exercise at [ profile] housefic_pens, using song titles as prompts. Each of these five are about House and/or Wilson. And yes, only five. I thought about waiting and trying to do more, but figured I might as well share what I've got for now. I've never written drabbles before, so I appreciate any feedback. (And if anyone's curious, artists used are Radiohead, Nirvana, REM and The Ataris).

Read more... )
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Title: Meet the Parents
Rating: PG, gen
Characters: House, Wilson, Cuddy, Cameron, John House, Blythe House
Prompt: (Written for [ profile] house_fest) What if the planned dinner for House’s parents had gone ahead after all? [Episode 2.05. Daddy’s Boy]
Author's Notes: Holy crap, I wrote another fic! Nothing special - I was handed the plot and it's basically just taking an actual scene from the show a few steps further, and the House family dynamics are nothing that haven't been explored before by far better writers, and it kind of just drags on... - but I'm happy that I at least wrote something. Heh. So on that encouraging note... ;) Also, shout-out to [ profile] joe_pike_junior for beta-ing.

Here goes... )
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Hey, I actually wrote a fanfic. ...!!

It's not much, but it's something and I'm pleased.

I feel like it's cheating a little, because I didn't actually just sit down and write it just now - I made changes to something I had already written and turned it into a fanfic. But it's much improved, I think; it's fleshed out and it's got some semblance of an ending now. So. Baby steps, eh?

Hopefully I can start just writing new stuff now.

Title: As Brothers Go
Author: Stephantom
Characters: James Wilson
Rating: PG-13
Summary: A young James Wilson (med school age) receives an unexpected phone call one night.

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