Entertainment Weekly, Do You Even Fanfic? (Writer Beware) 1

Today in “big media company attempting to exploit writers,” Entertainment Weekly has really outdone itself with a for-exposure-only-as-prize contest for… fanfiction? Here’s a tumblr summary of this terrible BS, but I wanted to dig into the awful terms and conditions a little more. All bolding is mine for emphasis. From section 1, “How to Enter.” ...

Wish Fulfillment 6

I already had words about this asinine Mary Sue bullshit yesterday. Charlie Jean Anders wrote a good piece about it at io9 today and mentioned something that was on my mind as I went to bed last night: wish fulfillment. The “Mary Sue” is a very specific wish-fulfillment fantasy, in other words. It’s about getting ...

Disappointment fajitas before cannibalism 3

I find this disturbing on a multitude of levels. I will lay this out here first: I have not read the fic in question, any of the writer’s other fics, and I am not part of either of those fandoms; don’t care about Persona, and while I listen to WTNV, I don’t participate in the fandom ...

Fanfic < "Real" fiction? 2

Okay, darlings, I’m getting just a little tired of this shit. Since a thing involving fanfiction happened of course we’re up for another round of arguing about the “worth” of fanfic. Because what is the internet for if not being a long distance dick about things other people like? Well, let Evil Auntie Rachael lay ...

Why are we embarrassed about our fanfiction? 4

Forgive me if this is all a little disjointed, but I’m kind of writing things down as they occur to me. Also, since I’m a writer, I’m going to focus on writing, but I bet a lot of what I say is true for stories is also true for art. Since the colossal Sherlock fanfic ...

Dear Interviewers: Please Refer to Wheaton’s Law, Re: Fanworks 1

Wheaton’s Law: Don’t be a dick. So this happened. It’s just part of a long pattern of interviewers basically trying to embarrass both actors and fan writers/artists by bringing them forcibly together. (See also: people showing Tom Hiddleston pornographic fanart during interviews.) These people are dicks. Dicks of phenomenal magnitude. I’d say they should be ...