Apr. 14th, 2010

yourlibrarian: Buffy on the phone (BUF-WorkingGirl: eyesthatslay)
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I've never heard of The Escapist before, but they have put out a "Fanfiction issue" whose biggest problem seems to be that they assume everyone understands what that is without ever really examining the topic.

A good example is the article titled Corporate Fanfic, which discussed the case of The Watchmen and how corporations are capitalizing on fans by putting what they want to see on screen, regardless of how it skews the original. This seems like a rather interesting discussion idea, not unlike some posts I saw in the past months on [community profile] metafandom that complained about how all the increasing slashiness in media properties could be as harmful to normalizing the depiction of gays and lesbians as making them invisible. However, not only is the author mixing the issue of serialized storytelling with fan fiction, he can't decide who it’s targeted to. He says, for example, that corporations are including fanfic themes in works to appeal to a general audience:Read more... )

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