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Date Posted: Thursday, June 16, 06:25:22pm
Author: Shanola
Subject: Um, yeah.
In reply to: sk 's message, "Re: If you're a little bit masochistic...or even a lot..." on Thursday, June 16, 02:41:15pm

You know, while reading his rant, it occured to me that pretty much everything ever written can be considered 'derivative'. Homer didn't make up the Greek Gods, and Shakespeare didn't make up Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. They 'borrowed' the orginal stories and made something new.

I think that maybe fanfiction is just one of many building blocks in a long history of creativity. After all, people read/watch things, absorb it, talk about it, think on it, rework it and eventually, come up with something new. Fanfiction could be perceived as an early stage of that process.

Maybe this guy doesn't like fanfiction because it is too exposed. Like the veneer of creativity has been peeled back and the oily underworkings revealed. I cannot believe that this writer has never read something or watched something and thought, Yes, but what if...and that is the basis of fanfiction. Fanfiction writers just choose not to blur their writing enough to make it entirely new.

Does that make sense?

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  • You have no idea (r) -- Nestra, Friday, June 17, 06:25:01am

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