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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 01:20:56pm
Author: Nell
Subject: Or, perhaps, when the conventions of a particular corner of a fandom really don't care (r)
In reply to: Swatkat 's message, "Well, you know...(r)" on Wednesday, April 13, 11:25:51am

I got into a discussion of misogyny in fanfiction (which exists in the fanfic world just as it does in the real one, in my view anyway) with a slasher - who insisted that slash is nothing more or less than an expression of heterosexual female desire for the male body, written by and for heterosexual women.

Okay, one, there are other reasons that people write slash - there are some gay men out there who'd like to have a chat or two about this I'm sure.

But, in this context - characterization was really not central to this writer's sense of her fanficcing project *at all*. Her fandom is HL, and I was complaining about the way that Amanda is bastardized as a loving matchmaker for Duncan and Methos...and her reply was essentially, tough shit for Amanda. That's Amanda's job in these stories - the fact that this behavior is pretty wildly OOC was at once acknowledged and dismissed as irrelevant to the project at hand - ie getting Duncan and Methos into the sex ASAP.

So - that's another thing that sparking my thinking about this - because as important as I think canon characterization is, whatever the story is about, there are others who clearly don't value it in the same way.

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