Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!
I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about fanfiction this week, spurred largely by a belated encounter with Diane Gabaldon’s strenuously expressed dislike of fan works involving her characters. I found this to be quite interesting, particularly in terms of the reaction it engendered; Gabaldon’s Outlander was the first book in which I encountered explicit sex scenes, of both the hetero- and homosexual variety, and has always felt like a milestone book for me. I never wrote any fanfiction of that particular series, but I have written my fair share over the years, and it always intrigues me to read an author’s perspective on fandom.
In following the debate (as I said, belatedly) I have been reading some very interesting and thought-provoking posts all over the blogosphere which I thought I would share, in spite of their being somewhat old news at this point.
- Free To a Good Home: Slash Goggles – Renay of Subverting the Text discusses fanfiction and the GLBT community in a guest post on the GLBT Challenge Blog.
- I’m Done Explaining – Bookshop has a list of award-winning works that are essentially fanfiction.
- And a brilliant rant on why subtext is not enough.
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has a fascinating discussion going on both the connection between Christianity and Fantasy and Judaism and Science Fiction, and the validity of fanfiction.
- And just so that this is not completely overwhelming with all its fanfiction-related-ness, Filling My Patch of Sky has a nice little post on writing in general and the necessity of practice.