I got to “Dad” and had to scroll down and reblog for a break because I laughed so hard I nearly threw up twice.
"Killing her seems a bit harsh"
"Killing her seems a bit harsh"
Anonymous asked: I’ve been inspired by Tolkien since I could understand basic language, my brother read it to me since I was 6. I’ve always wanted to create a world, really a world, like Tolkien did and write various stories in the setting. A couple of weeks ago something…
You know what? I LIKE cliches. There are certain things that actually DEFINE a genre, and if you avoid all of them, then you are not writing in that genre. As a reader who picks books BECAUSE they are genre, I’m pissed as all get out when some author thinks they’re going to shake things up a little and leaves me hanging in the wind.
For example, ‘Romance’ has a happy ending where the couple gets together. I DEPEND on that being the case when I read. I’m totally fucked up if they don’t. I feel betrayed and unhappy and ANGRY at that author for jumping genre.
The Epic Journey is another cliche that’s definitive of the genre. We LOVE to read that. Love to read our character develop from someone uncertain, someone bound in a narrow world, to a person who’s experienced a lot, often painfully, and GROWS because of it. And if, at the end of that journey, everyone you’ve become attached to FAILS, you have a right to be irritated at the author, I think.
Actually, this brings me to a scarcely related thought I’ve been having since I began reading fanfiction almost 2 years ago. The actual physical book publishing industry could learn a thing or two about tags and warnings. I bless the fic authors who say “sad ending” or “major character death” or “rape of major character”. There are days when I can handle that, and days when I can’t, and I’m GLAD to know, in the beginning, before I invest my time, and more importantly, my heart, in a work. Yeah, yeah, publishing industry, you think it’ll give away the ending. Put the tags in the back, then, for the people who care. Tricking someone into reading a book they’ll be unhappy with isn’t a way to build your customer base.
At any rate, infusing cliches with original angles, such as location, character, humor or poetry, whatever it is that makes your work sing, is FINE. ’Genre’ wouldn’t exist without tropes. And we all LOVE TROPES. That’s why they’re tropes. They’re popular because they speak to the reader on a fundamental, satisfying level.
Gotta say I disagree with this, and I think it’s what’s wrong with most genre categories, and why I don’t read most of the most popular authors. I don’t want to know the ending before I begin. I want the author to shock me, surprise me, take me in a direction I didn’t see coming. Maybe it’s why I like Moffat more than most. He doesn’t always succeed, but at least he tries. Kill the characters I love. Break my heart. Leave me wondering for days. End abruptly so I yell, “WHAT?” and rerun the conclusion in my mind over and over.
Remember that the people we want to emulate like Tolkien last because they were different, better, riskier.
And it may be part of my impatience with a lot of fanfiction. And why I think it is not yet an art form (and I know that’s going to get me in trouble). As long as it simply retreads the same ground—no matter how well word-smithed—it’s not vital and alive.
God, I would hate tags on books. I hate them on ff. I realize that I’m not triggered by most of the common triggers, and kink is somewhat different, but the getting there is the important part. how many things I would miss if I was scared of hurting. Major character death, violence, some of the greatest books out there spring those on you, and to know that going in would ruin it.
My opinion, I know.
So, I noticed this reblog last night, and it kind of bugged me while I was sleeping. Now, other than being a perfectly valid expression of a perfectly valid viewpoint which happens to differ from my own, why would it bother me? I think it’s the line (which the author caveats, bless ‘em)
And it may be part of my impatience with a lot of fanfiction. And why I think it is not yet an art form (and I know that’s going to get me in trouble).
I think I’m hurt to see an entire WORLD of creative endeavor so casually put down. (What, none of it, none of the, say 55,000 Johnlock works ALONE, is “vital and alive”?) Does this mean that “literature” is an art form? That if it’s published, it’s an art form? Because in my experience, there’s loads and loads of garbage to be found in a book with a publisher’s imprint. As well as, of course, the ‘good stuff’.
Stick with me here. Perhaps there’s a percentage of fanfiction that is ‘true art’. Just like with everything, eh? And you have to dig through it and explore, which makes it no different than books on a shelf or art hanging in a gallery. The display around a project doesn’t mean that it’s made of creative gold. And then, of course, there’s the whole different people like different things perspective.
So there’s that. Just, the trashing of 100s of 1000s of works with the casual diminishment of ‘not an art form’ is pretty shallow and galling. To me. Although, please don’t let this be a bashing of shouldibenovel, who has every right to feel how s/he feels and express that. I’ll leave this topic now.
The other thing that stuck with me, even while I was sleeping, for goodness’ sake, was the tagging of published work. What I see here is a problem that bothers one set of people (folks with triggers, lets say) but not another. And a solution (tags in the end of books, where you can look at them if you want to, or not) which bothers NO ONE and helps one group. And the group that thinks they’re unnecessary summarily dismissing the solution because they might accidentally see it. So. Yeah. Those of us who’d like some warning get nothing on the off chance that it might slightly bother someone who’s invested in the status quo.
I laugh as I write that, because I see so many essays go through saying the same thing, only talking about gay rights for, say, representation in media. Hahaha. Oh, the similarities. Actually, it’s like ANYONE who benefits from the status quo. ”The lack of [thing] works well for me, and I don’t like the idea of you doing/getting it, so I’ll make sure you never get what you’re asking for… it makes me feel edgy because I might accidentally be exposed.”
But mostly what I thought about was Oh! Lightbulb moment! Are we a self-selected reader-type, who are in some subtle ways driven to fanfiction because we don’t find what satisfies us in “real literature”? Is it only kicked off by a certain fannishness, and then we stay because there are stories with tropes, stories with tags, stories with gay leads and gay incidentals, stories written by and FOR us, in a way.
Anyhoo, a point to ponder. And as always, it’s good to see other opinions.
hot tip: bisexuals, pansexuals, and other people attracted to more than one gender are still queer
even if they are in a relationship a cis person of a different gender
because, hey, it’s still a gender among the many that they can be attracted to
they are not “betraying the cause” or whatever shit just because they are in a relationship that happens to make them appear straight
because they ain’t straight