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|Topic Started: Feb 13 2011, 06:14 PM (354 Views)|
|GubraithianFire||Feb 13 2011, 06:14 PM Post #1|
This has been an obsession of mine for a few months in the face of an HPFF resurgence of sorts. Look at the archives now and there are a lot more stories than a year ago, and they are getting a lot of recognition. And in our effort to get SAYS back and running, why don't we look at it, too?
For example, in September and October I wrote an Albus-centric fic that ostensibly paired him with an OC. Even though the story was not typical at all, it got fairly popular (for me :P ) and I think it was because it looked like an Albus/OC story (which SPOILER ALERT, it really isn't); that ship has actually exploded on HPFF and it's quite interesting.
Basically, any observations on how fandom works, SAYSers? What you gathered while you were a part of it (if you aren't anymore) and how this translates into the "real world" of publishing, etc, etc.
|Lyn||May 10 2011, 11:54 PM Post #2|
[[ just. loves. projects ]]
Ah, Gubs!! I love the fact that you've updated me to the fandom that started it all and that I haven't gone back to in YEARS! <3
Well, as well as I can remember, fandom used to develop as the books did, and the thing is: the same happens with TV series, too. Something is hinted at in the book/episode, and there's no stopping the ship-monster of doom. :P It's funny to remember how in the VERY beginning, fanfics that starred Colin Creevy were popular (the first I ever read), and then Hermione/Draco was all over the place as well as Harry/Hermione. And suddenly, everything was about Snape and the Marauders, and finally, the next generation with Rose/Scorpius, which is really the next generation Hermione/Draco.
Gotta love progression. But seriously, I am amazed that there has been a resurgence and I am definitely going to check it out, for old time's sake. As for how it all translates in the real world... It basically reflects what happens 'out there', how trends are born and progress. Right now there's no end to the Vampire movement, and the YA paranormal tales. I think steampunk is popular too, correct? But this also makes me think of trends and how some writers only want to fit in what's fashionable. Sure, that's all right, but I want more. That's why I'm currently working on a paranormal science fantasy, lol.
Anyway. Fanfiction was a stepping stone for many writers, I think. It's because it is this very natural and beautiful urge to engage in something that we all love. After all, HPFF is all about not being able to let go of Harry's amazing story now, isn't it? I know I will never 'let go' and it makes me happy to hear other people won't either. *woohoo*
(Wow, I REALLY missed those smileys! *jimmy* )
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