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    what it says on the tin.

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    From a listener, some reasons why podfic is awesome and deserves all the love it can get.

    Originally posted November 11, 2011 as part of pod-aware's Pod Awareness Week.

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    Originally posted June 23, 2010.

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    As part of the Meta Manifesto Challenge, a look at some of the typical elements of fusions and why they can make for rewarding and insightful faworks.

    Originally posted May 14, 2022.

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    I don't believe I've ever written my own "Why Slash?" post, however two things prompted this one. The first was an interesting post which took on the topic and offered an explanation I hadn't yet seen. And the second was that the topic's Fanlore entry points out "while no equivalent existential soul-searching exists for "why het"." It was that second part that seemed to me the key issue. I don't think that slash is that different from het in the bigger picture. Rather there is a larger question of why we write who we write that is at the heart of it at all.

    Originally posted January 26, 2018.

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    Thoughts about reboot culture and the most fanficcy trope.

    Originally posted August 12, 2019.

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    Thoughts on commercialism and some ideas for a fandom manifesto.

    Originally posted August 17, 2018 and August 23, 2018

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    Spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Killing Eve and Avengers.

    Although the EtL story type is highly popular, I think there are ways in which it works more deeply or successfully. What counts as "success" though is the crux of the story, as well as whether the characters are truly enemies.

    Originally posted May 8, 2021.

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    Is the use of babies in an epilogue to a romance story common, and has that changed over the last decade?

    Originally posted November 17, 2018 / April 30, 2022

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    Originally posted August 9, 2010

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    Celebrity can't be outsourced, because its very value lies in its scarcity.

    Originally posted February 17-18, 2011.

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    Originally posted January 5, 2012.

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    Fanfic is all about the audience, much less so about the subject of the story. In RP fic, the people in question may be the leaping off point but they're not the final destination, and the celebrity's own story is still very much intact.

    Originally posted April 11, 2011.

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    For a while now, I've been curious what people see as the common stories in SPN. Now that I've been reading around in SPN fic for a while I think I can identify a few categories, but I'm interested in other ideas. I'm not focusing on what typical fanfic plots tend to get used (first times, spell goes awry, bodyswapping, amnesia, etc.), but rather, how canon and characters tend to get repeatedly reshaped.

    Originally posted April 22, 2008

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    I definitely feel sympathy for this prompt's POV. As a reader of gen, het, and slash, I really don't understand why there should be conflict there. Perhaps because of my reading preferences, many of the writers I read repeatedly also write in more than one of these veins, so I have to wonder who it is who is having such problems with it?

    My central thoughts about this topic were:
    1) Can slash and het actually be called genres?
    2) What tends to feed or block one or the other?

    Originally posted September 16, 2009 as part of the Mini Meta Fest.

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    Obviously what's funny is in the eye of the beholder, but I spent some time thinking about what factors make something either a funny story, or one with humor in it.

    Originally posted September 17, 2015

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    While responding to a question of "Should more RPF 'cross the line' and be turned into publishable original fiction?" this was also the week that SPN decided to turn in a mind-bender of an episode with an RP AU.

    To me there's automatically a difference between a story that purports to be about a living or deceased person and attempts to use as much evidence as possible to recreate them as they are/were, and stories that merely use the archetype of a person as a framework on which to develop a character. Because if it's the latter, I suspect just about every piece of "original" fiction out there contains characters that are based on people the author knows, or knows of. Writers are like magpies, constantly gathering bits and pieces from their lives to use in their writing, and other people are certainly part of that collection.

    Originally posted February 26, 2011

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    I think everyone agrees that RPF/RPS is a form of fanfic, though why this agreement exists seems less clear. I would guess that it's because (1) It's usually written by fans, who are often writing other kinds of fanfic (2) It's non-commercial (in many respects) and (3) It follows various fanfic conventions that we see in FPF whether that's format, archiving, tropes, and so on. So it kind of looks and quacks and waddles similarly even if many circles consider it an uglier form of duckling.

    But is it really?

    Originally posted August 28, 2008

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    My issue with the term "AU" is that it's used to mean what I consider to be vastly different things. I find the term always has relevance in indicating that the story is somehow non-canon-compliant. However, the ways in which this lack of compliance occurs may relate to settings, life histories, character development, or timeline changes. And in some cases the term is used mostly to distinguish cloaked original fic from canon-inspired stories. Moreover, the fandom in which the term is used may affect the definition in ways that are not the same across the board.

    Originally posted September 30, 2010

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    One piece of outrage for some people discussing the use of the Haiti tragedy's aftermath as a story setting (by more than one author, no less), was that these stories were romances. At the same time, I was reading a post titled, rather unfortunately, "Romance means never having to doubt your choices".

    I think an element that is heavily in play in fanfic fandom is the idea that enjoying something means turning off your brain and ceasing to have any critical thought about what you're reading/viewing/playing. In contrast, you have events such as the "fic warnings" debate that indicates that there's only so much "turning off" that anyone can do before your own sacred cow is gored. The residue of that debate leaped out at me when I read this phrase:

    "I totally agree with the idea that each novel in the romance genre represents a safe space for readers to enjoy without apprehension."

    Originally posted June 19, 2010

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    My own response to the whole "slash as anti-feminist" debate in progress. Since I don't write fic myself I'll have to approach this strictly from a reading standpoint, but I do have a few thoughts about it, mostly in terms of how the essay's lack of context seems to be so revealing.

    Originally posted March 25, 2008

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    It’s probably a professional tendency but I like to categorize, contextualize and devise labels for things. And lately as I’ve been working on video recs I find that I’m curious about how evaluating vids and fic overlap, and what it is that makes something stand out for me.

    Originally posted May 2, 2005

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    The other problem is the question of audience for an academic work. On the one hand you are likely publishing to people who understand your area of work, but on the other you may be crossing over into areas that they don't. So you simultaneously have to over explain and shorthand. Tiresome when writing, sometimes excruciating when reading.

    Originally posted December 11, 2011 and February 4, 2012

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    I found it striking that roughly 40% of current users should have gone to the trouble of getting accounts that are essentially dormant.

    Originally posted December 9, 2018

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    When Hunting talks about how any story that closes a canon (which was intentionally left open post-finale in QaF) is writing a heteronormative ending, it made me think that the primary goal of a lot of fanfic is exactly to replace uncertainty with certainty

    Originally posted September 15, 2012

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