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Fanfiction on the Radio

On Radio 4 this afternoon there was a nice little programme about fanfiction that might be of interest to a lot of you:

When Harry Potter Met Frodo: The Strange World of Fan Fiction

If you are not in the UK and are not able to use the BBC iPlayer, if you express an interest in hearing the programme to me, then I'll see if I can get an mp3 for you.

It was nice to hear AO3 involved and there's a lot of talk about crossovers, slash and 50 Shades of Inescapable Grey, plus a bit for quinara about Iliad fanfic. I might just have flared my nostrils though at the implication from some literary writing group type that the although fic writers were welcome to read their work to his group, he didn''t expect the quality to be as good as his literary writers. Grr.

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I might just have flared my nostrils though at the implication from some literary writing group type that the although fic writers were welcome to read their work to his group, he didn''t expect the quality to be as good as his literary writers.

Are you surprised? Even some fanfic writers believe that, let alone people who never had anything to do with fandom.

Not really, but this guy was reasonably familiar with fic, if not wide read. I understand the argument that some might be wasting their talents, but it harps back to the snobbishness some people get over genre writing. The way I see it, a good writer is a good writer, regardless of what genre they choose to write, so the action might take place on another planet or involve Luke Skywalker in Tudor England, so what?

Frankly, I don't even understand the argument that they're "wasting their talents". I can see how not writing at all could be wasting a talent, I can even see how writing what you think will sell instead of what you feel you should write could be wasting a talent. I don't see how not publishing your writing in print would be wasting anything.

Agreed on snobbishness front. It just drives me nuts! Recently, my roommate mocked me because he saw me with a book about romance fiction. It was a serious, academic book I needed for a paper I'm writing, and yet I got laughed at, because I'm researching historical romance.

I never said I agreed with that argument, only that I could see there was some reasoning behind it.

Historical romance is my genre, but I don't ever think someone couldn't (or hasn't) written a great historical romance. It's the treatment of SF that really winds me up though, because I think it's incredibly important to driving technological advance.

I was looking on the Radio 4 website for something else that had been spoken about on Radio 2, and saw this programme was on. I'd missed some of it so have made a note to listen again on the iPlayer.

I just turned in early for The Infinite Monkey Cage and just happened to catch it.

I missed everything on R4 today - I went from a case meeting straight to a clinic that ran late...

Must go and listen, though...

You should I thought it was very interesting and sympathetic.

Yeah, I'd been tipped off by a fellow flistee, and as it coincided with the drive home from work it made an interesting, if somewhat distracting, listen. Like you, I was a tad miffed by Dan whatever his name was, but apart from that I thought it was a fairly good documentary.

And after that I got my first taste of The Infinite Monkey Cage, which cracked me up...*not* a good thing when driving down the M1...

I daresay I would have found it anyway due to boredom driving me to root around the iplayer constantly, but it was a lucky find, I don't normally listen live.

Radio 4 is so full of little gems! I used to love listening to it in the car on long journeys, but nowadays it always seems to be The Archers and I have no time for that (I'm not that into drama). The Infinite Monkey Cage is great and it's still early in this series!

I really wonder how many more times some journalist is going to "discover" fanfic. I mean, it's been a major force on the internet for the past 15 years--are there really still people who don't know anything about it? With the literally millions of fics available on the internet, are we still pretending it's not mainstream?

Fic is not mainstream in the same way that porn is not mainstream: They both totally are, even if a lot of people don't admit to the consumption of such.

I agree, there does seem to be a lot of that. However, I have yet to come across anyone in RL that's even heard of it and I have always been very open about my ficcing.

If you can, and if it's not too much trouble can I get a mp3 version. Thank you

Sure, where would you like me to send it to? (it's 14mb)

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