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Hello, world. I've been in China for the past couple of weeks, bothering [personal profile] jin_fenghuang and [profile] cadesama and doing a great deal of writing, reading, and eating. It was awesome.

I still need to finish that Comiket post I didn't have time to write before hopping on the plane to Changchun, so I'm not going to link to or blab about every interesting thing that was waiting for me on the internet when I got back to Kyoto. This piece by writer Aliette de Bodard struck a chord with me, though. On the prevalence of US tropes in storytelling is a bit ranty, as the author herself indicates, but several of the points she makes about the non-universality of US narrative tropes are things that I really needed a reminder of. Favourite bits:
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This one has been linked all over the place already, but Time published an article on fan fiction called "The Boy Who Lived Forever". Most of it is truly very good, and a lot of that is undoubtedly due to the journalist (Lev Grossman) talking about the content with fic writers in an lj comm beforehand. I'm not always too fond of Time, but I'm very glad to finally have a readable article on fic that I can wave at people who wonder what it's all about, and the way this article was researched is nothing but commendable. Kudos to Grossman, everyone who participated, and the OTW for organizing things. (I'm also slightly miffed that the interviewing took place while I was away from the internets and couldn't participate. Talking about Why We Fic is so much fun.)

My favorite part of the article is the ending. Long quote:

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This is such an important point, and I'm very glad that it got included. Personally, I really do sympathize with authors who feel squicked by fic writers using their worlds/characters. Some will just not find that amusing or flattering, ever, and they have a right to feel that way. But I don't believe they have the right to say that people cannot write fic about their characters. They don't have the right to make fic writers feel like they're doing something wrong. In my view, semiotic democracy trumps the moral rights of authors. No author is ever forced to read fic about their works, and fic harms nothing and no one. The value and joy that a fandom can provide to thousands, tens of thousands, sometimes millions of people is more important than the hurt feelings of one person.

Edit: [personal profile] elf has collected a ton of fannish reactions to the article here.
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The last few days have been absolutely surreal. I spent the whole weekend tracking down my Japanese friends and all the students from our Japanese Studies department who are currently studying in the country. Apart from that, I've been glued to the Japanese TV news and didn't accomplish much of anything productive.

For help_japan, I'm offering a fic of at least 3000 words for Avatar, and a piece of art (or several) for Avatar or Harry Potter.

BTW, there's a handy delicious account tracking all the help_japan offers. There's also a [community profile] help_japan comm on DW. I'm too busy to participate in both the LJ and DW comms, but do check out the DW comm as well!

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Quick recap: Kristina Busse's keynote "Affect and the individual fan" was given at the Textual Echoes conference and can be viewed in its entirety online. Read more... )

Really stopping now. Part three will be on affect (still Kristina's keynote) and cute little kittens! (Edited for major html fail)
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This post is abominally late, yes, and I have multiple fine excuses, but let's skip that part. Three weeks ago the conference Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities was held at Umea University, Sweden, in the gorgeous HUMlab space. It was a very inspiring experience, and I've been trying to string together a million separate thoughts about it without becoming totally incoherent. This resulted in a mile-long text chock full of links that no sane person would ever wade through, so I'll be splitting it up and publishing it in installments. (Also because if I delay posting until the text is entirely finished, I won't be posting for another week at least, which would be a tad pathetic.) So, first things first -the conference in general and my reason for being there.

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Look at my pressies! 'Invasum (Like Father, Like Son)', my Snarry Holidays gift, was written by the most excellent winoniel. It is long and plotty and shiny and has Tobias Snape in it doing very interesting things that I'm not going to mention at the risk of giving the plot away. It is mine and I loves it.

And for Snapely Holidays, I got a delicious Snape/Slughorn called 'Subtlety Personified' from therealsnape. 'Delicious' in the sense that is subtle, poignant, Slytherin through and through, and has the best Slughorn voice in any fic ever. (And the ending. The ending.)

In case it's not obvious, I am officially chuffed and very, very grateful. Please go read, and shower with praise.

(I made a couple of things too, but will get back to those somewhere in the next few days. Life is busy and the gods of html do not approve of me today -I haven't managed to format a single thing correctly.)
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Snarry Swap started posting today, and [livejournal.com profile] drachenmina gave me an AU that is an utter joy to read -a developing Snarry relationship that's too heart-warming to properly describe, lots of wonderful details and new wizarding locations, Snape being very creative with a belt, and that great prat James getting his comeuppance. Three cheers!

Of indeterminate viscosity

Good I got this on the first day of posting, I don't deal with anticipation very well ;)


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