OT/Gary Stu (fanfic definition query)
head_overheels at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 26 11:35:25 EDT 2002
>In my opinion, when dwj leaves gaps, she leaves the tantalizing
>impression that however she would resolve those gaps is far more
>intriguing and mysterious than anything I, as a mere reader,
>could possibly imagine. There are exceptions. The end of Crown
>of Dalemark leaves a fairly standard fan-fiction-inspiring gap:
>that of Maewen looking for Mitt. Tellingly, a few of the stories
>on the Yahoo groups list are based on this gap.
I completely agree. I'm on the list, but I doubt I will ever post anything
there, because DWJ is just too damn *good* for fanfic. In my opinion, a
story suitable for fanfic has lots of potential but isn't quite fulfilling
it. So it's a compliment to the story (good enough to write about) and yet a
critique (didn't do *this*!). Of course, soe flawless stories will still be
ficced as parodies and such, but that's another ballgame altogether.
>Again, I think it goes somewhat without saying why I don't
>personally find dwj particularly slashable. Her characters of
>both genders are extremely interesting and have extremely
>interesting relationships. Nor does she dwell particularly on
>only romantic or only non-romantic relationships. She pretty
>much gets everyone covered.
Someone suggested Howl/Calcifer once, and I'd be interested to read it, even
though I find Howl/Sophie more than satisfying. To me, fanfiction is a big
pond of "what if", not necessarily a new and improved version.
"Killing ten vampires is a lot harder than killing one."
"Does the word 'duh' mean anything to you?"
(Kristy Swanson made a better Buffy - in a poorer story.)
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