this is gonna be weird

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Thu Dec 9 11:07:03 EST 2004


Ika wrote in reply to Paul:

>>> (2) Teabags (and here I get back on topic!). Paul wrote:
>>>
>>> > They're both [spontaneous sequels and commissioned sequels] cases
>>> > of reusing teabags, perhaps, but one is reusing a teabag because
>>> > they believe it still has a good cuppa left in it, while the other
>>> > is reusing the teabag because they want a cup made with that
>>> > particular teabag and don't care about the quality of the result.
>>> > Or something.
>>>
>>> The trouble with the 'teabag' metaphor, I think, is that it suggests
>>> that fanfiction is always going to be the same as the original, but
>>> weaker.
>>
>> I was going to add that good spontaneous sequels don't *just* use the
>> original teabag, but add new ingredients and create something new and
>> different (while commissioned sequels, I suppose, want exactly the
>> same taste and don't care if it's weaker); but I couldn't quite get it
>> to work within the metaphor.
>
>And many good spontaneous sequels do something to the original, too -
>bring something out that you hadn't seen in it before - which the teabag
>metaphor doesn't allow for...

I don't think you can have met the sort of teabag I have.  Oh innocent
ones, have you never visited a student household?  Them teabags is gonna
take over the world one day, especially the ones that sometimes come out
from under the cooker  searching for that which they may devour.

Minnow


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