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December 6th, 2018


Castlelake

Seanan McGuire writes about fanfic

Posted on 2018.12.06 at 12:56
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Thought you all might be interested in another article on tor.com (a great e-publication). This is by Seanan McGuire, a successful fantasy writer who also writes under the name Mira Grant and has won Hugo & Nebula awards, (and who I have met) about how writing fanfic made her the author she is today. She's pushing back against all the stereotypic ideas about writing fanfic -- and concludes that the low opinion some people have about it is in large part because it's primarily written by women. Here's the opening of the piece:

A good friend of mine—whose name I am not using here, because some bruises deserve to go unprodded, and she has a right to be hurt—said recently, “Every time I talk about writing fanfiction, I get hate mail.” She wasn’t exaggerating. I’ve seen, with my own eyes, what happens to authors, especially female authors, especially female authors of young adult fiction, when they mention their time in the fanfic world. I got angry. On her behalf; at the world; at the unfairness of it all. What you are about to read came out of that anger.

Then, of course, there is a lively discussion in the comments. Here's the link: https://www.tor.com/2018/04/09/the-bodies-of-the-girls-who-made-me-fanfic-and-the-modern-world/

or you can google, Tor.com, The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me.

Would love your opinions.

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