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April 2nd, 2006
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My remix experience
So this was my first time entering remixredux and I had a great time of it! I only heard the term "remix" recently, but I found I've actually had a couple of other remix experiences, now that I know that it means to rewrite someone else's story. I taught myself to write slash in part by a remix exercise I did. I took a slash story I particularly liked and rewrote it from a different POV. I sent the story to the original author and it did not go over well. I wrote about that experience under the title "Plagiarism and Fanfic, or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned to Write Slash" here: http://mofic.livejournal.com/20868.html

I also had one of my series endings remixed. My series Canadian Nights ends with Scott and Logan breaking up. A reader asked me for a happy ending instead. I didn't want to do one myself, but asked two friends to rewrite the ending. They both did - and they were both great endings, albeit not what I would write - and I sent them to the reader. But remixredux was my first real remix experience.

I've already written about how pleased I was with the remix of my story "The Demon Lover." I wrote to thank the author right away and hope she got the message. I predicted its author would be someone I don't know and I was right. It's lilacsigil. I don't know her at all and she doesn't even show up on my Trustflow results (not that I'm still obsessing about that or anything). But I'll certainly be looking for her fiction in the future.

I fear my remixee didn't like the story I did for her. At least I haven't heard from her at all. I definitely went in a different direction with her story from the tone of the original. Hers was a Scott/Jean/Charles three-way story, with Charles having had a previous sexual relationship (hinted at) with Scott, and now was trying to foster the relationship between Scott and Jean, using telepathy to coax Jean through courtship and seduction. It was an interesting idea, I thought, in a creepy kind of way. I don't write a Charles Xavier with boundaries so poor as to have sex with one student and a voyeuristic presence in the mind of another, but I do think he is at times manipulative and can slip into a kind of callous disregard for the well-being of the students under his care. I'm too fond of my Charles to let that go as far as it does in this story, but I'm intrigued when people do, and thought it was a good story to try my hand at.

OTOH, I was uncomfortable with the tone of the story. Although Charles's behavior as depicted in the story was creepy, the tone was light and romantic in a Kindly Charles Xavier Helps the Young Lovers way. I assume the mismatch between tone and content was purposive, in order to make the creepiness factor stand out in high relief. In other words, I think I was supposed to be uncomfortable and I found it an interesting technique.

I decided to go the other direction, though, making the creepiness right out there. I was much more direct about Charles's lack of boundaries and I made the outcome a negative one, rather than the happy ending of the original. I did this by changing the POV from Jean's to Scott's and having Scott wanting nothing to do with the relationship being pushed on him, but not wanting to hurt Jean's feelings. And, as will not be a surprise to readers of my fiction, Scott is gay in my version.

I found it an interesting exercise to write, and I thank the author, Angel, for letting me play with her story: "Seductions". It's at http://www.geocities.com/lady_aethelynde/seductions.html if you'd like to read the original and my remix is at http://mo.fandomnation.com/fic/viewstory.php?sid=224.

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From:lilacsigil
Date:April 3rd, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
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Glad you liked it! I hadn't got into your fic before, although we have a few email lists in common. I just got back into fandom in the last year and caught your stories right in the middle.

Now I've read all the X1 fic, and since the veil of anonymity is lifted, can say I really enjoyed the turbulent relationships in the story - perhaps something that only longform fic can deal with coherently. Of course, this made it very difficult to choose something to remix, as even your stand-alone stories feed into the main series. That's why I chose a very emotional section of the story, where Scott and Logan's relationship is in close focus and is something of a turning point for them in terms of trust.

Thank you for letting me play with your toys! I have also friended you so I can keep up in the future.
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From:mofic
Date:April 3rd, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
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I friended you back. Thanks for the feedback and I thank you again - to your lj face - for the story. I got some nice comments on your story both on my journal and in email. I hope you got direct feedback, too.
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