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December 17th, 2008
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Yultetide and How the Source Constrains Fanfic

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From:mofic
Date:December 18th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
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That's a good point about novels with little to no fic engendering a feeling of keeping close to canon. That may be part of why I've mostly found HP fanfic pretty inaccessible. I wasn't part of the fandom, so I didn't really understand that interplay. I was just a fan in the sense of liking the books and when I looked for fic, I expected and wanted it to sound like JKR.

I think there also may be a couple of other factors - that it's a series has to be part of it. The characters evolve over time and to some extent she evolves a bit stylistically. I think one of the things she does very well is to age the characters - they always sound genuinely the age they are in each book. So those writing adult fic (in the literal sense - the kids having grown up) may feel some freedom to create their own style. I also think for a lot of people HP is at least as much a movie fandom as a book fandom, so they may feel constrained by speech patterns of the characters while feeling free to create their own narrative style. Anyway, meta musings are always fun.

This year, I've got something that has several updates between the time I posted my story and between the time it goes public.

How interesting! Of course, now I'm dying to now what it is. I'm thinking "TV? No tv shows have big fandoms. And so do comics. What else could be updated several times in just a few weeks? Maybe it's some sort of RPF..." and so on. I wish we could talk about what we wrote! Would you tell me what fandoms you wrote other years?
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From:lilacsigil
Date:December 18th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Of course, now I'm dying to now what it is.
I feel so mysterious! In previous years I wrote Elektra (movie) in 2005, Malory Towers and Young Avengers in 2006, then V for Vendetta (comic) and Excalibur (comic) in 2007. The years when there's more than one is because I had a pinch hit as well. I think the Malory Towers one is my favourite, though.

You may be right about the HP style of people writing post-series fic - I know my preference is for things set in and around book canon (including backstories for the adult characters) because I feel more anchored that way. If you're wanting something very much in the style of JKR, fernwithy writes novel-length fic set both during the canon era and during the next generation's era. I don't agree with all her decisions, but she expands the world and the characters in a way that is completely cohesive with JKR's vision.
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From:mofic
Date:December 18th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
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I never heard of Malory Towers. Although I guess that's likely to be the case for a lot of obscure fandoms.

Thanks for the HP rec. I'll check her out when I feel up to trying novel-length fic!
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