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What Does It Mean to Say that Slash is (or isn't) Subversive? - Mo's Journal
January 22nd, 2007
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What Does It Mean to Say that Slash is (or isn't) Subversive?

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Date:January 23rd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting - and kind of novel to me - view. I'm so accustomed to folks thinking of fanfic as an inherently subversive way to interact with fiction. OT1H, I say (and believe) that it's the adult equivalent of my dominant form of play as a child and my children's dominant form of play ("Let's pretend that you're Scott and I'm Logan and we have an adventure together!") OTOH, there is something challenging to societal norms about that kind of childish activity translated into an adult pastime.

I really like this bit: Slashfic, on the other hand, is the first common genre to rip characters out of their milieu and thrust them into an explicitly shocking scenario - it is not a question of subverting authorial intent, but rather of subverting implicit but ubiquitous assumptions about the ways in which fictional characters are married to our productive/communicative imagination. If I had to sum it up in a single word, I'd say slashfic subverted fanfic.

I don't know if that's what I'm doing :-) but I like it.
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