Yes, because all fan-fic is well written, and all JohnLock is as good as anything that’s won the Pulitzer Prize. The main problem with fan-fic isn’t the material, it’s the fact that it’s written by fucking idiots who just want the main characters to fuck. If it’s neither of those things, and is well-written, then it’ll probably be good. It’s as simple as that. Get off your high-horse, you total fucking asshole.
Hi, Jack. Can I call you Jack?
It’s fanfic. Not fan-fiction, not fan fiction, not “fanfiction” in quotes. Fanfiction, fanfic, or just fic. That’s what we call it. That’s what it is.
The argument that all fanfiction is Pulitzer-worthy is not an argument that appears anywhere in this essay. What does appear is a list of Pulitzer-winning, acclaimed, and beloved works that can best be described as doing exactly what fanfiction does. The reason we’re listing them out here is because many people think that fanfiction is plagiarism, theft, illegal infringement, or to quote one person’s words to me directly, “the devil’s work.”
But I’m so glad that you don’t think fanfic suffers from any of those problems because clearly they were just distracting me from the real issue. Thank you so much for explaining to me that all fanfiction is written by fucking idiots who just want the main characters to fuck.
But for your well-positioned advice, I might have assumed that the Sacrifices arc by Lightning on the Waves, who has spent nearly a decade rewriting the entire Harry Potter series in order to completely deconstruct and critique the class, race, and social structures that JK Rowling built, was something worth talking about.
I mean, it’s one of the longest works of fiction ever written; it’s longer than Proust. It’s got hundreds of original characters on top of the giant cast of Harry Potter, and but for your timely arrival I might have thought it was a painstaking reworking of plot and a profound exploration of character.
The author’s stated purpose is, “I’ve tried to take several clichés (among them Harry being Sorted into Slytherin and having a twin brother who is deemed to be the Boy-Who-Lived) and write a story that’s both good and has rounded characterization.” But I guess the author was lying and she really just wanted to see Harry fuck someone, and all those three million words were just about fucking. I mean, after all, you said so.
But, thank god, you got here just in time to tell me this was just a shitty piece of dreck by an author who wants two characters to bone.
Or this House of Leaves/Inception crossover. It has anagrams, puzzles, hovertext, careful page formatting in the style of Danielewski, reversed text, and an intricate layering of two universes over one another in ways that amplify and transform both. But I guess it’s just trashy porn and not a clever example of literary remix culture, right, because—
—I mean, you’re so sure and I’m sure you’ve carefully examined the opinions of hundreds, if not thousands, of other people who agree with you on this subject—whereas I’m just a woman and a fucking idiot and an asshole, that’s what you said, yeah?, who actually reads this detritus.
Anonymous said: Roach, why is so much gay media so incredibly depressing? Am I not looking in the right places? Films, books, even comics so rarely have a happy ending for queer characters. It really gets me down. :(
I know right? I’m so tired of the ‘BEING GAY IS SO MEANINGFUL AND TRAGEDY IS MEANINGFUL LET’S WATCH THESE TWO LESBIANS DIE SLOWLY FOR TWO SAD HOURS’ agenda.
Your basic options for dodging that shit are: 1) queer ebook imprints and 2) fanfiction.
Books and movies that make it to mainstream publication are like—I don’t know, they make me super uncomfortable a lot of the time. They’re all about like THIS IS THE STRUGGLE, LOOK, LOOK AT IT, LOOK AT THE SADNESSES. The most popular recommended stuff I’ve tried comes off like disaster tourism for straights, and a lot of the other more private stuff still seems like… a cataloguing of hurts. We need that, I think, to forefront the injustice queers still face and to pay our respect to elder generations of queers, but like, man, if I see another fucking lesbian couple kick it I am gonna lose my shit.
I have totally forgotten which queer publishers are good and which are to be avoided, since I mostly stick to fanfiction, but go tug on cyphercat's sleeve and definitely vintar's too. They'll point you in the right direction.
If anyone else has any recommendations for fun, positive queer stories, please reblog!
The most popular recommended stuff I’ve tired comes off like disaster tourism for straights
Roach with the truth bomb, BOOM.
Queer small presses who are making an effort to be inclusive of the whole umbrella and give us happy endings: Riptide Publishing (my publisher), Less Than Three Press, Bold Strokes Books, Blind Eye Books. In all cases, story quality varies by author, so do a bit more research first, but they’re definitely near the top of my “doing it right” list. Most of their stories are going to be romances or romance-and-other-genre.
If you are into sci fi, Melissa Scott has been writing sci fi stories where gay people are normal and have adventures for years; my roommate has read a lot more of her stuff than I have and specifically recs Mighty Good Road for healthy long-term lesbian relationship.
In the realm of fantasy, Amanda Downum’s The Bone Palace features a trans lady as a major character who dresses beautifully, kicks loads of ass, and gets a happy ending, in a culture that has established space for gender-variant people.
The Fifth Millennium series by SM Stirling and Shirley Meier are absolutely trashy fantasy of the “this made a great D&D campaign and it will make even better books!” variety, but the main characters are ladies who kick ass together, fall in love, kick more ass together, and win everything, so I honestly didn’t care. Also there is a bloodthirsty weasel-horse. Note that there is a *lot* of awful stuff in this series, tho it’s generally not queerness-related; there is slavery and instances of rape (Shadow’s Daughter is the most rapey, if you want to minimize that).
I have no recs whatsoever for contemporary, non-fantastic settings, I’m afraid (though there are piles of happy endings there if you are looking specifically in romance) — I just don’t read it in general.
Good luck, anon! And please, everyone who is looking for this, remember that publishers tend to be slow to take risks because they need to have faith they will make money — so if you find examples of the thing you want to see more of, consider buying what you can afford. It’ll keep dinner on the authors’ table and encourage the publishers to keep up the good work.
Cyphercat is bar none my favorite smut author and I consider any recommendation list sie puts together to be solid gold, automatically.
(And, ahem, if you needed more kinky Homestuck smut in your life, I’m happy to give VERY specific recommendations.)
To the follower who reached out for help and successfully restarted your meds yesterday, I am really impressed and happy for you.
I am saying this in public to remind any other followers struggling with the same that yes, it’s hard, and yes, people want to help, and yes, it can change. I’m available for support if anyone wants or needs it.