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One of the things that everyone tells you when you start writing (or at the very least when you first publish) is that you should have a ‘writer’s blog’ and on that blog ‘fandom’ is strictly forbidden. I understand why. We shouldn’t let our ‘fan fiction’ flag fly. Publishers just don’t take to writers of fan fiction (or at least they say they don’t) but the question is:

 What should, or shouldn’t be in this blog?

 I love several television shows, and I even have participated in fan communities. And, yes, there is fan fiction. I have been at the edges of fan communities based on books as well and there is a bit of fan fiction there as well. 

 But my question is, what makes a fandom a fandom?   

 I love hockey. All but one of my published pieces involve hockey.  I love the Bruins most of all and then the other 29 teams are in my mind in a sort of matrix of teams. 

 And, believe it or not there is NHL fan fiction. Not that I’ve participated in that. I’ve made my own league, with my own teams and I write my fiction about them.

 So the question is; Is being the fan of a sports team being part of a fandom? 

 What do you think? 

And what is your fandom?  


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Aug. 11th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
honestly the authors on my authors list brag about their fanfic so i think it's no longer that big of a deal. that said I don't put it on my author's blog (which is obviously not this blog).

What I avoid more is religion and politics. Nothing turns me off faster is seeing some of the authors' stances.I could care less that they write fanfic but radical views left or right make me stop purchasing books
Aug. 11th, 2011 10:49 am (UTC)
I know a lot of my author friends are struggling with the fan fic thing. The way I looked at my fan fic was that it was just me 'keeping the pump primed' - if I didn't have a piece that I was working on I would play around with fan fic, I never even edited any of it and mostly it went right from brain to posting.

I was raised that views on religion and politics are personal and unless you are some place where you are supposed to be talking about them (like church or a demonstration or something) you should pretty much keep them to yourself. So I try to do that.
Aug. 11th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Nods, apparently most of the authors on my list aren't having issues with it but like I said I do keep it seperate from my author's blog.

I wish a lot more people would keep this stuff to themselves.I have given up authors for being extreme and/or offensive. Unless it's the point of whatever story i'm working on, I see no reason to bring it up
Aug. 12th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
I think publishers are caring less and less about the fan fic thing, after all Cassandra Clare has done fine and it is well known that she was a fan fic writer.

I've found that with writers I *really* like - I avoid reading much about their privite lives because I have a felling that I will probably disagree with them about politics or religion. There are a few that I don't avoid completely and a few that I've run across in real life at things that we agree on (and that is always a nice feeling) but mostly I don't look for it - and I don't talk about it much either.

That said I am having a story published in an anthology about gods - and I *may* talk about what got me to write about the subject I picked when it gets closer
Aug. 11th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Being a sports fan sure seems a lot like being part of a fandom! I think society considers it normal to just be a fan of sports and t.v. shows, but "normal" stops when you get into fanfiction and fanart. But it doesn't make sense; fanworks are just a continuation of stories, and it's been going on a long time. I mean, John Milton's poem "Paradise Lost" is kind of like bible fanficion! Stories have always been a integral part of a culture, and nowadays they're often told for us instead of by us. I've read that fanfiction nowadays can be a way of retooling the source material as a response to the difference between our own reality and the pseudo reality put forth by hollywood and entertainment corporations. So we're sort of reclaiming the stories of our culture this way, and I consider that to be pretty important.

But, uh, I'm not a publisher and I can't change what people think, so go ahead and be a fan but maybe friendslock your fanfiction if you're worried.
Aug. 12th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
I will say that there is quite a bit of art involved in sports fandom as well - but there is less of a community. Or maybe less of an internet community?

Heck biblical fan fiction started almost as soon as the bible was codified. I think it is in our natures to tell stories and we all just kind of shif things around until they fit us as a commuinty - if that makes any sence? They used to call it the folk tradition - now it is copywrite viloations LOL

Oh I'm not really worried. I might be if I ever thougth I would make a liveing as an author, but the likleyhood of that is between slim and none.
Aug. 12th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Exactly! I think it's cool that fanfiction sort of keep that folk tradition alive, even though it's frowned upon. I've seen a lot of fanfiction writers turned professional who quickly cleared out all their fanfic as soon as they got published, which I understand even though it's disappointing.

Hey, you never know, though! You might sell a lot of books and then you'd have to worry about all the scandalous fanfiction on your livejournal!
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Aug. 12th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I have to say I *totaly* don't get fantasy sports. I just don't get it.

It's also unfair how people can sit in a bar and bicker about Yankees vs RedSox but not bicker Star Wars vs Star Trek (btw I am totaly centrist about SW vs ST - I love both I would even hazard to say I love both equily. ST is like the family I wass born into and SW is like the family that you make out side your birth family)

That said I have also kept evey hockey jersy my husband has worn in the years that we have been together. Mind you he was playing in them - I've never known him to just walk around in a jersy.

Sometimes I think that sports fans (and I will count my self in this) are too oblivious to know that they are being wierd. I mean I drove 6 hours each way to go to a *parade* this June.

But then again I drove to Boston for a Harry Potter convention as well - so I'm kinda wierd on both sides of this. LOL
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