It has been brought to my attention that my video this week missed some major points I needed to make about fan fiction. One criticism received was that, although I make it abundantly clear I dislike the form, I did not do enough to outline why. In this blog I will endeavour to leave my temper to one side and explain just why fan fiction is a waste of our time.
Let me begin by clarifying some points made in the video. Firstly: the problem of fandom. I would hope I made it clear that fan fiction is inherently flawed as it stems from the obsessive world of fandom. We should be remorseful that an individual has allowed a book, film, game or TV show to overpower so much of their life. So much that, when they decide to embark on a creative endeavour, they feel their creativity must be shaped around the comforting model of their beloved franchise. Normally an act of creative endeavour would be a betterment to the individual, however, with fandom at its core, the creative effort is doomed to atrophy.
This is the main issue with fan-fiction - its stagnating properties. Fan fiction, unlike other written arts, does not encourage the movement of the reader or of the author. Instead fan fiction encourages both the reader and the author to indulge in fanaticism and hinders creative movement.
The Riff Raff Statue on Victoria St, decorated for the Hamilton Pride Festival 2011.
The life-size bronze statue of Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff in his space suit, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show was installed in 204. The statue was designed by WETA Workshops and it stands on the former site of the Embassy Cinema, where Richard watched science fiction-double features.
This is just… brilliant. I wonder how they got the legwarmers on
So, I’ve just booked to go see a play called Doctor Faustus at the Globe theatre.
In a nutshell, it’s a play about a man who makes a pact with the devil, and his depressing, perverted and violent journey into sin. Ya know, just a bit of light watching.
Oh, and it also has this guy in it:
This should be interesting. As much as I like Doctor Who, I’m not a particular fan of it or Arthur Darvill’s, although I think he’s a talented guy. I’m not attending it because he’s in it, or because I want to fangirl.
I’m going to see it because I genuinely like Doctor Faustus. I studied it for A-level with my rather morbidly-minded friend, and we’re both going to see it soley because we had so much fun quoting and analysing it back in school. And Darvill is going to play our favourite character, Mephistopheles. It’s hilarious. I’m going to be there, trying to take in some culture, and I estimate I’ll be standing in the middle of a group of Darvill fangirls/Who fans as well as general literature/culture fans. No bad thing, my sister is coming with us for Darvill, but it will make me feel like a bit of a geek.
Oh, and instead of going to meet him to talk sci-fi things after the play, or asking for an autograph, we fully intend to ask him about how he interprets the play and the character he’s playing. Yeah, I know, my friend and I are so cool.
COME ON, PEOPLE, GET CHUCKLING!
Life’s too short to post digital photographs of forest glades with sappy Hallmark text overlaid on them in the vain hope your ex wants you back. The future is right now. Split those pursed lips and flash some fucking teeth because it’s all liverspots and talk radio and those fucking shoes with the individual toes once your youth fades.
Get out of your chair and dance to ’90s radio rock.
Wear improbable eyeshadow.
Take up arson.
Whatever you choose, do it with a smile, yeah?
We live one time. Enjoy it.
Too right. Let’s go burn some dustbins.
It was epic :D But Richard said he couldn’t play the guitar because he’d had an operation or something (???) Still, he sang it live. But I can’t help think some people mighta missed it because they were slow on telling people what to do! 2 of my friends nearly missed out on it, and there were only about 20 people in the official chat.
If ya missed it, there is 30 minutes of the ‘Making of Rocky’ talk and the timewarp on the end. Message if ya want! I’ll link ya to it.
Spoilers for Drop Dead Fred
I’ve been watching a film called Drop Dead Fred, given to me to borrow. I’ve never heard of it in my life. It is described on the back of the cover as a ‘rip-roaring funny comedy’ and ‘hilarious film’.
It is probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever watched.