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fernwithy
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Back from the con.

It's always fun to be at fannish gatherings. I mean--people in the flesh who are interested enough in Harry Potter to talk over each other at a panel because they just can't get enough time in during a fifty minute panel? Dude.
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olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: January 15th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sending a ton of envy your way,, FYI. *green*

I was mopey the whole three days of the con they had in Salem in 2004 - the one you also went to - coz I couldn't go. It's probably the best chance I ever had of attending a good con... it happened when the series wasn't finished yet, it happened in the same country I live, and, wonder of wonders, fairly close to where I live... and I didn't go. I think I'm still mourning it!
But tell us about this one, will you? How was it? What happened? Who did you meet?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 15th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a con I go to every year, so I'm pretty used to it by now. (It's Arisia, if you're interested, and it's in or around Boston every year.)

I sat on two panels with mamadeb ("Hermione Granger," which unsurprisingly discussed Hermione, and "Harry Potter and the Heroic Journey," which talked about archetypical themes in the series), and went to one she modded on "Why LiveJournal?," talking about why this particular blog service is so rampant among fen, rather than bouncing over to MySpace or wherever. I also did a panel called "It's Not Fanfic If You Get Paid For It," a subject on which my opinion has always been, "Like hell it isn't." The subject of fan artists charging fees came up, with the usual amount of bitterness, but the moderator shut it down pretty quickly, since that's just a weird little legal loophole.

Yesterday at an LJ meet-and-greet, I spent a few minutes with cheshire and xiphias.

Friday, I went to a Victorian dance and an 80s dance. The latter was more my style, but the former was fun, if for no other reason than it's hilarious to see SF/F fen sincerely trying to follow instructions. We're not, as a community, very good at this. "Cat herder" has now been replaced in my lexicon by "Scifi dance caller" as most frustrating job!
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: January 15th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the most obvious piece of published or 'paid for' fanfiction is The DaVinci Code. That was an Indiana Jones fanfic if ever I've read one!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 15th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, true. The panel was mostly about stuff like Wide Sargasso Sea or a novel about an adult Tom Sawyer (I was shocked to learn that no one has written Tom Sawyer mysteries professionally! Twain even made him a detective!) or something--public domain fanfic that gets published "straight"--rather than the scratched-off-serial-number types, but yeah. A lot of that stuff is out there big time.

There did seem to be one faction that thinks it's "selling out" to get published, which surprised me, though I guess it shouldn't have. If it's selling out, where do I sign?
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: January 15th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I became aware of the "sell out" contingent many years ago. Their attitude is writing fan fiction is purely a labor of love, while writing professionally is some sort of mercenary pursuit. As though no professional has ever crafted a novel out of a labor of love, especially since most pros don't know if the damn thing will sell or not, or that they could be doing something more lucrative and secure for a living instead. I think "sell out" is just a mask for the ol' Green Eyed Monster.
matril From: matril Date: January 16th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, definitely true. If someone could (legally) pay me to write fan fic, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. I already do it for free; a little money would only make it nicer. ;)
alkari From: alkari Date: January 15th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes please - details!!
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