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Panel recruiting - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Panel recruiting
Folks on my f-list who are going to Arisia (arisia) in January... here are some panels I proposed and would love to get some people on (they won't happen if there's no interest, so I'm recruiting); if you're interested in them, send the numbers on to the program folks!

FAN-141: Fanon and how it gets that way
An exercise. The moderator will present an original short piece, and participants will split up to develop ideas about it based on what they've heard. How do they reach these conclusions? Why such different takes? What's being picked up on in canon?

FAN-150/LIT-167: Fanfic 101
So you've heard of fan fiction, maybe even run across a story or two. But what is it? Who writes it? What are all those weird acronyms (OTP--K/S--AU?)? What on Earth does "slash" mean, and how did it end up meaning that? Where are the archives? How do you find a place to post a story, or an archive with the kind of stories you really want to read? Come on in and meet your guides to the Forest of Fanfic!

FAN-149: The Genfic Revolution
Fanfic writers... are you tired of fics sorted by romantic pairing and defined by sexcapades? Want to write a murder mystery or an adventurous quest, or maybe a bit of family drama or a slapstick comedy, but can't find people to read it in the forest of "OMG!!! D/G OTP!!!" listings? Join the Genfic (general fanfic) Revolution, and find other gen lovers to share your stories with.

FAN-144: Finding the gaps
Writing canon-compliant fan fiction--making it fit and making it feel "right." Which "missing scenes" beg to be written? What makes a story the author never thought of still feel "inevitable" to readers? And if you're writing fanfic, why would you *want* to make it feel like canon?

FAN-140: Drama Club
Why are online communities so prone to dramafests, angst, and flamewars? Differing expectations? Abusive administration? Obnoxious membership? (No flaming, please!)

FAN-142: I love him so much, he just HAS to be different!
Why fanfic writers are attracted to writing certain characters, then changing everything known about them. Why not write a different character? Or write the character as is?

FAN-143: Sporks at the ready!
A look at Mary Sue and badfic skewering sites, such as LJ's deleterius. What's the attraction of these sites? What are the ethics of public roasting?

LIT-158: NaNo, NaNo
Thousands of people participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrimo). Is it worth it? And would you own up to it?
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lync From: lync Date: November 8th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have the dirtiest mind ever. I read that as "Panal" or anal with a p in front of it. I'm like "What's a panal and why is she recruiting for it? Sounds painful" XD LOL@self
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: November 8th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've already asked for six panels...but I wouldn't mind a couple of those.

Asking for this: FAN-150/LIT-167: Fanfic 101
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 8th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good! :) (That one was actually suggested by the programming person I was e-mailing with, when I randomly used the word "canon" in a description, and she had no idea what I meant.) I asked for a bunch, figuring that some won't happen. With my luck, they'll all happen and I won't actually get to attend anything!
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: November 8th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had fun being on a panel with you last year. Which is why I friended you.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: November 8th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never been on con programming before; how do you volunteer(?) to be on a panel?

Not actually one of the fanfic ones above, but I noticed they're doing a Shakespeare in fantasy panel, and well, when I attended last year's Shakespeare & SF, one of the panelists suggested I'd be good on such a panel in the future.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 8th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The whole panel precis is at http://www.arisia.org/2005/precis.pdf , and the instructions are at http://www.arisia.org/2005/program_invite_instructions.pdf

(I do wish they were regular HTML)

Anyway, basically, you either fill out the forms and send them or send equivalent e-mail to the program staff.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 8th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
...Is FAN-142 a topic of inquiry or a pet peeve?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 8th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does that question really need to be dichotomy? ;)
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: November 8th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it could kind of affect the tone of the panel. :) I realize it isn't your style, but I have gotten very attached to... certain aspects of fictional universes when I wasn't quite as impressed with the whole product, or found certain developments frustrating. I've grown fascinated with the might-have-been possibilities of characters whose point in the story was lost potential... but also of some whose potential was lost because they could have been interesting, but their purpose in the story was largely throwaway.

Actually, in comic-book (specifically Marvel Universe, X-Men centric) fandom, where I started, this is par for the course -- there are some fascinating concepts/elements/characters, but you also get new authors or editors who want to go in a completely different direction from their predecessors, or occasionally don't seem to have read what went before at all, so it's entirely possible to like the "spirit" of one segment and then find that another has to be bashed with a hammer to make it fit even factually. But sometimes it's worth it and a lot of fun. *shrug*

I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd throw out everything known about the character, but depending on what exactly the situation is, I might wind up dropping (in the case of muddled continuity) or developing away from what some people would see as essential.
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