In the beginning, there was fan fiction: from the four gospels to Fifty Shades | Books | guardian.co.uk


I always a enjoy a good piece of sober thinking that points out the implicit slippery slope fallacy lurking in so many Jeremiah like wailings of the “end is nye”…

It’s tempting to get caught up in paradigm-shift apocalypticism, but a closer inspection reveals that fanfic is not new at all. There have been phases, fads, peaks and controversies throughout its history and it displays and incredibly diverse range of sub-genres. There’s crossover, AU, Hentai, OoC, Uber, Mary Sue, slash fic, hate fic, anti fic and even wing fic (in which familiar characters sprout wings and discover their new beauty through acts of mid-air coitus). So where did this terrifying range of forms begin? And is Fifty Shades really a threat to culture?

via In the beginning, there was fan fiction: from the four gospels to Fifty Shades | Books | guardian.co.uk.

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