Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I have never really understood the appeal of fanfics (fan-fictions). If someone wants to write, or feels the genius inside telling her (or him but rarely) to write, what's the big deal of writing your own story? For me, fanfics are the least creative form of literature. Yes, I hear
your voices, goddamnme!! the defending of the
genre, the opinions that some are really good etc. Some may be, for all I care, I read only the horrible ones.
But for me, being in various
fandoms half of my life, fanfics are not actually Pulitzer award worthy pieces
of writing. It may be because I came across nasty,
incoherent and bad ones first and I'm biased? Maybe.
I don't understand what is so hard in writing YOUR own story, with names and places created by you. Inspiration from people around, motifs or even celebrities is fine, it is something natural, but writing slash fanfic with real people somehow doesn't sit well with me.
I find majority of fanfics a worthless piece of wasted space (to put the euphemism before the page break).
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Previously we took a closer look into hedonistic lives of high aristocracy of Heian who spent their lives devoted to pursuing pleasures and honing the literary skills (real or imagined). In other words - Part 1. The very same period gave us eternal Genji complex that every writer and work suffers from, and of course neverending battle between Spring and Autumn (I didn't mention it, Princess Nukada's poem in Man'you). Right now we will dissect more next periods in Japanese literature.