February 8th, 2012

elf

The Case of the Strange Fan Fiction

After a day of slaving over act two of Terra Paradox, I decided that I needed to do some more reading. So I took out my Munchkin (what I named my Kindle) and picked The Hound of the Baskervilles back up. Well, that was working out rather well until I decided I felt like reading some Sherlock fan fiction instead.

I've made it ridiculously easy to feed Munchkin some fanfic, so away I went.

The problem with going on a fanfic searching spree is that you don't really know what you're going to get. I've read some really good fan fiction in my day, but it's like rummaging through the world's largest slush pile. You have to go through a lot of shit to find some gold. It also depends on what you're in the mood for. I don't normally read fan fiction tagged as 'gen' (a classification term which means there are no relationship factors in the story which are not in the source material – no Sherlock and John shagging each other, basically). I don't care for gen because if you're simply replicating the  source material, you're not adding anything new and I might as well watch the TV show which I know is well-written and superbly acted.

So that's where slash comes in. I'm not going to go into a dissertation about the origins and nature of slash fiction. You can google that and get a pretty good idea. And I won't justify why I read slash or why I like to think Sherlock and John are doing it because I don't have to. That's the beauty of fiction.

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