Re: [mythsoc] Fan Fiction sites
- In a message dated 2/16/2002 9:53:22 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> And it sounds like I should start writing less fantasy porn and more PGI say: write whatever speaks to you! Self-censorship is not your friend.
As for getting more good stuff out there: you betcha. Porn as a genre
presents a number of serious technical challenges, some of which are quite
similar to the technical challenges posed by SF (language problems,
suspension-of-disbelief issues, characerization, etc.) I have complicated
theories about all this and actually gave a conference paper on it a few
years ago; suffice it to say that I don't think porn necessarily has to be
badly written, and that I admire people who are brave enough to take it
seriously and try to do it well.
I've heard a number of priests and psychologists observe that worship and sex
are both about the desire for union. It's a pity that there's so little
fiction -- or nonfiction, for that matter -- which grants genuine, felt
sexuality anything like the importance it plays in many people's lives.
But perhaps we wander too far OT here . . . anyway, since sex is so lacking
in LotR, I understand why it's the element that a lot of fanwriters have
concentrated on recuperating. I don't see that as disrespectful; I think
it's their attempt to bring to Middle Earth their own experience as embodied
Am I being scandalous yet? <g>
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