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September 15th, 2010

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02:36 pm - Month zero
I am in a unique position, this month. For the first time in my entire life I think I have read every single fiction in a particular fandom. Certainly I think I have read every single slash fic (about five stories total - each one of top quality). The fandom is of course Breaking Bad. It's been incredibly slow getting going. To the extent that literally for the last couple of years if you Googled for 'Breaking Bad fan fiction', you mostly found other people asking where it was. I speak of course of a hypothetical and hypocritical person whose catch phrase is 'I don't read fan fiction'.

Whereas let us say Sherlock: there have been three episodes, and the fanfic writing is already going strong.

OK, why so little? There's almost no Mad Men fanfic either. I think these series are intimidating. They intimidate me. I think they both ask a lot, and conversely, a lot is already provided on screen. The reason BB fans have finally cracked and started writing is because of prolonged baiting by the show, IMHO. Man, they are asking for it!

What there is at the moment is bloody well written, and quite hardcore. Anyway, no doubt it will all take off big-time at some point, and there will be lots of romantic fluffy stuff that I won't read*, but it is quite nice to be able to feel I know the field, and I like it all. A strange and unique position.

(*ETA - I come back to read these words, and it sounds as if I am being dismissive of other people's writing, and I really don't mean to be. I just know what I am like: I prefer less romantic stories. Just my idiosyncrasy. I respect the writing that people do.)

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Date:September 15th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I imagine because it isn't needed; from what you say, the drama is of a high quality and there's plenty of it. Ditto Mad Men. Whereas Sherlock offered two brilliant but flawed episodes*, so the fans are desperate for more, and there's so much to fix.

*I suppose I ought to watch the middle episode again for the commentary, but I can't raise any enthusiasm for the idea.

Edited at 2010-09-15 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Date:September 15th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do think fullness repels fanfiction, and gaps encourage it. I am thinking now of Mashall Macluhan's 'hot' and 'cool' media. "Any hot medium allows of less participation than a cool one, as a lecture makes for less participation than a seminar, and a book for less than a dialogue."

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