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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 16th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
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Forgot to say. I can tell that your fiction must be very time-intensive because every sentence is considered. Nevertheless, for selfish reasons, I'd love you to write more. That last one gave me a big thrill.
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From:squonkfan
Date:September 16th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
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Forgot to say. I can tell that your fiction must be very time-intensive because every sentence is considered.

Thank you so incredibly much for saying that. I absolutely think there are people who can churn own fantastic prose in a very short amount of time, so I'm not disparaging anyone here. But I, personally, do put a ton of time into my writing, and it's just super nice to have someone say that they can recognize that.

And of course, I'm thrilled to give you a thrill. :) Aside from the demands of my schooling, the biggest problem I'd have at the moment is, uh, I'd have no idea what to write. BB-wise, my brain is stuck on the "self-indulgent" setting right now; there's not much in there that would actually shake out to a good story. Some of that might be the intimidation factor we were referring to earlier, and some of it might just be some temporary brain drain following the completion of that last one. We shall see what's rattling around in there come the holidays, perhaps!

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