On Fanfic, and the Difference Between Filing Off the Serial Numbers and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

surrexi:

Okay, so earlier/yesterday/something like that idk I’m in the middle of a move time is bleeding together for me lol I posted a quote from a review of 50 Shades of Grey that was critical of the practice of publishing/profiting from fanfic, to which I added brief commentary in which I expressed my extreme antipathy towards the practice of “filing off the serial numbers,” aka taking a fanfic written for a thing that is currently in copyright, wiping it of all references to said thing, and then publishing it for profit. One of the reasons I gave for this was that I feel that severing the fic from the source material in that way should make it not work, or else “you’re doing fanfic wrong.” I didn’t elaborate; what I meant by that is that I feel that even in alternate universe fanfic, the whole point of fanfic (in my opinion) is that you are playing in that fandom’s sandbox, and even if you are constructing a coffee shop AU for the Avengers or an astronauts AU for Supernatural, it is still the Avengers or Supernatural, so that coffee shop better feel like it’s run and patronised by the freaking Avengers, and it better be Sam and Dean in space, or else it’s not MCU or SPN fanfic. It’s something else. It might incredibly well-written something else, but it’s no longer answering the questions “what if the Avengers weren’t superheros but rather coffee shop employees” and “what if Sam and Dean were astronauts instead of hunters.” That’s what I meant by that remark.

At any rate, some people - who probably won’t see this post, but oh well - took offense to both the original quote and to my additional remarks, saying they were anti-fanfic and ignorant of the fact that much of classic literature/theatre/film is basically fanfic. So, I thought I’d ramble for a little bit about my thoughts and feelings regarding fanfic/transformative works and filing off the serial numbers. Even though those people probably won’t see it. Like I said, oh well. (Meanwhile, I got several paragraphs into this post and then my computer crashed and I lost it all. *SIGH* Rewriting and hoping it’s better instead of worse the second time around?)

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Stewart, Colbert and Rogers - a Headcanon

rainnecassidy:

darthstitch:

Of course, the Battle of New York is the first time everyone actually sees Captain America since the 1940’s. 

Media predictably goes apeshit.  Rumors are flying.  Some people think it’s just a new guy wearing the suit - and okay, it’s not as if it wasn’t tried before.  Everyone still remembers the eventual catastrophe that was William “Steve Rogers” Burnside in the 1950’s.  It had taken Director Carter and the early SHIELD everything they had to bring him and his false Bucky down.  And even in the end, there’s still a bit of mystery as to the mysterious sniper who had first killed the fake “Bucky” and then taken the fatal shot at Burnside that sent him into the waters below the Hoover Dam.  Burnside’s body was never recovered. 

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rainnecassidy:

timetravelingvampire:

shanology:

I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how Sebastian Stan and Misha Collins should play brothers in something, and I love me some Misha, but…

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why are we not talking more…

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about this pairing?

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Because, really…

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it’s kind of beautiful.

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Magic Mike XXL comes out next year, guys. I see no reason - NO REASON AT ALL - that Matt Bomer’s character shouldn’t have a baby brother who follows him into the business.

*insert prayers here*

FUCK YES.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS AT LENGTH.