Jul. 14th, 2013

isisindarkness: (The Doctor - a multi-author pseudo myth)
During my Master’s fieldwork, I asked an informant who writes both fic and original stories if this dual status gave her any particular insight into the conflicts that arise between fandom and the published writers who think their authorship gives them the right to ban fan-fiction of their work. She told me that while she understood those authors’ reticence to discover what would become of their ‘babies’ in the public domain, she herself felt that her work would be incomplete without fan input:
I love all my characters, but I will never understand some of them as well as my readers will, because I have not lived their lives. I am not, for example, a man. I’m not a mother, I’m not black, or English, or disabled, or a whole list of other things. I can empathise with all of those conditions, but they’re not something I know. My readers do, and I can only hope that I have written the things I don’t know accurately enough that they can…fill the gaps themselves, from their own experiences.
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold, who herself started out in Star Trek fandom, said something similar:
No two people, reading the same text, will create exactly the same reading experience in their heads, nor will the same person experience the same book identically at different times of their life. A book, the real book, the art as it takes place and makes its existence, requires two elements: the text on the page, and the mind that is processing or remembering that text. “The Book”, the thing I as a reader love or hate or remember for the rest of my life till the day I die, is the whole cascade of thought and emotion and experience that occurs as I run my eyes across the type. The mind without the text is un-moved, unawakened, blank; the text without the mind is dead, meaningless, senseless, no more than ink blotches on a bundle of paper. ("When Worlds Collide”).

I don't want to clutter up the quotes, so this is going to be a short post... )
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