Thoughts that I keep under lock & key...
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We looked inside some of the posts by latent-thoughts and here's what we found interesting.
The last addition! Yes! I was getting so angry as the thread progressed, lobbing these same accusations at fanfiction as they were at mainstream media conglomerates. Just...no.
Fanfiction is more than a mere escape into free fiction with familiar universes. It's a healing balm on the wounds lefts by these conglomerates and corporations and their hurtful narratives. It's a safe haven for the marginalized people to express themselves, to take control away from these corporations and tell their stories in their way. It's a medium in which people finds their identity and voices. It's where they find a little space for themselves in the sandbox that's made out of mainstream media, but is transformative.
Plus, fanfiction is varied! How can you even think to dumb it down to free, junky stuff that has no deeper meaning?
Fanfiction is the modern equivalent to folklore and myths.
it occurs to me that the reason why people don’t venture outside YA or mainstream entertainment (e.g. marvel, disney, popular children’s tv, etc.) is bc beyond the media created primarily for mass consumption, it’s difficult for fans & audiences to break into and grow attached to narratives that resist commodification and superficial engagement. like the reason why people put fanfiction up on a pedestal and read only YA romance or fantasy and love the new loki show is bc they demand very little from you as a viewer / reader. they don’t ask for your participation in the creation of meaning within the story, they don’t require you to look deeper, probe further, in order to unlock inwoven layers of meaning & significance. they just give you characters you can divorce from the context of the narrative and fictional universe, tropes to latch onto and take out of context, imagery & iconography to replicate and reproduce so that you do their marketing for them, and commodified narratives and archetypes that say nothing and do nothing but make it easy for people to project their own fantasies and desires and expectations onto. that’s what it comes down to