“All of Hollywood is run on one assumption: that women will watch stories about men, but men won’t watch stories about women… All of the decisions are made based on this - this concrete fact - and nobody’s ever really proved that that’s true. I think it’s a horrible indictment of our society of we assume that one-half of the population is just not interested in the other half”
-Geena Davis, Actor & Activist
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I don’t need a guide—I’ve been doing it since, oh, middle school or so. My commute includes walking nearly a mile, and I read the whole way (I’ve only almost run into people twice, I think). Great way to pass what would otherwise get to be a very familiar/boring route. :)
But I always put the book down to cross the street. I live in the DC metro area—to do otherwise would endanger life and limb. Darn you, crazy drivers! *shakes fist*
It’s more than cosplay. When immersed in a fictional world, your mind can let go of its self-identity, and unconsciously connect with a fictional character’s behaviors and thoughts.
A phenomenon called “experience-taking” is thought to be at the heart of this behavior. It’s not the same as just sharing a character’s perspective. The readers actually transformed their world view to match the characters if presented in the right way. I think the most interesting part of this work is when they repeated the test with movies. The effect didn’t hold up. It seems like sitting in a theater doesn’t stimulate the unconscious changes that immersing yourself in a written character does.
Ever happened to you?
Ten years ago, when preparing for a panel on the future of book publishing, I jotted down some quotes from Publishers Weekly that still sound fresh, a decade and a technology revolution later. “Too few children are raised in houses with books,” one worried publishing professional declared. “The emphasis on bestsellers,” another wrote, “has lately been carried too far” and harmed the chances for other books to find an audience.
I should point out these Publishers Weekly articles were published in 1927 and 1929. The publishing sky has had almost more practice falling than night.
So, basically, the more things change, the more they stay the same. ;-) (But definitely read the rest of her post.)
The publishing industry’s current overnight sensation, erotica author E.L. James, began writing her best-selling book “Fifty Shades of Grey” as “Twilight” fan fiction. She began posting her X-rated take on Ms. Meyer’s tame paranormal romance online three years ago. Her “Twilight” homage, titled “Master of the Universe,” evolved into a series starring a powerful CEO and a young woman in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship. The books were acquired by Vintage, a Random House imprint, this spring and have sold 15 million copies in less than three months. Now, in a sort of literary infinite feedback loop, fans of the trilogy have begun writing their own takes on “Fifty Shades,” including an inevitable parody that mashes up “Fifty Shades” with “Twilight.”
Oh, geez, a mashup? Can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s not like that will require much effort, given the source material of Fifty Shades. ;)
I’m a little baffled, though, by the fact that the article repeatedly mentioned the site wattpad.com as a source for fanfic when I’ve never even heard of it before (and I’ve been writing fanfic for over a decade now!). And I don’t find it easy to navigate at all.
If you want to find fanfic on something, you’re better off with fanfiction.net or archiveofourown.org—their sorting capabilities are pretty good, and it’s easy to narrow things by fandom. After that, where you’ll find stuff depends on the fandom; livejournal.com is a big source of Sherlock Holmes/Sherlock (BBC) fic, for example.