Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To share or not to share...

I have defended fanfiction before at this blog, and ultimately, my defense is 1. All fiction is fanfiction in some way shape or form, 2. Fanfiction can be used as creative criticism, 3. Some people just aren't creative enough to come up with new characters, but they like expanding on old ones.

The question is... is this a good enough defense to share my fanfic with my mom?

Like this... I am genuinely proud of this story: Operating System
I'm proud of the organization, and the ideas and the writing I don't think it's perfect, but I'm satisfied with it. But if I showed it to my mom and she thought it was stupid, it would be... too sad, I think. But it feels weird to have something I just can't bring myself to share, not because I think it's wrong, but because I want my mom to like it.



Marian said...

That last paragraph really sums up my own perspective...I guess I must be a perfectionist, but it's difficult for me to share my writings with others (especially my mom). But I love fanfiction; I think it's a great way to focus on plot writing.

E. A. Martin said...

Goodness, I feel this way about some of my art with my mum. Sharing it with other people is fine and dandy, but at the end of the day, the person who has always known best for people such as you and I is our mother. If she thinks it stupid, then it must be stupid. But she is your mother and so very rarely would they think something that you have put a great deal of effort into to be stupid- even something you have put little effort into. If you make it a big deal, it will be a big deal. But it is a big deal, so...my advice sucks :P I'd tell her. We weren't the ones who invented fanfiction after all. I am positive she has been exposed to it and most probably liked it at some stage. This may be because I agree with reason 1. But if you don't share it, it isn't the end of the world. Sometimes, having something we can keep to ourselves makes it that much more sacred so when we immerse ourselves in it, reality is that much further away.

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