rainy days make me all contemplative, so I blame the weather for my meta-like splooging today :)
A while back, madame_meretrix
asked if I would be interested in writing a human AU manifesto. Pretty much, I said no. It’s something I have given a great deal of thought to (the value of human AU), ever since I first realized there was a rift in the fandom over whether or not it’s the thing to do. Whether or not it’s still fanfic if you’ve taken away such essential elements of a character.
I thought it was an interesting question, actually, because when I
first found human AU, my initial reaction was not “WTF????” It was…fascination and intrigue It didn’t occur to me at the time that it could be a controversial thing. I guess it must have been a good fic, to strike me that way. Then as I poked around more, and found apologetics attached to otherwise excellent fic, I realized from my then-outsider’s perspective that there was controversy over the genre.
I think that was the first time I became aware of fandom politics. Ah, it was a more innocent time :)
I had considered the idea of writing meta on the subject in the past, and I had decided against it. Some politics, fandom or real life, aren’t worth touching, because you reach an opinion saturation point. The lines are drawn and minds are made up, and you might as well let things lie. but this essay has been stirring at the back of my mind for some time now, and it’s not going to shut up until it’s out there. I have some worthwhile things to say on the subject, and it’s a question I’ve been circling around more, because I’m considering opening an archive for well-done Spangel human AU.
The timing of this post probably makes it somewhat controversial, so I’ll be screening comments just in case. But in the end, I think it’s about as controversial as toast (in presentation, at least), and it’s meant to reconcile, not divide.
I’ll strive to say something intelligent. ( over-analytic navel-gazing contained herein. )