Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is the kind of book that makes for a fun weekend read — it’s an accessibly-written contemporary novel with interesting characters, but unfortunately, it fails to delve deep under the surface.
Fanworks in general continue to be one of the most despised and sneered at forms of creative expression, despite their huge diversity and depth of creativity. Some mainstream creators hate them and hotly insist that fanart, fanfic, poetry, and other fanworks are ‘ripoffs’ of their work, in some cases pursuing fannish creators in an attempt […]
Fanfic gets a bad rap. It’s unoriginal. It’s derivative. It’s ‘theft.’ It’s pathetic or childish or gross. People who write fanfic need to get a life, and they’ll eventually grow out of this ridiculous phase. The fanfic hate goes on for pages, with outsiders to fannish spaces deciding that because they don’t understand fanfic, or […]
One of the most frequent comments I encounter from people who are ignorant about fanfiction and other transformative works is that they are ‘unoriginal.’ They’re ‘based on someone else’s story.’ Creators are ‘just stealing someone else’s characters.’ These things are said with a sneer, intending to demean fannish people and the spaces they work in, […]
When I read Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, I knew I had something special in my hands. An absolutely outstanding and brilliantly crafted book with amazing characters, deft text, and a wrenching story so intense that I read it in one sitting because I had to know what happened next. This is usually not an issue […]
The Internet blew up over Shades of Grey, whether you’re talking lovers or haters, and there’s a lot of whipsmart commentary about the book and the reactions to it; 50 Shades explores empowered female sexuality in a way that seems to delight some readers and discomfit others, and that’s the kind of thing that sparks […]