Homoerotic Fanfiction: Slashing Culture

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Title: Homoerotic Fanfiction: Slashing Culture
Commentator: Lynn Reed
Date(s): 18 October 2000
Medium: Disinformation
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Contents

Homoerotic Fanfiction: Slashing Culture is a short article about slash fanfiction with several website links.

Reactions and Reviews

  • "Fanfiction as subversion and slash as an expression of female initiative in a traditionally male-oriented genre -- be still my heart, I feel the urge to go do something politically aware. (Don't worry, it'll pass. But it's kind of exhilerating, you know?) Look to the end for some great links to popular slash fandoms and authors."[1]

Linked Websites

  • Jezebel Slade's Infamy: One of the darker sides of slash: real people. Here you can find stories about, no fooling, Bill Gates getting it on with with Steve Jobs, inspired by the television movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). These stories were met by the slash community with shouts of "that's sick!" and "you'll get us all sued!" The stories themselves are mostly notable for their controversy, better than some as fiction, but not the best around. Interestingly, the "that's sick!" reaction was more because this is real people slash, and less because it involves a naked Bill Gates gettin' it on.
  • Fanfiction On The Net: Slash Fan Fiction: This is an alphabetical guide to many slash story archives and personal collections. It is a good starting point, though not comprehensive, which would be impossible. The links can't always be trusted, especially the ones for rarer fandoms.
  • The Complete Kingdom Of Slash: This is an attempt at a multi-fandom slash archive, including many rare ones alongside standards like Star Trek. The design is irritating and overall the archivists seem to have sacrificed quality for quantity, but often one can find stories unavailable anywhere else here.
  • Jane St. Clair's Fan Fiction: Considered one of the best younger authors of slash, het, and general fanfiction out there, Jane St. Clair takes on Star Trek, The X-Files, and even the gay-themed indie flick Velvet Goldmine (1998), about which she says "because stealing from Oscar Wilde isn't just a pastime, it's an art form."
  • Doctor Science: Accuracy In Media Treatment Of Fan Fiction & Slash: Here you can read a slasher's analysis and response to Brill's Content and Slate coverage of Slash.
  • Luke Skywalker Is Gay?: This Slate magazine article (April 14th, 2000) by David Plotz asks the question: "So why on earth do normal people spend their lives writing fantasies about TV characters?" Plotz attempts to answer it, though he seems to ignore the "because we like it" aspect, focusing on politics and community. The article also addresses the legal issues, questions of copyright.
  • Down In The Basement & Archive/X: This is the archive of an X-Files slash story mailing list, and is probably the biggest and best X-Files slash archive around. Stories are indexed alphabetically by title or author, and indexes by pairing are also available.
  • Alt.StarTrek.Creative Archive: The main Star Trek fanfiction archive. This contains postings to slash-friendly newsgroups alt.startrek.creative and alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated. Slash as well as gen and het - heterosexual adult stories - are available. This archive is in the process of being redesigned and is badly in need of updating, a process which is under some controversy on the newsgroups and their reflective mailing lists. Thousands of stories can nevertheless be found here.
  • Constance Penley: Star Trek Professor: Of course, academia wants to be on the boat too. Many papers, lectures, and projects have focused on the slash phenomenon. An article on University of California at Santa Barbara professor Constance Penley is found here. Penley is a Star Trek academic who authored NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America (New York: Verso Books, 1997), including a lot on slash, of which the book's title itself is suggestive.
  • The Foresmutters Project: The Foresmutters Project is the attempt of a group of slashers, led by well-known slasher Mary "Doctor Science" Ellen, to document the early stages of slash, and archive older material currently found only in print zines for the now mostly online slash audience. The slogan at the site's opening page is "If information wants to be free, slash really wants to be free."
  • Te's Fan Fiction: One of the best authors in fanfiction, the excellent Te's work centers on The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a whole slew of assorted rarer fandoms. Te has the quality the better slashers possess of not taking hir work too seriously all the time. Story summaries reveal everything from "Mulder goes looking for Alex, and is found by him" to "An unfortunate incident involving T&A, a bottle of Finlandia, Bobo III aka Sam the Homosexual Slut Bear, and 12 (go ahead, count 'em) mystical trollkinds inadvertently ripped a hole in the fabric of space-time, leaving our own reality wide open and heartwrenchingly vulnerable to this exceedingly alternate universe."

References

  1. Bennie Robbins. Metafic (Accessed 01 April 2012)
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