Pop idols trade licks, Online 'fanfic' trend sees rock stars united in lust

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Press Commentary
Title: Pop idols trade licks, Online 'fanfic' trend sees rock stars united in lust
Commentator: Kitty Empire
Date(s): 26 February 2006
Venue: The Guardian (The Observer)
Fandom: Bandom
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Pop idols trade licks, Online 'fanfic' trend sees rock stars united in lust is an article about RPS.

The music press has lifted the veil on a particularly intriguing practice of modern fandom. The internet, it seems, is slick with fans' sexual fantasies about guys in bands. This porn peopled by singers and guitarists is called 'bandslash' or 'slash', probably after the oblique between the names of the protagonists (e.g. Pete/Carl). What began as an offshoot of the older and more innocent practice of fan fiction - where pop stars are used as characters in wistful short stories - has spread like a prurient rash across the net.

The article says that what's interesting about it is that these aren't star-on-fan scenarios, these are star-on-star, and they are written by "girls and gay men". Also, "even more amusing is that those doing the wishful humping in bandslash aren't your usual pin-ups. Bandslash has gone indie."

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