The rise of slash fiction

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Press Commentary
Title: The rise of slash fiction
Commentator: Anita Chaudhuri
Date(s): 26 September 2000
Venue: The Guardian, online
External Links: The rise of slash fiction
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The rise of slash fiction (or Hard soap?) is an article about slash fanfiction. The article's topic line says: "It started in obscure Star Trek fanzines and now slash fiction is big on the net. But what exactly is it? Think Starsky loves Hutch."

The article says that thanks to the internet, "women's wildest fantasies are being catered for in an entirely different way, with the booming online literary phenomenon, slash fiction." It then gives its own definition of slash:

The term refers to the use of a stroke or "slash" to signify a homoerotic relationship between two characters from a cult TV show or film. It could be any two personalities such as the hugely popular Star Trek pairing Kirk/Spock or Mulder/Krycek from The X-Files. The only restriction is that the characters should not have a sexual relationship in the "real" series.

The article quotes from a Starsky & Hutch slash story which is supposed to be "from the LadySlash web-ring", although that isn't very likely as the LadySlash ring was for f/f and not m/m.

Some fans are asked to answer the Why Slash question and Kitty Fisher (who "has been writing slash for eight years"), Elanor Summerton ("who runs the Britslash website"), R Olivia Brown ("who runs the RedRoses fanzine"), and Joram (who uses a pseudonym because of her job) all give it their best shot. With the regard to the why slash question the article also contains a quote from Camille Bacon-Smith's book Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth.