Interview with Angie, a.k.a. galfoy

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Title: Interview with Angie, a.k.a. galfoy
Interviewer: Margaret Hua and April Liang
Interviewee: Angie, a.k.a. galfoy
Date(s): April 6, 2015
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Harry Potter, Sherlock (BBC)
External Links: Interview with Angie, a.k.a. galfoy, Archived version
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Interview with Angie, a.k.a. galfoy by Margaret Hua and April Liang

The interview was done for "Fanfiction: Transformative Works from Shakespeare to Sherlock," a class at Princeton University taught by Anne Jamison.

Excerpts

M&A: Has your passion for social justice and gender equality influenced your fanfiction? How so?: I imagine it has, if only because it’s a pervasive and all-encompassing part of my life. I love strong female characters. I love sex. I’ve been involved in social justice movements since I was a teenager. I’m proudly feminist. I feel like I would be physically unable to separate those experiences from my writing. That said, I don’t set out to do it…. I tend to notice afterwards. Like, “whoopsie, Narcissa’s a BAMF killing machine again, gosh, why does this keep happening?”
M&A: As Dramione fans ourselves, we can’t exactly articulate why we love that ship. For you, what is it about Dramione that is so appealing? Especially Draco, who is a morally repellent character for most of the series?: It’s funny, but when I was first exploring fan fiction, I clicked on a Dramione fic and just read it for fun. At that point I was reading everything I could find, and although I was fascinated and impressed by the depth of the Harry Potter fandom in particular, my reaction to the ships was pretty “meh.” Dramione was not “meh.” Dramione set my brain on fire.
M&A: What’s your opinion on how fanfiction is being “brought out of the shadows” and commercialized (i.e. the “50 Shades of Gray” phenomenon and the “AfterOne Direction fanfiction phenomenon on Wattpad)?: I guess I worry a bit about the perception of fan fiction versus the reality. News outlets and gossip sites want clicks and salacious headlines. Instead of discussing the incredible network and community that is fandom, they focus on angles that will get them a bigger reaction. Flawed BDSM. Poor writing. Crack fics. Smut they find distasteful. They make fun of fan art and put actors and writers in uncomfortable positions. They obsess over the porn in our fandoms but ignore everything else. They make fan fiction sound like a joke – a haven for angsty teenagers or lonely middle-aged women. It’s depressing how little they understand. 50 Shades really, REALLY didn’t help things… And I say that as someone who loves both kink and fandom. I could take it apart from a sexual health standpoint, but I would digress rapidly.