Saturday, July 19, 2008
The Women of Fan Fiction
So, I came across this article on the legality of fan fiction on aldaily today. The legal issues themselves are nothing fascinating (although, I do think it's a travesty if copyright law stands in the way of fan fiction, whatever of you think of it - once an author's characters are out in the public domain, seems to me it's her problem if her fans can do more with them than she can). But what I found interesting about the article is its assertion that women are responsible for most fan fiction. Since fan fiction seems to arise mostly around sci-fi and fantasy creations, generally considered male genres, I find this curious. Am I guilty of stereotyping if I suggest that perhaps women are equally compelled by the worlds created by sci-fi and fantasy writers, but want writing about these worlds that is more driven by relationships and more interested in character development - and, not finding this in most genre writing, take on the task themselves? Does anyone know if women really are behind most fan fiction? And if so, why aren't they just writing their own character-driven sci-fi and fantasy novels in the first place?