Harry Potter fan fiction
9. Icky fantasy fan fiction
I'm all for free speech and expression, but there's something about turning family-friendly books into pornographic literature that just grosses me out. Especially when that pornographic literature takes the form of soap-operatic fan fiction rife with longing looks and heaving bosoms worthy of Harlequin paperbacks. Fan fiction, once the domain of idealistic "Star Trek" fans who wanted to continue the adventures of Kirk and Spock long after the TV series had ended, took a questionable new turn with the dual rise of community blogging sites like LiveJournal, and of multimillion-dollar fantasy franchises like "Harry Potter," the "Lord of the Rings" films, and now "Twilight."
So a few innuendo-laden jokes about wizard wands and vampire bites are totally cool. Funny, even. Any further, and ew. I do not want to read about Hermione Granger hooking up with Professor Snape. Period. End of (bosom-heaving) story. I'm OK if Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee are more than friends, but I don't want the graphic detail, thanks. And I'm not even going to think about what's been concocted for the cast of "Twilight."
But there's also an unfortunate flip side of the whole fantasy-porn fan fiction subculture. In 2007, LiveJournal deleted some particularly explicit "Harry Potter" fan fiction creations in an effort to remove content that could potentially be considered pedophilia or child pornography, but many
December 10, 2009 11:57 AM PST
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