The Herald is running a good article about fan fiction. It starts with a sample of Harry-Draco slash, so I expected the tone to be pretty hysterical and anti. Instead the author explains the origins of the whole practice and of slash in particular. (It was all about Kirk and Spock in the beginning, baby.) She does a great job of explaining the various theories about why people write fanfic, even relating it to folk traditions that go back as far as The Iliad. The only complaint I have relates to a few minor misspellings. But come on, anybody who’s done their research on this stuff should know it’s Sunnydale and Dagobah! 🙂

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  1. Doesn’t it all go back to Star Trek? Lest we forget the first lesson:

    goatee = evil spock

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