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Meme Sheepage

Gacked from kerravonsen and mistraltoes

Ask me one question - any one - about my writing, then post this in your LJ so I can satisfy my curiosity about yours...


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16th Feb, 2005 04:31 (UTC)
Have you ever considered writing historical fiction?
17th Feb, 2005 01:51 (UTC)
Some of my fanfics have had been historical fictions. Empire was set during the Great War; Blood and Stone in the first century AD or thereabouts. However my writing styles for non-fiction and fanfic have been diverging lately.

In historical fiction (as opposed to simply setting the work in the past), the history provides a backdrop to the characters. This is a lot more difficult than it looks. If it is purely a backdrop then the readers need to know the history to understand it and they usually don't. I don't think that, for example, Humphrey Bogart's final speech in Casablanca is fully understood by a contemporary audience because they can't comprehend how enormous the war was and how small and insignificant it made people feel.

The alternative approach is therefore to bring it to the foreground and have the characters participate in events. The danger here is degenerating into a historical Mary Sue.
17th Feb, 2005 13:26 (UTC)
I see what you mean; with historical fiction you have all the constraints of fan fiction, without the advantage that you can assume that your audience is familiar with the background.
But even so, I don't think it's necessarily that much of a risk of degenerating into a historical Mary Sue -- not if you just take one of the "minor characters". And "participating in events" can be to a greater or lesser degree.
16th Feb, 2005 16:50 (UTC)
What draws you to writing fanfiction (as opposed to writing something else)?
17th Feb, 2005 01:39 (UTC)
Usually, I am writing something else... non-fiction. What I like about fanfiction is the way that it is immediately consumed and enjoyed. As a fanfiction author, I am part of a community.
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