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From: William Ansley <wansley@warwick.net>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Fan fic? Fooey.
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 22:59:49 

At 1:38 PM -0400 6/19/01, Kevin J. Maroney wrote:
>At 09:10 AM 6/19/01 -0700, Blattid wrote:
>>The term is specific, refers to the parasitic
>Not that we're loading up with judgmental terms here, no, no.
>>creation of new stories in a _fictional_ world _created by
>>some other person or corporate entity_, on an amateur or
>>not-for-profit basis, and usually (but not always) quite
>>_bad_. The best-known, if not actually dominant, forms,
>>are the [erotic|pornographic] "slash" fiction* and the
>"Mary Sue".
>But your basic point is right; whatever Hoof and Hide are doing, 
>it's not "fanfic".

For all of those who were as puzzled as I at this reference to Mary 
Sue, here is a useful definition:


If this link doesn't work then search for "Mary Sue fan fiction" on Google.

Now I really, really don't want to offend anyone, but I feel 
compelled to make a comment here. I have been reading SF/F for over 
35 years now but I have always kept my distance from any "fannish" 
activities. I always found that whole world fascinating but vaguely 
repellant and frightening.

After glancing over a few fan fiction web sites on my search for Mary 
Sue that feeling has greatly intensified, especially the fear. <G>

William Ansley

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