But anyway, the rant on CI a couple of days ago led to an interesting conversation I found on Twitter (and it wasn't even Darth Razor--okay, no, I'm not calling him that, I refuse to besmirch the honor of the Sunnydale mascot...insert your own hyena joke here), so now I'm going to do a pro and con post.
My topic: is fanfiction insulting?
Wait, wait, wait, Frea, that's not right. You're totally biased, and your audience is, too, since chances are, they came over to the blog as a fan of the CIA. Excellent point, Frea's conscience. Ooh, I could quote some people from Twitter...and now I'm just insulting people by being condescending. I'll just try to be as fair and balanced as I can, but the bias IS probably going to come down on the side of fanfiction. Feel free to leave any points I miss in the comments.
Is Fanfiction Insulting?
Yes - the characters aren't technically characters written by the writers of the show.
Frea's addendum - Man, I really, really, really don't want to keep insulting the writers of the show. If you haven't seen my rant on the writers of S3, go search through the archives of ChuckThis for Ernie's post on Stories and Plots and Journeys.
This is going to be hard.
Yes - the situations, characters, and everything created within is technically "wish fulfillment," as in something that would probably never happen on the show (ignoring the wonderful Morgan fic that was written between episodes 1 and 2 that was pretty prophetic...and actually a better alternative, in my opinion, to getting Jeff and Lester back. Oh yeah, I went there). Some people might find that insulting because "You're not happy with the show?" or "The show is not enough for you?"
Yes - Some fanfiction writers (none in the CIA) claim that they write the show characters better than the show writers.
Frea's addendum - And it makes me facepalm to see that. It's not a competition.
No - A lot of fanfiction writers write their stories because they love the show so much/the show has sparked an interest in them that they're telling fun stories based on the universe the writers have created.
Yes - I take constant potshots at the writers, although the best potshot of all time is from Tynianrex's Chuck vs. the Pond. My favorite pot-shot at the writers from my own body of work is from Truth, Lies, and the CIA when Sarah claims that joining the CIA is not like joining a gang. HA!
Frea's addendum - Whoops. I said I wasn't going to insult the writers, I said I wasn't going to insult the writers--Final Exam--gangs--Red Tests--five year old intel being important enough to send Chuck on a first class ticket to Paris with Hugo Panzer for, bwhahahahahehehee. Dang it, Frea, no insulting the writers!
No - No money or revenue is being made from fanfiction. Castle Inanity, since it does post fanfiction up on the blog, has decided not to monetize their blog at all out of fairness to the show. I can't say other blogs that write about the show/post reviews do that.
No - Fanfiction is a community. Though we gripe about some writers and their treatment of our characters, for the most part, I think Castle Inanity and the forum boards on ff.net and the threads over at ChuckThis really do show that this is a community of writers that for the most part is interested in helping each other improve. Most of the fanfiction writers serve as a beta reader for others--I beta the wonderful Chuck vs the Simple Twist of Fate, mxpw betas for half the section. At the end of the day, we're all here because we love the show.
There's about a thousand other points to be made, but I need to go and get ready for the day (yes, I just woke up, give me a break, it's Saturday). I personally feel that as long as the writer respects the show (which I do, despite my inability to not insult Season Three, Seasons One and Two ROCKED), doesn't claim to be better than the writers, and isn't written solely to punish a character for things he/she felt were wrong with that character, fanfiction isn't insulting. We're not replacing the show, we wouldn't want to. Fanfiction writers are right there alongside everybody else, doing Chucktoberfest, buying Subway sandwiches, and watching the show on Monday nights to get ratings.
What IS insulting?
Saying all fanfiction writers suck. Way to generalize, people. Those are my friends you're insulting.