I’ve been delighted to find a number of nuanced, mature positions on fanfiction in scholarly literature. There is even some well-written, neutral coverage. But every now and again, I run into the attitudes which first got me incensed about the subject. They not only draw liberally from the property-talk cauldron, but they seek out the oddest parts of the fandoms in question, and then characterize them as normal. Now, this is basically how most mainstream media looks to any specialist, but fanfiction seems to excite a particular prurience in its reviews.
“The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.”–Dodie Smith