I hadn't really thought about it that way, Robs, but I see what you're saying. I assume they were looking at it as akin to rewriting the original books, which is why they went for fanfic "classics." Is it really so different, slashing a het fanfic vs. slashing a het book? I admit I donut see the difference, but I agree that the fics chosen are probably too out-of-date. Tropic of Virgo was fresh to me 'cause I re-read it recently, but it probably seems ancient in the fandom world!
Brings up an interesting discussion point: Anyone have a fic you would prefer them to have chosen? <curious>
Ah, I see what you mean: slash writers probably haven't read the original stories, because they're het, so there's nothing to change/add/etc. Very good point, and that is a shame. I'm wondering how much of the decision-making process on which fics involved getting the permission of the authors. Would there be more interesting choices if other writers had given the go-ahead, I wonder?
I have fanficed WT in myhead so many times I cd basicallyrewriteitall. Lol. Reread it last week and it blew me away, again. And I realuse that basically Libam is a WT fanfic (in a AU with no drugs).
Tbh the hard bit abt fanficcing fanfic is that they very rarely leave stuff out, iyswim? Very few stories leave you guessing, or have the courage not to tie up ends neatly. I wd guess PH would be an obvious choice? Or Ladder to theSun (i fanficced all the lemons in my head on that one!)?
I've read 3 of those stories. Thing is, that while I remember what they are about, as they are "classics", as it were, I read (and assume this is the case for much of the fandom, am nothing special) so much fiction that I don't remember the details or anything else about them.
If one is your favourite, you will probably re-read it. I think it's a pretty massive task though, to fanfic something like Wide Awake. It's not that same as fanficcing the original books though, you take that and you twist it, because everyone in the fandom has read the books, and we know what you have twisted it from.
But with fic, you are twisting what has been twisted. Where are the anchors, who has read WA enough times to be aware of enough of the details to appreciate a fanficced fic?
I picked WA simply because of its length, btw, nothing else.
I'm not sure if I am making any sense, and if I am, then I am probably saying it badly.
ROBS- am getting into this reviewing malarky. ANd slash. Am getting into that as well.
I think Robs' idea was best - to let someone take their own inspiration ad ask for permission to fic that fic, rather than prescribe specific fics. Otherwise, you are ruling out whole swathes of authors.