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I do my best thinking in the shower...

I've had many brainstorms in the shower. I guess it's because my mind just wanders, and I let it. Today for some reason I started thinking about a time when I attempted to submit a story for an anthology, and it was rejected. For some reason that got me thinking, again, about why I enjoy reading m/m fiction.

I'm a straight woman, and even though I've had people tell me that "Rowena" sounds like a man's name (it isn't, I know real life people named Rowena, and they're women) I've never tried to hide the fact that I am a straight woman, writing m/m fiction.

I've pondered many times why I write it, but it always comes back to the fact that I like to read it. Since I like to read it, I write it. So during this morning's shower, that's the path my wandering brain took. Why do I like to read it?

My "dirty little secret" is that I used to write fan fiction. I've read so many diatribes against fan fiction that I'm almost afraid to admit I wrote it. I started out back in 1998, writing het fanfic for the original La Femme Nikita TV series. The one with the hunky Roy Dupuis as Michael. I broke all the rules...I wrote Michael with a "Mary Sue" character. Oops.

I joined a mailing list, because they were all the rage back in the day. One of the rules of the list was no "slash" fiction. I had no idea what that meant....but then I found out.

One day, while trolling around the web for new fic to read, I stumbled across a story, and I can't remember the name unfortunately. The story featured Michael and Nikita...and a shape shifting character that was a man for Nikita, and a woman for Michael...until they all got in bed together. I was fascinated. I looked further and found a straight slash story called "Gemini"...alas all those original LFN fanfics were hosted at GeoCities, and I can't find any of these stories anymore.

So...there you have it. I was coaxed into reading m/m fiction by reading a story that melded the lines between het fic and slash fic.

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anne_barwell
May. 9th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
I got into m/m through fanfiction too. It's addictive, isn't it? I started writing it because it was what I wanted to read. I haven't looked back :)

I think Geocities is all gone now. An Archive of Our Own would be a good place to look - it hosts a lot of fanfiction.
rowenasudbury
May. 9th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I found an LFN archive hosted on Angelfire, but all the links went to old GeoCities pages (which are indeed all gone). I haven't tried FF.net yet, it might be there.

Personally, I see nothing wrong with fanfic....but I know a lot of writers who hate it. ;)
anne_barwell
May. 9th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I've read some very good fanfic. Some of it IMO is better than some of the published novels out there. Some of it is bad too, but then that's the same of published novels - good and bad.

I suspect the writers who hate it haven't read terribly much of the good stuff. Or it's a snob thing - I ran into that a lot when I was doing my degree. You weren't considered a 'proper' writer unless you were published and trying to get published in this country is next to impossible especially in some genres.
rowenasudbury
May. 11th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
I think the gripe, the way I understood it, was people "ripping off" their characters. I'm not sure...but anyway, I did love writing it back when I did.

Good thing you got published then...eh?
anne_barwell
May. 11th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
I still enjoy a well written fanfic. I wish I had more time to write and finish off some of the fanfic I have still sitting as WIPs too but there aren't enough hours in the day *sigh*

Good thing you got published then...eh?
I still have moments when I think I'm going to wake up and it's all a dream.
rowenasudbury
May. 11th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Oh there's many a day when I think "Man, I wish I could just write a fanfic!" But...the time I have for writing is so limited as it is I have to focus all that time on things like writing a sequel for my first novel ;)

I still have moments when I think I'm going to wake up and it's all a dream.
I hear that....same thing happens to me!
irenecsi
May. 18th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
I always love to write fanfic, sort of way to reproduce my beloved character and fill the gaps or sorrows or pities of the original shows, and you do make great friends writing fanfic together! (though i wrote them in my mother tongue, Chinese...)

I just became HUGE fan of LFN (and yes! Roy's Michael!) 2 weeks ago and already turn the internet upside down for fanfics....I found an archive that contain thounsands of LFN fics and do indugle myself in reading them! my favorite author is Betsy and I greatfully thank her for recreating and relishing what was great about the character and the show!
rowenasudbury
May. 18th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Nothing beats the original LFN. It was an awesome show, and it truly had me hooked. I have the first four seasons on DVD...and I ended up not liking the 5th season, so I don't have that one.

I don't remember "Betsy"...but I'm glad you found some fanfics that excite you...that's always a good thing!
irenecsi
May. 19th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
yes,i just wish i could be part of that heat when LFN was first aired....
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