wHy am i still hERe (darthelwig) wrote in borrowed_blades,
wHy am i still hERe

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This has nothing to do with my own fan fiction... sort of. It's basically just a small, tiny, insignifigant rant on the fan fiction community as a whole. Ignore me if you wish.

Why are people so obsessed with Canon? I mean, I hate stories where characters are WILDLY out of character too, but why can't writers stretch their imaginations as well as the limits of these characters? If I want to write a story about Draco and Hermione having a serious relationship, why is that so wrong? Just because they've never been together in the books doesn't mean it couldn't happen given the right circumstances.

In actuality, people will do ANYTHING given the right motivation.

I'm not saying that stories about Harry becoming a rapist because his advances were spurned by a certain girl are COOL. I'm just saying that if a writer can come up with a plausible way for one of our beloved characters to change a little and GROW, why is that so wrong? Change is a good thing.

I mean, come on... I respect canon as much as the next girl, but even WRITING fan fiction about these characters is going against it. You change them simply by using them. And everyone's take on the characters in the books is different anyway, so what IS canon? If you ask me, a lot is up to the interpretation of the person reading the story.

There ARE facts, I know. But it just seems to me that people are too quick to jump on good writers who simply want to exercise their creative freedom. There is a middle ground here. There always is one. It's just a matter of finding it.

*grits teeth and begins the long, arduous search*
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I wholeheartedly agree with you, dude. So much of what is considered 'canon' is subjective, going by that changes per person... Hell, you & I agree on almost everything, but I'm willing to bet what we consider 'canon' in our fandoms changes quite a bit between the two of us.

And God, I -despise- being told that fanfiction should even -be- canon, because it can't be, and that's just the way it -is-. I agree with you, 'wildly out of character' bugs the f*ck outta me (Eddy isn't a complete *ss, Ed isn't smart, & Double D would -never- just abandon them! Deal with it, people! *grr*), but stretching the characters is the only way to write good fan fiction. Personally, & I'll admit I've become biased on this point since Dragon's Flame, but I think Draco/Hermione is one of the more plausible & interesting HP 'ships. Because if anyone can turn around a 'bad' boy, it's a 'good' girl. I think if I wrote more het, I might very well write them. There is an undeniable allure to pairing good/bad, & that pairing's no more 'wrong' than pairing Harry & Draco, et all. People just get so obsessed with the 'canon' that they forget that the only way we would be able to -write- canon is in original stories. You can't write someone else's canon. It just can't happen.

And now that I've thoroughly gone off on the choir, a question - any particular reason why this has been brewing in your head, luv? *suspects too many visits to the GAFF forums, but wonders if there's more to it than that* ^_^
Nah, it's just a pet peeve i picked up at the GAFF forum.

And my Canon is better than your Canon, by the way. Just thought you should know. ^_^
You are my new god. That makes so much fucking sense! And here I am constantly worrying about writing characters OOC. Theoretically, they are always going to be OOC and that's not wrong. *huggles* You have renewed my faith in fanfiction.

BTW, is there a reason you're so pissed?

No. There's no problem. It's just something that's been brewing in me since I forst began visiting the GAFF forums. Those people think anything non-Canon is a horrible insult to the characters, but fan fiction cannot BE canon!

Anyway, it's just a pet peeve of mine...lol