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heavensqueen ([personal profile] heavensqueen) wrote in [community profile] yuletide_coal2017-08-20 06:46 pm

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Re: Course of Honour in?

(Anonymous) 2017-09-05 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
It's not fanwork in that it's based on anyone's intellectual property, but TBH a lot of it reads like a lot of fanfic for fandoms I'm not in - it has the same "the author's primary interest here is the tropes/kinks" feel, the same missing characterization... essentially, the same focus on what the author gets off on and lack of content that readers who don't get off on that might find interesting.

That's relatively rare in published work, presumably because the odds of the author, editor, and other involved parties all sharing a fetish for e.g. obese female submissive with steampunk sex machines in a body-positive AU of the Victorian era (it exists, it's on AO3, I've never read it but it has a couple hundred kudos so apparently it's got a pretty good audience) such that they'll let it go to print without having anything else interesting is minimal. On AO3, there's no such filtration. If you want to post your idfic that has nothing for anyone who doesn't share your exact id, nobody's stopping you. And there's no financial factor - Amazon self-published authors tend to self-filter to make sure people will be willing to read what they publish, which tends to mean that you get some very specific subgenres and very little crossover. It's less of a kitchen-sink approach.

Re: Course of Honour in?

(Anonymous) 2017-09-05 02:13 am (UTC)(link)

Thanks, that's an interesting analysis that rings truer to me than just "it's obviously a fanwork".

I think that's one of the reasons Course of Honour gained popularity - dedication to fannish tropes that were very much in keeping with prominent preferences on the platform where it originated (ffa) + enough worldbuilding around the edges and accessibility that its fans could recommend it generally. I think you're right that the characterization and themes - beyond the tropes - are light enough that it wouldn't have got through trad publishing without looking quite different, but there's still *enough* there for it to gain traction. It's a really, really good fit for people who read fanfic and also read romance & light sci-fi.

Re: Course of Honour in?

(Anonymous) 2017-09-06 07:58 am (UTC)(link)
A lot of the sorts of fans who used to write "original slash" now self-publish ebook erotica. I've been reading a lot of it lately, and it's exactly like the longer original works posted to AO3.

The only difference is whether someone thinks of their feels-y idfic as for-profit erotica or as a fanwork that belongs on a fic archive.