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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Part I ~ EE scenes, plus jan-u-wine's 'There is Light Which Does Not Fail'.

Posted on 2006.08.21 at 13:52


mechtild at 2006-08-21 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mews, for your appreciative comments.

I can only imagine how upset people like her would have been if they had actully let them hold hands, however innocently it was portrayed.

I would agree, if I had not entered fandom. I think hand-holding could have been carried off; it was the "looks" that set critics off.

When I first entered the LotR internet world, I didn't know a thing about "fandom", fandoms of any kind, the world of fanfics, or slash. I knew about gay people; I was a theatre person and had had many gay friends. It wasn't ignorant about homosexuality, a fact of real life, but I was ignorant about the imaginative world of "slash." I never had thought of Frodo and Sam as lovers. I'd read the books, I saw the films. I even saw the "looks of affection", but had thought, "Shees! Kind of sappy!" -- Not -- "Kind of homoerotic."

Once I started coming onto the messageboards (when RotK was coming out), I realized why the critics (and many fans) of the "long, loving looks" were getting exercised. They simply knew a lot more about the fandom than I did. They only saw in those looks what an awful lot of fans saw.

Me, I didn't see it. I had to be told. But now that I've been told, it's hard to not see it. Now I have to wonder if those looks weren't little offerings from the filmmakers, to what turns out to be a healthy segment of LotR fans.
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mechtild at 2006-08-21 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Well, some folk are very attached to what they see as the book's world view, which, in turn, reflects the author's world view.

When that was the only view from which I could read the book, I could not read slash. Since then, however, I've been able to see the imaginative world of fanfic (tremendously varied as it is) as an alternative take on the canon text. Every story I read tells me more, sometimes about Tolkien's text, sometimes about the author, usually both. I haven't regretted it. But, I do see it as two worlds, however closely related. Perhaps that's what you mean when you say, Perhaps I'm schizophrenic"? :)

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mechtild at 2006-08-21 22:31 (UTC) (Link)
If I felt that way, I'd miss a lot of really good fanfiction.

That is certainly true. When I first found out about fanfiction, I read gap-fillers. Some were gems, some were dull, just like any sub-genre of fanfiction. A good story is a good story, even if it is AU. I was happy to read them. I still am, as long as the story doesn't tread upon sensibilities that can't bear treading upon. Every reader has a "You shall not pass" zone when it comes to the characters and story they love; I do, too.
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