Interview the Internet: On Harry Potter Fan Fiction [Full Post]
In “Interview the Internet,” Jamie Schuh investigates the sub-cultures and unique characters that populate the strangest corners of the Internet.
What do teen girls do alone in their bedrooms? Look up chloroform recipes? Kiss their Justin Bieber posters are whisper “tomorrow you will be mine?” Yes, probably, but also teen girls are writing fan fiction about boys kissing each other. Not all of them, sure, but a lot of them. A friend of mine, who we will simply call “L,” because she has a grown-up job and life now, was writing sexy Harry Potter stories a few years ago, mostly about the series’ male characters rubbing their wands together (a few selections are still online here). On a quest to find out what was so titillating about wizards humping each other, I sat down with L to ask her about her secret life as a fan fiction writer. Here we go!
CH: So, I know you got your fan fiction start with the world of ‘N Sync, everybody’s favorite tousled-hair-and-matching-velour-tracksuit boy band. I once had a sexy dream about Joey Fatone, so I sort of understand the hormones aspect. Who wouldn’t want to write about getting into a hot tub with Justin Timberlake? But what got you into slash (the term for stories about dudes boning down on each other)?
L: Yeah, I was introduced to fan fiction through the ‘N Sync message boards and fan sites. The stories were chiefly about a Mary Sue character magically getting to know Justin and falling in love. I don’t remember a lot of the fan fics from that period, but I remember FictionLyn. She was the E.L. James of ‘N Sync fandom, and I was banned from her message board for arguing with other fans over her merits. My fourteen-year-old self was not here for boring, unoriginal stories. So, enter, slash fan fic. I don’t know how it happened, but one day it seems I just decided I would rather read about JC fucking Justin than about Justin fucking some dumpy girl he picked out of a crowd at a concert. [Keep Reading]