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October 25th, 2006
12:14 pm
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Harmonians
Alright then. This post was supposed to segue in nicely after the previous post on authorial intent, but the response to that was rather disappointing. So, instead of allowing myself to be derailed, I'll just plow on through (although, if you suddenly feel the burning need to go back and comment on that post, feel free).

So, then, as for the topic of this post, it is the actions and attitudes of that small subset of the fandom known as the Harmonians in the Harry Potter fandom.

Now, as for how this has anything to do with authorial intent, the Harmonians, as opposed to the Harry Potter/Hermione Granger shippers at large, insisted, and, to a large extent, still do, that the Harry/Hermione (henceforth abbreviated to H/Hr) ship is right and is/should/has-to-be canon, despite the fact that with last year's release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (HBP) and the author confirming that the canonical pairings are Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley and Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger (henceforth abbreviated to H/G and R/Hr, or OBHWF).

As for the attitudes and actions of the Harmonians over the past year-and-change, I shall point you towards angua9's essay, miss_celestine's essay (both of which focus on the attitudes and motivations) and The Harry Potter Cornfield for the actions taken by the Harmonians, which were so extensive in the months after the release of HBP that an entire community was created explicitly for documenting their actions, as Fandom_Wank, the primary means of mocking those that take fandoms too far, was being drowned in posts regarding the Harmonians.

As the above links point out (which miss_celestine's essay summates nicely) the actions taken by the Harmonians in the months following the release of HBP show a rather impressive form of denial, especially when it comes to authorial intent. So, what do you think are the reasons behind that denial and how might you explain how those reasons came about and are rationalized by those that hold them? I've personally heard theories from various parties suggesting everything from holdover Victorian attitudes to overidentification to simply thoroughly convincing and committing themselves.

So, any thoughts?




Please note that actions taken by specific Harmonians such as Caina, and by similar shippers such as the extremist WolfStar people, will be discussed in future posts. For the moment, this post is in regard to the actions and attitudes of the Harmonians as a group unit.




EDIT: As their seems to be some confusion as to the purpose of this post, I shall clarify: THIS IS NOT A REFUTATION OR PUTDOWN OF THE HARRY/HERMIONE SHIP, OR THOSE THAT THAT BELIEVE IN THAT PAIRING, OR A DEBATE OR RENEWAL OF THE SHIPPING WARS; IT IS NOT ASKING YOU TO EXPLAIN THE REASONINGS BEHIND YOUR SHIP. IT IS INTENDED TO BE AN ANALYSIS OF THOSE REAL WORLD BEHAVIORS EXHIBITED BY A "SMALL", I.E. NOT THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF H/Hr SHIPPERS, A SMALL SUBSET OF THAT POPULATION WHICH HAVE BEEN DEEMED EXCESSIVE IN THEIR BEHAVIORS AND ACTIONS.

Now that that's out of the way, I would like to also add that I'm not here to insult, or to put down, or make myself feel superior. All I want is to know WHY. So let me also add this: if you are a member, self-identified or otherwise, of the Harmonians that has discovered this post, please, explain your reasonings behind your actions; this is an open and neutral forum where I am taking an active role in preventing a flame war.




Especially note that the usual rules for discussions apply; as this is the first post that has a real possibility of a flamewar, I will be keeping a very close eye on what is being said.




Alright, now that that's out of the way, here's my usual request to spread the news about this post, especially since I doubt that any of the newsletters will post about it.

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October 19th, 2006
07:35 pm
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The Intent of the Author
Okay... *deep breath* Now that we're past the 30 member mark, I feel confident enough to start a discussion on one of the "big" topics:

Authorial Intent.

What is it, why should it matter, what is the point in ignoring it, what is the point in supporting it, and so on (feel free to answer relevent questions that I didn't ask).




EDIT: Another aspect of authorial intent, in relation to fandoms, is when the intent of the author and the expectations of the fans don't align. For example, with certain non-canon ships that nontheless have devoted fans.




As is usual with this community, this is meant to be a discussion; you can state you opinions, true enough, but discussing them is better.

Also as usual, the "questions" above are not intended as questions to be answered directly; they are intended to be prods to get you thinking on the topic. I would rather see a rambling and extended comment than a Q&A style comment.




Please spread the word on this post; the more people who are willing to give out a piece of their mind, the better.

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October 14th, 2006
03:37 pm
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The institution of the "Beta"
In response to a friend of mine's suggestion, this next post for fandom_psych will be on the institution of the beta.

Now, admittedly, that is a very large topic, large enough that it is its own semi-official holiday of "Beta Appreciation Day."

So, today we'll just focus on just one narrow aspect and leave the rest for later discussions. Therefore, we might as well just start at the base:

What does it mean to "Beta"?

(please note that the immediate following section is not meant to be answered to as questions; it is suggestions of a range of possibilities of what it means to be a beta)

Does it mean to just be a proofreader? A person to bounce ideas off of? A person who acts as a gatekeeper for an archive? A second author? Grammar police? A place to get a second opinion? And so on and so forth.




Note:

I remember, several months back, reading an entry on the different types of betas; if someone could find that link, it would be most appreciated.




Well, that's it for today. Please spread the word about this comm in your own journals; the more people we have, the better!

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October 9th, 2006
06:07 pm
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Perception: Flaming Vs. ConCrit
This discussion was inspired by a little spat I was witness to a few days back (and have seen variations on the theme every so often):

An author puts up a piece of fanfic and informs several communities as to its existence. I myself go and take a look; not the best I've read by far, but I've seen worse. One reader in particular offers constructive criticism, otherwise known as ConCrit. However, instead of acknowledging the advice in regards to her grammar and spelling, the author responds with a comment that boils down to "why are you being so mean to me!?"

In another, similar, instance some months ago, I myself gave some ConCrit to an author, politely pointing out errors in spelling, grammar, and canon details. The following day I discovered to my delight that I had nearly 50 emails from various archive sites alerting me to new reviews. I promptly investigated... and discovered nearly 50 flames that made rather crude and unimaginative comments and speculations about my mating habits, personal agility, and family ancestry. The culprit, who had foolishly forgotten to sign out of her account before flaming me on one of the sites, was the author I had offered ConCrit to.

So, now that I have those examples up there, I have one more point to add before the discussion question: As has been said many times, "Criticize the story, not the author." Criticizing the author is flaming, while criticizing the story is ConCrit, especially if the dispenser of said ConCrit offers advice or suggestions to improve the story. This distinction has been made many times in many different places, making it rather difficult to miss.

Therefore, the discussion question, which is probably rather obvious by now, is: what is the boundary line between flaming and ConCrit, and why is it that people mistake the latter for the former on a regular basis?

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October 4th, 2006
03:45 pm
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Why? (Write Fanfic, that is)
Now here's a question that's often asked of me and one that seems to be very basic to the purpose of this community:

Why write fanfic in the first place? Why spend your energies writing something that is based off of a piece of fiction that isn't even yours and that is in the grey area of legality, when the majority of those that call themselves fans of that same piece of fiction do not themselves write fanfic?




Please note that this is not in reference to any one aspect or genre of fanfic, or to other aspects of fandom behavior such as essays or conventions; these will be addressed in detail in other posts later on. All this post is ask is: Why write it at all? Personal perspectives are welcome and encouraged.

Additionally, this post will form the basis of a poll at a later date to see how widespread the various reasons are; it seemed wise to get an idea of what the range of reasons there are to begin with before designing a poll to try and encompass them.

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September 28th, 2006
04:50 pm
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First Discussion
Greetings, all! I figured that I had best get on with the purpose of this comm and start a discussion.

Now, rather than start a debate on, say, the whole Ms.Scribe saga, which I think should be saved for the future, when we have more members, I figured that I would instead start what will undoubtedly be the first of many posts on this topic:

Plagiarism.

The question is simple: Why? Plagiarizing in a fandom is far different from plagiarizing in, say, academia, liturature, or any of the other fields where the potential payoff includes actual material benefits or prevents some form of punishment. So what is the motivation, which is apparently fairly common, for someone to steal a fanfic or fanart from someone else and to post it as their own, with no material benefits resulting from their dishonesty?

It has to be psychological, but how can praise for something that they had no hand in producing help prop up their own egos?

BTW, if everyone could go around and announce the existance of this comm on their journals, that would be much appreciated; the more people we have, the better.

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September 23rd, 2006
09:27 pm
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First Post
Greetings! Welcome to fandom_psych, a place for discussing our fellow fans and the various behaviors they (and ourselves) exhibit. I hope you enjoy your stay and find it interesting and informative.

But where are my manners? Please, please, introduce yourselves!

Name:
Age*:
Gender:
Occupation**:
Fandom(s):
Something Interesting:


And one last thing: Please read the community profile before posting for guidelines and rule-like things.





*Feel free to just put down an age group--13-17, 18-21, 22-30, etc.--if you don't feel comfortable giving your exact age.
**Optional

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