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First Discussion - The Fandom Psychiatrist
September 28th, 2006
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From:redsioda
Date:September 28th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
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There is a need for attention. One does not cheat and plagiarize for himself (like writers do write for themselves) or for the pleasure of it (ok, it may happen, but that is another problem). I think that the gratifications may be external (friends, reviews, quotes), and that has an impact on the ego.

I think there are several kind of cheaters and their motivation may be different.

1. There is the "naive" cheater, who loves a fic so much that he writes "his own" by borrowing the biggest part to another fanfic. I agree with redcoast: this cheater may not even realize that he steals in doing so. But it is still stealing.

2. There is the cheater who wants to break his isolation. I think that this kind of cheater uses Internet to make friends. Fanfiction websites are big. What a better way to meet people than loading up some great stories, and becoming a beloved writer overnight? When his cheating is unveiled, he loses that circle of friends he created. I suspect it is a behavioral pattern.

3. The is also the cheater who cheats at whatever he does. There must be a link with this behaviour and his moral development.

Great topic, by the way :)




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From:bibliophile20
Date:September 28th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Humm... interesting points.

For #1, I can see that, but while that particular outlook of naivete seems--at least to me--to be endemic to the younger portions of the fandom, that group primarily goes for the approach of #2, wholesale cut-and-paste of another fic; that just happened to a friend of mine, almond_joyz a short while ago.

For #3, I know the type, and they'll be the topic of a whole 'nother post somewhere down the road--the compulsive cheater, who isn't happy unless he's working the system. I've seen them in school, online, in console multiplayers like Halo 2. Like I said, that type alone is going to be the focus of a post or three.
From:redsioda
Date:September 28th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
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I can see that, but while that particular outlook of naivete seems--at least to me--to be endemic to the younger portions of the fandom, that group primarily goes for the approach of #2, wholesale cut-and-paste of another fic

Yes, I do have the feeling that some younger fans go for #2. It is the easiest way.

However, I have seen #1 in French (my native language). I think that these two types of cheating do not hold the same significance.

#1 is somehow considered as an inspired "homage", while #2 is a way of being accepted in a group, and the fic becomes a tool to get to bond with others. Cheater #2 does not care for the fic.
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From:bibliophile20
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
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I've seen #1 as well, but they weren't homages; the one in particular that I'm thinking of was nothing more than a blatent rip-off and rewrite of someone else's fic; he used his own words, true enough, but you could see that he used the other fic as a direct outline.
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