Monday, November 18, 2013

Foreign Policy covers fanworks

Foreign Policy asks: Why is the Chinese Internet obsessed with writing gay Sherlock Holmes fanfiction? I answer: because the Chinese are people?  People who sometimes go to jail for loving slash.  (Though a commenter claims that the problem was that the jailed guy was selling “porn”; not clear whether it’s the selling or the “porn” that’s allegedly the problem.)  Meanwhile, a Chinese John/Sherlock vid has over 70,000 views.  Sadly, the article doesn’t actually address “why Sherlock as opposed to some other productive source?” though the answer there may just be “timing.”

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