Saturday, November 28, 2009

Political Real Person Fiction (RPF)

RPF doesn't pose the same legal challenges as fan fiction (one reading: the commercial sanctity of texts is more important to the people who have the power to make law than the integrity of humans), but it also generates unease about propriety, property, publicity, et cetera. New York Magazine is running a contest for modern political RPF, to go with its publication of seven RPF stories by well-known writers. I sense an opportunity for the Yuletide Rare Fandom writers; I'd point to a couple of good Jon Stewart stories, but the archive is closed until Dec. 25.

Bonus: the Medievalist defending historical RPF, part of a conversation going on about contemporary novels.

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