Enjoyed reading your essay. I agree that fanfiction has been a good place for many writers to hone their skills, get fb and find fellow fans. Discovering a community of people from around the world has been an unexpected side benefit of doing this. I particularly liked your list at the end. You are right, I've read authors and stories that were much better done in the fan realm than many published books I've read.
Author's Response: "You are right, I've read authors and stories that were much better done in the fan realm than many published books I've read." - I've had several conversations with xFanarix about commercial publishers catering to the lowest common denominator, resulting in much excellent and original work being squeezed out. They don't necessarily print the best stories; they print what they know will sell. I'm glad you enjoyed the essay - thanks for reviewing!
Hurrah! (Now I guess I better get back to work.)
I just discovered that you mentioned my fic Elegy for Numenor, which was very kind of you. I actually have a lot of LOTR stories on this archive, including a number of twincest stories featuring Elladan and Elrohir. Like you, I was intrigued by Tyellas' twins way back when I started writing fanfic 9 years ago and found the problem of their transgressive relationship compelling. You also mention a number of my favorite fanfic writers. And I just started reading Another Man's Cage, which is indeed marvelous. The Erestor/Glorfindel pairing became popular after Helmboy (aka AC who you mention)wrote a story called Gavotte with Erestor as the uptight,fusty librarian type, which has been widely imitated since and folks have branched out to characterize him in a rainbow of incarnations. I think it's because he's such a canon unknown that people can put any kind of character on him.
I think it's great that you are reccing other authors and discussing trends in the fandom, and I appreciate the mention. Cheers!
I'd like to mention also that Keiliss has some marvelous Erestor characterizations. She's written him differently in different stories but all are wonderfully written. She's on this archive and more of her fics on Of Elves and Men and other places.
I really enjoyed this, Lisse. Very sensual with lots of great details, sounds and sights, acorns plinking and Lirit's ruddy cheeks and robe falling open. I'm glad he showed up to help make Legolas feel relaxed. Also enjoyed Legolas' musing about the meeting on the next day.
Author's Response: Thank you so very much for taking the time to read my scribbling. I can see things I would change about this, and I will. Hopefully it will be much better by the time I post on Faerie. I found your writing on the word of a writer who oddly enough never reviewed you. It was one of the best referrals ever. Your writing has influenced and affected me deeply. I truly love it. Like so many of life’s finest experiences your writing is a feast of varied flavors when first experienced, and just as much a joy to remember all the nuances later. Someone once told me God gives us gifts for the benefit of others not necessarily ourselves. Your gift of writing has been a treasured gift to me.