June Discussion: Uncomfortable themes in fanfic
One of the hallmarks of the Harry Potter universe is the amount of things that happen between the lines. For instance, if you squint, you can see that Sirius may have had/probably had a drinking problem in Order of the Phoenix, and Merlin knows what happened at Hogwarts while Harry and Company were on their camping trip. In fan fiction, we get a chance to approach themes like these, both in major canon characters/events and ones from our very own imaginations. And, as anyone who has got a trollish-sounding review for one of these things can attest, many of these things make readers uncomfortable. Sometimes, that's the reaction we're going for; other times, it's not.
However, themes such as there are the meat and potatoes of many fan fiction authors, including many of us here in SPEW. Personally, I feel it's my duty to tell both sides of the story, how that seed of alcoholism sprouted in Sirius or what had to happen for the DA to legitimately fear the Carrows and their brand of discipline or what sort of nerve Peter Pettigrew had to amass in order to willingly amputate not only his own finger, but his whole hand.
What I would like to see here is a lively -- and respectful -- discussion about varying themes of a dark, squicky, morbid, etc. nature in fanfic here on MNFF and how it impacted you as a reader, an author, and as a person in general. Returning to the discussion is permitted and encouraged. As usual, ask and answer a TQ. Here are a few to get you started.:
What is the most morally bankrupt occurrence you've encountered in a fanfic?
Do you have go-to authors when you want to read something that will make you feel dark things?
What is the most uncomfortable (for you) theme you've ever encountered in a fanfic here on MNFF? Do you still read things by that author?
Do you believe in shock value as a literary tool? Why or why not?
This activity is due to be completed by the 15th of July to count as your monthly activity.