[The] "writing" tends to be based on existing television show characters where the
male actors are not gay on the show but where the slash writing puts them in
homoerotic relationships. Yes, this appears to be a violation of, well,
everything. Using other people’s characters? That certainly doesn’t seem right
to me. Putting these well known characters in situations that, at best, can be
described as out of context? Well, that’s just wrong in my book.
Meanwhile, John Scalzi sees fanfic, even "slash" fanfic, as a barometer of success.
Honestly, though, if I were the creator of a science fiction or fantasy media
property (as opposed to a mere book author) and I didn’t find evidence of fanfic
online, I would be very worried. People don’t write fanfic if they
aren’t already so enthralled by your universe that they can’t handle the fact
you’re not producing it any faster, and are thus compelled to make some of their
own — the methadone, if you will, to your pure, sweet media property heroin… And if they’re writing slash (fanfic with sex!), chances are excellent that
you’re sucking in all of their take home pay that doesn’t go to rent, food and
cat products. It is the Buffy slash writers who paid for Joss Whedon’s boat (or
whatever other particularly silly display of wealth that he’s purchased for
You know how I feel on this topic, so I’ll refrain from comment. ..but yours are certainly welcome!