An Anon Said:
I’m posting this for several reasons:
- It was sent anonymously, so I can’t respond otherwise.
- This person had a lot to say, and it would be unfair to ignore them.
- Clearly, there are some things that need to be addressed.
However, I am putting under a cut because it is rather lengthy.
“Firstly, Literary Canon is an arguable concept in terms of what to include in it. That doesn’t detract from the fact that each thing included is a discrete element. A whole work. Whether or not something is included is not dependent on its connection to another work.
This is completely separate from the more general use of the word canon to refer to what is considered officially part of the work’s fictional universe. I actually have a whole English degree, but you can get that off Wikipedia.
The term is flexible where there are side projects such as tie-in novels or things like the UK’s Comic Relief. The term is flexible when it comes to fan fiction. It has nothing to do with the production of main work.
Secondly, your argument appears to be that because everyone agrees, Quinn is gay. This is just silly. It is no less a hypothetical fan desire than Quinn being a gamer, the only difference being gamer!Quinn has less people thoroughly convinced that this interpretation is an actual fact rather than an interpretation. It’s not.
Thirdly, this comm would embarrass the hell out of TMF. I know as a fan of her work it embarrasses me. It’s utterly ironic that she basically hated Faberry and Faberry fandom, and yet that’s all people were interested in from her. The best thing she wrote was ECFC, a point on which she agreed. Her Faberry fics were experiments to see if she could exactly what people were after, and look where we are.”
I had to think about whether or not to post this a lot. I mean, it’s fairly obvious that I have upset you in some way, and I’m sorry.
However, I do take issue with a few points.
“Whether or not something is included is not dependent on it’s connection to another work.”
I must disagree. The only way something can be even be considered for presentation as canon is that someone must recognize and/or interpret a connection to another work. Only then can be a work be presented to either be accepted or denied as part of the canon.
“This is completely separate from the more general use of the word canon to refer to what is considered officially part of the work’s fictional universe.”
The problem is that Glee usually forces each character to reveal their orientation at some point in the show. Only Rachel, Mike, Tina, and Quinn have not declared their orientation outright (as outlined in this submission). So canon Quinn technically could be anything and everything since it has not been specifically stated by Glee.
“Secondly, your argument appears to be that because everyone agrees, Quinn is gay.”
It’s not. My argument is that Quinn can be written in canon as gay or straight or whatever simply because Glee refuses to “officially” address her orientation. But really, I’m not arguing anything here. When an anon pointed out that it was ironic a discussion of Quinn’s orientation ended unanimously, I agreed. Of course, only four people contributed to the discussion in question, when this blog is has 75 followers. I’m sure there’s some dissent in the ranks.
“Thirdly, this comm would embarrass the hell out of TMF.”
“It’s utterly ironic that she basically hated Faberry and Faberry fandom, and yet that’s all people were interested in from her.”
You know TMF knows about this blog, right? She submitted this to sort of explain why she stopped writing fanfiction/participating in fandom.
You’re right, it is ironic. And you know, maybe I’m not the best person to run this blog since I’m only halfway through ECFC (I’ve been chapter/installment reactions on my personal blog and that slows me down) and the first thing I read by her was TSS. Still, I can tell you that I got so much more out of reading her works and following her than anything related to Faberry. I loved hearing about her writing process and her commentary. Honestly, I thought she was the bee’s knees despite the fact that she hated the majority of the Faberry fandom with reckless abandon.
But you know, the Faberry fandom she hated isn’t following this blog. In fact, the Faberry fandom she hated hates her right back. (For reasons I will never understand, but c’est la vie.) The people who follow this blog do so because they respect and appreciate Thememoriesfire and her works immensely.
That said, TMF wrote three novel length works that involved Faberry in at least some capacity, so of course a portion of her fanbase is going to enjoy the pairing and is going to speculate about both Quinn and Rachel’s orientations. To expect otherwise is foolish.
I do not pretend to be any sort of authority on TMF or her works, nor do I pretend to be one on Glee. I’m just a person on Tumblr who tries to facilitate some discussion every now and then.