A/N: This is the seventh part of my entry for @marvelous-fvcks‘ challenge. Enjoy!
that followed their discovery was the tensest Y/N had ever been through. She
constantly expected Pierce to jump out of a dark corner and scream that he’d
found out what she’d done. But when she came back to work, he was as kind as
ever. Slowly, she allowed herself to believe she was safe.
I am seeing an inordinate amount of “fans” slamming or poking fun at Sarah Paulson’ British accent on American Horror Story: Roanoke.
Firstly, Paulson did not even know she was going to be playing the role of Audrey until two episodes prior to filming. She had little to no time for preparation accent wise. I suspect the accent was something fun Paulson wanted to try. It’s not supposed to be perfect, and it isn’t, and that’s okay.
In fact, Paulson’s accent adds to the hokey and brilliant atmosphere of the tongue in cheek nature instilled within the reality twist the show has taken.
This is not meant to be taken seriously. Kathy Bates’ character is hilariously nuts and it’s all in great fun. In other words, it’s bloody brilliant.
Bates herself took a lot of flack for the Baltimore accent she donned for Freak Show. And her feelings were greatly hurt.
As Sarah Paulson’s feelings are now hurt. She sees what you say and it does have an effect on her.
The character of Audrey Tindall is a comedic presence. The accent is meant to be over the top (i.e. “bad” ) in theme with the turn the series has taken.
For all those bitching, ask yourselves, could you do what Ms. Paulson or Ms. Bates, or any of these actors do every single week??
Shame on you. Actors are people too. And they do read the smears you write.
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl whose stepmother always made her stay home with the baby. And the baby was a spoiled child, and wanted everything for himself, and the young girl was practically a slave. But what no one knew is that the king of the goblins had fallen in love with the girl, and he had given her certain powers. So one night, when the baby had been particularly cruel to her, she called on the goblins for help! “Say your right words,” the goblins said, “and we’ll take the baby to the Goblin City. And you will be free.” But the girl knew that the king would keep the baby in his castle for ever and ever and ever, and turn it into a goblin.
LABYRINTH RECAST: Amandla Stenberg as Sarah Williams, Tilda Swinton as Jareth the Goblin King and Brennan and Blake Johnson as Toby.
Link is to a very long and thoughtful article by Sarah Rees Brennan, a successful YA author, about the penalties she has paid in her professional writing career because she once wrote fanfic.
It’s getting a fair amount of play as an example of a victim of misogyny speaking out against the forces that oppressed her, but let me be very clear about this:
SHE’S PART OF THE PROBLEM.
Has she suffered? Yes, clearly and obviously. She has been harassed, dismissed and made fun of because she wrote fanfic. You know who hates her most of all for this?
When confronted with her terrible, tragic past as a fanfic author, she felt embarrassed and humiliated. She wasn’t proud of what she had written, she was ashamed of it. She admits to pulling down all of her fic. Her essay closes with this commentary:
It was years ago. I’m sorry I did it. So much bad stuff has happened to me because of it that it feels like I committed an awful crime. I know that’s not true, and I don’t want anyone who writes fanfiction to feel that way, but it’s how I feel. I’ll never do it again.
In what way, in ANY way, is this supportive of women in fandom? Of fanfic writers? Of future original fiction authors who are currently writing fanfic now?
This whole essay is a litany of justification for marginalizing fanfic writers, by a fanfic writer: you’ll regret it later, people will make fun of you, it will damage your career, etc. etc.
It’s not that these things aren’t true, because as her experiences show, they really are. The thing is, admitting “it happened to me!” can serve either as a dire warning to others not to follow your path, or as a battle cry to stand up for yourself. Sarah Rees Brennan fell squarely on the former, no matter her very minor insistence that “it shouldn’t be this way!” Essentially, her conclusion was not “I did nothing wrong and was attacked for it, those bastards” but “it’s my own fault I was humiliated and not taken seriously! Shame on me!!!!”
There are times when you can’t stand up to your attackers, for whatever reason, and I don’t judge her for not being a warrior 100% of the time. But she never even tried to stand up for herself, not during or after the attacks, and not now. She feels bad about writing fanfic instead. She goes out of her way to prove that nothing she’s ever written was in any way influenced by her fandoms (I seriously doubt that, and worse, claiming that is in no way going to convince her detractors it’s not true; all she’s doing is disowning something that was once important to her and remains important to other people for the sake of approval by the mainstream publishing world. Let me know how that works out for ya’. Great example you’re setting there, hooyeah.)
What I want is a world where a fanfic-turned-pro author of original YA stories, when asked if she ever wrote fanfic, says “Hell yeah, what, you’ve got a problem with that?”
A world where women aren’t ashamed of the hobbies we’ve claimed for ourselves, and don’t feel the need to excuse our “poor behavior” for the sake of mainstream validation.
If you are a young woman who writes fanfic, please, I beg of you: DO NOT LISTEN TO SARAH REES BRENNAN.
Write what you love. Explore. Move on. Return to your roots. Stand up for yourself. Defend what you love.
Don’t take shit from anyone who tries to shame you into social compliance.