Another day, another “interviewer” trotting out fanfiction in public conversation with a star.
Today’s culprit, as you can see here, if you like, is the LA Times, who asked an actress from Downtown Abbey to, tee hee!, read erotic fanfiction about her character out loud.
This comes on the heels of the Sherlock debacle a week or so ago, wherein Caitlin Moran used the series’ season three premiere event as a venue for–you guessed it–pulling Johnlock out of a hat and, ha hah, shoving it in the actors’ faces.
In the forest of WTF? that this raises, the most pressing one for me is this:
Why the hell would you do this? From a rhetorical perspective, ok, what would you as an interviewer hope to gain?
Here’s my answer:
Look, I’m sure these cats go in thinking they’re Zaphod Beeblebrox hip because they know what fan fiction is. Hey, bloody good for you. You can read the internet! Well done.