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In the 1960s, band fiction was passed privately among interested fans, often simply as some typewritten sheets of paper. By the early 1980s, band fiction was appearing in print--in the Duran Duran fanzine UMF, The Zine for the Creative Duranie, for instance. By the late 1990s, it had made its way to Internet mailing lists. Today, band fiction can be found all over the Internet: personal websites, website archives, live journals, Yahoo! Groups, message boards--everywhere.

Band fiction is both product and part of an ongoing conversation between (often female) fans of a band or style of music. It's not the result of our conversation; it's an extension of it, a place we go when the language of nonfiction is not maleable enough to convey our thoughts and ideas. Sex is often a topic of our conversation, but so are love, loss, hope, insecurity, frustration, joy, disappointment, ego, failure, success....

Those who write band fiction use their favorite bands to tell others what they think--not only what they think of the bands they're writing about but also what they think of themselves, their culture and their world.

Band fiction comes in all sorts of flavors--science fiction, horror, fantasy, erotica (het), gay erotica (slash, femslash), romance (het, slash or femslash), westerns, etc.

Terminology

  • To twink a character is to make a grown man act like a teenage girl.
  • A 100-worder is a story of exactly 100 words, also known as a drabble.

Conventions and fan gatherings

  • The first Rockfic Asheville, originally intended to be Rockfic N'Awlins but relocated due to the situation in New Orleans after Katrina, was held in Asheville, North Carolina, USA, November 11-14, 2005.
  • Bandomcon, a week-long online convention, took place from November 9-15, 2006.
  • The second Rockfic Asheville was held September 21-24, 2007.

Disclaimers

Disclaimers have long played a role in the Real Person Fic (RPF) community. Most bandfic communities who might have interaction with traditional media based fan fiction communities found them extremely necessary for their own sanity and safety in the fan fiction community. This is because of long standing fears in the traditional media based fan fiction communities that the material will result in fan fiction authors getting sued and the actions of real person fiction authors getting their material targetted and shut down. The traditional media based fan fiction communities also has some components that view this material as intrinsically different, not fan fiction, slander and an invasion of privacy. When real person fic, bandfic would appear, there would often be conflict. The bandfic and larger real person fic community reacted by demanding disclaimers on all real person fic material. This allowed for the uneasy and generally loathed existence of this material near traditional on-line fan spaces. Attitudes towards disclaimers relaxed when larger automated sites, like FanFiction.Net, did not require them for this material. As a result, many young bandfic fen in more isolated communities are not aware of them and did not and do not use them from 2000 to the present. The parts of the bandfic community with members who have been more involved in fandom, operating on the peripherial of traditional media based fan fiction communities have historically always used them dating back to the mid 1990s. Parts of the bandfic community tied in to on-line erotica communities remain more isolated, not seeing themselves as connected to either community. Like teen fen tracing their roots FanFiction.Net communities, disclaimers are a hit or miss affair. (Survey of Literotica and Nifty disclaimers.)

Internet History

Fan Fiction Archives

After the closure of FanFiction.Net as a primary source of archiving bandfic, the gradual downhill slide of FanDomination.Net and the fall off of importance of some mailing list, there was a vaccum in bandfic fan space. By 2004, this vaccum began to be filled with sites such as Rockfic which opened on April 26, 2004 and Slashedtodeth.com was formed by FunkyCanuck in May 2005. Rockfic was and continues to be a site dedicated to fan fiction based on several rock groups. The later site, Slashedtodeth.com is a site dedicated to Megadeth slash. (ScrewTheDaisies on RockFic.Com)

Livejournal Communities

For information on band-specific communities (of which there are much to many to list here), visit that band's page on FanHistory.com.

Mailing Lists

Mailing lists had their period of high influence in the bandfic community during the late 1990s and early 20002. These groups did not seem to exist until free services like egroups and coollists came into existence. This makes bandfic unique when compared to other larger fandom categories like anime, comics, television and movies which has mailing lists dating to the mid 1980s and early 1990s. Some of the early and influential mailing lists included jrock-fic, now located on YahooGroups and dedicated to fan fiction based on Japanese rock groups. (j-rock on Yahoogroups) 80s_metal_fanfic started in November 2001. It had its moments of importance but the volume dropped of by 2004 and it does not play an important role in the community any more. TAoS (The Art of Slash) was an influential slash rockfic mailing list. It was founded on November 25, 2002. RockFic.Com's opening resulted in a massive drop in posting volume. (ScrewTheDaisies on RockFic.Com)

Message Boards

  • The Metallichicks forum is for women who like Metallica and includes a section for fan fiction[1].
  • Rockfic has had an active message board community since 2004[2].
  • The zine Bandsmut is backed by a message board on its website[3].

Usenet

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Kerfluffles

There is disagreement about what band fandoms the terms bandom and bandslash cover. In many Livejournal communities, the terms mean a specific group of bands: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco and other bands on the Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance record labels. Although members of these communities agree that "bandom" and "bandslash" may be too broad of terms to be used so specifically, no alternate labels to describe fans of that group of bands has caught on.

Mary Sue

Since 1998 with FanFiction.Net, Mary Sues have been a problem in the bandfic community. There is a perception that any original female character who is seemingly absolutely perfect in every way, shape, and form is considered a Mary Sue. There are also Marty Stu's, the same thing as a Mary Sue, except in a male form.

Published Works

  • In January 2001, Alyson Books published Starf*cker, edited by Shar Rednour. This is a collection of erotic fantasies revolving around celebrities.
  • In April 2006, a small press called RockFic Press, borne out of Rockfic, began publishing band fiction novels, anthologies and short story collections using POD (print on demand) technology. The first book was a collection of stories featuring Metallica.
  • In fall 2006, an Iron Maiden story by Mad Andy, "Man of Sorrows," appeared in the "erotic bedside journal," Blam! Blam!

See also Published bandfic bibliography.

Role playing

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Size

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External links

Fan Fiction Archives

See Also

bandom

Sources

See Music fandom bibliography.

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