I know, I'm sure we're all sad. We've had some amazing discussions this week, and while I'm sure we'll all have many more in the future, this will be our last discussion for Ladies Week!
Fanfiction and fanart are getting more attention lately, but they're often denied critical examination. Fanart is dismissed as "not real" because the artists aren't using original characters (try telling DaVinci that his art didn't could because Jesus and Judas weren't his "original characters"), and fanfiction is frequently mocked. As "mommy porn", or the realm of immature fangirls that are obsessed with One Direction. And while there's nothing wrong with either of those groups enjoying what they like, to claim all transformative fanworks are like that is to over-generalize and dismiss a large part of fandom.
Let's consider these questions during this discussion:
Why do people dismiss fanworks?
What makes a "fanwork" different from an original one?
Where does copyright fit in?