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[May. 4th, 2003|08:52 pm]
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I've just been dared - or more like ordered - to take an RPS fic as a gift for whichever actor will be at the next Collectormania. I'm thinking possibly not. I would, but I really don't want to scar some poor dear for life and make him never do a convention again...
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From:paranoidkitten
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 01:03 pm
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Oh, do.
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From:kitsune13
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 01:08 pm
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Er, that sort of thing is considered to be extremely bad fandom ettiquette. You're essentially going up to someone and saying, "Hi! These are all my sexual fantasies about you with another person, and I'm going to shove them in your face!" There was a huge kerfluffle about a year ago in LOTRPS when some twit came up to Ian McKellan and his SO while they were eating and babbled on about RPS and gave them her website address. It's basically the height of rudeness, to both the actor and to the fellow fans.
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From:thisside
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 01:40 pm
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Please, please, please don't do this.
From:jrivka
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 01:54 pm
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i'm fascinated by the fact that of the two people who have made flat-out 'do' or 'don't' statements, they both have cats for icons.

...what?
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From:sidewinder
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 02:21 pm
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I would, but I really don't want to scar some poor dear for life and make him never do a convention again...

It could have far worse repurcussions than simply that. It's a bad, bad thing to do and I would strongly recommend against it. Nothing puts a fandom at worse risk than that kind of exposure.
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Date:May 4th, 2003 - 02:34 pm
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From:sidewinder
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 02:45 pm
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I mean, fandoms are the biggest open secret out there....

Fandoms, yes. Real Person Slash? I'm not so sure I'd buy that.

It's just because they keep to themselves, noone cares.

Precisely. But if you shove something into an actor/producer/writer's face, there goes plausible deniability. For that person to ignore it then is to basically say they condone it. And hey, maybe that's not such a big issue for an actor, but if a producer or someone out there gets a hold of it, well then here comes the C&Ds.

You also simply don't know how a celeb is going to react unless you're dealing with one of those few, rare cases where he/she has point blank said he's okay with it and maybe even enjoys it. The number of which I can count on one hand. I'm not one to try to guess how a celeb might react to my written fantasies about him and his colleagues and it makes me incredibly uncomfortable to think about the long-term implications of what might happen if someone reacted really badly to it.
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From:kitsune13
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 03:14 pm
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Exactly. I mean, Chris Rankin (Percy in the HP movies) has publicly stated that he loves Oliver/Percy stories, so handing him one would be no imposition. Likewise, if someone ever did come out and say they enjoy fanfic about themselves (dude, if I were famous, I'd expect y'all to bring it on), no problem.

But if the person hasn't said anything to that effect, you have no idea how he or she would react. And as Miss Manners says, etiquette is about not making others uncomfortable. If there's even the slightest possibility -- and fanfic, het or slash, RPS or FPS, has a lot of potential for causing discomfort to the people being written about (or actors playing the characters being written about). Best to err on the side of caution.
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From:dancingrain
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 07:29 pm
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*agrees completely*

Avariel, trust your instinct. If thinking about handing an actor RPS fic trips "hmm, maybe not a good idea" for you, then, well, go with that. :)
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From:shinysparkly
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 02:46 pm
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Please, please don't. They may know it exists...but they don't need to have it right in front of them. I think it's disrespectful and just..ugh.
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From:mireille719
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 02:48 pm
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Er. Extremely bad fandom etiquette, and I think it's quite rude to the actors as well. (Note, I'm not opposed to RPS. I *write* RPS. And yes, it's on my website, and a few minutes with Google will turn it up, so it's within the realm of possibility that the actors involved have seen it. But I'm not going to hand it to them, because I want them to have the choice of ignoring / avoiding it.)

I really wouldn't recommend it, and honestly don't see what purpose it would serve.

Just my 0.02.
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From:littleshebear
Date:May 4th, 2003 - 05:14 pm

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because I want them to have the choice of ignoring / avoiding it.

Yeah, when you click a link you always take a risk with what's going to be on the other side. You give tacit permission to be exposed to that material if you find it on Google and choose to click the link. Actually physically handing the stuff over is a whole different kettle of fish.

My instinct says no, don't do it. I think it would be embarrasing for all concerned.