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I don't know about POV difference -- that would depend on specifically what you meant by it. Lots and lots of little things are different, but mainly I would call it authorial/viewer perspective. And maybe a grounding in our fannish history?

Also, DS fen have a higher average age than other fandoms. On aingeal8c's last fandom demographics poll there was only one person under 18 and a handful under 21 when I last looked at it (this out of hundreds of people responding). So maybe this is all down to getting older? *g*

Edited at 2008-07-05 06:48 am (UTC)

Oh, the getting older bit might be it entirely. Some type of experience/generational viewpoint variation in thinking that is expressed in the writing style. Two of those three authors I was talking about? Are older. The other two variables that might be causing the difference in the group's style of writing are profession and how intellectual the writer is. Some professions require a cleaner, tighter way of organizing thoughts than other professions do.

.......I can only give an example: When I was reading Gundam Wing, I ran across some work by an author who was in computer science. She wrote well, but her fic was so different than what everyone else was writing, it was a little jarring. I really had to shift how I thought in order to read how she thought. I loved her fic, because her writing style was unique. However, if everyone wrote like that, I know I would have gotten bored and left the fandom earlier. I simply didn't think the same way she did. It was satisfying to read her stories, because I was absorbing another viewpoint, but if that had been my whole diet, I would have starved because I could only read so much of that kind of fic. It wasn't a problem in the Gundam Wing fandom, because she was the only one with that style.

Partly, the difference in her writing style was due to the increased knowledge she was able to weave into her stories because of the field she was in. But....the other difference was due to how she thought. She was very intellectual, and she was somewhat isolated from the day to day interact with common people, and she wove that into her writing as well. It broke my heart, sometimes, to get through the fic, but it COMPLETELY suited the character of Hero, who was an extremely isolated character. The isolation that appeared in her writing wasn't just due to her being in academia (I don't really consider academia to be isolated at all), it was more....due to her own personality. She talked about it a little in her preface. SO, I guess a fourth factor is how isolated the author is.

I had fun with this discussion- night guys! It's a good thing other people have journals, I never seem to post in my own. Happy Fourth of July. *waves to seperis*

.........last comment (really). When the author talked about how isolated she felt, she talked about her inability to feel emotions that other people did, and how she couldn't connect with other people. There is some data coming out that greater numbers of people in each successive generation are experiencing this phenomena. You see a milder effect in the younger generations as a whole, in that they seem to have less empathy than previous generations did. Or, at least, that is how it seems to the older generations. Sometimes when interviewed the younger generation will say they notice some sort of lack in themselves, but despite not having it, they are still content/happy. Maybe this is also showing up in the writing style?

I would guess that you're onto something big here; as the world gets more and more crowded both literally (population) and figuratively (communications advances that enlarge the pool that one thinks of as "their tribe", whether that be net-friends in other countries or celebrity gossip), the actual day-to-day FTF interactions can get attenuated to the point of meaninglessness. And I can't see how that wouldn't have some profound effects on what started coming across through the fiction of successive generations. If you feel more connected to Britney Spears or the half of your flist that's in Finland, you're not going to have as much of yourself left over for worrying about the shopkeepers on your street who would have made up most of a previous generation's circle of connections. I get to worrying that we're nearly to the point where we're going to forget how to interact long enough to breed, not that that might not necessarily make this a kind of self-correcting problem... :)

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