A few days ago I posted a link to an article appearing over at C-Net about LucasFilm and their treatment of Fan Fiction. Well, from FanFilms.com, the host of the majority of the Star Wars Fan films available on the internet, here comes their reply to that article.
TheForce.Net - Fan Films - Editorial: CNet Article Just Plain Wrong
LucasFilm has not shut down general fan fiction sites as the article claimed (TFN would be the first on the list). Mr. Jenkins has mixed 'slash' and general fan fiction on his conclusions of LucasFilm's gender bias. Slash fiction is only a sub-category of fan fiction. And yes, it is discouraged but not for gender reasons.
The author makes some good points regarding the original article and its assertion regarding gender bias, but says nothing regarding the discrepancy between creation of narrative through film or text, and creating narrative in a game. That said, things are not as dire as the original article's interview subject, Henry Jenkins the director of the Comparative Media Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, makes out. If it were we wouldn't have the chance to even see films like Revelations getting made and that would be a real pity.