Not even sure where to put this, but this is an article about YouTuber fanfiction, and a show based on it on a network I never heard of. Apparently, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Smosh (both of them) are in it. Hard to tell from the article what exactly is going on.....
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/arts ... llide.html
hmm, wow, this is interesting. I am not quite
sure how to feel about it, both the article and the series. It repeatedly says it doesn't want to make fun of fanfiction and RPF, but it also - kind of does, by turning stories into parodies of themselves.
what makes me a bit uncomfortable is the thought that people might think of this as bringing fanfiction to something "bigger", that this series is validating something that was previously just weird. and, that fanfiction needs that, that validation by maybe more traditional creators. because, in my opinion it does not. fanfiction is not there to be validated by anyone but the community it is written for.
making it into a series like this - it is an interesting thought, the clips seem funny, and yes i would thrive at my otp's acting out fanfiction about themselves - but that also is probably the entire point: to catch highly dedicated fans by "playing into what they like", and that sits a bit weird with me. also the fact that it only portrays the a bit ridiculous, the funny and the fantasy side of fanfiction, but doesn't account to the deeper things behind it (like, actually very good stories that may influence the lives of readers. this is a thing, i've read plenty of those stories).
i immediately thought about whether deppy have been asked if they want to join in on the series. the holy trinity, but also smosh are in it, that's some big ships about big youtubers, i can't believe that phan wouldn't have been at least thought about whether to include.
(but, if they've been asked, i am pretty sure they'd always always deny such a request, for so many reasons)