Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=41515
Story Retrieval Date: 12/7/2013 12:45:03 AM CST
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Bible stories on fanfiction.net
Breakdown (the same story can be sorted into more than one category):
19 science fiction
Stories with more than 10,000 words: four
Longest: “Let’s Go to Hell” by James Raio at 58,889 words
Most popular genre: poetry
Jesus Christ Super Star
Title: Dear God
Summary: The writer ponders life and God.
From the author: “my questions to God…be nice, my first poem here…”
Dear God, I ask,
Why is life this way?
Where hate and fear and suicide,
Are parts of every day,
Why can’t I follow all of your rules,
Why can’t we learn of your love in schools?
When Dear God, will life be true,
King Edmund’s Crusade
Summary: An adult addition to the Chronicles of Narnia.
From the Author: “I try to have everything based on the theological truth.”
“I didn’t mean to offend, I just . . . I’m sorry.” She turned her attention to her dinner.
“You didn’t,” assured Michael, “I’m sorry you never found Aslan. I’m sorrier you gave up looking.” He seemed to come to a decision. “No matter. You enjoyed the stories when you read them.” She lifted her eyes to his and nodded. “And you loved Aslan while he was there."
Title: Why God made sodomy a sin
Author: Isablla Fairfield
Summary: The story, by a self-described pagan, is a diologue between God and Satan, in which Satan leaves heaven like he’s breaking up with a lover.
From the author: “it’s merely an idea I had, but I believe it would be rather offensive to a Christian (I'm preying [sic] my friend Diana never sees this).”
Beloved, love, come back to me…beautiful one…
“Liar, you prick, disgusting. You dictator. Never.”
You can return you know, rejuvenated, illuminated.
“You and your fancy script. Bugger off.”
“Don’t you consider lust a sin?”
Summary: In a fit of jealousy, Cain rapes Abel in a graphic sex scene.
From the author: “This idea hit me out of nowhere and I was very iffy about writing it. But sometimes, you just have to write what you have in your head.”
Abel stalked closer to Cain and spoke in a low voice, "It is not my fault that he prefers me over you. I cannot change his opinion of me."
Cain's lip quivered and his eyes narrowed, "You can and you will."
Abel tilted his chin in defiance, "I will not."
The older male lunged and tackled his brother to the moist ground.
Title: Things to come
Author: Padfoot Reincarnated
Summary: Jonathan meets David and falls in love.
From the author: “Wow. This story is, um, a slight [bit] more controversial than I expected. Alright. Guys, it's just a story. It truly is.”
Saul looked at him with narrowed eyes. “And where is your dear friend this morning?” he asked with an acid tinged voice.
Jonathan raised his eyebrows in feigned ignorance. “You mean David?” he replied calmly. “I'm not sure. With Michal, I suppose, as she is his wife.”
Saul chuckled as though Jonathan had told a good joke. “You know very well I mean David,” he said. “You are never without him; he spends more time with you than with Michal.”
Jonathan simply went back to eating, dipping a piece of bread in olive oil. “I suppose you'll have to ask her,” he said, a note of finality in his voice.
Title: The Book of Yahweh
A magical book transports a priestess named Yeihweh to a place where she meets Yahweh.
“I bet this guy is wondering what the hell am I doing here….”
She then asked:
“Um…who are you?”
“I am Yahweh God, and I believe you have my book….”
Summary: The story of a time when Christians are a persecuted minority.
She realised that history was almost repeating itself. In Moses' time the nation was turning against God. In Romans11 it spoke about how Christians were a minority, yet how in those times of hardship for being a follower of Christ they were still loyal. That was all so true now.
Title: Angel Story
Summary: A girl and her guardian angel battle Satan.
From the Author: “So you tell me what you want, and I'll set to writing it. Ok?
Love you always...off to write.”
Another day, another battle. I’m reminded of which side I’m supposed to be on, as my guardian angel deflects yet another of Satan’s fiery masses as it’s hurled towards me with incredible heat and force. I’ve been told I’m an innocent to be protected, though even now I question how that could ever be true.
Don’t want to wind up accidentally reading a story about Jesus and Satan making love? Here’s a guide to warnings that often appear in fanfiction summaries.
Slash – same-sex relationships, named for the slash put between names to imply a romantic pairing. Ex: Satan/Jesus
M/M – male on male
M&M – male friendship
M/F – male on female
F/F – female on female
FemSlash – F/F
BDSM – bondage, domination and sado-masochism
Exhib – exhibitionist
Het – heterosexual
Inc – incest
Lemon – explicit sex
Lime – mild sex
Citrus – contains sex
Minor – underage sex
MPREG – male pregnancy
N/C – non-consensual sex
NC-17 – no children under 17
NWS – not work safe
Pre-slash – explores the beginnings of a possible gay relationship
PWP -- Plot? What plot? Or Porn without Plot
Yaoi – stories with erotic homosexual sex; reverse the spelling and in Japanese it’s an acronym for “no climax, no punch line, no meaning"
Yuri – female equivalent of yaoi
God confesses to the seven deadly sins, Lucifer listens and, then, Michael and Lucifer kiss.
That’s the gist of 18-year-old Maria’s story “Confessions of a God.” Maria, who didn’t give her last name, said she can weather the criticism for writing about the Bible using gay relationships.
“I know there are people out there who find it offensive, but no one is forcing them to read it,” she wrote in an e-mail from Ommen, Netherlands. “Stories with Christian overtones cross my mind and I feel like sharing them, thus I write biblical fanfiction.”
Fanfictions, or fanfics, are stories written by fans using their favorite premises and characters from comics, movies, television and books. The Bible isn’t excluded.
Bible fanfiction stories range from spiritual poetry to novel-length religious metaphors to action stories about Jesus to X-rated gay affairs between God and mortals.
Some religious leaders in Chicago say the more risqué works are worrisome, but fanfiction buffs and other religious leaders say the so-called slash fanfiction isn’t prominent enough to affect gay-Christian relations.
“They sure got their shock value and their point across,” said Andrew Marin, president of The Marin Foundation, a Chicago-based, pro-gay Christian not-for-profit. “But I don’t think that will ever shape any opinion because I don’t know any Christians who would even know how to find it.”
Religious community leaders said they were largely unaware of fanfiction, let alone the X-rated genres.
The non-explicit gay Bible stories seem like a positive way for gays and heterosexual women to work through real life questions, Marin said. He said the fanfiction mostly seems honest and heartfelt, but Marin said the hard-core porn does nothing positive.
Fanfiction.net lists 2,273 stories in the Bible category compared to about 309,200 fanfics about Harry Potter. The site lists works about the Bible by genre, and “poetry” is the most popular with 825 fanfics. Adultfanfiction.net, a hub for NC-17 fanfics, has 11 Bible entries.
Both graphic and PG-rated gay fanfics got their start in the U.S. in the 1960s through Kirk/Spock stories. The trend has branched out from science fiction to almost all realms of fandom, and the Internet has rocketed public sharing of fanfiction.
Fanfic writers call gay relationships “slash” because John Doe/Joe Schmoe denotes a couple and John Doe&Joe Schmoe refers to friendship.
Research has shown that young women are the primary writers and readers of slash fanfiction.
Kristin Schilt, a Rice University scholar who will join the University of Chicago’s sociology faculty in 2008, said she doesn’t know whether anyone has looked specifically at the authors of Bible stories. Schilt, who briefly touched on fanfiction recently while leading a class discussion on gay media, said women tend to write slash out of creative curiosity or to promote tolerance of gays.
“I guess I never really thought of the Bible as a text that would be appropriated,” she said. “But on my second consideration in seemed to line up with what’s already out there. The appeal of fantasy fanfiction is re-imagining the world and turning things on their heads.”
Fanfiction.net users said they started with slash in other fanfiction genres before trying the Bible. The authors, many of them atheists around the age 18, said they saw the Bible as a resource full of interesting plot potential.
“[Slash] is a fun way to spice up the characters,” Claus Holm, 30, a Lutheran from Copenhagen, Denmark, wrote in an e-mail. “It can add a completely fresh angle to a show or story that you are writing – especially in a world where homosexuality is so looked down upon. Suddenly having Jesus and Peter in a passionate embrace can also be one writer’s way of commenting on how silly the persecution of homosexuals in today’s world is.”
The only U.S. writer or reader of Bible slash fanfiction who replied to e-mails to user accounts at fanfiction.net said in an e-mail that she was a Chicago teenager. She did not say anything else.
Some Christians have struggled with acceptance of gays through fanfiction.
“I am a Christian woman who enjoys slash fiction, and I don't see anything wrong in that,” a blogger named Marnie wrote. “But it took me much soul searching, prayer, reading the Bible and commentaries, and discussion to get to that position.”
But some Christians condemn slash fanfiction, particularly about the Bible.
Parents should censor what their children read -- and write -- online the same as what they watch on TV, according to the Rev. Steve Jones, president of Chicago’s Baptists Pastors Conference. He said communities need to push for better labels for potentially objectionable content.
“Everything needs to stay in its lane,” Jones said. “Some things just never will mix.”