May 23rd, 2020

Gibbs/Ducky: Back in my arms

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 13

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

In answer to the first part of the question for me it is canon all the way.

That said, I take the view that there are two sides to canon.

The first is hard factual canon, i.e. a character's name, eye colour, height etc. - things that cannot be disputed. Although, given how poor NCIS is at keeping it's own canon, er. canon, writing NCIS fanfic can be a challenge in a way I have not experienced in any other fandom in which I have written.

The second is one's personal interpretation of canon which we back up with factual canon i.e. Gibbs puts his arm around Ducky more than once on the show. I chose to interpret that as them being more than just good friends, a non-Gibbs/Ducky fan would interpret it as just a friendly gesture. In the reverse Gibbs head slaps DiNozzo a lot; I see that as him being irritated by DiNozzo, but I understand many Gibbs/DiNozzo fans see it as a way of him showing his lover affection. Given we have no hard proof either way (we don't see either Gibbs & Ducky or Gibbs & DiNozzo kissing) we interpret the canon to suit us. But it is still canon. And for me it is how I write; I write based on what I see on the screen, albeit with a degree of personal interpretation.

I don't believe I have ever let fanon influence the way I have written, at least not in any major way that completely contradicts canon. However, I do know from what has been said by a number of Fraser/Kowalski fans that a lot of early F/K fiction was based on fanon. People wrote it without having seen the show and when they did see the show, they wondered who Ray Kowalski was and why x, y and z hadn't happened.

As far as the second part of the question, no. I do not believe that it has - or at least I am unable to think of a case of when it has.
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