How Friendly Were Frodo and Sam? An ApolloCon 2007 panel
Description in the program book: Was there a homoerotic subtext to Lord of the Rings? Is subtext in the eye of the beholder, or is Spec Fic friendlier to GLBT characters and readings than the mainstream? Panelists discuss the perception of alternative sexualities in SF/F.
Panelists: Alexis Glynn Latner (moderator), Lee Martindale, Jess Nevins, Selina Rosen, Mel. White
What was it really about: The discussion didn't focus so much about a relationship between Frodo and Sam, or even gay / lesbian / bi /transsexual (GLBT) characters in SF. Mostly it revolved about fan fiction, especially slash fiction.
At first there was some speculation about Frodo and Sam. Were they or weren't they?
One panelist was vehemently opposed not just to slash fiction, but to most kinds of fan fiction. Others defended fan fiction, but acknowledged that slash fiction did nothing to address GLBT issues, and was overall not very relevant to the panel topic. Some panelists tried to get the panel back on track, but in the end they did not produce anything other than a few rather obvious observations.
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