Fan Fiction.

Bush Days — Creativity begets creativity, it’s said… or if it isn’t, I just said it. The hallmark of the truly artistic is the immutable ability to inspire others, to move further creative and artistic persons into creative action, and providing opportunities for newer, second-person perspective.

(Does the second-person perspective already refer to something? Cos I can’t figure it out, if it does, however the creation of new first-generation art inspired by the first-person perspective of a third-party artist from a wholly subjective interpretation of the new first-person creative is quite a mouthful and deserves a form all its own.)

Regardless of definition, there’s little more impressive than a fan’s ability to take their favourite artists and personalities and incorporate them into their own art, creating something truly unique and expressive. This happens all the time in the world, ranging from drawings and photographs to more intensive art projects like fan fiction and explorative art.

And Bush are sterling examples, inspiring creatives since the mid–1990s in their work. Personally, I’ve been finding inspiration in their art and music for years, even running a Bush fan site from 1997–2003, when I wasn’t able to maintain it any longer.

Even further than that, however, is fictional writing; there was an excellent fan novella called Beautiful Rain (I think) that chronicled a new, alternate-universe evolution of the band through the meeting of a special woman through a fan contest. It actually ran through a second novella as well, a separate sequel starring second-generation characters in place of the aged rockers, some of whom had passed away.

And of course, not all new art is classy or eloquent. Take as an example the video above, a bit of a dream come true in the form of a celebrity death match between Gavin Rossdale and former U.S. President-elect George W. Bush. While not all fan fiction is centered around secret desires and fantasies, some of the best — or at least, most interesting — most definitely is.


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    My name is Bobby.

    I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things.

    I write occasionally for Smashing Magazine and the London Community News online, and weekly for Interrobang, the student voice newspaper at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

    I've also been published by the Canadian University Press.
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