The Chuck Writes Story: An Unauthorized Fandom Biography by Lettered (PG-13)
It is on the surface a Supernatural story and if you have or have had even the smallest passing interest in Supernatural fandom, you need to read this fic. I stopped watching SPN in Season 4, which is right about when this story is set, so it worked out perfectly for me. But I think anyone with even the smallest knowledge of Supernatural or just the teensiest understanding of the fandom will be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of this incredible metafic.
Because that's what it is about: The Meta. Meta with a capital "M". A hilarious and deep and mind-breaking metafic about fandom and the nature of meta. It is meta of the meta of the meta, ad infinitum. I don't even know what to say about it, and even though I just read it I know I will be rereading it shortly to better appreciate the many layers of awesome that compose it. Because it is just that good and just that mind-blowing!
It's about Chuck Shurley, aka undercover author/creator Carter Edlund who is actually Chuck Shurley, Prophet of the Lord, writing "fanfic" of his own Supernatural stories and posting them on LJ because he wants some of the recognition the BNFs in the fandom are getting. Then things happen, and the wank explodes. And then it turns Sam and Dean are real, and Fandom is Real, and Reality is Canon, and there's Wank and an Apocalypse and the world as we know it is forever changed.
But the levels of meta go deeper than just the obvious. It is also an examination of how fandom as a whole works and responds, how people react, why it is so important to us, and what it all really means, if it means anything at all in the Grand Scheme of Life. It's like holding up a mirror and microscope and magnifying glass on ourselves and our concept of fandom and what is reality all at the same time! It's drama and humour and angst and crack and wank and of course so much meta that your brain actually hurts trying to keep it all straight. It's real and it's not, but it feels like it is, like it could be, and the author actually made sockpuppets for the "supporting" evidence, and some the "characters" could be real fen you know, maybe on your Flist, maybe even you, because we've seen this all before but it's all new, and how can we tell where fandom ends and reality starts or is it all the same?
I think you'd probably have to have some understanding of Supernatural to really grasp the depth of this fic, but even without it is a fascinating portrayal of the existence of Fandom in general and the world we all live in here on LJ anyway. Well worth the read for anyone!
WTF, LJ? Stop eating my cut text! Argh!