Casual, lengthy, in depth literary criticism that examines motifs and characters and mines them for all they are worth. It’s generally referred to as ‘meta,’ since it is discussion of the story that does not directly relate to speculation about future events. It does not typically make negative statements about the original work, either, which may be a reason the word ‘criticism’ is shied away from.
- Take your high school English class around the time you had to read The Yellow Wallpaper
- Take the worksheet or quiz with questions on it like “Who was Jennie? What was her relationship to the narrator?”*
- Burn it.
- At least one group of people is hotly debating it as a feminist critique of late-19th century treatment of post-partum depression.
- Someone is writing a story from the perspective of Jennie.
- Someone is writing about it as reflective of the social unrest in England throughout that time period.
- Someone is writing about it as reflective of the untenability of separate sphere ideology in an industrialized country.
- At least six people are writing commentary on it that I can’t even fathom.
- Now make the source text all about teenagers kissing in space and you have the part of the Homestuck fandom that I follow.
- It is like having a huge fantastic book club that only ever discusses one book.