• Mon, Aug 26 - 12:04 pm ET

Zach Quinto Gives Great Response To A Question About Star Trek Fan Fic, I’d Give It 2 Out Of 2 Eyebrows

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Zachary Quinto recently spoke at a fan event in Canada and answered an audience member’s slightly awkward question about Star Trek fan fiction perfectly. In case you’re unfamiliar with fan fiction, stay that way. Remain innocent. Do not click. Because once you got here, you can’t go back. Learn from my mistakes. From the excerpts I still haven’t recovered from. One hour spent browsing fan fiction results in many hours of your brain browsing the worst possible content for your nightmares.Think Miley Cyrus’ VMAs performance, but with less twerking and more inserting. In weird places.

While I’ve never looked at the Kirk/Spock Star Trek fan fiction that’s supposedly out there, I’m going to guess it’s graphic. From what I can gather, Zachary Quinto insulted this very fan fiction back in July and basically said the people who write it have no lives. Which people obviously took offensive too because they do have lives — they just choose to spend them differently than he does. Even though I personally do not “get” fan fiction, it always rubs me the wrong way when actors insult their fandom. After all, it’s these superfans that keep them in power. (Looking at your R.Pattz.)

ZQ fixed that mistake this weekend by addressing what he said in July with humor and grace. (Is my crush showing?)

“I’m glad you asked, when I was in Ireland I was giving an interview and someone asked me and I said something that some people misinterpreted as disrespectful, so I’d like to say here or the record that I mean no disrespect to people who either write or read fan fiction. I have absolutely no interest in it, it doesn’t interest me, um, I understand how it interests other people, I respect their desire to be interested in it. Um, I think both Kirk and Spock and definitely me and Chris are only good friends. Any suggestion otherwise has more to say about the person making that suggestion than it does about the character’s lives.”

Boom. How do you like that honesty? He manages to make up for what he said in July without doing a complete 360 and put the kibosh any rumors out there that he’s hooking up with Chris Pine. In a world that’s filled with celebrities constantly backtracking to please people, it’s nice to see someone who stands by what he says without being a total a-hole about it.

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  • Olivia Wilson

    I wonder how many professional authors discovered their writing talent when they wrote a really good fan fiction story as a tween

    • Jenni

      Look no further than EL James

    • Daniela

      Also, Cassandra Clare (with bonus plagiarism scandal).

    • JoeyG

      Fan fiction is one thing, there are a lot of good stories out there, but most of these RPS stories that Quinto is addressing are all graphic sex without a plot, in this case between a het dude and a gay one. It’s straight women acting out fantasies for what they consider to be an OTP.

      The beating ZQ took over his opinion last time by upset “fiction” writers who were po’d that he didn’t approve of their porn, was disgusting.

  • Freidag

    Quinto never insulted fan fiction between two fictional characters. He didn’t approve of fan fiction written about him screwing his straight friend Chris Pine. Seriously, who would approve of crap like that?

    • MCR

      Yes, that’s the point. You can write what you like about fictional characters, because they DON’T EXIST! That does not apply to real people because they’re, well, real people! I don’t blame the man for objecting to being put into a work of soft core pornography without his consent.

  • ginnee

    There are different types of fan fiction as there are types of traditional fiction. He’s responding to the alternate universe of two same-gender characters hooking up sexually. But there are also fan fiction pieces where the pairing is het(erosexual), particularly if the two characters aren’t hooking up on screen. During the run of the X-Files, there were tons of Mulder and Scully stories, for example.

    There are also some really good fan fictions that follow the show’s premise and theme faithfully, no one hooks up, but one character gets explored more in depth, particularly a character relegated to the background on the actual show. And some writers like to delve into their favorite characters’ backgrounds or childhoods in their fan fictions to explain a quirk that their favorite character has.

    And there’s badly written fan fiction across all those lines. Sadly more than there is of the good quality stuff.

  • Monk

    maybe Quinto just ships Spock and Uhura, after all it’s the actual romance in the movies. No wonder why he’s weirded out by people shipping kirk and spock he probably thinks it’s just because he’s a gay man in real life