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Fan fiction blessing, and concern - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Fan fiction blessing, and concern
I love J.K. Rowling.

Yes. Explicit okay, with explicit instructions (don't credit to J.K. Rowling, and please no X-rated stuff). Ya-hoo. Much better for fandom than the sort of, "How dare you?" reaction that you get from, say, Anne Rice.
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ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: May 27th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it when creators give public permission to their fans to let their own creativity out to play! I also heartily agree that HP is a children's universe, and NC-17 stuff really doesn't belong--especially involving underage characters. Ick.

As for authors like Anne Rice, I won't say that's not annoying. But they've got every right to tell folks that their creations are theirs alone. Anne McCaffrey falls somewhere in between: she allows fanfic, but only on her site, and only PG-13 and under.

Rowling is now on my list of Really Cool Creators. (Even though I've never written HP fic in my life.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 27th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. They definitely have the right to stop it if they want to. It's just really against their self-interest! People are going to write it anyway--living stories generate fanfic--and making a stink about it just alienates a fan base. Making a reasonable rule like "No porno, please" but otherwise saying, "Go for it!" generates good will and free publicity. No brainer. :)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: May 27th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Considering some of horrible stuff that's out there, I wonder what the reaction of the fandom will be. You and I do not write pornography - this won't affect us, but I fully expect to read on a meta-fic list how evil JKR is and how right their (twincest, Snarry, Snape/underage Hermione) is.

The world is upside down.

Bravo to JKR, anyway. Admired her before, love her now.

And tonight I just sketched out the WIP plot that I started over a year ago. I'll be inspired tonight.
dreagoddess From: dreagoddess Date: May 27th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I KNEW she was awesome, but this just confirms it. *beams*
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: May 27th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with Fern, an author/creator has the right to tell people not to write fan fiction but it's also against their interest to do so. Some authors are very proprietary when it comes to their creations and perhaps a few feel the fans who do this are trying to usurp their universe or have this "I can do it better than she can" attitude. Some fan fic writers DO have that attitude, but the majority do it because they love the story and the characters. They're for the most part fans amusing and entertaining themselves and their friends.

"No porn" is perfectly reasonable, especially given HP's strong appeal to children.
chibisophia From: chibisophia Date: May 27th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nobody better tell JKR about the twincest/pr0n/teacher-student communities, or me thinks she'll be taking that "write away!" back faster than you can say Harry. :/

Her official word on it is quite cool, though. She's definately number 2 on my list of cool modern English writers now. :D
mafdet From: mafdet Date: May 27th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Three cheers for JKR and her generosity! She's proud that her stories have inspired others to write their own spinoffs, and I think her particular proscriptions are eminently reasonable.

I wonder how many fanfic authors would not even be writing at all otherwise? While going to [Unknown LJ tag] and snickering at badfic is a guilty pleasure - at least the authors of even the crappiest Mary Sue/Drakie-Poo fic are reading and writing. That's something.
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