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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 11:06 am
My to-rec folder is once more overflooding so it's time for another link dump. Fic recs will probably be next. Or vids. Or both.

fanfic and copyright
[livejournal.com profile] jimhines: Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. Fanfiction - If we’re going to toss this story around every time we talk about fanfiction, it would be nice to have a few facts to go with the fourth-hand accounts, guesswork, and rumors.

fandom and female characters
[livejournal.com profile] rawles: A Quick Note
The erasure of female characters from a narrative is never feminist. Period. The end.

If you're only interested in writing about dudes, go ahead, and work out how you feel about that with yourself. But please stop pretending you're doing this all for the ladies.
[livejournal.com profile] impertinence: impertinence: linkin' some links
White men are cultural blank slates, of course. Buddy cops, the anti-hero, the odd couple...they're all white guys. All of those dynamics fandom likes, and turns into fandom-specific tropes, can be traced back to wider cultural tropes. And they're coded as being for white men. Obviously, I think that's part of it. But I think the other part requires being critical of fandom itself.

Here's the thing: what we do isn't just transformative. It's really heavily derivative, both of the source material (obviously) and of other fanworks. [...]

Stepping out of that mold takes EFFORT.
[personal profile] ar: way too much rambling on mozart and mary sues
For him to write that 40th symphony, though, he first had to write his 4th. And just there's no shame in young Mozart writing some derivative stuff that sounds cool while he's working his way to writing really original stuff that also sounds cool, there's no shame in writing female characters (or any characters, for that matter, but the discussion hasn't been about writing Gary Stus) who might not be entirely plausible. You should totally write stuff that sounds cool to you, and you should write a lot of it--and the more you write (and the more you read!), the more you'll figure out how to make your characters plausible even as they're awesome. Same with your descriptions, your plots, your everything.
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Sunday, December 20th, 2009 05:12 pm
For everyone interested in issues of intellectual property law, [personal profile] elf has posted an excellent primer on copyright and fair use over in the [community profile] scans_daily community on DW. There's always a great deal of misinformation and confusion whenever issues of fair use are discussed, and of course IP law is messed up and confusing as hell, but [personal profile] elf laid out the basics clearly and nicely comprised, without confusing legalese or tl;dr.

[eta: more links on the subject:]
by shadowkat67: Intellectual Property Law and the Fan - A Primer This one's longer and goes more into detail (but it's by no means tl;dr... in fact it's a fascinating read!)

by executrix: This is a slightly updated version of the handout from my ConTxt presentation on Fanworks, Copyright and Trademark. I apologize--I just hacked it together in a couple of days, it's a subject that deserves more exploration. The short version: "There just aren't enough court decisions about fanworks to reach any real conclusions, but that's significant in and of itself."
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Friday, August 7th, 2009 02:51 pm
I had to go all the way back to skip=400, and I'm caught up with the flist... though now my to-read folder is overflowing.

Writercon was excellent, I'm very glad I went. I finally met [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper. And [livejournal.com profile] sgatazmy and [livejournal.com profile] greyias. And [livejournal.com profile] pukajen, whom I just had dinner with a few days before at Comic Con. [livejournal.com profile] missmurchison and [livejournal.com profile] revdorothyl who graciously offered me a place to stay when the Minneapolis hostel turned out to be a no-go (seriously, don't go there). Also [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa, who lives, like, next door (well, 90 minutes away) so we have to go to Minnesota to see each other, [livejournal.com profile] deepad, former co-mod from the days of bbf. And I met [livejournal.com profile] argosy in my downtime between conventions and we did touristy things at SeaWorld. :) [livejournal.com profile] michelel72, who offered her room as a hang-out. Okay, I met a whole lot more fun people at WriterCon but it's impossible to list them all, and I'd likely forget half the names.

The panels were really good overall, very interesting, with a high level of audience involvement - I didn't really expect such lively discussion. The details are becoming quite blurry, so I won't attempt to write proper panel reports. [livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 has detailed write ups for some: part 1, part 2.

I would like to write more on Kristina Busse's talk 'Affect and the individual fan' which ended up being about tropes... at the very least I'll have to look up the vids she showed there... ah well, I'll link them with my next recs post.

The 'Evil in our midst' panel was quite interesting though I agree with whoever said that those topics would have been better served if they had been split into three separate sessions - racism, sexism/internalized misogyny, and homophobia/fetishization of gay people - instead of lumping them all together.

friendshipper, greyias, tazmy and I were quite encouraged by the 'SGA as closed canon' panel... like someone, I think friendshipper said: There we were, fans from all corners with very different opinions, having a productive talk about the future of the fandom and no one has left the room in angry tears (and someone shouted, We still have ten minutes. *g*). No, really, we were glad we went to that one in spite of being wiped after a day of con.

Many thanks to the con committee for getting everything organized and running so smoothly. And three cheers to [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr, who ran what must be the best hospitality suite ever. I haven't been to many other cons but no way that can be beat... it was cozy and inviting, a good place to hang out and chat anytime one felt like it, and the food was great, with a wide selection ranging from snack food to freshly cut veggies and a delicious homemade chili. You guys rock hard!

Okay, I actually came here to post fic recs but this got so long, I'll put those in a separate post...
[x-posted to DW and LJ]
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 11:02 am
comics and artwork:
have yet to contain anything you wouldn't encounter on the show.

Recs:
-I would warn for rape/non-con (does not necessarily apply to Buffyverse recs; I don't remember how we handled things back then). I would (in the unlikely case I'd even read it) warn for incest and chan.

-I mention character death only when I feel it does not spoil the story; in cases where that warning would be a spoiler and the author hasn't mentioned it either, I hint at darkness in the story, nothing more specific. Personally I hate being spoiled for surprise character death, both on tv and in fic, because it deprives me of a potential emotional and cathartic response, and I feel very strongly against any suggestions to make character death warnings mandatory.

-I rarely use the warnings: none label - and if I've learned anything over the last few days, it's that there are triggers beyond the obvious things like non-con, incest, and cutting, so writing warnings: none because I can see nothing triggering in it might not even be helpful for everybody. However I meticulously label all my recs with ratings, tags, and descriptions that should give enough information about what kind of story to expect.

-Feel free to email me for more details about any fic and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.
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Saturday, November 17th, 2007 02:22 pm
There is a rather interesting post in [livejournal.com profile] life_wo_fanlib linking back to a FFR post that pimps a new multifandom fic / original fiction archive, fictionaire.com. It's a bit of a conundrum. I do like conundrums. ;)
Ficionaire reminds of Fanlib in certain ways )

eta: text of a previous, cached version of the site.: [eta again: ah, now it's been replaced by a later version]
Fan Fiction and Original Stories at Fictionaire.com
* Write fan fiction with flair in rich text or HTML and easily update your stories.
* Track your popularity with comprehensive fan fiction statistics.
* Leave wall messages and chat up other fictionaires
* Benefit from a powerful feedback system for fan fiction stories.
* Pose custom questions to readers - what should happen next, perhaps?
* Network with fan fiction authors on the Fictionaire social network.
* Share your stories, gain notoriety, and meet new friends
* Join the craze! Includes special Harry Potter fan fiction abilities!

Will your fiction be here?
Fictionaire launches in the coming weeks. Don't miss out on launch giveaways for fan fiction enthusiasts!
Marketing speak, how I hate thee.
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 08:35 pm
Written By The Victors by [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza
The fic that's eating fandom - the story of Atlantis' secession from Earth, told partly in the form of excerpts from historical texts as well as traditional narrative. Incredibly satisfying and complex, just go read! (if you haven't already; you probably have but I can't not mention it :) 55,000 words

Written By The Victors: The Vid! by [livejournal.com profile] queenzulu
Constructed reality, absolutely convincing. I've watched it repeatedly already; it's so cool to watch the story come to life in pictures.

Two more SGA vids I just discovered and loved:
I am/Lamb by [livejournal.com profile] lim
music: The Mercy Seat by Johnny Cash
A visually stunning look into the mind of John Sheppard. I know zilch about vidding technique but I thought it has a great use of special effects - they're very effective in creating a particular mood without being obtrusive.

Dreams by [livejournal.com profile] newkidfan
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard; Rating: PG; Spoilers: none (footage from seasons one and two only)
Fascinating vid. Unusual in that it uses stock material not just from the show but from other sources as well, with great results.

meta/recs The SGA Project, a.k.a., "Flavor Of The Year." by [livejournal.com profile] icarusancalion
The goal: Give readers a taste of 2006 Stargate fandom, provide a rec-list with context, a description of intertexts, and explanation. (slanted toward Sheppard/McKay)
Not just a great recs list and a way for the fandom newbie to get up to speed, but an interesting view at the creative interaction in Stargate fandom, not just with the canon text but with other fannish works. Very cool.

Stopping here, must go and sketch fanart...
[eta: sketch, totally WIP] )
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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 12:16 am
(This is gonna be just a brief drive-by post with linkeage. The whole thing cost me so much time these past few days just following various threads... I shouldn't even be here, let alone post. It's like I can't avert my eyes.)

So, the FanLib debut went down smoothly as a load of gravel, unsurprisingly. It has finally made fandom_wank, and Making Light chimed in, too.

Henry Jenkins (whos 'Convergence Culture' I'm just reading, coincidentally) has a concise and insightful summary/analysis in his blog, and he invites Chris Williams (CEO of FanLib aka the guy who left the unfortunate comment of doom in my journal and many others) for an interview. That actually makes sense... have that dialog on neutral territory, with Jenkins as intermediary. Williams accepted the offer; if you'd like to submit questions you'd like to see addressed, Jenkins suggests you email them to him or leave them in the comment section of his post.

(Not that I think consensus is really possible, mind... I believe that even if FanLib hadn't done pretty much everything wrong one could possibly do wrong when approaching fandom, the main problems would still remain because their basic idea - community outsiders profiting from fanfic - is fatally flawed... YMMV.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden brings it to the point (first comment in the Making Light thread): If fanfic writers are living in and fixing up buildings that theoretically belong to other people, FanLib's the guy who shows up to try to collect the rent, even though he doesn't own the buildings and hasn't done any of the fix-up work.)

Interesting aside... if you google 'fanlib' the first few pages reflect nothing of the current argument but rather link to gushing posts about their revolutionary enterprise. If you want the real story, check technorati, where you can see the fanlib-critical posts pop up faster than you can read them.

This thread on [livejournal.com profile] fandom_lawyers discusses the possible legal implications.

Oh, oh, and have you seen the ad campaign? Guys, the ads! One picture says more than thousand words, and those ads are a fine illustration how those people don't *get* us. Now we got slash about it, too... ♥ fandom

Finally one of my many favourite quotes that came out of the whole mess, from [livejournal.com profile] telesilla to Chris:...you were dead certain you had this vast, untouched pile of gold to skim off whenever you liked and then suddenly, you realized that it has round-the-clock dragon protection and hey, those dragons breathe fire!

I must say, I don't remember ever seeing fandom in so much agreement on anything. The same people who were arguing and squabbling only few weeks ago, now united in their dislike of one website. Gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. :o)

[eta: dug up by riba_rambles: how they're pitching fanlib to *industry*]
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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 03:08 pm
(I gotta get to work but this meta has been scratching at the inside of my head, wanting out.)

[edit: removed the direkt link to fanlib.com; no need to up their google ranking] The FanLib discussion has finally hit [livejournal.com profile] metafandom; tomorrow it should be all over LJ.

My first reaction when I read about it on [livejournal.com profile] fanthropology last week was: knee-jerk unease and skepticism. Now that I've checked out the site and a little of the debate, my response is: yet more unease and skepticism: the whole thing makes my hair stand on end. Can't help it, it smells of exploitation and viral marketing... some entertainment business folk trying to get their foot in the door and cash in on things that we do for free, driven by nothing but love for a story or a fictional character.
Read more... )

[eta: by [livejournal.com profile] angiepen: Browsing the FanLib TOS. Interesting, to say the least.]

[eta2(May18): FanLib Emerges From Stealth Mode with $3M in Funding and Big Media Sponsors
quote: "This is one niche site that has a lot of support and will do well capitalizing on existing communities around media for an extended period of time."
... no comment.]

[eta3(May19): From BusinessWeek (MARCH 13, 2006): Putting The Fans To Work
choice quote"The genius of FanLib is realizing that fans can be happy just being recognized."
HAAAHAHAhahaha]
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 10:12 am
Aaah, yes. Nothing like a little kerfuffle to clear the air. )
No more meta for at least a week; I haven't even read fanfic in days.
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Oh, oh, also... I don't remember if I linked to this already. I found it in the comments of [livejournal.com profile] lim's fantastic meta vid Us: Also a meta vid, but a totally different approach. *g* Check it out: I put you there. It's BtVS but since it's very, very meta it's probably fun even if you're not in the fandom. (By the way, can someone tell me how I get an imeem vid to display in full screen?)
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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 12:32 pm
So, [livejournal.com profile] kradical, a pro writer who also writes tie-ins, wrote a post pointing out differences between fanfic and tie-ins. Personally I found the post perfectly unoffensive, reasonable and interesting, but as it happens when a pro writer as much as mentions the word 'fanfic', people are kneejerking in response all over LJ.

I mean, I disagree with at least a dozen points of his, but I don't see why that should be reason to feel offended. But hey, everyone's entitled to their frothing... it just kinda makes me think something along the lines of, "Get off my side, you make my side look really insecure and defensive." Seriously, I'm wondering if that many people actually read the post they're getting worked up about in its entirety - because I just don't see it.

Well anyway, now the inevitable Lee Goldberg chimed in, in a post titled 'Inferior' that links to the OP's. And I can't help getting an image of Lee, with a stick in his hand, poking a huge anthill just for shits and giggles.

But, wank aside, in the comments to [livejournal.com profile] kradical's post there's actually a lot of interesting discussion to be had regarding the differences between the two genres.
...
However, I have to stay away from all that for now because I'm only two pages away from finishing my book, and I think it can be done today. yay
[eta: only one more scene to color. And it's only 01:34. I can totally do this!]
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Monday, April 9th, 2007 12:58 am
Fannish dream: yesterday night I dreamed that Stephen Fry was visiting my grandma and me (my grandma's been dead for a decade, but there we were, back in our old house), and we were... having tea. Which is not a British cliché in that case, we drink tea a lot here as well. Anyway, he was very nice and pleasant company, and I woke up in a really good mood. Huh.

Figures, I dream about 'Bones' for once and it's a perfectly G-rated, gen dream. :P
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I've been having a productive week, work-wise, even though I was goofing off plenty. The book I'm working on has so far been taking only about half the time I calculated (which is good because I lost a lot of time when I was sick with the evil virus). And the thing is, I look at the drawings and... they're good. I mean, I think those are some of the best illus I've done. And I think I owe it largely to the fan comics. Because doing those has freed me to try new techniques, time-saving techniques at that. Get a more confident line. At the end of the day, even if drawing those fan comics may take dozens or hundreds of hours, you end up with more time, ironically. And those that say that fanfic is a waste of time are completely and utterly clueless.
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I went through the Betterbuffyfics yahoo message archives and picked out all my recs over the years, because I want them archived in one place. Easier than to search every time I want to rec an old fic to someone. And maybe some of you would like to read some older recs. There're something over a hundred recs altogether. I'll post them separately... people who come for recs don't need to hear about my weird dreams about Stephen Fry. *g*

Happy Easter to all of you who're celebrating!
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Monday, November 20th, 2006 12:34 am
I've reached the waiting-for-feedback stage of my work, which means: there be fan art. If the drawing goes reasonably well, I may have page 8 of the Angel/Fray comic out soon. Though I haven't even started with it and so far have only the vaguest idea for a page layout.
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Question to my British f-listers... is "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (MSNBC) showing anywhere on BSkyB? The only NBC channel I seem to get is CNBC, but maybe the show is syndicated on one of the British news channels as well?
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Torchwood... no real spoilers for tonight's ep but cut just in case )
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by way of [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, seen a couple days ago: Officials: Students can use 'text speak' on tests... O RLY?
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A very handy 'Guide to Writing Fanfiction':
Part One of Two: Character, Part Two of Two: Mechanics
Part two is particularly interesting imho; I wish this was at least recommended reading over at fanfiction.net.
Though, hey, you might've noticed I'm not calling it 'The Pit of Voles' any more. ;) Actually these past months I've found some darned good fic over there. Just, sometimes the commaphobia and head-hopping in a lot of the stories is driving me batty.
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Speaking of darned good fic, Servare Vitas is nearing a close; with the final chapter posted today, all that's missing is the epilogue. ([livejournal.com profile] makd, I'll make sure to let you know soon as it's complete). What story will then eat my brain?
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Speaking of fic some more, I recently browsed through the Better Buffy Fiction Archive and noticed that a lot of the outside links don't work any longer - entropy at work. Some maintenance is in order. If you notice any defunct links, please drop me a note? If you happen to know of a new, working link, even better. I'm going to add a note on the main page as well, asking readers to complain about broken links. I won't work on updating the archive any longer myself but I want the collection we have to stay running and up-to-date.
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Thursday, October 26th, 2006 03:20 pm
I'm only one page away from finishing my current project and I think it can be done by tonight. Emphasis on 'night' but anyway, the thought fills me with glee. Also, for the past week I have managed to fight off the roommate's evil killer virus; don't want to jinx it but maybe I won't catch it this time around. *fingers crossed*

Interesting links:
[livejournal.com profile] selenak posts on the famous Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

(via [livejournal.com profile] metafandom) [livejournal.com profile] matociquala aka Elizabeth Bear on why fanfic doesn't bother her. After the ongoing insanity in Lee Goldberg's blog* it's refreshing to hear a more reasonable perspective.

*(current round still not over... o.O But the wankiest parts have been deleted.)
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Saturday, September 30th, 2006 11:31 pm
I just came from a party where I met the friend of a friend... we’d met at the movies a couple weeks ago, she’s in fandom (not Buffy, I forget which), I gave her the link to the Smile Time comic. Then today I ask her how she liked it, and she says, yeah, she like, and by the way, three of her friends were all, "What, you know her?"

Which poses two questions.
1. How frikkin' awesome is this?
2. How many people have read this thing, if at least three people in my own town know about it? I really wish I’d installed a counter or something, now I’ll never know. Or is there actually a LJ tool that gives you a hit status of a certain post? Do they collect that sort of info?

And now, since I’m already friends locked, for a spot of bitching. I’m not in the habit of doing that... don’t think I’ve ever done that before... but this guy is just too much, and I don’t want to risk attracting an obvious troll: Mark "I'm not a misogynist but I play one on Lee Goldberg's blog" York replies to the fic defenders, once more confirming that he has the IQ of a watermelon.
I'm sorry, I know y'all must be getting bored by this but I have to get this out of my system. )

Also, to get back to the productive side of things, page six is almost completely coloured and page seven more than halfway inked. Maybe I’ll finish even both of that tonight.

[eta: unlocked]
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 12:28 am
I'm still following the fic debate on Goldberg's blog (rerun #2047). No, I won't get into the usual conflating of legalities/ethics/morals and the invocation of Godwin's law - I've come to expect nothing less from that blog. No... I'm stumped on what a fundamental level the anti-fic crowd don't get us.

It's like two races of aliens trying to communicate. )
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Saturday, August 12th, 2006 06:49 pm
plagiarism: 24,500,000
plagarism: 310,000
plagerism: 157,000
plagirism: 26,600
plagairism: 9,480
plegerism: 203 *
pligerism: 1
copyright: 11,900,000,000
copywrite: 1,700,000
copyrite: 232,000

* (google's suggestion here: Do you mean plagerism? Am I missing something here? Leo doesn't know that word. Neither do I.)

And if you haven't heard enough of the subject yet: [livejournal.com profile] shadowkat67 posts on Intellectual Property Law and the Fan - A Primer. Because, for every law person who argues that fanfic is illegal, you can find another one who will argue how it is likely protected under the fair use clause. Which is why I get annoyed when people boldly state that fanfic is "clearly illegal". Hey, say "possibly illegal". Say "almost certainly illegal" if it makes you feel better. But this isn't a clear-cut case, at least not until there's some legal precedent (and neither side is interested in becoming the test case ... at least on that point everyone seems to agree). Michael Lovitz at Comic Con's "Comic Book Law School" seminar always emphasizes that IP law is so complex that a very common answer you'll get from a lawyer is "maybe".

Shadowkat's post is also quite interesting from an artist's perspective, no matter whether you're a pro or fan artist.

I think I'll engage in some light criminal activity and start colouring page 4, before I get back to work.
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Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 11:51 pm
I'm in procrastination overdrive, therefore the recent flood of posts in this journal. I hope I'll get into working mode soon so y'all should be saved overly excessive future posting.

John Scalzi apparently received several emails regarding the Cassie Claire debacle (for what purpose exactly is beyond me). He counters rather provocatively with: "I recognize this attitude probably won't sit well with fanficcers, but this is really an "honor among thieves" sort of issue, isn't it? If you've already morally justified intellectual theft so you can play with Harry and Hermione and Draco and whomever else you want to play with, I'm not entirely sure how one couldn't also quite easily justify taking juicy chunks of other people's text to play with as well. "

I find the discussion that's going on in the comments right now interesting even though, yeah, it's a rehash of the old Fanfic - Harmless Fun or Ultimate Evil? argument.

Because of the provocative nature of Scalzi's question, the liberal use of words like 'theft', and the usual bold-but-nonetheless-unfounded statements regarding fanfic's legal status, I had to sit on my hands to keep from commenting... the only thing more time-consuming than reading these discussions is getting involved yourself. Luckily, by now several very eloquent folks (like Patrick Nielsen Hayden and [livejournal.com profile] kate_nepveu) have said it all much better than I could ever hope to.

And, argh, if I hear this tired old argument once more (by a Sean Fodera): "[...] fanfic hurts fanfic writers, who are spending their valuable writing time on unsaleable material in other people's universes, when they should be working on their own original fiction. If you have a way with words, and a drive to write, then every minute you spend working with someone else's creations, without permission, you are wasting your talent and time."

Considerate as it is to think of the poor fanfic writers, I think we can decide for ourselves how we spend our spare time, thank you very much. I could write the whole long list of reasons why this argument is bullshit... but since my friends list doesn't need convincing, and the other side never seems interested in listening, I shall instead save the time and get back to my desk to bang my head against it.
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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 04:02 pm
Fresh in from clairvoyantwank: A reporter for the Guardian Observer attended Lumos and has since written a not exactly flattering article about HP fans, Harry Potter and the mystery of an academic obsession Read more... )
[eta: [livejournal.com profile] upstart_crow pretty much nails it.]
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Speaking of Harry Potter and fandom... just in case you haven't heard, there's a twin piece of sorts to the MsScribe disclosure on Bad Penny, The Cassandra Claire Plagiarism Debacle. Not quite as tightly written as Charlottelennox's report, but equally well-documented. The WTF-factor doesn't reach that of the MsScribe story - but then it's hard to rival that level of batshit insane. Still, the extent of plagiarism in the Draco Trilogy exposed here is staggering. As is the argument of CC's defenders, that copying from other sources without citing is okay because 'it's fanfic and everybody does it'. Um, no.

(We're not talking occasional quotes and allusions to pop-culture, by the way, but the copying of several lines up to whole paragraphs and scenes, woven into the story in such a way that they appear to be the author's creation.)

Also, fun to count all the different, creative ways of spelling 'plagiarism' and 'copyright'.
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Sunday, April 30th, 2006 08:18 pm
Teresa Nielsen Hayden: “Fanfic”: force of nature
Good fiction gets under our skin. It can change the way we see the world. But whatever its effect, it’s a significant experience. It would be a bizarre thing—unnatural, even—for writers to not engage with that experience. They always have. I could show you stuff centuries old—heck, some of it’s millennia old—that’s fanfic by any modern definition.

Of course, it would have to be a modern definition. In a purely literary sense, fanfic doesn’t exist. There is only fiction. Fanfic is a legal category created by the modern system of trademarks and copyrights. Putting that label on a work of fiction says nothing about its quality, its creativity, or the intent of the writer who created it.


Interesting discussion in the comments on fanfic and profic, and the relationship between the two. It's good to see this topic discussed in a hospitable environment, free of ad hominems.

Also, I noted that John M. Ford commented in this thread. I'm this close to writing him an embarassing mail full of fangirlish squee about his Star Trek Novel How Much For Just The Planet?... which, if you're unfamiliar with, is the ultimate proof that tie-ins don't have to be boring, that they can even be brilliant, and crazy, and feature captains going down laundry chutes, and contain hidden jabs at Paramount. It's farce and Ford has done a great job to make it work. Go, read, laugh your ass off.
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John Scalzi: 10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing
Good advice, not just for the teenage writer.
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Today I read [livejournal.com profile] rahirah's What Happens In Vegas. Like I said on bbf (for lazyness's sake): ... A witty, plotty, clever ghost story with a very quotable Buffy. Not to be missed, particularly if you like your fic with a generous dash of humour.

Beware that this story comes with a spoiler warning for Parliament Of Monsters. I'm no longer unspoiled for POM. But I regret nothing ;)
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Whew, two posts in one day. This won't become a habit, I'm just waiting for feedback on two projects, which is not gonna happen before tuesday.
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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 12:47 pm
So, the BBFA finally has over 500 archived fics ...in other words, the perfect time for the archivist to retire from the whole modding/archiving business and devote the time to her own stuff. Uff.

I have 24 stories left where I never heard back from the writers. I guess I'll leave those to the future archivist. Um, if anyone gave us permission to archive their fic and it's not in here, most likely a mail got lost somewhere on the way. Please re-send?

Likewise, if you find your story in the ZZ section at the bottom of this page instead of in the archive, that probably means that some email or other didn't get through. In which case, please just mail us and we'll put it up. (page is viewable to list members only, sorry)
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For something completely different, [livejournal.com profile] kisshoten posts about "The Man in the Morgue" in Japanese. Isn't the internet an amazing thing?