| Anti-fanfiction authors
||[Feb. 14th, 2008|10:48 am]
For some reason, I was thinking that the majority of authors I know about who disallow fanfic for their works are female:
Laurell K. Hamilton (not that this stops anyone; there is a whole LJ community devoted to killing her characters in embarrassing ways)
Whereas the only male anti-fanfic authors I can come up with off the top of my head are Terry Goodkind and George R. R. Martin. (With Martin, though, I think it's only fic; there's a thriving fanart community).
Does anyone know of any other male ones? Living authors, not authors whose estates have strict policies on fanfic, like Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I believe Raymond Feist is in the anti-fanfic poopyhead camp.
It's wrong of me to be gleeful, isn't it? Since I don't like his writing anyway.
I will admit that I read them at just the right time in my life to enjoy them, and he was my 'gateway' to becoming a full-blown fan of the genre. I tried reading them years ago and found that the romantic relationships made me want to vomit.
I think there's beautiful irony in that his early Riftwars books were so completely derivative of Tolkein.
Terry Pratchett has stated that he doesn't like it, but I don't know how far he inforces this.
Someone asked him about fanfic the last time he was in Austin for a booksigning. He basically said that he doesn't want to know about it, for solid legal reasons, but I don't recall him explicitly saying "don't do it". It was more of a "just don't tell me about it; I don't want to know."
He's said he doesn't want it posted to mailing lists he's part of, etc., and he definitely will not do something like "Read my Discworld story idea!" But he hasn't gone after it legally or said he hates people playing in his world.
He said he's fine with it (and actually seems to somewhat disapprove of authors who prohibit it), he just doesn't want to run into it himself.
2008-02-14 06:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, I never knew GRRM was anti-fanfic. Was there a kerfluffle over it or did he just preemptively disallow it?
It's interesting to me how the only three women on your list that I'm familiar with (McCaffrey, Rice and Lackey) are ones whose books I can't stand for reasons entirely divorced from fanfic. Hee.
GRRM is one of those people who believes that fanfic is so completely derivative it adds nothing to the writing experience and teaches you nothing. He advised people who wanted to fanfic his work to go write original work instead.
Really, all the anti-fanfic famale authors are batshit. Here
is Robin Hobb's wanky rant about blogs; here
are excerpts from her original anti-fanfic rant. And LKH has her own wiki entry here
Robert Jordan didn't allow it, IIRC.
David Weber, maybe?
Ah. I thought Jordan was one of those like Pratchett who didn't really want to be reminded of its existence (because there's a Wheel of Time section at FF.net, but none for the other authors).
I know almost nothing about Weber fandom. Has he gone after people legally?
Oh, scratch that, there is a Mercedes Lackey section. It seems that she hasn't bothered going after FF.net.
I remembered that Orson Scott Card didn't like it; googling to confirm, I found this article
by Michela Ecks which ought to be of interest:
A quote: "Several authors including Mercedes Lackey (Firebird Art & Music), David Silva (Silva), Lawrence Watt-Evans (Watt-Evans), Orson Scott Card (Card), Dave Duncan (Duncan), Roberta Ghellis (Ghellis) and Katherine Kurtz Lackey (Firebird Art & Music) have been asked by their lawyers or agents or have decided based on research not to tolerate fan fiction. "
The positions of various authors are discussed, not just those who are dead against it.