June 4th, 2004


Neil Gaiman on why he has no problem with Fan Fiction

Why? Because fan fiction is fan fiction. I don't believe I'll lose my rights to my characters and books if I allow/fail to prevent/turn a blind eye to people writing say Neverwhere fiction, as long as those people aren't, say, trying to sell books with my characters in. I don't read it (and that way no-one has to wonder whether I stole the plot of something from their fanfic).

I don't think my attitude on this is particularly uncommon among authors -- I noticed the other day that JK Rowling doesn't mind Harry Potter fan fiction. Except for the x-rated kind. (I'm sure there are people out there writing Harry Potter fan fiction that isn't x-rated). On the other hand I consider it an author's right to not want fan fiction and do everything the author can to stamp it out, if that's what he or she wants. It's one of those "your mileage may vary" things.

As a fledgling writer, I really wouldn't spend too much time worrying that people will write fan fiction with your characters in. If they ever do, take it as a sign that you probably did something right and made some characters that people liked and believed in and wanted to write about. Or wanted to imagine in the nude. Or something.

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Due to my PDA deciding to run low on battery power and not wake me up at 7:30 I woke up at 8:30, thus achieving 9 hours sleep for the first time in months.  I arrived at work _not_ hating the entire universe and was entirely compos mentis for the remainder of the day.

Aha!  I thought, all I have to do is sleep in slightly once a week and I'm fine!

The number of spelling mistakes I've had to correct this evening, however, indicate that in fact I'm not caught up on sleep at all, just slightly less underslept.

However, I have _nothing_ I have to do for the entire weekend, a state I haven't been in for over a year.  I do have a dog, which indicates certain responsibilities, but I intend to discharge them by lying in the park and climbing Arthur's Seat, both of which I intend in a very relaxed fashion.