Fanfiction and Respecting Your Fans

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As most everyone has probably seen already, author Diana Gabaldon really stuck her foot in her mouth the other day by declaring that all fan-fiction writers are akin to rapist, husband-stealers, and other nefarious criminals. Today she has softened her words a bit, but the fact still remains that she opened her mouth and spewed forth against fans of her work.

I don’t know Ms. Gabaldon nor have I ever finished one of her books, but I can tell you straight out that unless she issues an apology to ALL fan-fiction writers, I will never buy another one of her books nor will I ever recommend her to anyone. I understand not wanting people to write fan-fiction about your work. Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. As a writer of both fan-fiction and original fiction myself, I don’t understand why somebody would be so against something done out of love for the work and characters. If Ms. Gabaldon had simply come out and said, “I don’t like fan-fiction. Please do not write it about my work or my characters.” I would not have an issue at all. It is perfectly acceptable for somebody to want to keep their toys all to themselves.
My biggest issue is the blatant disrespect and attack on fellow writers — yes, fan-fiction writers are still writers. I’ve read fan-fiction that outshone the work it was based on in both the technical writing and the creative world-building.
So, Ms. Gabaldon, I would just like to say — please think before you type next time because alienating any portion of your fan-base through insults is never a good idea.
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About Ana Ramsey

Ana Ramsey* is a crazy cat lady-cum-author. When she's not wrangling her three rebel cats or working in the garden, she can usually be found lurking on Twitter (@anaquana) or gallivanting around the world from the comfort of her chair. *Name changed to protect the guilty

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