Friday, July 29, 2005

Dead Horses Can Make Money

It really is all about the money

1.) Real Writers use only original characters and situations/universes in their fiction, except when they don't (see #3)

2.) Real Writers get paid to write.

3.) If writers use other people's characters and situations/universes in their fiction, and they get paid to do it, they get Real Writer status.

4.) Fan writers who write stories on media properties without permission are thieves, of questionable intelligence and creativity, disrespectful, obnoxious, immature, creepy, bad writers, and possibly pedophiles.

5.) Fan writers who write stories on media properties with permission are of questionable intelligence and creativity, disrespectful, obnoxious, immature, creepy, bad writers, and possibly pedophiles.

6.) People who use pseudonyms are dishonest and possibly trolls, unless they are Real Writers, in which case their justifications are acceptable.


"She knows she's using characters that aren't her own, that she's disrespecting the authors right to control their own creations, but none of that really matters... Because she's "a writer," so she had no other choice but to write the story and post it in the net. She had to do it. It was an undeniable compulsion."

Maljean's comments summarized by Lee Goldberg,
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Another Day in Fan Fic


"Given a choice, I would only write novels and TV shows of my own creation. But I have to make a living and I take the work that comes my way...and that includes writing-for-hire, whether it's on someone else's TV show or original tie-in novels based on characters I didn't create. Ultimately, however, what motivates me as a writer is to express myself...not the work of someone else."

Lee Goldberg, Thursday, June 16, 2005 The Difference Between Tie-Ins and Fan fic

(emphasis in both quotes is mine ~ aaj)


Choices, choices. Those pesky choices.

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