* wank - sock puppets

Wank, art and anime rec

[001] Once in a while there are responses to the fanfiction issue that make me fist!pump in the air from the awesome:

"The basic rule I follow here is one I learned in stand-up comedy: Always punch UP. I am a relatively successful typing human whose words are physically produced using millions of dollars and is distributed nationally by a massive billion dollar corporation to millions of people. Exactly how is a free web page with a 1000 word story about Eliot and Hardison fighting a trans-dimensional incursion of Elves hurting my brand, exactly?

Tell you what -- if some fanfic writer is so good they manage to amass a million-person audience with their web-distributed free stories using my characters, I am going to consider that evolution in action and hire that bastard. Or, at the very least, urge them to go create their own show. But odds are it ain't gonna happen. And that's okay. We write for different reasons." - John Rogers of Leverage fame (source)

[002] Here's another great post (also found via cofax7) covering the older wank on published authors vs fanfiction. There are several parts that had me nodding my head off, including:

"For most of us, fanfiction is a non-issue. Even for midlist writers. We will never be popular enough for people to play in our worlds with any frequency. The problem for us is getting people to read and care about our books that much in the first place. I have never heard a midlist or small press writer shriek about fanfic the way bestsellers do. So much ire spent over something that ultimately helps books, keeps the conversation going past the long tail of marketing, keeps them alive and loved--I've never understood it. Quashing fan activity is not only self-sabotaging, but unkind." - catvalente // Catherynne Valente

Though I am disappointed with Jasper Fforde D: Still, the intro and concluding paragraphs in particular had me all \o\o/o/ YES.

[003] If you're avoiding more recent wank, the one post I'd point to is furiosity's, especially since it touches onto certain social!issues brilliantly.

[004] bzzinglikeneon's post makes me want to take the leap and delete my FB acct >_>

[005] Now for something SUPER SHINY: amei posted a gorgeous fanart scene today - I wish there was more fanart that focused as much on lighting, atmosphere, props, poses and use of color and textures. Every time I look at it I notice something new (particularly on the table, lol).

[006] Pimped and recced Red Garden and its OVA on GB <3 If MU causes problems, y'all can check out this post which has mirrors on MF too.

I'd love to put the recs themselves in public posts here but am worried that would be too much flist spammage for people who watch both GB and this blog >_>
"Though I am disappointed with Jasper Fforde"

??

Because Fforde's stuff basically is fanfic?
'Cause he's against fanfic as pointed out in that post linked:

that hasn't stopped Jasper Fforde from saying idiotic things like: "My thoughts on Fan Fiction are pretty much this: That it seems strange to want to copy or 'augment' someone else's work when you could expend just as much energy and have a lot more fun making up your own." And then writing books which do nothing but copy and augment other people's characters and making money from it--arguably Jasper Fforde is the most successful fanfic writer around
Ah, I missed the link. And that is weird, because this subject came up in another blog and Fforde was on my list of people who write mainstream fanfic along with the authors of Wicked, The Beekeper's Apprentice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, etc.

Maybe this is a case of the closeted preacher condemning homosexuality?
Oh god, those two people. Can I marry them? Because after that freaking wank with Diana Gabaldon, I just need to know that not all famous, published authors are against fanfics and they do support us fans in writing and expanding their creations. Fff, not like we're stealing their works and publishing it as ours and earning money.
It made me realise that, the people who usually make a lot of noise negatively are authors those who won't notice a loss of sales even if fans boycott their work - its nice to read opinions of authors who aren't as high profile and writers working in other areas of story writing.
Ha, I deactivated my fb last night. I never use it, and I'd need to be a lot more vigilant to keep it.
I realised my friends and family would probably go !!! and never let me hear the end of it - I just hid my FB from searches et all and left it as is (since I haven't updated in a year or two I think...)