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1deedeeinfj
Nov 4, 2006, 9:36am Top

What are your thoughts on authors, such as Anne Rice, who forbid fanfiction about their works, as opposed to J.K. Rowling and others who encourage it? If you were a published author, how would you feel about people using and possibly reinterpreting your characters?

2tangerinealert
Edited: Mar 15, 2009, 9:05am Top

I suppose it's for the authors to dictate how their characters are used, and if they want to protect their work as a brand or product then they can forbid people from using it.

They can't really forbid people from *writing* the fanfic, just publishing it on sites that moderate such activities, I don't think there's a lot Rice and others could do if people decide to post stuff on their blogs or whatever, except sending out cease and disist notices to everyone who does so (which would be a pretty costly and never ending process).

I think it also has a lot to do with the mindset, especially with JKR, she's has much more interaction with the fan population and has some idea of how much people love her work, and their desire to write and use her characters. Any writing is good, and if fanfic writers are using characters she created in new ways, creating new things with her universe then that's something to be marvelled at.

It also helps that JKR's Harry Potter works are very established, there's hardly any liklihood of someone trying to steal her characters/universe by claiming as their own. If someone started to write fanfic about a smaller universe, perhaps from a new author that's only just beginning to establish themselves in the prose world then perhaps they might have some cause for concern if people start writing fanfic based on their work.

EDIT:
Just got the list of authors that on Fanfic.net you can't post fanfic from their works:
* Anne Rice
* Archie comics
* Dennis L. McKiernan
* Irene Radford
* J.R. Ward
* Laurell K. Hamilton
* Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
* P.N. Elrod
* Raymond Feist
* Robin Hobb
* Robin McKinley
* Terry Goodkind

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