An Amsterdam post really will follow as soon as I upload my photos from my camera (I was tempted last night to cheat and use photos from my last trip, but I was there for Queen's Day this time!). However, there has been something of an uproar about fanfiction of late.
Diana Gabaldon has said that she considers fanfiction immoral. Numerous people have disagreed, but the first response I read was from Sarah Rees Brennan. Both posts are interesting - I especially liked Sarah's, as her own experience as a fanfic writer was so negative, yet she still believes in the general goodness of fanfic. Also, I agree with her, which helps :) But Diana Gabaldon's post is a strong argument to the contrary.
Disclaimer: Sarah reckons that Diana has modified her point of view slightly since making this post. I haven't yet read through all 584 comments on her blog [I'm a bit skint after Amsterdam though, so I might yet, since leaving the house can be expensive]. I can't vouch for whether or not Diana Gabaldon still holds these opinions with the same intensity, but she provides a well-written argument.
I'm not a reader or a writer of fanfic - when I was 12, I used to write my own versions of TV shows I liked. There were probably less than ten of them, and I threw them all away during a house move when I was 15 or so. I'm delighted that I did, since they were embarrassing. I wouldn't even say they were good enough to be called fanfic. I've also read very little fanfic. In my life, I may have read four or five pieces. My feelings about fanfiction aren't very strong either way, because if it fell off the earth in the morning, I wouldn't notice.
Many people seem to be of the opinion that if the author hates it, don't do it, but otherwise it's fine provided you don't try to make money from it. I'm just curious to know how some of you guys feel on the subject, though. If you were/are a published writer, would you mind if people wrote fanfic? Would you be tempted to read it? Or would you call in the lawyers?
Personally, I go a bit delirious whenever anyone responds to anything I write in a favourable way, so I would be thrilled if anyone gave enough of a crap about me to write fanfic. But then, I'm all unpublished and obscure, and maybe I'd feel differently if products of my imagination were available for public consumption. I don't know. Today, though, my view would be - go nuts, but I legally can't read it.
Any thoughts out there in Blogland?