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Re: Fanfic Thread
« Reply #135 on: April 19, 2015, 02:40:51 PM »
As mentioned earlier, I only write Dragon Age (specifically Origins at this time) and stuff off Mass Effect (primarily 2 and 3). I've gotten some doozies in private messages.

With my Dragon Age stuff, my main character is Fem!Cousland paired with Alistair, which I know is pretty typical, however I've run in some odd directions with the stories themselves. I've clearly established they started off as friends first then more involved as time went on. I also had it pretty clear that my character is incredibly loyal and isn't flighty in her attentions.

So when I progressed from the main Origins storyline to my take on the Awakening expansion, I had people telling me, not asking, but telling me that she needed to have a fling with Nathaniel Howe. Despite the fact she was ready to kill him when he first popped up, and that she'd always seen him as another big brother. Plus the whole cheating thing was completely not in her nature.

Thankfully those demands have ended, but they just left me feeling really gross.

I've been slowly working on a story that's post Mass Effect 3 where the initial fan outcry about the ending gave me a "What if" idea. While I was very clear that my story wasn't a romance based (there will be some light stuff eventually), the number of angry messages I got about how I was handling Kaidan Alenko was a little scary. Thankfully they too seem to have tapered off.

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Re: Fanfic Thread
« Reply #136 on: April 19, 2015, 04:16:44 PM »
This was more weird than outright offensive, but it kinda rubbed me the wrong way...

I was part of a fandom and wrote a very heavily AU piece for it. It was multi chapter and getting pretty long, and gaining a decent amount of positive feedback, when... I hit a wall. I stopped writing the fic, and in the meantime, lost interest in the fandom. Eventually, I admitted defeat, apologised to my subscribers and declared the fic abandoned.

A short while later, another writer contacted me over the IM - to ask if she could have my story! She wanted me to send her copies of the chapter files so she could upload them under her own pen name and finish the story as she so wished!

I'd never heard of such a thing happening, and was surprised at the strangeness and audacity of the request. I think I wrote a quick message about how although I had given up on the fic, I still had an idea of how I wanted it to end and thus couldn't hand over creative control in such a way, but she was welcome to take the basic concept and write her own version of it.
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Re: Fanfic Thread
« Reply #137 on: April 19, 2015, 04:38:58 PM »
I still have one review I got as a young teen saved for when I need a good laugh.

At the time the majority of my fic was for Digimon and Pokemon and this particular fic was a crossover romance involving two characters who are both presented as male. Nothing dirty or anything, just pure fluff between the pair. Then one morning I check my email before school to find

"This [cuss] is so g@y  >:("

I was laughing the whole day  ;D Really? That's the insult you decided to use for my slash fanfic? Still the funniest response I've ever gotten to a story.

Never gotten any story requests I didn't specifically ask for. I've written things inspired by ideas someone told me about (and made it clear where the idea came from and that I'd take them down if they liked), and I am the master of writing fic of fic, but nobody has hassled me over anything in years.
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« Reply #138 on: April 19, 2015, 05:47:09 PM »
I still have one review I got as a young teen saved for when I need a good laugh.

At the time the majority of my fic was for Digimon and Pokemon and this particular fic was a crossover romance involving two characters who are both presented as male. Nothing dirty or anything, just pure fluff between the pair. Then one morning I check my email before school to find

"This [cuss] is so g@y  >:("

I was laughing the whole day  ;D Really? That's the insult you decided to use for my slash fanfic? Still the funniest response I've ever gotten to a story.

Never gotten any story requests I didn't specifically ask for. I've written things inspired by ideas someone told me about (and made it clear where the idea came from and that I'd take them down if they liked), and I am the master of writing fic of fic, but nobody has hassled me over anything in years.

The best bad review I ever got was "Absolut cr@p".

Yes, that is a rather bad brand of alcohol, but I don't think that's what they meant...  >:D
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Re: Fanfic Thread
« Reply #139 on: April 19, 2015, 07:28:05 PM »
This was more weird than outright offensive, but it kinda rubbed me the wrong way...

I was part of a fandom and wrote a very heavily AU piece for it. It was multi chapter and getting pretty long, and gaining a decent amount of positive feedback, when... I hit a wall. I stopped writing the fic, and in the meantime, lost interest in the fandom. Eventually, I admitted defeat, apologised to my subscribers and declared the fic abandoned.

A short while later, another writer contacted me over the IM - to ask if she could have my story! She wanted me to send her copies of the chapter files so she could upload them under her own pen name and finish the story as she so wished!

I'd never heard of such a thing happening, and was surprised at the strangeness and audacity of the request. I think I wrote a quick message about how although I had given up on the fic, I still had an idea of how I wanted it to end and thus couldn't hand over creative control in such a way, but she was welcome to take the basic concept and write her own version of it.

She sure has some brass ones, doesn't she?

I've heard of authors finishing up abandoned stories and calling it fanfic of a fanfic, but they only take credit for their own part.

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« Reply #140 on: April 20, 2015, 09:47:56 AM »
This was more weird than outright offensive, but it kinda rubbed me the wrong way...

I was part of a fandom and wrote a very heavily AU piece for it. It was multi chapter and getting pretty long, and gaining a decent amount of positive feedback, when... I hit a wall. I stopped writing the fic, and in the meantime, lost interest in the fandom. Eventually, I admitted defeat, apologised to my subscribers and declared the fic abandoned.

A short while later, another writer contacted me over the IM - to ask if she could have my story! She wanted me to send her copies of the chapter files so she could upload them under her own pen name and finish the story as she so wished!

I'd never heard of such a thing happening, and was surprised at the strangeness and audacity of the request. I think I wrote a quick message about how although I had given up on the fic, I still had an idea of how I wanted it to end and thus couldn't hand over creative control in such a way, but she was welcome to take the basic concept and write her own version of it.

I have seen people ask to FINISH a story, but they're not asking to take credit for a fic they didn't start; it's more in the nature of a collaboration.

This? Nope. Beyond the pale.

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« Reply #141 on: Today at 12:05:42 AM »
I've been getting pretty liberal lately with cross-listing my stories as "original work." I posted some actual original work (no connection to any fandom) and those got a good response, surprisingly. Then I got to thinking about some of my other stories that I had already posted as fanfic connected to specific fandoms, and how in many ways some of them are actually quite original. I'm still leaving them listed as the fandom that inspired them, but also adding "original work" to the listing to indicate that I'm not taking the fandom so literally.

As I went through my stories deciding what to cross-list this way, I basically asked myself if this story could be done with the characters named something else, and not make people think I was ripping off Fandom. Another way to look at it would be, could someone who's not familiar with Fandom, read this story and get what's going on, without feeling like there's a big backstory they're missing out on?

So, to use a (non-existent) example I used earlier--Star Trek: Enterprise characters, with those names and personalities, but modern-day Earth, members of an extended family, and secretly wizards. Lots of original things done to them. However, to me the web of relationships clearly owes a huge debt to Star Trek: Enterprise, so I would just leave the stories with that listing.

But take another series of stories: Red and Liz from Blacklist as alchemist and junior assistant in medieval England. I'm still going to put Blacklist on it, because I think fans of the show might like to see it and imagine them this way, and there are definitely nods to the show. But really, you could change the names, and be left with an original story about a cagey mentor and his impatient assistant, so I'm also going to list it as "original work."

Obviously it's a very subjective thing and depends a lot on the specific story. I think it's much more a continuum than discrete boxes. My goal is to communicate to potential readers more clearly what the story is going to be like--if you're expecting something very much in line with canon, you're not going to get it; or conversely, if you don't know much about the show, never fear, you don't have to with this story. Thoughts?
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