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Just got thinking about fanfic...

(Anonymous) 2011-07-13 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
I know I read somewhere that Jim doesn't mind others writing fanfic and sharing with friends, although he won't read it himself, but I was re-reading another series (Green Rider) lately, and wanted to read some fanfic on it. Then I stumbled across this: http://www.kristenbritain.com/faq/faq.html#Fanfic . Now, obviously, she doesn't want fanfic shared about her stories, although it appears that some have completely disregarded that request. I remembered upon seeing it that it was the reason I dropped Green Rider fanfic entirely.

I have noticed that I am more likely to go out and buy Dresden Files as soon as it comes out and read it, and this is a series that I both write and read fanfic in. Green Rider is a series that I would like to see fanfic in, but I also respect the authors wishes and so won't write for it or read very much of it. I also don't go out and buy new books right away, and I didn't even notice that there was a fourth book out until looking at her page today.

My question is this:
So does fanfic actually grow, expand, and keep a fan base for a particular series?

The answer for myself is obviously 'yes.' If I don't have something to keep me interested while waiting for the next book to come out, I forget about it. Not because I didn't like the series, but because I have the attention span of a gnat. I'm also more likely to share that series with others because I want them to read and understand the fics that I'm reading. There are several series that I started reading fanfic for first, and then started reading the series because of the fanfic. David Weber was one of those. :)

Re: Just got thinking about fanfic...

(Anonymous) 2011-07-13 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
The people who write fic are usually the sorts of people who are voracious media consumers. I've seen people talking about going out and buying a whole series of something just to have recent viewing/reading of canon for a Yuletide story. They're the sorts of folks that will spread news about a new release (for good or ill, but all publicity is good publicity, right? Well, mostly.) I think authors who "disallow" fic are shooting themselves in the foot. I tend to avoid authors that do that just because I don't want to go looking and be disappointed. (I find that they sometimes conflate ficcers with pirates too, which is very offputting.) It's all annecdata, but I'd say yes, or at least it doesn't hurt.

Re: Just got thinking about fanfic...

(Anonymous) 2011-07-13 01:17 am (UTC)(link)
Her concern doesn't seem to be so much with the writing of the fic itself as the fact that she equates putting it on the 'net as "publishing." The way I read it, it's okay to write it for yourself or to share with your friends, but, in her words, to not "publish[] and proliferat[e] stories based on my copyrighted material via the Internet or any other highly distributable form."

So you can write it so long as you don't publish it, and putting it on the internet counts as publishing.

Which, for me, defeats the purpose. I don't have RL friends that I can share fanfic, since all the friends I used to share fic with in RL have either moved to fandoms I don't read or moved (and I lost touch).

BTW, despite the fanfic restriction, I still love Green Rider. <3

(And, finally, this kinkmeme has utterly destroyed me. I just wrote that last "fanfic" as "fanfuck". FML.)

Re: Just got thinking about fanfic...

(Anonymous) 2011-07-21 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
All I know, is what fic does for me.

It gives me the fix I need until the next book comes out.
The bigger the fandom, the more fics, --> Means me reading more, contributing more, consuming more,and becoming so obsessed with the series that before I know it, the next book/tv season/movie has been released.

Yeah. Fic is important. So is fan art. So are forums.

Keep the community active, and your fanbase grows.