Fanfic Nightmare?

George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire) on why fanfiction is a bad thing for authors.

Part of me cringes when I read it, because I know many authors (Eric Flint, for instance) who believe that the exact opposite is true. However, I also know that while Martin is faaaaahhhbulously wealthy (okay, he has a positive bank account), Mr. Flint, who ran the Baen Universe e-zine, just had to close up the shop on the e-zine for lack of money. So… draw your own conclusions.

Me? I like fanfic. Some of the Harry Potter fanfic is humorously decent. However, I’m also under the belief that you play in someone’s sandbox with their permission only, and I know J.K. Rowling hasn’t given anyone permission to build little Hogwarts in her world. So yeah, I think I actually agree with Mr. Martin on this one.

Authors who write for a living have one general source of income: their writing. Take that away, demean it, and all you have left is a starved and malnourished H.P. Lovecraft.

By Jason Cordova

Born in Orange, California, author Jason Cordova has written books ranging from the fantastical realms of fantasy to the militaristic side of science fiction. His latest should be out soon. Really. You should probably buy it. Check Amazon. Demand it at your local store. Pay for his kitten kibble.

4 replies on “Fanfic Nightmare?”

Hmm. The closing of Baen’s Universe is irrelevant to this point, as it was not a fanfic magazine. I should think the continuing success of the Grantville Gazette (fanfic in the “Ring of Fire” universe) is more to the point.

Good point. For some reason I had Baen’s Universe and the GG linked in my head.

I believe HPL didn’t help his cause by being rather too willing to let himself get distracted by answering fan mail and the like. I suspect that he just wasn’t as driven by a desire for money as ERB …

Which is a shame. His estate should at least still have the rights for all the boardgames, video games, books and whatnot released using his novels as a basis.

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