Fanfiction is something I’ve always wondered about–why do people read OR write it? (This is in no way related to the other conversations–they just made me think about it again, and now that I have this blog, I get to think out loud. Unfortunately.)
As a reader, I don’t get it. Writing about the stuff you don’t get to see—maybe Wonder Woman’s got a dirty old lady thing for the Boy Wonder?—is not my cup of tea. Why? Because that has nothing to do with the writer’s story. The actual writer who created those characters has/had a vision for them, and that fanfic story ain’t it. For example—the Star Wars movies. I’d have nothing to do with the three prequels if they weren’t from George Lucas. I’m sure it’s entertaining for many, it’s just not my cup of tea.
As a writer, I really don’t get it. It’s copyright violation. If you’re a writer, how is that not of huge importance to you? If you write fanfic, and then get published with an original work, how ironic would it be if you had to defend your original work against copyright infringement?
Let’s say Jane Doe has great fun publishing her Gilligan’s Island fanfic on the internet. Then Jane Doe gets a publishing contract for her prehistoric romance. Jane Doe is going to be perfectly okay with me making a name for myself publishing fanfic starring Ugg and Uma on my website, which also features my original works, right?
Anyway. Fanfic. I just don’t get it.