Fan fiction is unworthy of you. Don't do it. Author Robin Hobb (Meghan Lindholm) crushes fan fiction and slash writers, but her rant "does not include professional authors writing...Buffy the Vampire Slayer stories." To read the essay, enter the attic and click on the madwoman's red shoe.
"Romances are invented, gender identities changed, fetishes indulged and endings are altered. It’s not flattery...fan fiction becomes personal masturbation fantasy in which the fan reader is interacting with the writer’s character. That isn’t healthy for anyone."
In contrast, Joss Whedon has openly encouraged his fans to "Write fan fic."
Edited: On behalf of Robin Hobb's camp, I have changed the link because "her intent in posting it on her site is for people to access it through the madwoman in the attic, to get the idea that it's a rant and purposely over the top. Anyone accessing the essay elsewhere or via a direct link is getting it out of context."
March 18 2006
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