Hello, Blogosphere, and good morning.
So I’ve been thinking about fanfiction recently…namely, on what I would do if–following the hypothetical release of my novel–I were to inspire a fandom of writers.
By this I don’t mean just fan groups necessarily, but people who are actively thinking about my content and seeking to expand upon it–essentially, the goal of fanfiction (barring that concerning number-one bestselling authors).
I suppose the biggest question to consider is that concerning plagiarism versus bottled inspiration. What is it exactly that fanfiction writers do…do they take an easy ride on the back of a more substantiative work, or do they instead take said work to a different level?
Now, we could break this down and categorize various writers and styles, but I don’t want to do that. That’s not what I’d like to consider, for today. Instead, I want a blanket response–if any fanfictioneer were to write about my work, how would I react?
Well, speaking for myself, I’d frankly be honored at the concept that somebody was deeply impacted by my work, to the point where they would want to aid me in the development of the story itself. And given my particular novel, with a lot of characters hinging off of each other going who-knows-where outside the book itself, it would certainly be interesting to see the fates of characters I didn’t resolve in the book–and for whom I have no notion of their outcome.
So just for me, I wouldn’t mind at all. In fact, I’d likely become an avid reader, not for purposes of vanity but because I’d actually like to know a bit more about what I created, according to readers.
But at the same time, I can see the annoyance or the trouble that might–understandably–arise as a result of an inspired fandom. Obviously, to a point it’s a bit like watching a child go out and do things on its own–while I’m proud of it and curious to see what it does, at the same time I’m afraid for it and I want things to just…stay the same, the way I parented–or rather, wrote.
And being inundated with material of lesser aesthetic or intellectual quality is a concern, as well.
But overall…if someone wants to create fanfiction from my work, he or she is more than welcome. I’m not someone who goes and develops every detail of his imaginary world–that’s not how I roll. I just create the story, and work in whatever worldbuilding components I need. Outside of that, I really have no idea, even with my own story.
So I’d love to see some fanfiction, someday. But, I can certainly understand the other side to the argument, as well.
What’s your take on this? I’d be honored to know–comments in comments please!
May you remain existential,