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9-17-2010 @ 7:48PM
"The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) has been fighting the good fight for fan fiction for a while now, taking the position that fan fiction is a transformative work, i.e., the author of the fan fiction has added something new to the original work, under the fair use exception."As a writer of both original fiction and fanfic, I take some serious issue with the OTW's position.Fanfic does not, in any way, add to the original work. While they're obviously related in a derived sort of way, they're separate. No matter what anyone else writes, the original work remains as it is, and only the owner(s) of the work can change that. While many people may enjoy reading fanfic, perhaps even more than the original work, fanfic does not change that original work or make it more than it was before. The original work would be the same no matter who else wrote about it, or if no one else wrote about it. Only the work's creator(s) can add something and make it part of that work.In other words, thousands of Thrall/Jaina fics do not make them a couple in canon, and no effort on my part will make it so the world my favorite anime series takes place in was the creation of a being from one of Neil Gaiman's works.(Note that I'm not talking about things where more than one person writes canon, like the Star Wars extended universe or even WarCraft's own books. I'm only talking about published canon vs. fanfic.)
9-17-2010 @ 8:39PM
They don't add to the original work itself - but I'd argue it adds to the reader's experience of the original work. Fanfic has often inspired me to take a different look to the canon and see things I didn't notice before, whether it's my imagination or not.I do see your point though, and agree. (Which is what personal canon's for! ;) )
9-17-2010 @ 9:57PM
@ Xantenise:I generally agree. I'm reading an alternate-universe (AU) fanfic right now that takes things in a radically different direction from the canon series and yet keeps the characters in character and the developments believable, and it's just plain awesome. It is interesting to see how things might have been different.However, I really, really don't like the concept of "personal canon", as to me it always sounds too much like someone saying "I didn't like what happened, so I'm going to say it didn't happen." No matter how much a fan likes something, that doesn't give them the right to say what did or didn't happen; that right's reserved for the canon's creator(s). I didn't like some of the stuff that happened in the latest novel in my current favorite series, but there's no chance I'll try to say it didn't happen and claim it as 'personal canon'. *eyeroll*(If that's not what you meant by "personal canon", then I apologize for misinterpreting. ^_^)
9-18-2010 @ 12:40AM
What I meant more by "personal canon" is choosing your own interpretation of events that don't strictly follow canon.It does go along the lines of "I don't like what happened so I'll change X", but not quite as drastically. It just means - well. Thrall/Jaina isn't a canon pairing, but somebody could easily choose to interpret that they ARE together - just in secret. But that doesn't mean they have the right to go "Oh, they ARE seeing each other" as if it IS canon, because it's not - it's just a way they choose to interpret canon, mostly in a hopeful sense, to enhance the story.And AUs - I love AUs!
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