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Thing that makes me sad: YENPRESS. Why you gotta take my fix away? Was that really necessary? D:

Thing that makes me happy!: It's my birthday and the world hasn't come crashing down yet. :D :D :D (no, really, I have such bad luck with birthdays, you have no idea)

Thing that makes me sad: My driver's permit runs out today. Yes, I'm already in my twenties. No, I don't know how to drive yet. Yes, this is getting ridiculous. /o\

Thing that makes me happy!: I might be going to Argentina in October! For like, a month! Or at least a few weeks. Part of my mom's family still lives there, so I'll be staying with my Aunt Gladys (tia gladys? idek) . One problem - my Spanish is...yeah, let's not talk about it. And I kind of don't feel like leaving my dog for so long (shaddup, he's old). But Argentina! I have to ponder this more.

Stuff About The Pro-Author Wank That's Making the Rounds

It's funny. Almost all of the authors who've been having spazz attacks about fanfic clearly have no idea what it even is. Like, none at all. And it just gets more hilarious when you realize each of the authors is guilty of committing fic themselves:

- Galbadon based her main character off of a Doctor Who companion (it's not just 'inspired by' when you take the character's name, the actor's name, the character's disposition, the character's primary setting and clothing, and add in time travel. Just sayin'),

- George RR Martin freaking WROTE CROSSOVER FIC for that Character Cage Match Up thing a few months ago wherein he wrote a snippet of one of his characters having a duel with Hermione Granger (what's that? you didn't ask JK Rowling for direct permission to use her character to win more votes? you don't say),

- and while I don't have much on Katherine Kerr (though honestly, I'm thinking that's just a matter of time) the fact that she gets up on a high horse about originality and imagination while writing about freaking elves and orcs and dwarfs is really a bit much.

I really think this is a generational thing. I have never met anyone under the age of 30 who had a serious problem with fanfic. They might not have liked it, but they mostly understood it. Hell, most people I know got exposed to the concept in freaking school when one of the assignments was to write an extra scene/alternate ending/epilogue of The Outsiders or whatever else was on the required reading list. Fic is not a new concept.

And please, please stop it with the legal arguments. FWIU, fic falls under copyright law and copyright cases are determined by a case by case basis. You can't say that fanfiction is illegal! Because it isn't!  If you really feel like it, you could sue one author over one fic and maybe maybe maybe the ruling will be that the work is an infringement on your copyright, but I really doubt it unless you were selling it (hi, Fair Use). And even if it was deemed to be an an infringement, that's only one fic! Unless some judge had a serious vendetta against fic because someone wrote Furry RPF of them and their dog, I really don't think there will ever be a broad stroke ruling either for or against fic. There's no point. 

But when it comes down to it, 'IT'S ONLY COOLLEGALETHICALCREATIVEMORALIMAGINATIVEAWESOME WHEN PRO-AUTHORS DO IT, SO THE REST OF YOU PLEBES NEED TO GTFO' - is not the best way to gather and keep fans of your work. You know. The people who buy your books and enable you to write for a living.

But hey, what do I know. It's not like I have a bunch of birthday cash to spend at Barnes and Noble. (and guess who is not going to be on the To Buy list.)

And I'm sorry, but if you still don't know how to use italics when posting in blogs? I judge you. I judge you so hard. 

Date: 2010-05-14 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mairenn-k.livejournal.com
Argentina! That sounds really nice, I hope you'll be able to go (if you want to, of course).

The fact that those authors seem to know so little of what they're talking about is what disturbs me the most too. Well, that and the needlessly insulting tone that Gabaldon used in her entry (GRRM was at least a little more polite, even though his arguments are just as bad), but whatever. Before judging it so hard they should at least go and find out what exactly it is.

Also, gotta love the 'but they're my children!!1' argument that both Gabaldon and Martin used (idk about Kerr, I haven't seen what she's been writing). Seriously people, get some perspective. If you don't want your readers to imagine stuff about your characters, then you shouldn't have made the books public in the first place.

I agree very much with what you say about it being a generational thing though. Many future professional authors will probably have been 'raised' in fandom themselves, so hopefully things will get better. :]
Edited Date: 2010-05-14 07:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-15 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
Argentina - I do want to go, even if only to get in touch with my family there. And I love traveling anyway. XD I think it'll just depend on how long I'm going to stay there.

(and it just occurred to me that I might not have internet access there. um.)

lmao, not only do the authors not know what the hell they're talking about, they are flat out ignoring the dozens people who are trying to explain it to them. Over and over and over...

Yeah, the My Children Are Precious Don't You Dare Come Near Them line is when I started to back away. Very slowly.

Oh my god, the idea of a new batch of authors being raised in fandom makes my heart glad. :D :D :D

Date: 2010-05-14 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anyjen.livejournal.com
Happy birthday!! I hope you have a nice one. :D

Oooh, you're coming to Argentina? Awesome! Where, exactly? (it's kind of a big country)

Make sure you bring spending money. Tourists find that, in the exchange, many things are cheaper over here.

Date: 2010-05-15 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
XD Thank you~!

Mendoza, apparently? A couple days in Buenos Ares, but mostly around Mendoza since that's where my family is from. My mom was born in Maipu, so she wants me to see that while I'm there.

oh, I hope the exchange will be in my favor. x_x

Date: 2010-05-15 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anyjen.livejournal.com
Aww, I'm from Córdoba. If you went anywhere closer, we could have met... :(

I hear Mendoza is beautiful, though. ^^

It will. One dollar is about four pesos, and a bus fare in Córdoba, for example, is two pesos... that's fifty cents for you. ^^

Date: 2010-05-14 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hervictory.livejournal.com
And I'm sorry, but if you still don't know how to use italics when posting in blogs? I judge you. I judge you so hard. 

FFFFT. One of the main reasons that I couldn't take that article seriously was because of the underscores in lieu of italics. I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one.

Happy birthday!

Date: 2010-05-15 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
thank you! ♥

Right? It's just...really awkward. I almost felt embarrassed for her just for that. Almost.

Date: 2010-05-14 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodburner.livejournal.com
"I have never met anyone under the age of 30 who had a serious problem with fanfic."

Oh, I have. I've met several. Although I would in general agree that it's a generational thing, and I think the people I've met are more the exception that proves the rule? Idk. What I don't understand is why these people think it's somehow different than what's been going on for all time.

(Also annoyed re: PH. Although i think they intend to keep posting scanlations on the comm?)

Date: 2010-05-15 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
(they are, as long as BA keeps posting them. but onemanga was so convenient! D:)

Hey, if it was good enough for Shakespeare, it's good enough for us. XD But that willfull blindness...I just really don't understand where it comes from. And it's not like fanfic is hated by most people middle-aged and up - from what I've seen it's just the opposite. So maybe it's a generational-subcultural thing in the sff publishing community? idk It'd be interesting to try and chart the authors who are virulently against fic and see how many of them were publishing when the MZB fiasco came about - it could account for the seeming generation gap.

Date: 2010-05-15 04:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] astrialite.livejournal.com
Happy birthday! <3

Pfft you make me feel a bit better about myself and my lack of a license... I'll definitely need to get at least my permit this summer though. College will be incredible inconvenient without one.

I read a few author's anti-fanfic statements (more like essays, but I just skimmed those) and... Wow, really? If they're not making themselves sound outright stupid, they're at least just sounding bitchy. I'm not much of a fanfic reader myself but they have no clue how large of a part it has in fandom and popularity, and even how many people get into a series because they happened to come across a fic of it. It's like Sunrise asking people not to draw fanart because the characters are copyrighted. It's the same thing as saying "We'd like less sales, please." :/

Date: 2010-08-22 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
...waaaaaaaaaaaaay way way late, but I wanted to thank you for the birthday wishes. :D And don't worry, no one has more permit drama than I do, orz.

...Sunrise did that? That's...wow. Really dumb. *boggles at the business sense of some companies*

um where have you been!?!?!?

Date: 2010-06-26 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid-fyrefly.livejournal.com
I have TONS T O N S of things to tell you miss!!! You've been quiet for WAY too long. Nikki's visited me like 1,000 times more than you've ever talked to me. Well start with the fact that I have a boyfriend.... :-)


Miss you. Love you. Bye.

Re: um where have you been!?!?!?

Date: 2010-08-22 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
hi, hi!!! ♥

hey, did you know that nikki got married? XD jk

Who's the boy??

Date: 2010-06-29 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] levels.livejournal.com
Hey, you! Where have you been? ): I've meaning to poke at you for the past month, but seeing as I've been MIA myself, I failed big time at it. Anyway! -- whatever is keeping you away/busy from us, I hope you're dealing well and that life has been treating youvlike it should. Do update us LYKE NAOW whenever, ♥.

(Qnd obligatory Argentina!football!icon is obligatory! I hope it's settled and you're going because, ah, Argentina! :D)

Date: 2010-08-22 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitean.livejournal.com
*big glomp* I'm back! things have been sorted, finally~ but yeah, that took way too long. :(

argentina! football! i had so much fun rooting for them during the world cup and er, yelling profanities at the screen when they lost. the argentina trip is pretty much in limbo right now - it's still on the table but i'm not sure if ,it's going to happen because my family is crazy. idek. we shall see!


Date: 2010-08-22 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] levels.livejournal.com
Glad to hear that! And as long as things get sorted, online life does wait away.

Ahaha! My family is pretty "VAMOS ARGENTINAAAA~~" but thankfully, they didn't care much about their failure this WC. I mean, who would, gosh so terrible.

Same here dear! :D /HUGS


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