Nothing but good things, I promise! I can’t be anything more than cryptic right now, sorry. But yeah. Exciting stuff!
I’ve never had much attraction to writing fanfiction. I don’t spend much time thinking about properties I don’t own, as it’s “wasted” brain-cycles. I have more stories of my own to write. If something interests me in a character and it’s a story I know would never be able to write even if I worked for them, I’m more than capable of creating analogues and building something new from scratch (I’m generally in the camp that holds “the best superman stories haven’t got the actual superman in them”). In a real way, it’s probably more useful intellectually, as you have greater room. Inspiration and transformation. Even when I wrote bits and pieces set in another universe as a kid, it was always Original Characters. I stayed miles away from the cast.
The exception to all of the above is porn.
"I don’t spend much time thinking about properties I don’t own" said the writer who literally writes comic books for Marvel about characters and properties that he neither invented nor owns.
I think fanfiction is great. I think all positive expressions of fan energies are great. From cosplay to fan art to fan fiction to everything else, it’s all great. I wrote Phonogram. I’m all about people’s response and relationship to art they love. I think this stuff is holy.
The question was about me.
I’ve only got limited time and energies to spend on stories, and if I’m spending that thinking about characters I can’t write, it’s time I’m wasting. I’m a working writer. I can’t afford to slack off when I’m in the office.
It’s not that I don’t understand how fanfic may simply not hold appeal for a lot of people, or the fact I found your original post to be quite dismissive of fanfic and its motivations regardless of whether or not you’re the one writing it, or the fact that the line between “real” writing and fanfic is more or less nonexistent when you consider the endless list of published, even Pulitzer prize-winning transformative work (http://bookshop.livejournal.com/1044495.html), that initially bothered me or that I wanted to or did bring up. I honestly think it’s nice that you replied with an affirmation of your appreciation for fanfic but you never addressed the actual point of my post, which was to point out the irony of a writer at Marvel claiming that he doesn’t spend time on properties he doesn’t own, when that is the very thing that Marvel pays you to do.
Yes, and he reblogged me and answered it, so I don’t understand either.
Oh God, there are actually people who have nothing better to do than defend Kieron Gillen’s honor by cussing at people while hiding behind anon. Um when exactly did I say that he would or should be writing fan fiction in his free time?