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Katiebabs is a self-proclaimed present day bluestocking with her head always in a book. She runs her own book blog called Babbling about Books and More!

Reading progress update: I've read 12.

Reblogged from The Fangirl:
Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World - Lev Grossman, Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Caine, Jen Zern, Heidi Tandy, Rukmini Pande, Samira Nadkarni, Wendy C. Fries, Jolie Fontenot, Randi Flanagan, Tish Beaty, Cyndy Aleo, Christina Lauren, V. Arrow, Brad Bell, Andrew Shaffer, Darren Wershler, Anne Jamison, Jules Wilkinson, R

An interesting history lesson in Sherlock Holmes series and a published fan fic that was originally presented as a legitimate part of the series. While the author ended up selling the idea to Doyle, and to go on to publish his own books.

 

It's interesting that Jamison choose not to show similar incidents that did not turn out well, like when Marion Zimmer Bradley was sued for allegedly stealing an idea from fan fic. 

 

But then she makes a point of comparing this published Sherlock fan fic to Fifty Shades of Grey and points out that "'filling of the serial numbers'- revising fanworks to publish them as 'originals' a'la Fifty Shades- has not always generated the same controversy and upset it often does today."

 

What a ridiculously self serving statement. A BSDM erotica and mystery adventure story are too vastly different to compare how they were received based solely on them being published fan fic.

 

Though I'm pretty sure if Arthur Whitaker had previously published his Sherlock fan fiction in a publication distributed privately, for free, to other Sherlock fans, and then later they saw it published in Cosmopolitan magazine claiming to be a long lost Sherlock story there very well might have been an uproar.

 

We don't know of course, because fan communities didn't exist back then in the form they do today.

 

People aren't nearly as connected or in close relationships with each other based on a mutual love of media. I highly doubt that Whitaker had a huge community of pre-readers, editors and other fans supporting him while he wrote his story. So comparing the two situations is asinine and distracting.

 

Plus even today a female author especially one producing erotica, will always get more flack from general media and audiences than a man. A point made by this book. 

 

But, of course, Jamison makes this into a simple case about how the poor innocent authors of Twilight fan fiction are getting negative backlash from a terrible bulling fandom for published fan fiction. (The reasons for doing this is coming up in the book in a bit, and it's even more ridiculous than this overreaching assertion).

Too bad they didn't try to do it in the intellectually elevate 1800s when women couldn't vote and people could still own slaves. /end sarcasm.