Earlier today, I reblogged a post from a wonderful writer I have met through the Kittyinaz Facebook Group. In case you didn’t see it, the subject of the message was plagiarism. This poor woman found another story on fanfiction.net that seemed to be copying major plot points, themes, characterizations, words, etc. from a story she has worked on for a while. You may wonder why I am so up in arms about this; after all, it wasn’t my story. But here is my issue, we have no recourse when something like this happens. I know that when I have contacted fanfiction.net in regards to reviews I felt were abusive or inappropriate subject matter, they did nothing. An attempt by my friend to contact the author was met with less than satisfying results. So, what’s a girl to do?
I know this is something that we have all harped on at one point or another, but it bears repeating. WE ARE NOT PAID IN ANY WAY FOR THE STORIES WE WRITE; WE DO THIS FOR FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! So for another author to steal something that you have shared with the world fucking sucks! It’s like when we get a negative review . . .you question why the hell you are doing this for someone to shit all over it.
So I beg of you, if you are going to borrow someone else’s idea, give credit where credit is due. As much as I hate how they have ended things, I have to thank Charlaine Harris and Alan Ball for giving us such wonderful characters to work with. I have to thank Slayergirl for giving me the push to post my first fanfiction story on fanfiction.net. Shout out to all the wonderful reviewers who fell in love with ADL as much as I did. A huge fucking thank you to magsmacdonald, kleannhouse, Kittyinaz, Sephrenia, Gyllene, 4padfoot, and any other wonderfully talented person I have forgotten to mention that has in some way helped me with my stories.
As I said earlier, there is canon and then the ideas that have become canon in the world of fanfiction. Be careful as you walk the line.
See, I borrowed the line from Johnny Cash, and I’m giving him the credit. Not fucking hard to do . . .
Ok, I’m stepping from one soapbox to another. Did anyone else see True to the End on HBO? It’s the episode where the cast and crew reflect on the seven seasons of True Blood. If you didn’t see it, don’t waste your time. It’s a lot of Alan Ball and Brian Buckner talking. . . Alex is shot from hideous angles . . . Bill and Sookie are soul mates . . . blah, blah, blah. If did a shot for every time I heard “Sookeh”, I would have been drunk in about 15 minutes. So not looking forward to Season 7, but as I said on Facebook, it’s like a car crash; I don’t want to look, but I can’t look away either.
I am officially stepping off the soapbox now to tell you that here is your Sunday update.
Thanks to my two amazing betas: magsmacdonald and kleannhouse. The muse struck while I was out with family today so I typed this up on my phone. Needless to say, there were a LOT of mistakes. So thanks to them for finding as many as they did.