Fenced-In Acre

Writing, Life, and Other Things At Which I Don't Always Succeed


and I was actually very pleased with it. 

Here there be book spoilers, but I will talk generally about the movie so as not to spoil what ended up on screen…

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Pixar can never top this.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that the best loved line from this movie comes from a character we never even got to see?

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Drew some characters from Orange Is the New Black!

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Rest in peace, Robin. 

Rest in peace, Robin. 

“Effect is a noun. Affect is a verb.
Except for when you effect an affect. And end up sounding affected, effectively.”


Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.

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I know people are getting excited about about the Outlander series, and the books it’s based on, but I just can’t support an author who is so violently opposed to fanfic based on her work.

I mean, read this: http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/483239.html

So, yeah, enjoy the…


Personally, I think it’s an author’s right to feel how they want to about people writing fanfiction about their characters.  Knowing Diana quasi-personally, I know that she is very “close” with some of these characters and she doesn’t like reading what others have done to them.  But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a good story to tell, or that she isn’t a fantastic writer, or that she isn’t a decent person, or that she (and the show) should be avoided because she has expressed her wishes.

Additionally, her publishers are a huge driving force behind her making the statement that she doesn’t like fanfiction of her work.  There are a ton of other issues at play here.

And before anyone who doesn’t follow me or know me jumps in my shit, I am the FIRST person to call an author out on their no fanfic policy and call it unfair.  I’ve been a fanficcer for years.  I love fanfic.  I love reading and writing it.  If I ever published original work, I wouldn’t mind fanfic being written, either.  But that doesn’t mean, in Diana’s case and that of others (Anne Rice, Laurell K Hamilton, Nora Roberts, Terry Goodkind, etc), that the author is a bad person or that you can’t like her work just because of her personal beliefs on fanfic related to her work.  OF course it is your choice whether you also follow her or not, but I’m really miffed at people who think Diana is somehow a “bad author” for not liking the idea of fanfic.  It’s like saying we somehow are entitled to others’ intellectual property just because they put it out there.  I hate to break it to everyone, but we’re not.  There is a level of respect we must have as fanficcers, whether we like it or not.  If an author doesn’t like fanfic, then yeah, I’m bummed, but I suck it up and move on.

Lastly, Diana is dry and straight-to-the-point as a speaker.  Taken out of context of conversation, her words can seem harsh, but they’re not a representative of her, in my opinion.

So I just wanna throw this in here…

The TV show fandom and the Book fandom are both the same and different at the same time.

But becasue there is that credit in the beginning of the show that says “BASED on the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon” Fan Fiction writers are going to have a little grey area if they keep the fandom labels as Outlander(TV). Because they have already added and changed things IN the show, kinda making it a fan fiction of the books, fic writers can then base their outlander universe in the tv series and your not actually in Diana’s book universe any more. Your in it’s own separate independent universe. It’s a bit like MCU and the comics. Same characters…two different spheres.

Fandom/Fan fiction for this show is going to have to be labeled in just a certain way to keep it out of what falls under what Diana has asked people not to do.

When an author opposes fanworks to his/her work, s/he is automatically on my black list. And here is why.

Look at Japan. They have two Comic Markets (Comiket) per year-solely devoted to the works of doujin-the Japanese word for fanworks of anime and manga. These works are sometimes given for free, or for a fee-the cost of printing. It’s gotten so large that legit big game companies, anime/manga publishers, and even manga artists have booths of them drawing fanarts of their fellow manga artists’ works.

The reason why this works? One of the most important facts is that a lot of big-name manga artists started off drawing fanworks, so for them to oppose where they got their start is a big slap in the face.

Comkiet walks on a thin line of IP, but there are known rules that the publishers, the original artists, the people who draw/write the fanworks, and the people buying them undertstand and play by.

Lastly, I can’t let the topic of fanworks go by without mentioning Touhou Project, essentially a fighting game written by one man (ZUN), spawned into a godzilla-sized multi-media consumer-driven franchise sensation because of the fans’ dedication. Of course, the guy said in the beginning that “do with the characters as you please (with a few restrictions)” and it had to have helped.

I have dealt with Japanese corporations, and they’re just as bad strict as it comes to the Germans when coming to intellectual property. Their NDA disclosures are terribly meticulous, so don’t think for a minute they don’t know what they’re in for by allow fanworks-and it’s most definitely not cultural difference. 

It’s the simple question of wanting to be open-minded or the opposite.

Oh, did I mention that while Comiket struggeled in the beginning, they’re laughing all the way to the bank now? And spare me the words of “artistic integrity” vs money-you’re not selling your soul to the devil when you allow fanworks. If you’re that attached to your fictional characters, well…

So sorry, Ms. Gabaldon, I guess I won’t be reading your books-not like you’ll miss me either.

Taken out of context of conversation, her words can seem harsh, but they’re not a representative of her, in my opinion.

She’s a writer. If she can’t ensure her words represent her, she needs to find another job. And her words haven’t been taken out of context because the entire rants were linked to.

Additionally, her publishers are a huge driving force behind her making the statement that she doesn’t like fanfiction of her work.  There are a ton of other issues at play here.

Are they really now? Bet they shat themselves when they saw what a PR nightmare her statement(s) had turned into.

For some who is writing a glorified Doctor Who AU, she should probably climb down from her high horse, but even if she wasn’t her condescending attitude towards fanfiction (ironic considering she pretty much did that professionally even before Outlander) and by extension fandom itself, romantic fiction as a genre (yeah, that is exactly what you’re writing even if it’s in a historic/sci-fi subgenre) and all round horrible attitude means I have no intention of giving the books or the show any of my time.

Besides which, I’ve been reliably informed that for someone who bangs on about quality writing and decent sex scenes, she’s not exactly been doing herself any favours with all the more recent books in the series.


When I first found out about Gabaldon and the ridiculous shit she said, I was livid as a ficcer.

But after what went down in Twilight fandom, I no longer am comfortable blaming any author who wants to prevent fic.

I didn’t like and still don’t like being smeared with the “self-serving disrespectful criminals” brush just because I value fan work. But she is obviously right that there are fic writers who fit that bill and if she wants to prevent them from putting their fingers in her pie, she’s allowed.


"If you have a problem with people living their lives and being authentically who they are, you really should go and do some soul-searching."

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sanguisbather said: Okay, you know how it's like an Italian custom to kiss each other on the cheek as a way of greeting? Imagine Aro doing that to Carlisle and Carlisle's like " um... you can stop now."


Yeah I think Aro was too affectionate and demonstrative for reserved, English-bred Carlisle. lol.  Isn’t there a bit in the New Moon book where Aro kisses Jane in greeting? ESME is a big hugger but Carlisle, in the books, is not a touchy-feely guy at all really.  Esme hugs Bella like 4-5 times, and hugs Edward, and hugs Alice/Jasper when they come back. I think Carlisle might kiss Bella on the forehead and pat Edward’s back before they leave to find witnesses in BD and… that’s about it? And even in the movies, Rob and Peter had a joke about Carlisle always putting a hand on Edward’s shoulder, like it was in the script as a sign of fatherly affection so every time Peter saw Rob he’d do it or something, I can’t remember exactly. But that’s pretty much it in terms of physical touches, other than with Esme. Carlisle’s not a hugger or kisser and Aro’s just this mountain of enthusiastic (fake??) affection about to erupt and spew molten cheek kisses and embraces and hand-holding over everyone. 

In ancient times there was even this (misogynistic) idea that a male friendship was basically the most important relationship in a man’s life, greater than his marriage to a woman, because women were inferior and another man was an equal.  Considering that Aro keeps his ‘wife’ locked up in a tower for her ~safety I could see Aro subscribing to this asinine idea and thinking that Carlisle is his most significant relationship. 

But Carlisle is English (stereotypically a reserved people) and was raised in the church by a single father who also happened to be a very strict pastor who was emotionally distant (and burned people at the stake).  Aro’s ancient sensibilities and open affection no doubt would have made him uncomfortable. 

"You can stop now," is right. XD