How Do You Nurture An Online Fandom When Fanfic Makes The Original Author "Want To Barf"?

scifrey:

(Quoted from “The Daily Dot” - link to full article below.)

Much like Showtime did with Penny Dreadful a couple of months ago, Starz is making a concerted effort not just to get people watching [Outlander], but to get them involved. The Outlander _site is already full of assorted social…

I suspect a lot of authors don’t like fanfiction or at least don’t like it being posted online, but are afraid of the negative response to saying so.

Honestly, I don’t see how any author or publisher could ever hope to keep people from writing fanfiction and sharing it amongst friends on a small scale. (I did just this in high school, writing in spiral notebooks that were passed from hand to hand.) But the advent of the world wide web has changed the dynamic, making it possible for anyone to publish anything with just a mouseclick or three, and to achieve the kind of readership numbers that once would have required a professional publisher. There’s no way for any author who dislikes the way amateurs are writing her characters to keep fanfiction from being published online without threatening (and possibly even taking) legal action. Tracking down every anonymous fanfic blogger would be a long-term, full-time job. Some stories, at least, would slip through the cracks. Authors who don’t like fanfic have no choice, really, but to appeal to their fanbase and hope their wishes will be respected.

Gabaldon’s comments about the immorality of fanfiction in general are extreme, but her desire to protect the creation she loves is not. I can’t help feeling that other creative people should be able to understand her feelings on the matter.

In direct response to a comment made by the author of the linked article: “Inspired by” is not the same as “fanfiction”. An idea popped into Gabaldon’s head while she was watching an episode of Doctor Who, but she did not use any characters or situations lifted from Doctor Who. (Yes, time travel exists in both universes, but it exists in countless other works of fiction, as well.) She saw a man in a kilt and began to think of a Scottish character. Someone could get the same inspiration without ever having heard of Doctor Who.

startagainwithabrandnewname:

SAVE ALL THE CATS :’(

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Community Post: Feminism Explained By "Mean Girls"
all that being said

theartofskimming:

hithertokt:

maevegreen:

hithertokt:

grayer:

allisonunsupervised:

fivecentwisdom:

allisonunsupervised:

If we proceed with rigor, we can ultimately engage our core focus groups by utilizing data-driven instruction to maximize growth goals.

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Your S.M.A.R.T. Goals should represent a methodical plan to evaluate your own measurable progress toward representing your students’ assessed success.

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Or you know, treat students like human beings?

In other words: 

1) Set a goal

2) Try to reach the goal

3) Evaluate why you did or did not reach the goal

4) Possibly do things different in the future

But, you know, please keep harassing  and confusing teachers by using that insane language.

Why the Malaysian Jet Crash Sparks Conspiracies : DNews

"Others think it’s a "false flag" event, a tragedy calculated to wrongly malign or blame an entity for political gain.

As a reporter for The Raw Story notes, “Assembling a collection of newspaper headlines, out of context quotes, and rumors of unsourced tweets, analysts and correspondents for [conspiracy theorist] Alex Jones’ Info Wars have cast doubt upon the evolving consensus that Russian separatists in the Ukraine shot down flight MH17, explaining that the downing of the flight is a ‘false flag,’ designed to foment an international war in the region… . Comparing the missile attack on the Malaysian airliner to the sinking of the Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, precipitating the Spanish-American War, Info Wars… explained that the international media is indulging in ‘yellow journalism.’”“

Wasn’t this basically the plot of A Scandal in Belgravia?

brasspistol:

every time I see this it gets reblogged

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Two other women, also breast cancer survivors, said their husbands left them after they were diagnosed. Both had to have mastectomies (in case anyone doesn’t know, this is the surgical operation to remove one or both breasts).

The first woman said her husband told her that he would rather see her dead than see her lose her breasts. The second woman had her operation and waited all day to be picked up by her husband, who never arrived. By nightfall, one of the nurses offered to give her a ride, and she came home to find the house empty.

Obviously, these are extreme cases of a man’s reaction to his wife’s breast cancer, but this is what I see when I see the “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets. I see love of the body parts, not the person being treated—not the patient, not the victim, not the survivor.

taboo-but-tasty:

lydiduh:

In 15 seconds of dialogue Francis Wilkerson sums up what’s wrong with how women are criticized in our society and it’s great

amen