Friday, May 7, 2010

Diana Gabaldon's official fan-fiction policy

Diana Gabaldon has posted Part III of her comments on the subject of fan-fiction on her blog.

I'm not going to attempt to summarize it here. Please go read what she has to say for yourself. But I did want to point out that at the very end of this blog entry, Diana included an official fan-fiction policy, as follows:
FAN-FICTION POLICY
You know, I'm very flattered that some of you enjoy the books so much that you feel inspired to engage with the writing in a more personal way than most readers do. Both for legal and personal reasons, though, I'm not comfortable with fan-fiction based on any of my work, and request that you do not write it, do not send it to me, and do not publish it, whether in print or on the web. Thank you very much for your courtesy and consideration.
That seems very clear. I hope this will help to put some of the controversy to rest. As Diana has titled this last blog entry "The Final Word", I don't think she intends to comment on it any further, at least not on her blog.

UPDATE 5/10/2010 9:52 am: The above statement has now been posted on Diana's web site.

This has been a very interesting, lively, and provocative discussion (!), but I agree that it's time to move on.

Related posts:

Fan-fiction and copyright

Fan-fiction and copyright: Diana's response


More on the fan-fiction controversy

An apology from Diana

One final comment about fan-fiction

1 comment:

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