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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-13 06:16 pm

[ SECRET POST #3722 ]

⌈ Secret Post #3722 ⌋

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[El Goonish Shive]


Criminal Minds


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[Wicked the Musical]


[Yaya Han]


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(Anonymous) 2017-03-13 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Why is this surprising?

If anything, I'm surprised they get as much as you're estimating. Very few people who read someone's fanfic have any interest in their original writing.

Would it be nice if all of this person's readers (at least the ones with disposable income) showed how much they enjoyed her fanfic by giving her money? Yeah, absolutely. But people aren't habituated to voluntarily paying for things that are free. If anything I'd say "the system" pretty thoroughly discourages us from paying for something if we don't have to. So the fact that most people are strongly disinclined to volunteer money should be a surprise to no one.

And I say that as someone who has, at various points in my life, had to go to the food bank in order to get by.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-14 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
Fanfic gets a free pass because it's free. If we had to pay for it we would apply the same standards of quality we demand from original fiction, and I don't think this would end up well for fics.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-14 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
I agree that having to pay for fanfic probably wouldn't really work out for anyone. However, I disagree that if fans had to pay for it, we would all apply the same standards to it that we apply to original fiction. Undoubtedly some people would, but some also wouldn't.

Personally I love fanfic because I connect with it emotionally in a way I almost never connect with original fiction. And that's less about the quality of the writing and more about the characters and relationships being written about. As long as a fic is good enough to be emotionally engaging, it's essentially giving me what I want from fanfic. Really excellent writing is just a bonus.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-14 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
"I agree that having to pay for fanfic probably wouldn't really work out for anyone.

Not true. There is already quite a bit of legitimate published fanfiction out there that is bought and paid for, and while not all of it is a stunning success, it does just fine. Look at all the published novels based on characters from Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and other works in the public domain. Look at movie novelizations and tie-ins for things like Star Wars, Star Trek and many others - the authors are paid handsomely for those, I think it works out very well for them.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-14 03:05 am (UTC)(link)
Lol, I mean as a standard. I mean if you went online and before you could read a fic you had to pay for it, so that everything was pay-to-access.

What you're talking about is cherry picking a few specific transformative fanworks and carrying them into the world of published original fiction.

What I'm talking about is monetizing fandom.

Very different things.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-14 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)

Plus anon is kinda ignoring that Sturgeon's law applies to original fiction as well.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-14 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
For real, though... do you honestly think original fiction gets a high level of scrutiny? I can assure you that there quite a lot of original fiction that's just as badly written (and almost as badly edited) as fanfiction.