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Writer's Block: Sheldon and Penny 4ever!

Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?

Coincidentally well-timed Writer's Block question, or purposely chosen?

Obviously, I love parts of it. I like community, and I like writing. The drama that seems to come along with certain fandoms I could always do without. And there's always going to be fandoms that make me ask "Is that really a thing?" (thanks WebSoup!)

I linked to it last week, but it's worth linking again since bookshop has been adding to her post about fanfiction as people comment with more historical literary and film examples. Which is fun each time I need to kill an hour.

It's not addressed, but I'm also highly curious where people think that music falls into the fandom idea. Think of all the songs based on real people, places and stories. Not even personal stories, but music has forever been changing and remaking popular stories. Maybe not to the exact same extent - but it exists, yes?

Songs based on Movies:
  • "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings is a recent example, based on the The Karate Kid.
  • "Fett's Vet" by MC Chris - about Boba Fett from Star Wars
There's a whole slew of music inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's works:
  • From [info]uberreiniger: there's Blind Guardian's album "Nightfall in Middle Earth", The Silmarilion done as a rock opera.
  • "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" by Leonard Nimoy, is based on Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
  • From [info]martiniphilosph: "Ramble On" by Led Zepplin, with lyrics based on The Lord of the Rings

Of course there's also a lot of songs where the music is new, but the lyrics are lifted directly from a poem or book.  

  • "The Raven" by the Alan Parson's Project, lyrics directly take from Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Raven"
  • "The Highwayman" by Loreena McKennitt, is "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.


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May. 12th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Blind Guardian's album "Nightfall in Middle Earth" is Tolkien's The Silmarilion done as a rock opera. I've got to admit, it's much more exciting that Tolkien's prose :)
May. 13th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
i love harry potter, bones, sherlock holmes, xena: warrior princess, and buffy the vampire slayer fan fiction.
i have my OTPs and i have pairings i will under no circumstances read. ;)

i love fan fiction, i just wish more authors, etc, would approve of it like Joss does. Joss Whedon actually likes and appreciates his fans, and their creations from his worlds, unlike J.K Rowling who hates it.

May. 13th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
*nods* Part of the recent fandom kurfluffle was with Diana Gabaldon and her whole - fanfic is bad stance. (Although obviously, there was more to it than that.) I think Jim Butcher and Cory Doctorow (and more recently Mercedes Lackey) have the right idea about saying it's okay under a Creative Commons derivative works license.
May. 13th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
I wonder if christmas carols would be considered fanfic music... ;)
May. 13th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
I suppose some of them would, yes.
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