Dishing Junk, Pulled to Published: Killing Originality?
Merriam-Webster Online defines it: the quality or state of being original
Okay. But, what is original?
Original is the origin. The source that all copies are made from. So to be original your have to be an originator.
That is rather hard isn’t it?
We know it is hard, so what, we allow for ourselves to enjoy blatant rip-offs? Or is there a line that is drawn in the sand?
Because, I personally think with the advent of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY phenom we are sending really bad vibes out into the universe. We are telling everyone:
“Dude, it is SOO okay for you to take an idea, mix things up a bit in the middle, slap your name on it and become a MILLIONAIRE! …What!!!!”
You don’t even have to try that hard to “mix things up” in the beginning. Write a hell-ton of fanfic hope it gets popular, once you have the cash-in-hand and that fat P2P contract — then you get to change the stuff up. Picture on MSN, cash-ton in your hand…living the dream all because you have a hard-on for a sparkly vamp and wanted to see him get more action then he did in the “original.”
A lot of fanfic “fans” would call my POV naive at best, they state that they put a lot of effort into “mixing things up” and changing their stories to have pertinent stories of their own. But, the base feel of this is just kind of skeevy. It is one thing to create in the world of fandome for the sake of being a fan. It is another to profit from someone else’s idea. Yet, it is legal.
Ideas are not protected. The actually creation that springs from that idea is what is protected. The whole kit and caboodle.
Idea hijackers might not be as respected as the ORIGINATORS but they are still profiting and profiting well.
Again this brings me back to the MESSAGE that this is sending to the younger generations. The ones that are getting ready to start creating. The great artists of our future.
It is okay to take another’s idea and make it your own.
Great for the Seconds and the Thirds…but what does that do to the originators? How does Stephanie Meyer feel about FIFTY SHADES OF GREY? Really. She was quoted as saying “I’ve heard about it; I haven’t really gotten into it that much. Good on her — she’s doing well. That’s great!”
She is touted as supporting James in her endeavors. Should we follow in Ms. Meyer’s shoes and look the other way? Congratulate them on their “remaking” efforts. If it isn’t our thing, don’t read it.
What are your opinions on fanfic that is pulled to publish?