Fanfiction, Or Blatant Thievery

Fanfiction has e'er been course of a sore champaign of report alongside me. I don't especially similar it, for a few reasons:

1. It's commonly poorly written as well as has absolutely naught to practise alongside the actual story;
2. Often the author inserts him/herself into the even as well as saves the day, which is ridiculous;
and
3. I mean value of it every bit a degree of literary stealing - plagiarism of a sort.

While non outright stealing lines from rear books (sometimes yeah but a lot of the fourth dimension no), fanfiction writers conduct keep characters alongside already developed backgrounds, worlds that conduct keep already been created as well as the details already fleshed out past times the master copy authors, as well as plough them into something they may or may non inward fact be. This, to me, is non the "right" means to become close writing.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 span of weeks ago, I was looking through the complimentary e-books on Goodreads as well as came across trio of books alongside a titles that intrigued me. They were close a man child named James Potter. Ring whatsoever bells? It did to me too, but I didn't brand the connector at first. I thought that maybe, simply maybe, this mightiness travel a coincidence. And since they weren't past times JK Rowling, I thought it must travel something else. I downloaded all three, as well as delved into mass #1: James Potter as well as the Hall of Elders Crossing. I shortly realized that my firstly instinct had been correct - this was close James Potter, Harry Potter's son.

I looked at it inward disgust. But I was also drawn to them. In truth, I had been thinking a lot close Harry Potter since the final pic comes out thence shortly as well as I finished a re-read of the books before this year. I read the disclaimer that this was non a JKR travel as well as none of the characters belong to the author every bit they are all protected nether copyright. And yet, hither I was, staring at as well as reading a novel-length (400+ pages) fanfiction close Harry Potter's son. And others had read it too, as well as given it v out of v stars!

What did I do? I read it. I read the whole damn thing. I felt similar a traitor, a criminal, as well as I felt exhilarated. I was reading novel Harry Potter! I was reading novel Harry Potter :( I swore when I finished it I wasn't going to read the adjacent one. It felt dingy to me. I was betraying JKR as well as my honey hardcovers of my honey Harry Potter books. They would know the adjacent fourth dimension I picked them upward that I had cheated on them.

But the mass was good.

It wasn't perfect, obviously. No one's spent every bit much fourth dimension inward the caput as well as life of Harry Potter as well as accomplices every bit JKR has, non fifty-fifty the most devoted of muggles. There were a lot of glaring errors, as well as a lot of things that didn't brand sense. But I conduct keep to admit, the author did a lot right. His mode wasn't on par alongside JKR's, but hers wasn't precisely golden prose either. But the even was interesting, as well as the to a greater extent than I read the to a greater extent than I wanted to read.

What the heck happened to me?!

Anyway, I finished it, marked it on Goodreads, as well as said inward my review that it was proficient but I wasn't continuing the series. Then I moved on to something else, which I enjoyed immensely. If yous ever desire to run into where some of Burroughs' ideas come upward from inward his Barsoom books, read The War of the Worlds. I swear he must conduct keep read as well as been influenced past times it!

Yesterday I constitute myself visiting the page for the minute book. I argued alongside myself for a piffling while, calling myself a cheater as well as an endorser of forgery, but inward the terminate my bad side won out. I downloaded mass #2. It's thence incorrect inward every way, it almost makes itself ridiculous. But it's good!

There's something incorrect inward my head, I know it!

I'm almost finished alongside it as well as the whole means through I've been telling myself this mass is thence wrong. Even the editorial inward the outset telling people that if they are sticklers for details they shouldn't read it has set me off. It's non the Harry Potter footing at all, it's some shit going downwards inward the footing he lived inward that doesn't brand much feel inward the grand system of things. The fact that he inserted JKR into the even every bit a pretty pitiable sorcerer literature professor who wrote the HP novels to run into how muggles would react reeks of arrogance. It hitting me: the guy is a dick! But I can't halt reading it!

The ane matter that resonates inward my hear acre I'm reading this serial is: If the author has such a proficient imagination, as well as tin arts and crafts such a bully read, why thence can't he practise it alongside his ain characters? Why must he pocket individual else's difficult work? If he's willing to write a 400+ page novel, as well as thence plough it into a three-part (so far) series, why non travel that difficult on his ain characters, on his ain worlds? Is he lazy? Does he mean value he tin practise improve than JKR did? Is he thence obsessed alongside James Potter that it's all he tin mean value about? I don't quite teach it.

Until I tin figure it out, don't hear the reader over hither who's buried helplessly inward the fanfiction. I can't believe I'm reading this...

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