Annie Proulx doesn’t like fanfic
Posted September 24, 2008on:
Did you hear last week that Annie Proulx has said she hates all the Brokeback Mountain fanfic her fans send her?
She said: “They constantly send ghastly manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to reply with praise and applause for ‘fixing’ the story. They certainly don’t get the message that if you can’t fix it, you’ve got to stand it… Brokeback Mountain has had little effect on my writing life, but is the source of constant irritation in my private life.”
Gawker has an example of a “pornish rewrite.”
Dear Author pulled this quote claiming that 33% of content “around” a book is fanfic. Wow! I guess this is more true in some cases than others. One could argue all those romance novels involving Mr. Darcy prove that Jane Austen fanfic is practically a cottage industry. (Indeed, I think we can blame the whole Regency romance genre on Austen. I mean, so to speak.) And we all know how rampant Harry Potter and LOTR fanfic is. But 33%? Really?