RE: [mythsoc] Copyright Loremasters?
But haven’t you ever been inspired to, say, wonder what The Odyssey might look like if your main character wandered through the Depression-era southern states? Or wonder what Hamlet’s story looked like from the viewpoint of two relatively minor characters? Both would be considered derivative works by the standards applied to such things as _The Wind Done Gone,_ a retelling of _Gone With the Wind_ that went through the courts a few years ago.
Why anyone should want to do this in the first place -- i.e., create derivative works based on the creative efforts of others -- is something I don't quite grasp. I don't grok fanfic and never have. I suppose new, authorized novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes are a bit more understandable -- and lord, there are a lot of them!* -- but personally, I don't have any interest in those either. Just me?
* Does anybody here read them? I have maybe a dozen Star Wars books for review by now! Nobody has ever asked for one, and they are about to become bantha poodoo if no one does.
- Yes, as David says, it's a great story. The closing sentence is particularly memorable -- but there's no way to share it with anyone without spoiling the story. It's not that often I call something a masterpiece, but "The Ugly Chickens" is one.--John R.On May 9, 2011, at 8:23 AM, Mem Morman wrote: