"Jason Fisher" <visualweasel@...
>Why anyone should want to do this in the first place -- i.e., create
>works based on the creative efforts of others -- is something I don't quite
In a later post, you wrote that you didn't mean things like "Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead", but that's not what you said above. You're now in
the position of having said you don't grasp a whole class of works, when
what you meant was that you don't like the ones you don't think are any
good. Well, nobody likes stuff they don't think is any good. And
"wish-fulfillment" is not limited to derivative works; it's simply that
having a ready-made universe to work in makes plugging your work into the
reader's mind a lot easier for hack authors.
I could point out that Tolkien wrote a fair number of loosely derivative
works, and that almost all of Shakespeare's plots are modified retellings of
well-known stories. It's not that self-published fanfic is derivative
that's the problem. The problem is that most of it is bad. But then, most
self-published fiction is bad. So what else is new?
>I suppose new, authorized novels set
>in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes are a bit more understandable --
>lord, there are a lot of them!* -- but personally, I don't have any
>those either. Just me?
Me neither, but that's because I'm not very interested in those universes.
For me, Star Wars is a passingly enjoyable movie I saw 35 years ago, and of
no more interest than any other passingly enjoyable movie I saw 35 years