For the Narcissist Lover in You…

This Ended Better Than Expected

XXXXXX said to you:

Why can’t you think of you own ideas? I hope you have a healthy bank account when the lawyers call.Your stories are rubbish. Only JK understands her universe which only she can write about.

Jun 30, 2011 04:38am
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you said to XXXXXX:

Thanks for your interest in my stories! I am always pleased to hear from enthusiastic readers. In fact, my bank account is relatively healthy due to revenue from my original books and media (thanks for asking) but not from sales of any JP books (that’s a no-no, although ms. Rowling has been very friendly about the JP series).

Again, thanks for reading!

Visum ineptio!

Geo

Jul 06, 2011 06:52pm
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XXXXXX said to you:

I never finished them, read the first two pages. Yawn. Also find it disgusting that you can use someone elses work to write your own.

Jul 07, 2011 02:15am
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you said to XXXXXX:

Thanks again for your continued interest in my works! It is unusual (and quite flattering)to meet such a devoted fan.

It IS pretty amazing that I was able to use someone else’s works to write my own. In fact, you will not be surprised to learn that I not only used Ms. Rowling’s works, I used her actual words. Every individual word in my JP novels was extracted painstakingly from the texts of the original Harry Potter series. This was particularly difficult with some of the original character names (for instance, the name “Tabitha Corsica” had to be cobbled together carefully from as many as sixteen of Ms. Rowling’s original words) but I felt it was essential to the integrity of the “Potterverse” (as I like to call it) that I remain as true to the original vowels and consonants as possible.

Not all fans of the original series will notice this sort of attention to detail, so I appreciate your insight, especially after only two pages! Congratulations on your perceptiveness!

Thanks again for the encouragement– always happy to hear from a fan!– and good luck with your sleep issues!

Accio yawn! (lol)

Geo

23 hours, 39 min ago
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XXXXXX said to you:

Tut tut tut. Can’t you see that I see your works in a bad light ( no lumos pun here please). You are a disgrace to JK’s universe.

20 hours, 40 min ago
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you said to XXXXXX:

Can I use “tut tut tut” in my next James Potter story? It would make a good villain name I think (something Egyptian? A mummy who stutters?), or perhaps a spell of some kind. What would you prefer? I’d be happy to give you credit, if you wish.

Or even better, perhaps I can make you a character in my next story? Would you rather be a good guy or a bad guy? You are obviously of a very heroic and courageous nature, to spend so much time emailing authors of HP fan fiction. Since there are, quite literally, hundreds of thousands of people who write fan fiction based in Ms. Rowling’s world, I assume it is a monumental task for you to be writing to all of them to express your opinions about the nature of their hobby. Kudos to you for your commitment to the greater good!

Yes. You would definitely be a hero. Do you have a character name you would like me to use?

No need to thank me. For an HP devotee of your caliber, it is truly my honor.

Yours in Potter brotherhood,

Geo

19 hours, 29 min ago
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XXXXXX said to you:

Obviously, I do not write to all fan fiction authors, but I do not agree with them. Why are your books on goodreads able to be marked as to read? When they are fan fiction…

And I would, I a character, like to be someone like Bellatrix, Snape, Luna or Hermione. Who would you be? Perhaps Neville or Ron?

4 hours, 20 min ago
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you said to XXXXXX:

I am not worthy of character-hood, sadly.

Consider it done. I will invent for you a literary persona that comprises all of those characters in one– Bellalunamionape (with perhaps a “tut” somewhere in the mix.) You and I will know who it REALLY is.

To answer your question (and it is a very serious question), I have personally lobbied that Goodreads implement a system that 1) recognizes a story as fanfiction, and 2) removes all possible references to reading it. Because, as you and I well know, *reading* is something that is ONLY properly done with legitimately published (and preferably notarized) Books. Indeed, *reading* fanfiction is akin to (choke!) marrying pornography, yes?

Of course, those who do choose to engage works such as mine will need some sort of system by which to mark their status. Perhaps instead of “to be read” there might be another option, such as “to be mentally molested by” or “to dirty my soul with at some later date”, or some such. I am sure Goodreads would be open to suggestions by someone with your erudition, but thus far my pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Anyway, Consider your warnings well met, my friend (or should I say “Bellalunamionape”, LOL!) It is a dark time for us all, and the scourge of fanfiction should indeed be addressed head on, myself included.

Yours in the march toward progress and a better reading world,

Geo

1 hour, 10 min ago
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XXXXXX said to you:

I will just have to shy away from the fan fiction world, and let my lips curl with sourness every time someone mentions the topic. I myself as an aspiring author prefer to think of an idea, and expand in it. Maybe you could take your books and tweak them over and over again so that you have something that is your own, that could be published and that you have spent so much time with you have cpm to adore it. Even though it would be unrecognisable to unbeknown eyes, it will be ( after tweaking) the same to you, but only you would know where it had come from.
Then you would have your own novels, with a unique idea – change the school to something else, change all of the characters, change the world but stick to the genre, change witches and wizards to another supernatural being (not vampires or werewolves) or your own creation.
Have a go, after this extensive debate that has turned into a jokey chat, I would like to see your name in Waterstones one day. 🙂

PS- like Bellalunamionape. LOL indeed.

5 minutes ago
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you said to XXXXXX:

Thanks. I have indeed enjoyed this little chat. And I appreciate the advice.This may interest and amuse you:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Riverhouse-ebook/dp/B003HC9A72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310141003&sr=8-1

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4 responses

  1. HariHerRon......(my new heroic name)

    I live for this kind of commentary ………..

    July 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

  2. Luke

    I like how the person advocates using the idea, but changing everything else so it isn’t recognizable as the first person’s idea. Isn’t that plagiarism, by definition? Let me look: YES! From Merriam-Webster.com, you get: “to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” Shocking that a new and budding author would recommend you do just that. Of course, this does explain the myriad clones of Lord of the Rings.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  3. shannon

    i was suffering from a bad case of post-potter depression after watching DH2. luckily, i found a link to your fics and decided to give them a try. i finished JP&HEC last night and i just have to say…WOW. i am beyond impressed with your work. you capture the flavor/tone/feeling of jk’s books perfectly. the original characters are in character and your new characters are interesting and well written. i can’t tell you how happy it made me to see neville and minerva and hagrid and luna again. or maybe i can tell you, since i just did. 😉 the scenes with snape and james were some of my favs, along with ted and james. and how wonderful to see harry again! i love the american school. you are amazingly creative. i plan to start the 2nd book today. i hope you keep writing because i, for one, will keep reading.

    thank you for giving me new potter again. ❤

    ps. good luck with your original novels also.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  4. man george, after reading the posts on This Ended Better Than Expected sounds like you’ve got a bunch of people that really don’t like you….hahah. I really believe some of those people really really dislike you.

    Levi

    July 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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