Many of you might have seen the disclaimer on FanFiction.net that states there is to be NO Nora Roberts fan fiction posted on that site per the author's request. Many of you might have also seen, on ADWOFF and re-posted here, Nora's answer to the fan fiction question when asked several months ago which was:
It understandably makes you confused, I'm sure. Does Nora oppose Fan Fiction, or not? Should I write Nora fan fiction? Is it disrespecting Nora's wishes to write Nora fan fiction?
I've never read any fanfic, but I don't have a problem with it. As long as nobody tries to pass the characters, etc, off as their own creation, it's find with me. I imagine it's fun.
This is the controversy that has been going on there at ADWOFF for awhile.
Today on ADWOFF, Nora attempted to clear up the mystery surrounding her feelings on Fan Fiction. Here's what she said:
Well, let me try to explain my thoughts and feelings on this.
I don't mind fanfic--on sites devoted to or encouraging it.
On a personal level I'm divided in two parts on the subject. It's flattering, without a doubt, that readers are so excited by a story or characters, or so intrigued by them and want to spend the time and the effort to write stories that spring from or involve them. And I certainly understand the fun factor.
The other part of me isn't entirely comfortable with seeing characters or situations I created in the hands of someone else. That's, I'd guess, a territorial sort of thing.
It doesn't make me nuts or anything. The fact is, I don't read it.
But I'd say on your own site, or a site that supports or is structured for fanfic--go for it, and have a good time.
I think we can all understand her reluctance to see her stories and characters in the hands of others. Any one of us might feel the same way in the same situation. However, what this statement says to me is even though she might be uncomfortable to read it herself, she doesn't mind if any of you want to write it. That being the case, unless I get some kind of Cease and Desist letter from her publishers, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb fan fiction will always have a place here at InDeath.net.
In Nora's own words: go for it, and have a good time.