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Posted on Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 6:00 pm

Reason 5 billion and some odd to Love Neil Gaiman

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He was asked on tumblr: How does it feel as a writer when people are so desperate to see more of a character you created, they will spend inordinate amounts of their time finding ways to subvert, change or modify the fates you chose for them?

His answer: Surely that’s the joy of fan-fiction? Subverting, changing and modifying characters fates in ways that make you happy.

How does it feel as a writer when people do this? It feels great. I’m thrilled the characters I’ve created are real enough that people want to do this sort of thing to and with them. (Just do not ever expect me to read it.)


The other Weird Al
aeron_lanart at 11:42 pm on 13 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
If I didn't already love him, that would be a very good reason to start. :)
donutsweeper at 11:47 pm on 13 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oh awesome attitude there, Neil! :)
eanor at 8:04 am on 14 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
That's a great response! However, since Neil Gaiman loves writing Sherlock Holmes fanfic (or is that pastiche once he publishes it?) himself, it would have been weird had his answer been much different...
failte_aoife at 8:08 am on 14 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I think I am still to tired because I just searched for the reblog-button for this post XD

I admit I haven't even read anything by Neil Gaiman (except Good Omens) but he says many things that make me admire him very much.
bratty_jedi at 2:11 pm on 14 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Sherlock Holmes fanfic, Lovecraft fanfic (sometime at the same time!), pretty sure he's said his first Doctor Who episode was basically fanfic he was invited to write, etc. He's great and has said good things about fanfic before that I've seen, but I particularly liked the phrasing here.
bratanimus at 1:59 pm on 17 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
This is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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