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Dreams You Can't Recall (10579 words)
Fandom: Saiyuki Gaiden, Saiyuki
Summary: Kenren's knack for attracting all kinds of attention is both an excellent smoke screen and a source of Tenpou's amusement--until the day it inadvertently backfires on him and the entire unit.
A person named Keith Mander, who apparently has made most of his money by getting people to pay him for fluffing up their Google search positions by providing repetitive crud content, has bought a couple of fanfiction archives: LOTRFanfiction.com and a Twilight archive. He's talking out of both sides of his mouth, on the one hand claiming that he is going to improve the sites out of the goodness of his heart and on the other hand boasting about how he is going to make money from them.
The prospect of the arrival of lawyers from the Tolkien estate asking why he's making money off their clients' intellectual property apparently holds no dread for Mr. Mander.
There's more coverage on this from esteliel at Dreamwidth, and the Organization for Transformative Works is offering AO3 accounts and and import services for the authors whose work is posted at the two archives. The writers reportedly do not have the ability to cancel and scrub their accounts at these sites.
I know that there are certainly worse things happening in today's world, but this has still got me major-league ticked.
In some AU scenarios, you can't use a manga character's original Japanese name. In ancient Rome, for example. it breaks the fourth wall to have a character named Genjyo Sanzo.
But in modern and recent-past AUs set in much of the English-speaking world (the U.S., Canada, Britain), it's not so jarring to use an Asian name.
Some posts that I enjoyed and admired included:
- kate_nepveu's analysis of the legalities surrounding fanfiction, with case citations.
- yuki-onna's discussion of the nature of human creativity and the need to tell stories.
- nihilistic-kid's dissection of the claim (made by GRRM) that H.P. Lovecraft lost years off his life because he shared his fictional universe (also includes some discussion of the often-mentioned MZB case, in the comments)
Must remember to blog yuki-onna's The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden one of these days.
I'm sure I'm overthinking this. It's a problem I have: why let something be simple and clearcut when it can be convoluted and weirdly awful?
louiselux has set up a wonderful new community, saiyuki_time - Daytripping to the West, for timed fic challenges. The first challenge is up, and the time is 1 hour. I am excited - but I've never done a time writing challenge before.
The time is just the time I spend actually committing words to media, right?
(I feel so stupid.)
Too much has been going on in RL for me to take in much of springkink. But now that I look at it (briefly - 'cause I'm at work), the vast majority of stories seem to be about Kingdom Hearts (!) or Transformers (!!!).
Aren't these a video game and a rather simplistic kids' cartoon, respectively? Can someone explain why these might be so popular for the springkink treatment?
And here I thought that my much-expanded repertoire of manga knowledge would enable me to appreciate this stuff more effectively this time around ... .
It was funny how this fell out! Recs for:
Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons | Arthurian Legend | Bible - Hebrew Bible or Old Testament | CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia
I have to say I was mildly freaked out by the amount of Biblical fic, but some of it was quite good.( Read on ... )
We seem to have a pretty much all-Yuletide all-the-time thing going on ... I guess I'll join in the confetti throwing.
These are sort of scattershot ... I hit the first few things I recognized, and then got more systematic, starting with the letter T:
Blade of the Immortal | CJ Cherryh - Alliance Universe | CJ Cherryh - Chanur series | Terry Pratchett - Discworld | T.H. White - The Once and Future King | xxxHolic( read on ... )
And of course, I promptly noticed a punctuation error (a period and a comma within the quotes before a so-and-so said) and a repeated word ("Going out out ..." instead of "Going on out ... ") on the final display screen. I think there were some instructions at some point about how to ask for corrections, but I'm going to leave it for a day or so in case I notice something else ... !
My sister A., God bless her, finished reading it through yesterday, but we were out all day. She went over it with me this morning. She had good substantive points to make - some of which helped make the wishier part of the plot less wishy - and said that it was exciting and kept making her want to find out what happened next even though it's so long! (Final word count after revisions suggested by A.: 12,201 ... .)
Now I just need to strip it down into a good text file ... and there are lots of italics in this, for various reasons, so I need to preserve that. I may have to do this at lunch at work, so I can take advantage of my better text/HTML-handling tools there.
It was 11,673 words. I need my head examined. But I read it through and I pretty much liked it. One sort of wishy plot element, and the ending is very squishy, but recipient might well like that, given the request.
I've forwarded it to work, so I can check it out under Windows, and then it goes to the sister for beta. She was pursuing a writing Master's at Columbia at one point, and she likes the author, so I think she will do a good job. If I can get it back at the end of the weekend, I should be able to send it in just in time ... .
Eh, I've decided to live dangerously. I've unlocked the post I set up for discussing emungere and louiselux's serial fanfic Cupidity. Remember that this story is rated NC-17, folks. You are warned. The discussion post is here and thus far it's just been smillaraaq and myself - we'd be glad of company from anyone who wants to talk through the story and doesn't feel comfortable cluttering up the story LJ with her/his speculations.