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Aftermath Fanmade Works

Posted by Purple Phantom, 31 December 2016 · 264 views

All edits are in purple Comic Sans.

I've been talking to some people in regards to fan stuff, such as fanfiction, fan games, people doing "voiced" versions of games, fancomics, fanart, genderbends and other stuff along those lines. Many people aren't fond of these things, whereas others are huge fans of them. As a creator, I would like to give my opinions on these things.

I, personally, like these things. I don't bash any of them. You think a certain couple is cute? Good for you! ^_^ You want to make a game exploring your own view on things? Awesome! ^_^ You want to draw your favourite character? Nice! ^_^ You think that particular character would sound a certain way? Cool! ^_^ You want to make a comic about how you perceive things? Dude, that's really cool! ^_^ You want to draw this character as the opposite gender? Go for it! ^_^

We're all allowed to do as we please. If you don't like fanmade works, then don't participate. If you do? Have fun! I help admin a page on Facebook and one of the biggest rules on the page is, "If you don't like something, keep scrolling." In my opinion, this applies to fanmade works, as well.

On top of fan stuff being an amazing way for the fans to express their likings of things, it also helps the community spread and grow; it helps the thing become more well-known. Not only does it benefit the fans, it benefits the creator of the thing. Something I've noticed is creators discouraging fanmade works. While it doesn't make much sense, strategically, you should still respect their opinions. Some creators adore fanworks and others don't. That's their opinion. You don't have to like it, you just have to respect it.

If you're a fan of something, you express it however you want (unless stated by the creator that you ought not do that)! You have a right to express yourself, so you express yourself however you like. :) If you're a fan of Aftermath, I encourage you to make fanmade works. You write that fanfiction and draw that fanart! You express your being a fan however you want to!

As for those of you who oppose it and decide you want to bash the fanmade works, I have something for you, as well. ^_^
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tl;dr
Make as much fan stuff as you want. If you don't like it, don't whine about it.
Edit to tl;dr: My apologies, I made it seem as though I was saying that people shouldn't whine about their fans making fanstuff. I was referring more to the people within fandoms who go out of their way to berate people because they made a fanthing. My apologies for the confusion.
tl;dr for the edited tl;dr
Just be nice to each other. To quote adults everywhere, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all."


Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!




I'm not particularly inclined to reiterate the many arguments for why creators don't like fan contributions; I'm not really invested in either side and I've no doubt this blog post was written in response to some of you've seen already. But its not really fitting to diminish these peoples feelings as 'whin[ing]' when your argument has the exact same merit: both parties are just stating they dislike something.

 

I would like to add my own caveat though; that the ~freedom argument cuts both ways. If you want to allow fans to make contributions for your products, go ahead, no-one's stopping you. If, however, a creator explicitly dislikes fan contributions and you proceed to create and disseminate them regardless then you 'do[ing] what you want' gets in the way of what they want. If you can't appreciate a creators legal right to ownership of IP then at least recognise that they are probably emotionally invested in their creations and seeing so-called 'fans' rewriting or redesigning characters may be unpleasant for some of them.

I'm not particularly inclined to reiterate the many arguments for why creators don't like fan contributions; I'm not really invested in either side and I've no doubt this blog post was written in response to some of you've seen already. But its not really fitting to diminish these peoples feelings as 'whin[ing]' when your argument has the exact same merit: both parties are just stating they dislike something.

 

I would like to add my own caveat though; that the ~freedom argument cuts both ways. If you want to allow fans to make contributions for your products, go ahead, no-one's stopping you. If, however, a creator explicitly dislikes fan contributions and you proceed to create and disseminate them regardless then you 'do[ing] what you want' gets in the way of what they want. If you can't appreciate a creators legal right to ownership of IP then at least recognise that they are probably emotionally invested in their creations and seeing so-called 'fans' rewriting or redesigning characters may be unpleasant for some of them.

I made this post after receiving a rather rude comment on a fanfiction I wrote, actually. In the comment, I was called several rather rude things simply because I wrote fanfiction and received complaints about things in it that didn't even really matter. I wrote this blog post mainly to express my feelings on how I would like the potential fans of my game series to behave towards fanmade works. I know for a fact that a lot of people put a lot of work into their fanstuff. It might just be me, but seeing people berate myself and others and criticize somebody they likely don't know, simply because it's not a 100% original work, can be rather upsetting. (Again, it might just be me.)

 

The other reason I made this post is to express my thoughts on how I've seen communities grow because of fanworks. My intention wasn't to say that people should completely disregard the feelings of creators who didn't appreciate it, just that it didn't make sense why they wouldn't, since fanworks seem to help communities grow larger and, in turn, help things become more well known than things where the creator doesn't really allow fanworks. I understand disliking the yaoi fanfictions and odd shipping tendencies amongst the fans (it's always odd to see, for example, a canonically straight character in a non-canon homosexual/homoromantic relationship (or vice versa)). However, looking back at my wording and 4-something AM meme use... I could have said it better. For that, I am deeply sorry and will remedy it as soon as I finish this comment.

 

All I was really trying to say is to just be kind to each other. Don't be rude to somebody simply because they made a fanwork or appreciate a ship (no matter how very noncanonical it is). I guess, when trying to tell other people this, I completely missed the point, myself and kind of ended up insulting people. x_x (Fewer 4 AM posts fueled on tears and whims for me. Lesson learned.)

 

I thank you for your contribution, Tarq! :) It's very appreciated.

Fan-related content is great in my opinion, but only if the content creator respects the owner.

 

Pokemon for instance has wonderful fan content such as fanfictions based around their own adventures, or fanart that looks wonderful. Even fan remixes are cool.

However, the "adult content" side of the fanbase is rather... eh. Especially since it's a franchise aimed mostly at children, but it's the internet. There will always be that type of fanbase haha.

 

I o agree though that fan-work can help boost publicity which helps the creator, but that can also back lash (look at Undertale when it was first released...).

 

In short, I love fan-content, but it should always be respected. Hate-content is just attention seeking in my opinion.

Fan-related content is great in my opinion, but only if the content creator respects the owner.

 

Pokemon for instance has wonderful fan content such as fanfictions based around their own adventures, or fanart that looks wonderful. Even fan remixes are cool.

However, the "adult content" side of the fanbase is rather... eh. Especially since it's a franchise aimed mostly at children, but it's the internet. There will always be that type of fanbase haha.

 

I o agree though that fan-work can help boost publicity which helps the creator, but that can also back lash (look at Undertale when it was first released...).

 

In short, I love fan-content, but it should always be respected. Hate-content is just attention seeking in my opinion.

I agree with that. However, as you said, this is the internet. If I said, "Guys, don't ship Jonas and Mike," (oh dear goodness, I just jinxed it, didn't I?) the internet would just ship it more. lolz

 

I'm fully aware of what happened to that poor game. x_x Amazing game, but that fanbase, though. Throw the poor game a bone, guys. Fanbase =/= The thing

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