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Aftermath Fanmade Works

Posted by Purple Phantom, 31 December 2016 · 664 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

 

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

 

 
As far as I am concerned, Rule 34 proves that if you don't have adult content of something it doesn't truly exist yet. Having someone care about your franchise enough to make smut about it should be seen as a great honor!
 
But seriously, one thing I can't stand is when people kinkshame and act like humanity is doomed just because of adult content. Not that I am saying that is what you two are doing mind, it's okay to be uneasy about it, it's just the ranting and raving that gets me. If you are all offended that people might have a sexual attraction to fictional characters or like to write or draw dirty things with them, then I recommend seeing a doctor about removing that huge stick that somehow got jammed up your posterior.
 
That goes double for those who cry something like "Oh lordy, think of the children!" when they come across smut for something like Pokemon or MLP. Safe search and parental blocks exists for a reason, and if you are worried because they may not get everyone then maybe you shouldn't let kids use the net unsupervised in the first place. I can deal with a lot of the ridiculous shitty high-and-mighty moralizing that humanity engages in sometimes. There are times where it even makes some kind of sense. But using children's 'innocence' as a weapon to attack things you don't like and making excuses for lazy parents who rather let the government censor everything then work out how to raise kids on their own?
 
No. Fu-- ...wait... I can say that here right? I think so, I have seen people swear like that before. I am not sure how 'excessive' profanity needs to be to break the rules, but I don't think these forums were ever meant to be completely child safe, and that's sort of my point. I respect the idea of having 'child safe' places and all, but I don't think I am unreasonable in saying that if you don't like the idea that places that aren't child safe exist, learn to deal with them or get off the internet.
 

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.

 
You already probably know my position on the ownership of 'IP' (*rolls eyes*) issue, so I will skip that whole bucket of worms for now. A creator being emotionally invested in their works though, well it's another issue. I could make the argument that allowing fans to taint or ruin a creator's emotional investment is a sign of the creator's emotional immaturity or instability. Having a breakdown because of how fans choose to express themselves usually reflects much more poorly on the author then the fans in the long run and has in the past completely ruined a creator's image past the point of repair. That's not always the case of course, and you can pick different reasons to take the other side on all sorts of blowups, but the fact remains when creators butt heads with fans over fanworks, the creators are most often seen as the bad guys.

 

I think there is a bit more to it then that though. The fact is that while it is definitely true that people need creators and the works that they make but humanity has a tendency to glorify these creators as gods who exist somewhere on high and dispense art to the lowly mortals that follow them. But they aren't, not really. At most it could be said a creator is more a demiurge then a god in some ways, a skilled worker who keeps their little universe running, who spins it from threads of ideas. Even then, once it is out there the story becomes it's own thing. I am not saying the 'author is dead', just that their perspective no matter how important is no longer the only one. This is all to say nothing of franchises with multiple creators either all working on it at once or one passing the 'ownership' to another. When even 'official' sources can disagree on what is really 'canon' (also a religious term, interesting is it not) how can you really say who you should trust?

 

I recognize that it is a hard thing sometimes to see your works twisted into become something that isn't really yours anymore. It's frustrating to see your world being so misunderstood or misrepresented. But I think this kind of frustration is born of the persistent lie that you ever really had any control on how people react to the work. It's impossible to avoid friction between a creator and their audience. As soon as you communicate an idea to someone else it isn't your idea any more. Heck as soon as you write or otherwise set an idea down it becomes constrained by the language used and becomes something else. No one else will think what you think or react how you want them to. And if people happen to find ideas about something you made interesting, why should they not be allowed to express it the same as you did? Maybe they could in time make something original, but if they wanted to comment or explore something in your work in particular, is that so wrong?