So, this tag isn't very big, but I came across it in my Internet travels and I had to rant about it.
As a fanfiction writer,
it just p i s s e d me off too much.
The hashtag 'Fanfiction Should Stay Fanfiction' was started in 'protest' of Anna (Anna? Amanda? uh...) Todd's After series. The series was originally published on Wattpad as a Harry Styles Fanfiction. (Harry Styles, right?)
[realises she doesn't know
anything about the 1D fandom]
It was made to try and get enough people to sign a petition to stop the After books from being published as actual, real works of fiction with the names and some events changed around.
People were pissed that she was getting a fanfiction published and making money off of Harry Style's name, so they tried to stop it.
Spoiler Alert for those who don't know:
It's been published, and I think it's doing really well -- especially off the wave of Fifty Shades of Grey.
[WHICH, MIND YOU, WAS ORIGINALLY A FANFIC OF TWILIGHT SO WHAT DOES
THAT TELL YOU]
What pisses me off about the tag though, is that it is branching out. People are using it for any fanfiction whose author wants to publish their book as an original work.
"THATS WRONG. FANFICTION SHOULD STAY FANFICTION."
"HOW DARE YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY OFF SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK"
For your information, these fanfictions that have made it to the stage of actually having the ability to be published are original. How dare you try and impose your own opinions on a writer's work and claim that they have no rights to their work.
When considering Fanfics that are based off of books and television shows, authors that write the fanfictions on these subjects have a harder time getting their book published. So, when they actually do, the fanfiction has been edited, rewritten, and practically has a different plot than before.
It's no longer 'fanfic'.
"That doesn't matter. It's like... the principal of the thing."
Look, fanfiction writers that actually make it in the writing industry have worked their ass off to get there. Obviously, their story isn't another terrible, run-of-the-mill fanfiction that is just made to get attention.
They do their job: tell a fucking story.
And, wow, people must like it because, damn look at that: they are the more followed on Wattpad than Wattpad's account.
Anna Todd was more
followed than Wattpad.
She may still be IDK)
Don't impose your jealousy and bias on fanfictions turned fiction because you are petty and wish you could do that yourself.