Hi! I have just seen a most disturbing thing. I hope I'm wrong but I'd don't think I am - are you actually taking people's money for writing fanfiction using characters that are not yours? I know Les Mis is in the public domain and all but still, it is a pretty disgusting and unfair thing to do. I do hope I read the situation wrong.
Yes, anon, that is what I am doing and you did not read the situation wrong, because I am unemployed, and I am desperate, and I am too fucking crazy to actually hold a job even if I get one. And yes, I too am disgusted by this! I have felt like vomiting EVERY SINGLE TIME I have had to ask for charity and relied on the kindness of others because my parents won’t help. The SECOND I have a job, the thing is going down, but until then? Yep. That’s what’s happening. Someone suggested this and I was staring at my life savings of $62 and the extreme likelihood (almost DEFINITE at this point) that I’m going to get kicked out of my apartment and the fact I hadn’t been able to afford anything but pasta and prego for two weeks and when I DID get money it immediately went to my health insurance payment so yes, I gave up my morals and pride and did this. Thank you for so much for sharing your distaste, it’s incredibly productive for all parties involved.
"The writer as a writer has but one heir - the public domain." - Victor Hugo
If you honestly think that Hugo, who wrote about Fantine with so much compassion, would object to a woman living in poverty doing whatever she damn well has to do to support herself, I happen to have this convenient Brick to bash you over the head with.
ETA: hey all please don’t reblog this further, and especially please don’t send the original poster unsolicited advice about her situation.
Er. Wait. What? I read this whole thing sighing, and then got to the end. Is this fucking anon SERIOUSLY writing about LES MIS fanfic? The Les Miserables that was written in 1862 and has been out of copyright for a million years? The Les Miserables that THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE THE MUSICAL used and took LOADS of people’s money for? That Les Miserables?
You can self-publish your Les Mis fanfic ON AMAZON (or the less problematic ebook retailer of your choice) at a 70% royalty and for that matter sell the movie rights if you want to, it is 100000% yours and that is neither immoral nor unethical.
In fact, you can take the ENTIRE TEXT of Les Mis, format it, slap a cover of your own design on it, turn it into an ebook, and publish it on Amazon. FOR PEOPLE TO PAY YOU CASH MONEY. YES THAT IS LEGAL AND TOTALLY OKAY.
Writing stories with someone else’s characters IS NOT IMMORAL. Writing stories with someone else’s characters that are out of copyright IS NOT EVEN A COPYRIGHT VIOLATION, that is WHAT PUBLIC DOMAIN MEANS. It means after the copyright period is over, FAIR GAME FOR ANYBODY.
HOLY FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER what the hell *weeping in corner*
ETA: hey all please don’t reblog this further, and especially please don’t send the original poster unsolicited advice about her situation. I’m editing rather than deleting in hopes that this note shows up on reblogs of my post; if you reblogged me with commentary and see this, please add this note to your own reblogs or delete them?