on the topic of Authors Behaving Badly . . . .
So Diana Gabaldon’s ill-advised polemic against fanfic?
If you want to know my general opinion, I could just point you at this whole segment of my short story output, but I want to particularly highlight “The Gospel of Nachash” (an AU take on Genesis) and “The Last Wendy”. Because both are absolutely born of the fanfic impulse: looking at the existing story and thinking, “But I have something I want to say in response.” So clearly I believe that impulse is a valid one.
My policy on fanfic (or fan-anything) of my work is here. Short form: go right ahead, so long as you don’t profit or get in the way of my ability to profit. If you’re ever in doubt, ask, and I’ll let you know if the project in question is okay.
Frankly, I think it’s flattering. That anything I write could inspire someone else to their own art? Is amazing. I’m hardly going to spit on the result.