So, about Ms. Harris

First a little reading if you're not familiar:


http://maryjanicedavidson.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-bullying-of-charlaine-harris-and.html


TLDNR version:


Someone revealed the conclusion Harris's Southern Vampire series to the Innerwebs and the Innerwebs went bat-Crap-Crazy about it. On top of it they started slamming on her for giving them the "wrong" ending, and how she owed it to her readers to end the series a different way.


What's everyone's thoughts?


Wow I agree with Neil Gaiman 1000%. I haven't read any of the latest Sookie Stackhouse novels, but I think I'm going to buy a copy of the last book May 7th, just 'cause. That sucks for everyone, readers and writer alike.


That makes me so sad, and a little bit scared. Death threats are scary. "Misery" was scary. Salman Rushdie had to hide for years because his novel had Muhammad in it. People forget that these are OUR creations and they are just along for the ride. If they don't like the ending, write some fan fiction and change it.


I'm still trying to sort out "But we demand a better ending" part.


I mean, really? You ~demand~?


I hate a lack of resolution as much as the next "man life sucks" old fart. You kids can have your "deep meaning" and "ends with an existential crisis". I've had my share; give me an ending that makes me feel like life's still worth living, ya know? It's why I have such a love/ hate with Jos Whedon for the stuff he pulls. But that's just my preference. You don't ~have~ to give me an ending I like. I just ~want~ you to.


And if you don't, well, I won't like your stuff, and that's that.


But to go on a tear about what I'm entitled to? About how I should get what I want because I want it? Good Golly Miss Molly Ringwald.


Yikes.


Yeah, this is nuts. It's her fucking book! If they don't like it they should write their own.


It's a whole world of STFU and get the hell of my lawn. I love that people get so involved with fiction; I hate that they take it too far and abuse those who give them such gifts.


I'll probably be more spammy about this on my blog at some point.


That's the risk with cultivating shipping fandoms.... when the entire story is built on that it can blow up in your face.


I've had people get pissed at me for writing fanfiction or drawing fanart. I still fondly remember getting scolded by a 13 year old girl for one pairing and then having someone slam down a print at a convention for another. More or less, I think it's amazing how much power those fans gave me considering there is nothing holding them back from turning around and applying themselves to express their point of view in rebuttal. (And honestly, I must have been doing something well enough to be that threatening.)


"Write your own" is a good respo9nse to these upset fans... fanfiction and fanart has been used by fandoms before them. Why this group has to add death threats to the mix is distasteful.


I've been very unhappy with how a series ends, for instance the last Hunger Games book, deeply, deeply dislike it and it kind of ruined the series for me. Until I read that book I honestly never understood how one book could ruin an entire series for a person, though I'd heard other people say it. Then I read Hunger Games and I got it. But even though I deeply disliked that book I wouldn't go on and say she had no right to write it. She had every right to write whatever she wanted. If someone writes something you don't like, the result shouldn't be 'you cheated us' or 'you lied to us'. The result with the Hunger Games writer is that I am now much less likely to read anything else she wrote, because I no longer trust her to end her series in a way I consider satisfactory. But I acknowledge this is personal preference and *not* that she somehow betrayed some unspoken agreement between us.





I've also seen the argument when it comes to the Sookie books that because readers bought all the previous books they've somehow 'invested' in the series, this seems very weak. You don't 'invest' in a book, or buying a book doesn't give you some future right to the series because the book you just bought wasn't enough. You buy the book, and assuming you like it, you get enjoyment and pleasure from reading it. Speaking as a reader here, and not as a writer, as far as I'm concerned the writer of the book has already given me more then enough for money. I don't expect them to then proceed to give me some say in their future books.





Endings are a tough part. If readers get emotionally invested enough in a work, then of course they're going to rail somewhat against an ending, especially one they feel is unsatisfactory. That's not to say they get a spot in the writing process, but they can always go back and make their own fanfic about things.


I know Stephen King did his best to get away from dealing with the ending of his drawn out Dark Tower series by trying to drop the anvil that the journey, the story, is more important than the ending. But still, the ending means a lot to people because it is the ending.


Man, I'm glad they weren't doing all that when she visited her old college. OOC was too busy messing around with City of Heroes to walk over and get a book signed, but then again, neither he nor I read it or even watch True Blood anymore.