Anne Rice

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Name: Anne Rice
Also Known As: Anne Rampling, A.N. Roquelaure
Occupation: author
Medium: novels
Works: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned
Official Website(s): annerice.com and Anne Rice's Facebook
Fan Website(s): Vampire Lestat Fan Club
On Fanlore: Related pages

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Anne Rice is the author of the popular Vampire Chronicles series, and under the pseudonym "A.N. Roquelaure", of the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy BDSM fantasy series.

Attitude to Fanfiction

Anne Rice was also notable in fandom for her adamant disapproval of fan fiction, saying in 2000:

"I do not allow fan fiction. The characters are copyrighted. It upsets me terribly to even think about fan fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes."[1]

However, in April 2012, Anne Rice was quoted in an interview as having a more nuanced position

I don’t ever want to read about my characters in someone else’s writing. It’s too upsetting for me, because they are mine and from my mind. I never read fan fiction. Other writers feel differently about it and are happy and encouraging of it. I don’t make judgments—I prefer to ignore it. But if Fifty Shades of Grey grew out of that, well, there are no rules—books can come out in any variety of ways.[2]

Similarly, in November of 2012, she elaborated the "softening of her opinion":

‘I got upset about 20 years ago because I thought it would block me,’ she says. ‘However, it’s been very easy to avoid reading any, so live and let live. If I were a young writer, I’d want to own my own ideas. But maybe fan fiction is a transitional phase: whatever gets you there, gets you there.’ [3]

Jokes about her previous position abound, such as this April Fool's joke on tor.net: Anne Rice Admits to Writing Jesus Fan Fiction[4] . This was based on her actual writing of two books presented as the autobiography of Jesus Christ.[5]

Removal of Fan Fiction from Fanfiction.net

A report on the page Where Has the Anne Rice Fanfiction Gone? from 2000 says:

This statement was then followed up by attacks on Anne Rice fanfic authors. The attacks consisted of, amongst other things, e-mailed threats regarding not only the writing of fanfiction but any writing that any fanfic author attempted to engage in (regardless of who owned the copyright), attacks on businesses that the fanfic authors owned and weeks of harassing personal letters sent to fanfic author's e-mail addresses and guestbooks. Personal information about fanfic authors was also dug up by Anne Rice employees and used as part of the harassment. Suffice it to say, Anne Rice made her displeasure clear.[6]

In response, fanfiction.net removed Vampire Chronicles and other Anne Rice fanfiction from the archive and now states that they will not archive entries based on her work.[7]. However, by 2010, simple searches on fanfiction.net for Anne Rice, Vampire Chronicles, and Lestat produced a total of several hundred stories[8].

Interrogating the Text From the Wrong Perspective

In September 2004, Anne Rice posted a reply on Amazon to critics of her book "Blood Canticle", in which she rejected all negative reviews.[9] Many fans found Rice's response intemperate, jargonistic, and disconcerting, leading to amusing Amazon replies, professional author and editor commentary, and a Fandom Wank post which led to seven pages of comments and an number of icons. The New York Times wrote about it, under the title Fan power takes new meaning.

One line in particular — "interrogating the text from the wrong perspective" — is now a favorite catchphrase on Fandom Wank and elsewhere.[10][11] It is used ironically by fans to mock someone, either the original author of the text using authorial intent to trump what actually appears on the page, or another reader who assumes that there can be only one "correct" interpretation of the text. The text (fanfic or published writing) in question is usually problematic or badly written, and the mocked individual may be the lone defender. See also resistant reading.

References

  1. IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ANNE ON "FAN FICTION" on her official Message to Fans page, posted April 2000, accessed 2010-11-18
  2. Anne Rice On Monsters, Facebook And Fifty Shades Of Grey Chicagoist interview by Tony Peregrin, retrieved 2012-4-15
  3. [http://metro.co.uk/2012/11/11/how-fan-fiction-is-conquering-the-internet-and-shooting-up-book-charts-617396/ How fan fiction is conquering the internet and shooting up book charts, retrieved June 9, 2013
  4. April fool's joke Anne Rice Admits to Writing Jesus Fan Fiction] April 1, 2009, accessed 2010-11-19
  5. Anne Rice's official web site books from Jesus's POV, Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt, and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (Accessed 2012-7-31)
  6. Where Has the Anne Rice Fanfiction Gone? Posted some time in 2000, accessed 2010-11-18
  7. fanfiction.net content guidelines "FanFiction.Net respects the expressed wishes of the following authors/publishers and will not archive entries based on their work ... Anne Rice"
  8. Search for Anne Rice on fanfiction.net accessed 2010-11-18
  9. In particular, she told the "negative voices" that they were interrogating the text from the wrong perspective, that they have used this site as if it were a public urinal to publish falsehood and lies, and I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me, and I will never relinquish that status. "From the Author to the Some of the Negative Voices Here" full text copy, accessed 2010-11-23
  10. Interrogating the text from the wrong perspective. Fandom Wank Wiki. (Accessed 24 November 2010)
  11. A July 31, 2012 Google search for the phrase gave 15,400 results.
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