Diana Gabaldon

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Name: Diana Gabaldon
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Occupation: writer
Medium: novels, short stories
Works: Outlander series, Lord John Grey series
Official Website(s): http://www.dianagabaldon.com/
Fan Website(s):
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Diana Gabaldon is the author of the Outlander romance/time-travel/historical-fiction series, and a spin-off series about Lord John Grey.

Gabaldon on Fan Fiction

Diana Gabaldon has gone on record as opposing fan fiction based on her books.

In 2008, Gabaldon wrote on a CompuServe forum that "99% of [fanfiction] is Just Awful, and it’s revolting to see your characters being made to do and say idiotic things, or be forced to enact simple-minded sex fantasies (which is what most fan-fic that comes to my unwilling attention is). Like someone selling your children into white slavery."[1]

A Controversial Blog Post

On May 3, 2010, she posted to her blog an entry which began: "OK, my position on fan-fic is pretty clear: I think it’s immoral, I _know_ it’s illegal, and it makes me want to barf whenever I’ve inadvertently encountered some of it involving my characters."[2]

For more on that blog post and the waves it made in fandom, see Fan-Fiction and Moral Conundrums.

Official Fanfiction Policy

You know, I'm very flattered that some of you enjoy the books so much that you feel inspired to engage with the writing in a more personal way than most readers do. Both for legal and personal reasons, though, I'm not comfortable with fan-fiction based on any of my work, and request that you do not write it, do not send it to me, and do not publish it, whether in print or on the web. Thank you very much for your courtesy and consideration. And I think that’s about all I have to say. [3]

Similar Controversies

Fan Fiction Archives


  1. Books and Writers Community>Genre Reading>Firefly! Fanfic!. 20 February 2008. (Accessed 10 October 2014; WebCite.)
  2. FAN-FICTION AND MORAL CONUNDRUMS. May 3, 2010 blog post by Diana Gabaldon. Accessed May 3, 2010. Wayback Machine
  3. Fan-Fic III - The Final Word. May 7, 2010 blog post by Diana Gabaldon. Accessed May 8, 2010.
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