Laurell K. Hamilton

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Name: Laurell K. Hamilton
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Occupation: Writer
Medium: Novels
Works: The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series; the Merry Gentry series
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Fan Website(s): http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/
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Laurell K. Hamilton (LKH) is the author of the popular urban (erotic) fantasy Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and Merry Gentry series.

LKH's relationship with her fandom is fraught. While LKH has many staunch supporters, the shift in her novels--especially Anita Blake--from urban fantasy/horror into softcore porn created a strong backlash against LKH's writing, and against her personally.

LKH and her supporters (sometimes called troos)--husband Jon, and employee/friend Darla among them--have lashed out at fans and anti-fans for their criticisms. In a post on her message board, she addressed some of her more vocal critics:

And if you don't think you are the minority, well, sorry, guys but you are. I have the sales figures to prove it. Each book’s sales are more than the last. The vast majority of people standing in line love the books, love the series, and tell us so. Some people even ask for more police procedural. I want more, too. If the person asks nicely, not rudely, or in that tone that seems to imply if I don't do what they want the series is doomed to failure, I listen. The arduer is a pain in my, and Anita's butt, too. But I believe in my world. I've done this major metaphysical event. I won't just 'fix it' because it's hard to write around. God, knows, sometimes it is. But the arduer is moving along. I've got my fix in mind, but it's logical, not something that's merely convenient, or because some people hate it. But the arduer is not going away. If that's what you guys are wanting, then it ain't happening. Leave now, because more arduer awaits. The arduer is evolving, as are Anita's powers, but I don't see the arduer going poof. [1]

An entry in LKH's guestbook (now deleted) said: "I have been a reader for close to 50 years and a reader of serials for almost 40 years and I have never, NEVER, read a series where an author completely undermined, assassinated and betrayed her characters the LKH did." [2]

An active anti-fandom has evolved around LKH and her novels, most clearly visible at LKH Lashouts, an LJ community devoted to critiquing the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. Some people skate dangerously close between mocking LKH's work, and personally attacking her: "at this point, her personal life has been dissected past the point of good taste." [3]

References

  1. Dear Negative Reader, and LKH tries to be as missunderstood as Anne Rice, and Blogflog: Dear Negative Reader. (Accessed May 29, 2009)
  2. Anonymouse Provided Laurell K. Hamilton Wank. (Accessed May 29, 2009)
  3. [Modliness: READ change to blogflogging.] (Accessed May 29, 2009)
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