Jilly James

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Name: Jilly James
Alias(es): Jilly, JillyJ, JillyX,[1] jilly_james, jillyjames
Type: fanwriter, digital artist
Fandoms: 9-1-1, Criminal Minds, Hannibal, Harry Potter, Hawaii Five-0, The Hobbit, Leverage, Marvel Cinematic Universe, MacGyver, The Magnificent Seven, Magnum PI, NCIS, Numb3rs, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, The Sentinel, Teen Wolf
Other: Wild Hare Project[2]
Rough Trade
Quantum Bang
URL: Jilly at AO3
jillyjames at Dreamwidth
jilly_james at LiveJournal
JillyOfBean at Twitter
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Jilly James is a fanwriter and digital artist. She moderates the Rough Trade and Quantum Bang challenges with Keira Marcos, and regularly appears on Marcos' podcast.

Departure from AO3

On January 23, 2017, after receiving some comments against her newest NCIS/Criminal Minds/Numb3rs crossover story titled De Novo, she left AO3 removing all her works from the archive.[3] Jilly migrated her works to her own website and made a post about what happened:

[...] I need to clarify something about my decision to remove myself from AO3.

Yes, the huge majority of my comments on AO3 were supportive and positive. De Novo oddly attracted more annoying comments than most stories I’ve written. There were about 15 or so that ranged from annoying to upsetting. But I don’t have a thin skin. I can take the crap. I wasn’t feeling abused. If I were truly feeling abused in a way I couldn’t handle, my work would be gone. If AO3 was my best option, I’d delete the annoying comments and move on. Just like I do on my site.

Here’s why it wasn’t my best option: We discussed this briefly on the radio show once, but it bears repeating. Archives are for readers. They always have been, they always will be. And on some level, readers know it’s for them. Fanfiction.net downright panders to readers because without readers, they don’t have advertisers, and so they don’t have revenue. AO3 is different, but fundamentally, it’s reader oriented. It’s a little odd considering why it was created, but that’s a whole other topic.

Writers are second-class citizens on most archives, even though they supply the commodity—the fiction. But the archives have a commodity, too, and that’s an audience. The archives weight the value of the audience higher than the value of the fiction. If that works for them, or some of the writers, that’s fine. It doesn’t work for me.

The power dynamic is different on a writer’s private website. It’s a simple fact.

I reached the point in my writing ventures where an archive’s commodity isn’t alluring enough for me to stay.

My decision to leave AO3 was not about being abused. It was because I’m tired of my creative efforts being valued LESS than the audience.[4]

Notable Fanworks

  • Emergence, a 210k fantasy AU crossover between NCIS, The Sentinel, and Stargate SG-1 (2013–2015) Gibbs is the Alpha Dragon for the east coast Wing… and the lead for the NCIS MCRT. He has two rules above all others; No other emerged dragons on his NCIS team, and no relationships with non-dragons. Tony has no dragon blood, so hides his feelings for Gibbs behind smiles and misdirection. Things will change drastically for Tony when he mysteriously falls ill after an investigation on an aircraft carrier.
  • The Journey Home [1] a Sentinel AU crossover between NCIS and SG-1, After Tony assaults a guide at a crime scene, an old friend brings the Alpha Guide of North America to DC to investigate Tony’s claim of guide misconduct. This starts Tony on a new path away from DC and NCIS, and he finally finds a place to call home


  1. ^ "Jilly - Profile". AO3. Archived from the original on 2015-08-20.
  2. ^ Keira Marcos and Jilly James. "About the Site – The Wild Hare Project". Archived from the original on 2023-10-14.
  3. ^ "Jilly - Profile". AO3. Archived from the original on 2023-04-04.
  4. ^ "Readership". Archived from the original on 2019-07-30.