Raymond E. Feist

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Name: Raymond E. Feist
Also Known As: R.E.F., Raymond Feist
Occupation: Author
Medium: Novels
Works: The Riftwar Cycle
Official Website(s): http://www.crydee.com/
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Raymond E. Feist is an American fantasy author who wrote The Riftwar Cycle, a series of novels and short stories. His books have been translated into multiple languages and have sold over 15 million copies.

Feist heavily discourages fanfiction of his works, citing the Marion Zimmer Bradley incident as reason.[1]

Fans are discouraged from writing any fiction in Midkemia or using any of the characters created by Raymond E. Feist in other settings. While the author understands this practice of "fanfic," or fan fiction stems from enthusiasm over the work, it is nevertheless a copyright infringement and an abuse of the author's legal rights. The author suggests that fans turn that creative impulse into creating their own, original, worlds and characters. It's much more entertaining creating your own universe than working in someone else's.

OK, that's the official disclaimer.

The reason I have to take this position is due to years of abuse by fans of other writers/TV shows/movies. The copyright issues are complex and often don't seem to make sense, but the financial risk to myself and my family is real. So, be the "Raymond E. Feist" of your own universe and have a blast. If you get good at it, you never know, someone might someday be writing you fan mail.

Thanks for understanding.

Best, R.E.F.[2]
In 1997, some fans commented on Feist's fanworks stance:

Rather a strange stance for him to take, since I understand that some of his books extensively plagiarised the backgrounds and concepts created by Professor M. A. R. Barker in his game materials for Empire of the Petal Throne and the associated novels 'Man of Gold' and 'Flamesong.' There would have been legal action taken except that the Professor's publishers were unwilling to give financial support.

Ray Feist -hates- fanfic. I was involved in a discussion of it on the Genie computer network a few years ago, and his attitude was so hateful, that several of his fans who were on the network at the time swore off his works permanently.[3]

References

  1. Raymond Feist. "Copyright or Copy Wrong". crydee.com | The Official Raymond E. Feist Website. Retrieved May 8, 2019. 
  2. Fan Fiction - The Facts
  3. Russ (1st comment), Kathy Agel (2nd comment) on Lysator (February 1997)