A couple of months ago I wrote a post asking authors how they would feel if Hollywood screwed up their books when making it into a movie.
The topic came to mind sometime after the announcement that the last Divergent movie was shelved and would be turned into a TV series instead.
I’ve always been curious as to what author Veronica Roth has thought on the subject. Is she pissed? Is she okay with it? Has she openly said anything about it? So with that curiosity, I decided to comb through the internet looking for any interview with her to find out. Instead, though, I came across something that I’m really not quite sure how I feel about.
While apart of me understands the readers to a certain point, the other part of me can’t believe the audacity that people have. Of course, I shouldn’t be shocked, we do live in an ever growing “I deserve everything I want because I’m me” society, but still, I can’t imagine dealing with this as an author.
So what did I find?
Readers that were so pissed off that they didn’t get the ending they deserve in Allegiant so they not only sent her death threats and rewrote their own endings (and used it to boost their own writing), but also organized petitions to have her ending changed. Okay, so the death threats is probably the worst of it, but . . .
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Fan Fiction. To me, it’s a form of stealing. If you want to write a story or create a world, then make up your own characters and world. Don’t steal someone else’s and then use it to create a platform to possibly pad your pockets. Granted, I know that most Fan Fiction writers don’t make any money, however, E.L. James certainly isn’t standing in the unemployment line after turning her Twilight Fan Fiction into 5o Shades of Grey.
I’m not the only author who feels this way either. It’s been no secret that Stephanie Meyer, GRR Martin, and Anne Rice have quite the animosity toward it, especially George since he is a panster author and has to worry about the liability Fan Fiction comes with. There is a risk that while he’s writing his infamous Game of Thrones series, he could unknowingly write something similar to something a Fan Fiction writer wrote, giving said writer the ability to sue for royalties. Don’t believe it could happen? It could and it did with author Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Fan Fiction is stealing. Period. Want to write? Then build your own world and build your own characters.
Of course, that’s just one side of this coin.
As stated in this bustle.com article.
Um, her mistake? Uh, no, she didn’t make a mistake. It’s her story. It’s her world. It’s her characters. If she wants to write the story a certain way, then it’s HER CHOICE!
Her comment isn’t troublesome at all, but the one the journalist made in this article sure is. Should she have been looking to her fans and how she could meet their hopes for the novel’s ending? Uh, nope. And that’s a big nope with a pop on the letter p. It’s her story, not the readers.
It’s suppose to meet HER hopes, not theirs.
Authors shouldn’t write for the reader. They should write for themselves. No author can please everyone, there is always someone that will be offended or upset with the way we end our novels, so all we can do is write for us. Writing for the reader would drive an author batty and force each book to have multiple endings. It would also force authors to stick to genre rules and never think outside the box or push our creative envelopes.
You got to hand it to Ms. Roth, though. She has stuck with her guns with defending her ending. She wrote her book for her, and she’s not backed down when asked about it interviews like in the one I found on Goodreads.com.
From the sounds of it all, Ms. Roth was doing what we, as authors, always do. We write our stories and stay true to our characters.
I’m sorry if that doesn’t fit into a readers perfect little box, but guess what, people, the world isn’t perfect, and if you want that kind of perfection then sit down in front of your computer, spend countless hours away from your friends and family, and pen your own novel with your perfect ending. Don’t go demanding or organizing a change.org petition to change the ending of the last movie and to force the author into an ending you think you deserve. And, certainly, don’t rewrite our stories, using a lot of our words (which by this woman’s admission she did just that), words we thought of, words from our minds, words we slaved over.
You don’t deserve a new ending. You don’t deserve anything.
The author, however, does deserve to not have her work stolen just because you want to be a child and throw a temper tantrum because you didn’t get your way. And she most certainly does deserve to live a life without threat because you didn’t get the ending to her book that you wanted. Man, this entitled society is getting so annoying.