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It'd be awesome if more people made money out of fanfics.

Do you know how many people on DeviantArt earn cash from drawing characters from games/books/etc as commissions for fans? Take the computer game Dragon Age: Origins as an example. Fans will approach an artist and might say, "I want a picture of my character Princess Cousland with King Alistair. Princess looks like...etc etc" and the artist, for a modest fee, will draw it, slap an 'Alistair is copyright of Bioware' disclaimer on it, and send it to the fan. Artist gets money, fan gets picture of Princess CousCous and her King, Bioware gets props.

I don't know about the legalities of this, nor of fanfiction. Like I said, it'd be awesome if more people made money out of fanfics (some do), but it's not something that I am personally interested in going for, mostly because the idea makes me uncomfortable. Other people can go for it, and good for them if they get somewhere.

But have *some* integrity, for the love of God. At least acknowledge where the inspiration came from. Don't pretend it was all yours if it wasn't.  Most people won't care if you're making money out of something, so long as your methods aren't underhanded or cloaked with deceit.

Not many people like liars.
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trophy1234567 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello random deviant! Have a llama and a watch!
endirasae Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
@gaspare - If you're going to leave a comment on my profile, I'd thank you to have the courtesy of allowing me to reply. That's pretty much the essence of trolling right there. Nice job!

Instead I'll just hide your comment. I did have a nice, rational reply written up, but thanks for proving it's not worth my time or anyone else's.
Lenoa-of-Elacas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In response to this:
"Rautu is a rip-off of Dragon Age's Sten. Her story's fanfiction with the names changed to avoid copyright infringement."

No shit, Sherlock, but even if he closely resembles Sten and his people resemble the Qunari, and some of her other characters resemble Dragon Age characters, anyone that actually knows the depths of Sten and the Qun or other characters in the game would know that, though based off of them, this author's characters have a flair of their own that was not once shown in any of the Dragon Age games with any of the Qunari. She has taken an idea and added her own personality to it, which is what many, many, many authors and artists do because it's very hard to find something that's never been done before by at least one person.

If you don't like her writings and if you can't get past the resemblance to Sten and the Qunari, then don't read her works. I personally like some of her short stories and if you don't then that's your problem.

Troll somebody else. I don't see you writing anything drastically original. Clearly, you also write fanfics instead of coming up with your own 100% self-made worlds and peoples and putting them on here.

And if you're wondering, I sent this to your profile instead of hers because I didn't want to make her profile look bad. Have a good day.
endirasae Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
The difference between her and me is that I don't sell my fanfiction on Amazon, claim it's 100% original and that I've never even heard of Dragon Age like she is. Even David Gaider has called her on this. Yes, she is making money off adapted fanfiction and disavowing any knowledge of Dragon Age.

People can write whatever the hell they want. Heck, I know I do. But the least they can do is have some integrity, which she apparently does not. That I cannot abide, and for that she deserves to look bad. By all means, continue to defend her, if you think her attitude is ethical.

You have a nice day too.
Lenoa-of-Elacas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not 'defending' her by saying what she's doing is 100% ok, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter. You shouldn't troll someone on their profile in public by calling them out on it. Anyone that knows the Dragon Age games and reads anything she's written KNOWS that she's based her characters off some of the games, and those that don't play the Dragon Age games, probably don't give a crap that her characters are based off some of the games.

Basically, when you see something like that or someone like her, just deal with it and get on with your day. Who gives two craps if she didn't come up with the characters all by herself? She's still smart enough to make money off of it, get away with it and at the end of the day, she's probably making more money off her writing than you or I are.
endirasae Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Sorry, but I do give a crap when someone claims complete originality and copyright for something that's clearly not theirs. Making money off it is one thing--hell, if fan artists can do it, why not fan writers? but at least the artists respect the IP and its creators enough to give credit where credit is due.

Thanks for your 'deal with it' advice. I have no intentions of following it, and by the looks of her Amazon page (which I have not posted to) a number of other Dragon Age fans feel similarly. Fair enough if you do not, but don't expect me to share your blind eye attitude.
Raidho Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
endirasae Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
omghai2u ^_^
closetoyourheart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
just finished your fan fic "the hunt" on it is amazing. i'm a little bit bummed out about the end. *waaahhh* but it was so good. SO GOOD. i usually take a few days to read a story as long as yours, but today i started when i woke up, read some chapters at work (bad employee!), and finally finished it about 20 minutes ago. i couldn't stop reading it. thank you for writing such a great fan fic. :)
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