Annie Proulx Says No to Fanfic

Author Annie Proulx, who wrote BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN,  tells the Wall Street Journal that the fanfic ripped off from her work by "remedial writers" is a "source of constant irritation."

There are countless people out there who think the story is open range
to explore their fantasies and to correct what they see as an
unbearably disappointing story. They constantly send ghastly
manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to
reply with praise and applause for "fixing" the story.  […] They do not understand the original story, they know nothing of
copyright infringement—i.e., that the characters Jack Twist and Ennis
Del Mar are my intellectual property

Defamer comments on all the insipid BROKEBACK fanfic.

We can see Proulx's point; after all, it somewhat dilutes the gist of
the original story if a sequel just happens to involve Ennis Del Mar
meeting the slain Jack Twist's identical twin (coincidentally, also
gay!). When will the internet accept that Proulx's simple, elegant tale
simply can't be done justice by a poorly written Livejournal follow-up?

(Thanks to Sue for the heads-up!)

3 thoughts on “Annie Proulx Says No to Fanfic”

  1. Fanfic Makes Proulx Regret Writing “Brokeback Mountain”

    Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Proulx has complained before about the misery “Brokeback Mountain” fanfic has caused her and now she’s doing it again, this time on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.”I wish I’d never written it,”…

  2. And that’s why there are archives that are limited to quality stories. Because people take the crappy stories and decide to apply that label across the board. There’s crap in everything, EVERYTHING. It’s doesn’t mean that all things within that category are crap. Should I say that because I met an a**hole who was a tv writer that all tv writers are a**holes. Or a bit more in line, if I read a really crappy script written by a tv writer, should I say that all tv writers are crap? That’s an absurd generalization to make. There are MANY fanfics stories out there that have no romance, no sex whatsoever and are VERY well-written (better than some of the published works out).


Leave a Comment