zellieh: Text: ENGLISH lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages & rifles their pockets for spare vocabulary (writing: english steals vocabulary)
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Story Wars (http://www.storywars.net) Story Wars Blog (http://storywarsblog.net/)

"Read a story. Write the next chapter. Vote on your favorite chapter."

So. lots of round-robin fics written by strangers... who earn points, based on votes left by other readers and writers? ...Okay? I like Tumblr's shared universes and fandom's shared tropes and habit of co-authoring stuff, so I took a look at this. There doesn't seem to be much concrit or conversation, just a straight-up popularity contest. Honestly, I think it's a terrible idea. Adding point-scoring and competitiveness to a fic-writing, fic-sharing site seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

The part of me that's seen shit go down in the internet is just wailing, Cassandra-like: "This will end in wank! Mark my words: there will be wank, and accusations of favouritism and hackers and sabotage and wailing about cliques, BNFs and bullying, and the mods will end up rending their clothes and rubbing ashes in their hair forthwith, yea verily forsooth!"

Basically, if you find counting kudos and hit-counts stressful, don't want strangers in your personal universes, and find popularity contests anxiety-inducing, this is probably not for you (or me). Oh, and also? HERE BE DRAGONS! There are NO content indicators, maturity ratings, or warnings OF ANY KIND. All you get is title and the author's name, not even a line of text from the story. I'd call the while thing a choose-not-to-warn, NSFW site!

Also, this part of the blurb reminded me of FanLib's attempt to profit off of fanworks (emphasis added is mine):

"Who owns all the stories that are written? -- All user-created content on Story Wars is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
What does that mean? -- That anyone can share or adapt your writing as long as they attribute you." [To be fair to Story Wars, this permission is required for a shared-fic-writing site, but it leaves the door open for 'anyone' to be, say, an individual or company selling authors' works commercially and for profit -- without asking permission, paying the authors, or sharing the profits.]

"Why did we choose to share it? -- In a far far away future, we hope to be able to create real books of your stories. Think about it, a physical book that you could show your friends!" [Think about it: Do authors get paid when these books are sold?]

I think the real question here, neatly elided in the blurb, is: Who has the right to sell and profit off of your stories, your ideas? EL James was only able to file the serial numbers off of her fanfic and sell it as 50 Shades of Grey because she owned the rights to her story. If authors co-write a popular, potentially-profitable blockbuster story on Story Wars, will they be able to sell it? Would they be able to stop someone else from selling it? I have some concerns...

(Excerpted 'Story Wars' section from a longer public post on my own personal journal. Cross-posted to the LJ Life W/O FanLib comm.)

Going back to the main Story Wars site, I couldn't find a TOS page at all. Maybe you get that when you sign up to become a member, but I find it hard to trust a site that won't tell me what I'm signing up for until after I've signed up. Also, the more I look at the way this idea's being implemented, the more I feel like I'm watching the internet equivalent of a horror movie set-up: "I've got a great idea! Let's create a site on the internet! What could possibly go wrong?!" *Jaws music*
[identity profile] stewardess.livejournal.com
...because I am already feeling nostalgic.

FanLib was dismal and depressing, but did we let it get us down? Heck, no. Most of the time, I was laughing so hard I lost beverages. Some of my favorite memories:

1. The Mimbo Brothers (aka Chris and David Williams, FanLib founders) get their asses kicked by a moderator at lotrfanfiction, and learn nothing from it.

2. [livejournal.com profile] icarusancalion reveals FanLib's hilariously inept attempt to recruit her as a fanfic author.

3. [livejournal.com profile] telesilla takes apart the FanLib FAQ, prompting FanLib CEO Mimbo (Chris Williams) to make a spectacular fool of himself in her journal. The Mimbo brothers look even more idiotic when they revise the TOS and FAQ (repeatedly) in the dead of night.

4. [livejournal.com profile] lizbee writes the first Pink Guy/Blue Dude fanfiction, based on FanLib's bizarre marketing, and wins the Internet.

Read more... )

Got a story? Please share. Because Life Without FanLib is where the stories continue.
[identity profile] stewardess.livejournal.com
I was having a quiet evening at home, watching shitty movies starring cute actors, when there was a knock on the door.

I checked through the peephole: no one was visible. I was back on the couch when the knock came again. This time, I opened the door.

I was surprised when the FanLib PiƱata trundled in. )

Includes photos. BEVERAGE WARNING.

Lol fic

Jun. 1st, 2007 04:35 am
[identity profile] scarah2.livejournal.com
Fandom: FanLib
Characters: Pink Guy, Blue Dude, Pinata
Rating: NC17
Warnings: Pinata sex
Summary: Blue Dude teaches Pink Guy a well deserved lesson, by bringing in his friend Pinata.

fic )

ETA: Now illustrated, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] longleggedgit! NSFW fan art.
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[identity profile] telesilla.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] stewardess has already posted to the Fandom Wank post about the FanLib ferfluffle, but I've found a few other funny things.

Based on the FanLib Pink Guy/Blue Dude & Mexican Wrestler ads, [livejournal.com profile] lizbee has written hilarious...yes you guessed it: Pink Guy/Blue Dude slash."

Back when this began to hit the fan, [livejournal.com profile] debra_tabor put up an amusing poll about the issue.

If you've seen anything funny that I've missed, please link it in the comments. One of fandom's traditional ways of coping with idiots is to laugh at them and it's good to see we're managing it now. :)


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