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Trial and Error

Meredith and the Vet? Harry and Ginny?

May 15, 2007 12:27 PM

Sites like fanlib.com are the reason I am terrified that J.K. Rowley might kill off Harry Potter come late July.

Authors, especially of a stature like Ms. Rowling, want to control their characters. But yet, the public also feels a degree of ownership of her characters.

So I was intrigued with the news that landed on my desk last week of the launch of fanlib.com, a new site for fans to write about their favorite movies, TV shows and books in the vein of the new trend towards fan fiction. Fanlib launched with co-promotional partners including HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Showtime Networks, Simon & Schuster, and Starz Entertainment.

My first stop is on the Harry Potter section. I’m not alone in this regard—Harry Potter ranks highest with more than 400 fan-created stories as of last Friday.

So according to Harry Potter’s fans, he’s been sent to Azkaban for the murder of Ron and Hermione, his wife has cheated on him, and when he’s older he writes a newspaper article detailing the weapon he used to default Voldemort.

OK, my head is spinning now. I don’t actually want to know about these possibilities. I really do prefer the author’s version. I prefer some semblance of creative control, of one-to-many storytelling.

But at least 400-plus people don’t because they have crafted new tales and most of these submissions have received a handful of views in just a few days.

Back on the home page, CBS is promoting a contest to write the finale of “Ghost Whisperer.”

So there, go write that show. Or better yet, rewrite “Grey’s Anatomy” right here on this blog with Mark and Addison together, or Addison and Alex together, or Meredith and the vet together. And so on, and so on and so on.


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