Thousands of Works of Fiction Destroyed and No One Pays Attention
(Hannah Ellison) While most of the world carries on unaware, the last couple week has seen trauma, in-fighting and mass exodus in the world of fanfiction authors and readers. The catalyst for the current outrage being voiced by this community of creators and consumers? Fanfiction.net enforcing a ratings policy that has been in place since 2002 by deleting thousands of stories.
For those who don’t know, fanfiction stories are original works written using already existing characters and situations (think Harry and Hermione get jobs at Disneyland and fall in love. I just made that one up, anyone’s welcome to use it). FF.net, as it is usually called, has been the go-to archive for fanfiction for the last few years, housing millions of stories inspired by everything from Buffy to the Bible. Just under two weeks ago users started to notice stories disappearing and some writers reported having their stories deleted and their accounts suspended.