Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Peter David is evil -- and that's why we love him....

The twit who wrote the "tribute" sequel to Twilight, Russet Noon, is trying to defend her ignorance of copyright law and her theft of Stephenie Meyer's intellectual property with this claptrap about how we're all writing fanfic and every character in the world belongs to everyone.

Peter David, being a twisted soul, has a response:

Well, she’s at it again, and this time, I’m going to have some fun.

Several months ago a fan whose name I’m not even going to bother to mention declared she was going to write and publish her own sequel to “Twilight” entitled “Russet Noon.” Recently she has put forward a new treatise explaining just why copyright is meaningless. The reason is—get this—“The origin of all characters is the Shared Mind, the only mind that truly exists. Our minds are all one single ocean of shared memories, fantasies, dreams, nightmares and visions.”

Citing Edward Cullen, Harry Potter and Anakin Skywalker as examples of characters who are merely “plugged in” to archetypes and thus have no originality and therefore no entitlement to legal protection, she goes on to assert, “Laws that attempt to privatize the ownership of characters operate based on a delusion of separateness that we all share in this matrix we call reality. But according to Eckart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, there is no such a thing as separate minds. There is only one Universal Mind and it is the source of all our thoughts.”

You can read the rest of this New Age tripe here if you’re so inclined.

Now the first thing that occurred to me is that there is simply no way that I’m taking any part of the rap for Jar Jar Binks. And then I thought, Y’know what? There is, in fact, a universal mind. A hive mind, if you will. It’s called the Internet.

So let’s unleash the hive on the concept of a sequel to the “Twilight” series.

This is going to be entirely satirical, and thus legitimately protected by copyright. In honor of the woman who has inspired this, the title will be “Potato Moon” (since when I hear russet I tend to think of spuds rather than the color.) The first chapter will be written by my daughter, “Twilight” fan Ariel David (with a slightly snarky polish by me.) Just as its inspiration is supposed to be, it will be a sequel to “Twilight” written from the point of view of the werewolf character (at least to start out). The cover (created by Glenn [Hauman, Peter's web master]) will be posted on line on Wednesday to whet your appetite and the first chapter will go live Friday at 9 AM. And everyone and anyone is invited to participate in the ensuing round robin.

Peter goes on to explain the rules of the game, which you should all go read at Peter's original blog post.

I am, of course, participating. Can't wait to see how it turns out.....................
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