Fan Fiction Doesn’t Matter Anyway

As an avid fan of many high-profile, popular culture film series such as Star Wars, I understand why so many individuals would resort to fan fiction. As a producer of content, I can also understand the outrage of someone such as George Lucas who feels that consumers are infringing upon his copyright of the Star Wars brand. Despite both conflicting sides of the argument, I feel as if fan fiction does not really have such a significant influence that people would believe it to have.

In other words, I feel as if individuals who happen to be a fan of the popular film series Star Wars understand and recognize the difference between fan fiction and something that actually belongs to the brand. I don’t think anyone has an account of fan fiction as being on the same pedestal as the original Star Wars series. As someone who has been a fan of Star Wars since I was a toddler, I am always looking to find other ways in which I expand on the world of Star Wars. In our class discussion, we mentioned the character Bobba Fett, and how he has impacted so many people from the  Star Wars community that George Lucas had to create his backstory in the prequel trilogy. I would say that people enjoyed Bobba Fett’s presence in the original movies so much, that it is reasonable for individuals to want to know more about the character. There is nothing wrong with outside interpretations of Bobba Fett by other writers an artists, as long as those writers and artists acknowledge that their fan fiction does not equate to the Star Wars brand.

As I mentioned before, I understand George Lucas’s outrage. However, it is reasonable to say that fan fiction is positive reaction to Lucas’s film series. Considering the impact that it had on people, I would say that for so many people to want to know more about your film series, that they created their own interpretations of certain character’s backstories, it is definitely a positive reaction.

Fan fiction doesn’t matter anyway. I stress that people recognize the difference between the Star Wars series and fan spin-offs. If fan fiction mattered, introducing the prequel Star Wars trilogy would not have been such a large deal. People would have had the opinion that, because there have always been present fan fiction Star Wars stories, the prequel trilogy wouldn’t matter because they could just create their own alternate side to the Star Wars story. That is clearly not the case.

 

Franco Fino

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