sources are so hard to find with this fandom

unabashed-skyrocket  asked:

Wait what's this about cassandra clare being a plagarist? I only half-read one of her books and it was pretty terrible...

I got a lot of asks about this and I really don’t want to go into it too much cause boy howdy do I not want to bring the wrath of her or her friends anywhere near me. I didn’t survive the fandom wars to go out like this.

I’ll preface this by saying: no one behaved well. There were hackings and threats and fans taking “justice” into their own hands (doxxing), and someone even got thrown out of college because of it and any of us with any sense took several prudent steps back and hid from the fallout that ensued.

CC was a prolific fanfic author for the Harry Potter fandom, she wrote a lot and had a devoted following of fans and while it might seem redundant to accuse a fanfic writer of plagiarism, CC was known for lifting direct lines from other media. Some argue this was part of a “game” like “spot the fandom” sort of thing, but at the time in the 2000s when fanfic sites existed at the mercy of IP holders and without the protection Ao3 affords us, and fanficers were being actively pursued and sued by writers for creating fanfic of their work, these direct “quotes” (and they were not just “quotes”, there were entire paragraphs and pages of her work which if you ran them through plagiarism software it’d spit out entire screeds of other works) was particularly dangerous for fandom and I feel in part goes toward explaining some of the acerbic vitriol aimed towards her—rather than the simple spiteful jealousy her fans like to cite.

There were also some claims that she stole from other fanfic writers, though I can’t find any sources. In fact you will find it remarkably hard to find any “reliable” sources. That’ll happen when you have lawyers and a PR teams to scrub you as clean as they can in order to sell original books. 

And while Mortal Instruments seems to be her own work, (debatable given it’s sort of her fanfic work rehashed, so idk how to make head nor tails of that mess) in 2016 the author Sherrilyn Kenyon attempted to sue over her Shadowhunter series for plagiarism, and while certain things were never proved…eh…I haven’t wanted anything to do with her or her fandom since the early 2000s. And that’s all I’m going to say.

anonymous asked:

I feel you on the whole drarry being hard to read lately because of everything happening politically and socially. Like a few years ago, I realized that if I knew Draco in real life I would seriously hate him because of his blood purity shit and everything but I adore him as a fictional character??? I know fantasy doesn't equal reality but that stuff is just way too similar to what's going on lmao every time I read something that glosses over Draco's racism now I can't do it

Yeah, same p much. I would find him really hard to forgive.

On one hand, that’s so much of what can make drarry fic interesting. How on earth can you come back from that? What can one do to earn forgiveness? What would even inspire someone to seek it?  The ethical questions underpinning H/D fic can be extraordinary and rich and amazing. Which in turn can make for amazing, moving, compelling stories.

It’s just that a lot of people ignore them? I think (and some other v wise folks have suggested to me) that that’s worse on tumblr, and I think there’s something to that. The prevelance of aesthetics and fan art and the popularity of fluffy headcanons make it seem at times like everyone’s forgotten where they came from and what their history is about, and how deep and really really justified and well-founded their mutual antipathy was.

Like:

  • Draco tried to kill Harry’s teammate
  • Draco almost accidentally killed Harry’s best friend while trying to intentionally kill Harry’s mentor
  • Draco didn’t intervene in the torture of Harry’s other best friend
  • Draco was a bully and a jerk, and was protected and motivated by his privilege in doing that
  • Draco genuinely believed that Harry and his best friends were inferior on account of their blood status and/or class status
  • Draco faked an injury that almost resulted in the death of one of Harry’s mentors’ pets
  • Draco’s father did something that led to deep psychological trauma for Harry’s best friend’s sister/Harry’s girlfriend
  • Draco’s aunt killed Harry’s godfather
  • Harry put Draco’s father in jail 
  • Harry tried to upset the larger sociopolitical order that assured Draco’s privilege (y’all know how privileged people panic and lash out about that)
  • Draco and Harry were on opposite sides of a war

Those are not things you can gloss over. I know they were children at the time, but still. Those are not things you forget. Those are not things you ignore. Those are not things that two people could fall in love with without addressing. They aren’t.

And yet.

So when people do - which is a lot of the time - I have a lot of trouble reading it too, and it’s become so common that I’m pretty much taking a wholesale break from it. 

(and I don’t know that I can even begin to verbalize how it feels to run across a great larry fictional war AU which, in the notes, lists among its influences “a certain feeling of nostalgia for old school HP fics,” and to realize that, as hard as I’d looked in HP, I can’t find anything new like that there - that other fandoms, with other source material, are doing a better job of this than we are.)

It’s not that I don’t want to read drarry. I do; part of why I’m taking a break is so that it doesn’t start to feel like homework, and I can pick back up, probably with draco tops, with a bit of space and perspective and less frustration.

But for Merlin’s sake, y’all.

Don’t forget who these characters are.

遊戯王まとめ

by 水野 環

Here’s some things that  I’ve learned while handling fursuiters - that is, helping a furry while they are out in public fursuiting! I hope you’ll find these tips as useful as I have!

1. Be sure you and the fursuiter communicate. It doesn’t matter how you and your furry friend decide to communicate while on an outing, as long as you’re both on the same page!
2. Don’t be afraid to grab the fursuiter by the hand or arm. You might have to do this if the fursuiter can’t see that he or she is in the way of someone else and you need him or her to move out of the way.
3. Be prepared to talk on behalf of the fursuiter. The fursuiters that I spot for are some of the few that actually choose to talk while in fursuit; at least to me in most situations as I am seen as furry/furry-friendly, so I’m not seen as an outsider and thus it’s okay to break character to talk to me. Usually it’s the fursuiter’s choice to talk or not talk; be sure you know the fursuiter’s preference so you know it you have to talk on his or her behalf. Be sure you follow tip #1 so you know what the fursuiter wants you to say for him or her!
4. Carry a backpack with lots of bottles of water. No matter where you decide to fursuit, you’ll want to be sure you bring your own water because you don’t know when or if you’ll be able to get some.
5. Insist on frequent water breaks. This has to be the most important tip, next to actually bringing water! No matter how cold it is outside, fursuiters sweat a lot, so they’re going to need to take frequent water breaks. But in my personal experience being a fursuit handler, once a fursuiter gets going and really starts to get into character, he or she does not want to stop because he or she is having so much fun! Not stopping for a water break every now and then could cause the fursuiter to pass out from heat exhaustion or dehydration.
6. Bring straws. This needs to be its own separate tip because it’s hard for a fursuiter to drink out of a cup or bottle while wearing his or her head. It also is hard to carry a fursuit head and drink something, so a straw in either situation will greatly help. Depending on where you decide to fursuit, it may be hard to find a straw, so it’s better to bring your own.
7. Be aware that fursuiters have horrible vision. No matter who made the fursuit, the head is going to have somewhat limited vision at the minimum. This means that you’ll have to watch the fursuiter’s step for him or her when walking through a treacherous spot, i.e. stepping over roots in the woods or avoiding trash cans at a convention. 


This is an original blog post by arashipictures. Please do NOT remove source info!

Is “Berryl Dendrus” an easter egg or just random?

It got me thinking because that was an odd shot. Also because the date of death does not match with Storybrooke, but neither does with the fairytale land, as it shows “January 1st 1981”. Storybrooke was created in October 23h 1983, so it can’t be someone Regina killed while in SB, but it couldn’t either come from the Enchanted Forest because that’s ought to be set in the medieval times or something, as I find it hard to believe they are even in the 1900′s. It could be someone from yet another “world”, like Cruella comes from somewhere in the 50′s-60′s — though how she got into the Enchanted Forest remains a mystery (plot hole), but really I just got a little curious, so I started searching.

There’s a meta going on with an anagram I found interesting, but since it comes from a C$ source, I would much rather not reblog them because one must be extra ‘touchy’ with fandom etiquette (I don’t wanna “hijack” their post– not that I can, as I’m blocked anyway lol). I will however post a screencap of their meta because it resounds with me and could have an interesting Swan Mills Family reading. Kudos to her for the interpretation thus far. P.S. If you come across this, know that I tried contacting you for permission and to discuss about this meta before doing this; thats how I found out I’m blocked ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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Reposting, what else is new.

I can’t seem to scroll any PJO Tumblr tags or Instagram tags without seeing immense amounts of my art being re-uploaded/edited without credit or asking.

Needless to say I’m pretty pissed.

I specifically ask on every piece I uploaded not to use it without credit or asking first. It’s not that difficult. I have given EVERYONE who politely asked to use my work permission to use it as an icon/edit/re-upload on instagram or Facebook, etc. I love when people use my art in their creations, but it’s SO important to me that you credit for it. If not, it agitates me.

I don’t see why asking for permission to use something that I created is so hard to do. That art you’re stealing wouldn’t even exist without me. The least you can do is acknowledge me for drawing it. Not giving artists credit for their work hurts them not only emotionally, but it also makes it so other people can’t find us. They don’t know the source, so therefore they can’t support us.

I must say, I really haven’t missed doing fanart for the PJO fandom lately.
I adore the majority of you guys, but there are so many people that steal.

It’s just not worth it.

PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE POSTING OTHER ARTISTS’ ART!!!

Reposting without sourcing is bad, but so is reposting someone’s art without asking their permission first! 

Pixiv, deviantART AND tumblr (yes tumblr) require EVERYONE to get permission before posting an artist’s art elsewhere.  It’s part of their terms of use and community guidelines.  I recently found out about this (around January) and I have completely changed how I run this blog.

You should too.  Please be considerate of artists and ask their permission first!  There are a few other blogs I see who do, and I thank you.  But there are also plenty of blogs (popular ones too) that do not ask permission and are posting art from artists I KNOW FOR A FACT DO NOT WANT THEIR ART REPOSTED or already have tumblr blogs on which they post their art.

Ask their permission - most artists will be very grateful that you ask, but may still decline.  This happens A LOT on pixiv for me, but I still respect their wishes.  Some artists never reply which is an implicit denial of permission.  Unless the artist EXPLICITLY gives you permission privately, or publicly on their profile, DO NOT REPOST THEIR ART.

I know it’s hard when you find a really awesome artist, and you just want to share, but unless that artist lets you share, refrain!  Many artists, especially Japanese artists on pixiv, have stopped posting their art completely because of this!  So PLEASE STOP.

When fans think they’re the line

A friend I’ve known for nearly thirty years works in the entertainment industry. He has a Twitter following - not as many as Lana Parrilla or Jennifer Morrison - but he’s well known in his field and has much more than the average number of followers. A while ago I asked him if he has a problem with trolls.

He said not many, because he’s not female (which is interesting in itself, but bye-the-bye). Then he said that the only issues he has are with a certain type of fan. I asked him what type, and he said “the bigoted gate-keepers”.

He explained (I paraphrase), “There are a few who just don’t like people who aren’t like them. I want to be inclusive. I welcome people from all walks of life - rich, poor, all ages, races, sexualities, genders, etc. But there are some fans who keep tweeting me stuff like Ignore those people and Don’t listen to those bullies, just because I treat everyone the same. And I think, what bullies? The only people hassling me and telling me what to do are you. Who do you mouthy tossers think you are?”

This reminded me so much of the Once Upon a Time fandom. There are certain people in the fandom who do not like people who are different, and they get very stroppy when the actors or writers engage with those people equally. There are fans who are very anti-SwanQueen; and let’s be clear – being anti-SwanQueen is specifically anti-SQ-shipper. You can be critical of any canon romance in the show without being anti-shipper, because those romances are written. If SwanQueen romance were canon the chances are I’d be critical of it, given the show-runners’ poor track record in writing romance in Once Upon a Time. But SwanQueen romance is not canon (so far), so there’s nothing to be anti about except the shippers; i.e. against other fans; against real people.

A while ago SwanQueen shippers won an AfterEllen poll, so Lana Parrilla gave an interview to AfterEllen about SwanQueen. The anti-SQ fans were very angry. Their bitter entitlement culminated in a now infamous Tumblr post which told SQ fans that they “do not matter”, amongst other rambling bigotry (including derogatory lies about what Lana said in the interview), and it was liked or re-blogged with comments like yes, put them in their place, etc.

That “place” is not in the fandom, presumably.

In April Adam Horowitz tweeted one of his many ‘scripteases’ to promote an episode, with a screen grab of dialogue between Emma and Regina. An anti-SQ fan replied, “Why do you continually reward & coddle bullies? That only perpetuates the problem…”

We must assume that “the problem” is SwanQueen shippers existing, if not two top leads in the show sharing dialogue of any kind. Adam could not make any sense of it either.

Recently Lana was a guest on Home and Family, at which she waved and called out to her “SwanQueens” in the audience. Then she was a guest at the Spooky Empire convention, where she hung out with many fans including SwanQueen shippers, and gathered them together for a SwanQueen photo. Afterwards an anti-SQ fan tweeted that Lana didn’t talk about OutlawQueen at the con because she was scared of the SQ shippers.

Yes, someone actually wrote that; in public.

Most recently the Xivents convention published their photo-op line-up for their guests in June, and many paying con-goers noticed that Jennifer and Lana (the biggest names) were not in any photo-op together; not even a group one. All kinds of fans – SwanQueen, CaptainSwan, OutlawQueen, Rumbelle shippers, and non-shippers, tweeted Xivents and the actors to ask for the schedule to be changed. Xivents did not handle their PR well, but eventually Jennifer learned of the schedule, fixed it, and released a statement including the relevant info:

“I have told them I will be doing a photo op with the whole cast and then a photo op on my own. I have not agreed to any pairings. I want it to be good clean fun for everyone.”

One of the “pairings” that Xivents had scheduled (which she had not agreed to) was with Colin O’Donoghue. This prompted anti-SQ people among the CaptainSwan shippers to accuse SwanQueen shippers of bullying Jennifer out of a photo with just Colin. A 24-year-old blogger with little grasp of cause and effect and no respect for citing sources wrote an article which included the following hyperbole:

“… the SwanQueen fandom went nuts.  There was so much hate thrown at both Xivents and Jennifer Morrison that it became hard to sort through.”

But some people did take the time to sort through the correspondence, and could not find the “hate” or any evidence of SwanQueen shippers going “nuts”. A diligent search of Jennifer’s twitter feed dug up an instance of a SwanQueen shipper joking that Colin could dress up as Lana for a photo op. Claims from Xivents that they received death threats were soon retracted. When the writer of the article eventually got around to showing her screencapped “proof”, the strongest was a sarcastic comment to Xivents joking that they wanted angry fans and it was going to be “fun”, and one to the actors saying that they owed their fans a photo op, SwanQueen or not. Those were the really harsh ones, apparently.

What the search could not find wasn’t as interesting as what it did find, though: over a hundred tweets (99.9% of them coming from CS shippers) telling JMo to “ignore the haters”, “ignore the bullies”, “ignore the crazies”, “ignore the bitter SQ shippers”, “your true fans love you”, etc.

i.e. from the bigoted gatekeepers.

Some of these anti-SQ bigots are homophobes; some are misogynists; some are both. What does not occur to them, apparently, is how disrespectful they are being towards the celebrities they are gate-keeping. The notion that Jennifer Morrison lets herself be bullied by fans into doing something she doesn’t want to do, or not doing something she wants to, demeans her. And evidence is to the contrary. There are three well known occasions when she has shown she’s made of sterner stuff: when she called out Michael Coleman (fiercely) for his inappropriate comments about SwanQueen; when she called out those CaptainSwan shippers (more accurately colifer shippers) who spread rumours of an adulterous affair with Colin and who were rude about his wife (which could explain why she doesn’t want to do any pairings, and her comment about “good clean fun” – some fans have no boundaries); and when she called the behaviour of homophobic anti-SQ fans who try to erase SwanQueen with saviorqueen “terrible and dumb”.

It’s worth noting that to date she has not had to call out any SwanQueen shippers for similar bullying behaviour.

So I wonder… when JMo gets over a hundred tweets in one sitting telling her what she should and shouldn’t do and who she must ignore, does she, just like my friend, think, Who do you mouthy tossers think you are?

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same, Adam, same.

anonymous asked:

hey can i ask who volpina is?? i wanna be excited about everything in ladybug, but the impression i get isnt very excitng !! please tell me who they are!!!!

Ahhh of course! I forget that it’s easy to lose track of info in this fandom because it’s not well centralized and sources get easily forgotten ^_^’

So Volpina was introduced here in a sketch by one of the storyboarders, Winny. (I can’t find the tweet where she was named; this has her name, but maybe like Felix it was a fan name that took off?) She appeared before the show actually began, so it was hard to tell if she was discarded concept art or an actual character. The part of the fandom that loves the concept art (eg. they love the Quantic Kids - who are another post entirely) started drawing fanart of her and creating headcanons, but not much.

Then, she really got popular in the fandom when Thomas Astruc posted this spoiler glimpse. Long dark hair, pointy orange ears? Yep, looks like our Volpina will make an appearance. “Una ragazza italiana in Pariggi” means “An Italian girl in Paris”, and yep - “volpina” is Italian for “fox”. 

Now that she was going to appear, fans really started looking at her. An animal themed superhero, does that mean she also has a miraculous? Is she a hero or an anti-hero, as foxes are sometimes portrayed? And as a new superhero to the lucky duo, how will she alter their dynamic? Knowing that this show follows many other kids show tropes (best friend characters, queen bee character, etc.) could her appearance create a love triangle? And, being this particular show, could her civilian form create a love triangle? Some of us are also taking the opportunity of a female character to ship her with Ladybug (It’s callled ‘Volbug’), in a twist on perhaps the more expected love triangle of new female and Chat Noir. 

tl;dr: Volpina is a foxgirl character who’s going to appear in an episode. We’re all very excited.

PSA: Fanart/Edit Reposting


Hey everyone,

I’m sorry I have to do this, but the problem has gotten way out of control and it needs to be addressed. This fandom is lovely, and we all feel like a big family. I so appreciate all of your support regarding ACOWAS. But I have been very alarmed to see the immense amount of reposting that goes on in this fandom! It’s downright terrible! I don’t think I’ve seen it this bad in any other fandom that I have been a part of.

For those who might not be aware, reposting is when you upload someone else’s art or edit without giving them credit. There is no link back to the original artist’s blog or work. This results in those who see your post thinking that you created it–AND THIS IS STEALING!!!

We all know the Internet is basically the wild west, but in this way, we still should be adhering to lawful behavior as well as common decency. Claiming credit for someone else’s work is a terrible thing to do, and you will be caught–which results in you looking like a huge asshole. I know artists in this fandom who spend hours on edits or tear their hair out over their art, and then it gets reposted and they don’t get any credit for their labor! Early on in ACOWAS, I had someone make a chat post with lines from my fic without linking back to it or saying where they sourced it from. It felt like shit to have someone do that. It wound up being an accident and the situation was resolved, but to see someone take credit for something I had written, accidentally or not, was a really terrible feeling. The same goes for artists and editors!

Sometimes, the reposting happens because a blogger sees something on Pinterest or Twitter and saves it to their computer, later uploading it to tumblr. THIS IS STILL NOT OKAY. For one thing, it should not be posted unsourced on Pinterest or Twitter, either, and if I had any influence over there I’d say the same thing to that part of the fandom. I’m not super active on Pinterest or Twitter, though, so just spread the word for me.

If you see a piece of art you like on Pinterest and it is not sourced, do not share or upload it. You’re contributing to the theft that way! Aiding and abetting, if you will. If you feel like you have to share it, put in an extra minute and find the original work on tumblr or Pinterest–then share it by reblogging or repinning! DO. NOT. REPOST.

As I said before, this fandom is small enough that we all sort of feel like family. Would you steal your family’s hard work and claim it as your own? No! So please don’t do it here. This goes out to all the amazing artists of this fandom, especially @illyrian-baby (whose edits were reposted on Pinterest and Twitter unsourced), @amren (whose Night Court mountain insignia is regularly ripped off without credit), and @meabhd (whose lovely, lovely art was also reposted on Pinterest without sourcing her). There are many, many other talented artists in this fandom who have been victims of this, so please be a cool person and do not do this. Also, if you see it happening, let the original artist know, and don’t reblog the repost. If it’s intentional, the person is seeking attention for something they didn’t produce, and you’re just giving them notes by reblogging, even if it’s to point out that it’s stolen.

I think that’s about all there is to say on it. Once again, I appreciate everyone’s support to ACOWAS, and I would also really appreciate it if you would spread the word about this. I don’t usually step in on stuff like this, but it has gotten so bad that I feel like I have to. Stay awesome, everyone, and remember, DO NOT REPOST ART, EDITS, OR FIC WITHOUT CREDIT.

That is all.

Love,

Sarah

Shout out ...

to all the amazing fans in every fandom out there.

Thank you to those smart folks that write all this amazing meta and make all that amazing fan work. Write that fic (better than published authors at that, where is YOUR movie deal, amirite?) and go on with those insanely gorgeous edits! And you DREW that?! How are you real, super cool fan artists? How are some of y’all so funny and clever? Thank you for making me smile.

Thank you to those that stay level headed and chill and know how to be the voice of reason when things get crazy. Being a fan girl is hard but when rumors go flying and people panic you help keep things calm and stay rational. And we all know how quick things get crazy in fandoms but you don’t spread misinformation, you always demand them sources and hold it down.

 Thank you to those people we all know who are just masters of Google and finding information. We got questions and you got the answers! Or you try your best to find out! Thank you for your endless fount of information and for always having the latest scoop!

Thank you to those shippers out there that respect the fact the actors, actresses…etc are real people with real lives and not puppets for our amusement. Thank you for not sending hate to their loved ones or spouses and not being hateful and malicious in the tags. Thank you for being civil and showing them fandom is full of smart, passionate people who love the craft and appreciate them regardless of their relationship status. 

Thank you to those eloquent and passionate folks who show people that fandoms have valid opinions and respectful constructive criticism and we’re not afraid to stand up for what we believe in. Thanks for showing The Powers That Be we care about real issues and we want real, complex characters and stories that are well written and exciting. 

Thank you to those folk that shut down the haters and put them in their place. Demand those receipts! Don’t let them put you down, you know they only mad because they have nothing going for them. They’re just upset because they want the confidence and joyful passion that we have. Bitterness isn’t pretty, y’all. But you don’t let them get to you. You tell them like it is, but you keep it classy. 

Thank you to those that reblog all this cool stuff and are always nice and friendly. Thank you for being kind and patient and understanding.  Thank you for keeping fandom a safe place where people can have fun and aren’t afraid to jump in and participate. Fandom shouldn’t be a clique and you always make sure people feel welcome. Thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You all are a blessing to your fandom family and I appreciate you. It wouldn’t be the same without you. Keep it up.

Art theft in the Yogscast Tag

I’ve noticed recently there’s been an increase in reposted and uncredited artwork in the Yogscast tag. The people posting the images have taken there time to remove the artist signature and/or watermark. Problem is, the fanart is really old, and by really old I mean over 3 years old. Its very hard to find the original source cause the stolen art pieces have been uploaded so many times onto pintrest and similar sites. I only remember these people are not the posters cause I remember quiet vividly when I first joined the Yogs fandom on tumblr these pieces were circulating after just being posted by the original artist. Be careful about who you reblog your art from guys. I’ve even seen @yogscastduncan reblog some of the stolen art.