As a writer yourself and a lover of Anne Rice, what are your thoughts on Anne Rice's attitude and actions towards fandom and fanfic writers?
They’re appalling. There’s no other way to describe them.
I deeply adore a lot of her writing, especially the first three of the Vampire Chronicles and The Witching Hour. I am impressed with how completely herself she is. But that doesn’t blind me to the fact that the way she has treated fandom and fanfic is awful. Every time I see a post from folks new to AR fandom that talks about “But why isn’t there more fic?!”, I just shake my head. SHE SUED PEOPLE. She harassed (and had her fans harass) people who wrote fic. She lost her damn mind over negative reviews on Amazon. She’s flawed. She’s written things I love, things that are permanently embedded in my brain, but she’s flawed. (And that’s putting it mildly.)
Speaking as a writer: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH FANFIC. FANFIC DOES NOT CHANGE THE ORIGINAL MEDIA. Should authors read fic based on their works? Oh fuck no. Never, ever, ever. But should fic exist? FUCK YES.