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Old May 06, 2003, 08:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Paperback Writer idea

Originally Posted By onosideboards:
I was wondering if the moderators would consider adding a new and extremely useful forum devoted to fanfic ONLY. The Paperback Writer forum is mostly filled with fanfic stuff yet the forum is described as a place to discuss the thousands of books about the Beatles.

Fanfic is COMPLETELY different than a published biography or compendium about the Beatles so I feel it therefore deserves a different forum. When I go to Paperback Writer, I should only see reviews or questions about Beatle books...wouldn't you agree? I think dividing up the forums would have a positive impact on forum organization.

I hope you will strongly consider this idea. Thanks!! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">I am one of the moderators of the forum in question, and frankly, I don't see the need for two forums. Of course, that would ultimately be up to Jerry, but just because I write and read fanfic, it doesn't mean, for example, that I'm not qualified to discuss Beatles books and other materials -- I read, I know my Beatles history, and I think you'd find that most fanfic writers are eager to discuss "real" Beatles books too. I am not sure that relegating fanfic people to another forum is exactly fair, either, since most fanfic writers and readers certainly do read and write other things about the Beatles and are as knowledgeable as anyone else regarding the real history.

I don't know, though, that actual fanfic stories in progress should be posted in the Paperback Writer forum -- for one thing, they take up a lot of space, and for another, asking for feedback in such a public place can be embarrassing for the writer if someone dares to say they don't like something, and constant praise is just phoney and accomplishes nothing. But that's another topic for another time, and I certainly have no objections if people want to post their fanfic for critique and discussion.

However I honestly don't see the need for two forums -- lately, there has been a bit more discussion about fanfic in that forum than there has about published biographies and other books. But that is not always the case, and when they do come up in topics, people do pay attention, and there have been some spirited discussions of the merits of various biographies and authors in the past.

Ultimately, the decision is up to Jerry, but that's my view as one of the moderators.

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