|Star Wars: A New Dope
||[Apr. 28th, 2006|11:00 pm]
P. N. Elrod
For those who haven't followed the story elsewhere, a short explanation of the April 22 entry.
The Amazon link there now goes to a blank page. The PTB, after a strangely long delay since the book was up for nearly a year, took down a self-published Star Wars novel by a writer with a truly monumental disregard for copyright law.
She rewrote the 1977 movie story line (after novelizing the first part of the movie), kills off the characters, and has her own character take over the plot.
Fanfic? Happens all the time, and LucasFilm tends to ignore it. All you have to do is stay off their radar.
But SHE put it up for sale on freakin' Amazon. In 2005.
Sometime in the last week or so *someone* noticed; word got out; the writer's sales shot up, I'm sure out of morbid curiosity. People knew the book would soon be yanked. The PTB Did Their Thing. It's gone.
It's now on the path of becoming a collectible, being testament to a remarkably bad idea.
It now has its own thread on Absolute Write, the theme of many entries being "What was she THINKING???"
Yes, we can laugh at the blind stupidity, but when that dies down it's a sad thing. She's effectively terminated--with extreme prejudice--whatever writing career she might have had.
As one of the posts on the thread said "A cautionary tale for us all."