First Discussion - The Fandom Psychiatrist
But that's in a school enviroment for the grad students; their gamble could have paid off. The question was: what is it in a fandom enviroment that people will try and plagiarize? </i>
Yeah, I understood that was the question - just thought the stakes, desperation, and motivation to appear as she/they envisioned themselves seemed the same.
And I would, at this time, like to state...
And references are great. Resonance is one of those things that makes us like (or dislike) a certain author. Published authors reference Shakespeare, Austen, pop culture... Honestly, CC's references to Buffy didn't bother me much - it's like quoting Star Wars or Monty Python in this culture. Most people in our corner of the net-verse is going to get it. If Snape ends up saving the day at the end of Book 7 and someone writes a story where characters sing a song with the line: "The hero of Hogwarts, the man they call Snape," a third of the fandom will say, "Firefly!"
It just boggles the brain that someone would equate references/tributes with lifting huge sections from relatively unknown and out of print books.
(Heidi's is the plagiarism that fully baffles me. How can someone claim to regard intellectual rights so highly and yet steal - boldly, boldly - from two of the most beloved childrens books? On a dare? In belief that everyone's too stupid to cotton on?)
Heck, I have references liberally sprinkled throughout my own WIP--Star Wars, Babylon 5 (especially), a little bit of Star Trek, Dune, a few others. But those were included for my own amusement, and to see if anyone would notice them (which, thus far, I have been disappointed on the majority), but I didn't actively steal anything: I aknowledged that I got the initial idea for the story from a Star Trek DS9 episode called "Distant Voices" which I then took the concept from and expanded it in my own direction, and the title is a direct homage to a Babylon 5 episode which is a favorite of mine, but I freely aknowledge that I put those in there--mostly for my own amusement, and the fact that my imagination insisted.
But trying to pass off someone else's work as their own isn't a tribute--it's theft, nothing more, nothing less.