She loves that fans take over her stories

Novelist Naomi Novik (above) riffs on the Rumpelstiltskin story in her latest book Spinning Silver.
Novelist Naomi Novik (above) riffs on the Rumpelstiltskin story in her latest book Spinning Silver.PHOTO: BETH GUINN
Novelist Naomi Novik riffs on the Rumpelstiltskin story in her latest book Spinning Silver.
Novelist Naomi Novik riffs on the Rumpelstiltskin story in her latest book Spinning Silver.PHOTO: BETH GUINN

Author Naomi Novik started by writing stories based on characters from existing works, but now others write fanfiction about her books

Best-selling fantasy novelist Naomi Novik started out writing fanfiction - stories based on the characters of existing works. Now, others write fanfiction about her books - though she says she reads none of it.

"What I love about fanfiction is that it is a peer community where all of you are telling stories about characters that none of you owns," she says over the telephone from New York, where she lives. "Nobody has the right to authority and, because of that, everybody has a right to tell whatever story he or she wants and they are all equally probable."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2018, with the headline 'She loves that fans take over her stories'. Print Edition | Subscribe