GRRRR balls with fandom, or LESBIAN HARRY POTTER SEXES UP TWILIGHT HOTTIE ROBERT PATTINSON ON PILE OF LOLCATS WHILE LILO LOOKS ON WITH MONSTER TRUCKS FULL OF CASH. OMG FAIL.
It’s fair to say I am a bit of a geek. I like my fandoms (Doctor Who, sci-fi, and anything Neil Gaiman cares to make). I appreciate that great storytelling is great storytelling, be it crazy eyed Tom Baker, or an aria from La Traviata. Verdi, meet Moffat. I love when people dress up as characters, or create items based on the show itself (anything from a life sized Dalek to mini finger puppets of the characters from Shaun of the Dead), but I cannot, in any way shape or form, abide when people try to make money off of said items. My ‘grrrrrr’ meter understandably spiked when I was looking over an online forum dedicated to showing off DW-related crafts, and came across this:
I’ve decided to put up the pattern for my Don’t Blink bookmark here on LJ. I don’t really want to charge people money for this pattern, since the text “Don’t Blink” is a significant part of the bookmark and I didn’t design that font. The weeping angels and the way the bookmark is arranged are my work, but the font came from here and I don’t intend to make money selling someone else’s pattern. But I know some people would like this pattern, so here it is for free at my journal. All I ask is that you don’t sell either the pattern or the finished product. Have fun!
I hear you asking, HyperHam, why be upset, she’s not charging money for it! Re-read it again, paying attention to the highlighted portion:
I’ve decided to put up the pattern for my Don’t Blink bookmark here on LJ. I don’t really want to charge people money for this pattern, since the text “Don’t Blink” is a significant part of the bookmark and I didn’t design that font. The weeping angels and the way the bookmark is arranged are my work…
She doesn’t want to charge because the text was designed by someone else, forgetting apparently that the Weeping Angels were designed by someone else as well. Many people, in fact. Moffat had an idea, who gave the concept to a wonderful costume department, who then worked with a fantastic makeup wing, who then ran it all past a lighting designer, all to create one of the scariest monsters in sci-fi history. Those people (save for Moffat) don’t make an enormous amount of cash – I’ve worked behind the scenes, I know you do it for the love of the job. They deserve a little more respect than taking their concept and cross stitching it onto a bookmark and calling it yours. The BBC does not take kindly to this sort of thing when money isn’t changing hands – can you imagine what they could do to people who are ripping off their designs and making cash off it (as the author’s own Etsy site shows)? I know in the great Pantheon of Geek Taboos it’s pretty far down there, probably rating just above saying that Greedo shot first, but it pisses me off to no end. Crap like this ruins it for the rest of the fans who just want to knit Rose’s wrist warmers or paint their back shed Tardis blue without fearing being served an injunction. It’s poor form.
In other news, I bought bright blue fabric at Shepherd’s Bush Market today, and somehow hope to paint a police box onto it for Alex’s new wrap baby carrier. Wish me luck next time I wear it near White City.