LNH/META: Legionnaires and the Authors Who Love Them

Saxon Brenton saxonbrenton at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 24 00:25:18 PDT 2006

On Friday 23 June 2006 Tom Russell <milos_parker at yahoo.com> wrote:


>This does remind me of something, though-- I remember a while back when
>someone bit someone else's head off for _mentioning_ a reserved
>character in a story.  The character didn't appear in the story-- and
>it wasn't the same as when I attributed some off-screen action to Kid
>Citrus, for which I should have asked permission-- but was only
>mentioned.  Now, I think that's a little _stringent_, and it seems
>antithetically opposed to the concept of a community/shared universe.

I would agree with the sentiment of the last sentance.

>I'd like to get the general consensus of the group on this, just so
>that it's clear: is it acceptable to merely mention a reserved
>character/recent event?  I'm not talking about stepping on someone's
>toes (say, someone discovering the truth about Ripping Dancer), but
>rather just acknowledging that a Ripping Dancer exists (though she's
>not reserved, anyway, but you get my drift), and thus cementing her
>further in continuity.
>Are there any authors with us who definitely, definitely, definitely
>NEVER want any events or characters from their stories even mentioned?

I would say that if you're partcipating in a shared writing universe, you
should be prepared to have your events at least acknowledged, if only
by the third-person omniscent narrator.  It's simply the nature of the 
Now, I'm prepared to entertain arguments for exceptions on a case-by-
case basis depending on the context of the story, but I'm having trouble
envisioning what those sort of exceptions might be.

Saxon Brenton     Uni of Technology, city library, Sydney Australia
     saxon.brenton at uts.edu.au

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