Sunday, 6 February 2011
L J Smith is the writer of the Vampire Diaries series of books, which have been made into a TV series. Apparently although L J Smith is the author and HarperCollins is the publisher, the rights to the books are owned by Alloy Entertainment - Ms Smith wrote "for hire".
And now Alloy Entertainment are not happy with the developments between Elena and Damon in the series - they want L J Smith to concentrate on a Stefan and Elena endgame. L J Smith has refused to do this and so Alloy Entertainment have fired her from writing the series and will use a ghost writer to continue the series in the vision they wish to see.
Now... on the one hand L J Smith should have read the contract, I guess, to ensure that she actually owned the rights to her own novels. But I don't know the ins and outs of that particular matter - I've no legal background, I haven't read the contract and I don't know if this is at all usual.
BUT the series was conceived by L J Smith. She came up with the ideas, the characters and she surely must be the one to see the series through to its conclusion? What is more insulting is that Alloy Entertainment believe most casual fans won't even notice a ghost writer doing the job anyway!
This is poor form and disrespectful, in my opinion, and L J Smith has my sympathies. Now, I had no particular preference for either Stefan or Damon. In fact, I didn't really enjoy the last Vampire Diaries book I read and had pretty much decided to stop reading the series. But, if I were to continue reading, I would want to see the way in which the AUTHOR wished to finish the series of books, not some external vision from a company.
There are petitions and whatnot flying around on the Internet, including a Twitter campaign so, if you think that this treatment is not right, do show your support for L J Smith and spread the word. I know many bloggers are stating they will not buy any more Vampire Diaries books if not written by L J Smith.
Oh, and budding authors? Read the damn contract.