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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Loathing, unadulterated loathing...

Uh...kind of long so...yeah...

I usually don't like to rant or vent about anything that's going on in my life. It usually either blows over or I get over it before there's a chance for me to even make a post about it. But on this occasion... There's just so much going thru my head about this that I just don't know where to start. I'm not exactly exploding mad or anything, just...frustrated? Calmly upset? I don't know. All I know is that I need to vent about this because...if I don't it will simmer and fester until I'm just completely bothered by it. So I'm cutting it off right at the pass.

Those of you who have known me for a good amount of time know that I have been writing fanfiction for a while now (particularly in the Naruto fandom, and more specifically centering around Tenten). Probably since back in 2005, maybe a little before then.

Those of you a bit closer to me know that I want to become an author one day and get a book published. Maybe a full novel, maybe a collection of short stories. I'm not exactly sure, and this doesn't really matter much at the moment. The point is, I take my writing very seriously. Those of you on my f-list that I've RPed with will know the truth in that statement. I put a lot of time, effort, and thought into what I write. For most, if not all of you, those are the reasons why we have become friends: thru my writings and my dedication to them.

And I loved every minute I spent on my writing, whether it was on fics or for RPing.

So imagine my reaction when I scroll thru the searches on Fanfiction.Net today and come across a fic that clearly plagiarizes one of mine. It's not the entire fic, but a good number of lines were clearly taken from mine.

-sighs- There are no words to express what I'm feeling, none which are positive anyways. At first I thought I was crazy, or just being paranoid. But there is no mistaking it now. It's just too much of a coincidence to be anything else but.

Shall we take a look at the evidence?

Exibit A: My SasuTen fic originally submitted to the 20_truths community on LiveJournal. Date clearly says that it was submitted December 05, 2005. Please keep that in mind.
Exibit B: That same fic re-submitted to my FF.net account, in case you wanna argue that I could've easily changed the date. Publish date says January 28, 2006. Update date says January 30, 2008. Please keep those dates in mind.
Exhibit C: The Culprit's fic. Note both publishing and update dates: April 14, 2008. Both of which are after any of the dates that my fic could have been published for the internet to see.

Now then. Take a look at both. Read mine first. Either one of the links, they both should read the same. Then take a good look at their fic. I didn't notice anything until about the third paragraph. After that it slowly becomes obvious.

Like I said, it's not the entire fic, but there are a good number of lines in there that are word for word.

I've been writing since 2005, at least. That's three years of fanficing for a fandom and a character that I love endlessly (despite a few of the questionable stuff that Kishimoto has done with the later half of the manga). For the most part, there was nothing but positive feedback and very helpful critiques that I cherish more than you can ever imagine. And because of my choice of pairings, I've also gotten my fair share of negativities as well.

I have taken a lot from reviewers over the years, ranging from snide, 'innocent' comments to all out childish and pointless flames that were three words long. But never in my life have I ever felt so hurt and betrayed. To come across something as disrespectful as that... There are just NO words.

I am angry. I am upset. I do NOT get angry or upset easily, so this is saying a lot coming from me. I just...

-sighs- Whatever... -walks off-

I love Ren & Hao.

What about you?

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