The entitlement issues plaguing certain elements around here show themselves in the most amusing ways. First, they insist that only they can define what racism is. Now, they insist that only they can define what fan fiction is.
Now, its Wikipedia and we all know what that means, but I rather like the start of the entry for fan fiction:
“Fan fiction (alternatively referred to as fanfiction, fanfic, FF, or fic) is a broadly-defined term for fan labor regarding stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator.”
Then note the entry for fan labor:
“Fan labor is a term used to refer to the productive creative activities engaged in by fans, primarily those of various media properties or musical groups. These activities can include creation of written works (fictional, fan fictional and review literature), visual or computer-assisted art, music, or applied arts and costuming.”
Character descriptions for a MUSH are definitely not stories. Backgrounds written for a character are not necessarily stories, though could be depending on how they are written. If you define the usual type of background for a game as a story, then you probably need to define a character writeup on Wikipedia as a story too.
I wouldn’t, but hey, I am sensible.
So, fan labor, not fan fiction.
But, ultimately, what matters is not whether something or not is fan fiction, what matters is whether the owner of the copyright in question allows it or not.
If an author says fine, knock yourself out. If an author has said nothing, ask. If an author has said no, don’t do it.
(If the author is dead and the work no longer under copyright, knock yourself out.)
Its common fucking courtesy. Someone created something you love, and you think its fine to shit all over their wishes? Not to mention their legally supported wishes. If you are a fan artist, do you like it when someone takes your art and draws dicks all over it and puts it up on their own website? I see plenty of fan artists whose notes for how their work can be used includes “no modifications allowed”.
GRRM has said yes to our MUSH, he has said yes to fan art, he has licensed a comic, he has licensed an RPG, he has licensed a show. He has said he is not fine with people writing fan fiction.
Oh, and twatcollective? Just because we don’t use book characters doesn’t mean we don’t stick to what’s canon in the setting. Which means no black nobles native-born to Westeros. I’ve already explained in plenty of detail why that is way too unlikely. But again, you don’t really see anything expect what you want to see.