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Posted: 22 August 2011 at 1:22am | IP Logged
PLEASE, do not close this. this has a PETITION for TVD Delena fans to sign.

I do not know whether this has been posted already, but a lot of the fans seem to be unaware of this.

So here goes...

The main point is L.J Smith has been fired from writing The Vampire Diaries novel series under Harper Collins. Their main reason for firing her was because L.J Smith has decided to end the series with Delena together. Harper Collins did not support her idea. They wanted Stelena to end up together.

This is not even about Delena fans not getting their happy ending. An author has been fired form writing her own idea, her own book, because she signed a contract. The voice she etched into those books were from her heart and she was exempted from writing down her words.

Without L.J Smith, we would not even have The Vampire Diaries. Without L.J Smith, we would not have the The Vampire Diaries series either.


A new author has been assigned to write a new mini series: The Hunters. Be aware that the author is not L.J Smith.

Please sign the petition in order to prevent this injustice:
http://twitition.com/hqnr9 (For Twitter users)
http://www.petitiononline.com/ljsmith/petition.html


This letter was written by L.J Smith to a fan:
"Hi Emily'

Thank you for your beautiful email. I completely understand why some fans get overeager'and especially if they think there is bad news for them. I hope that you will enjoy Midnight, as it is truly the story of Damon finding his deepest feelings for both Elena and Bonnie'and his feelings are definitely not platonic. In fact, to be blunt, without Bonnie and something that Bonnie does at the end, Damon would be permanently dead.

But right now I have to tell you something that makes me so sad and devastated'as bad, in fact, as I have ever felt except for when my mother died. It's confidential, but it's been so long now that I just can't keep up a charade with good-hearted readers like you.

To put it briefly, I've been fired from writing the Vampire Diaries. And I've been fighting and fighting this since last fall, but there is absolutely no recourse. Midnight is the last L. J. Smith book in the Vampire Diaries series.

It probably sounds completely impossible to say that I am fired from writing my own books. But the truth is that they're not mine, even though I write every word. When I was called by an agent and asked to write the vampire trilogy, that agent wasn't from a publisher, but from what is now Alloy Entertainment, Ltd. And they are a book packager. A book packager sells books, already made with covers and all, to publishers, like HarperCollins'my publisher for The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. And both these series were written "for hire" which means that the book packager owns the books the author produces. Although I didn't even understand what "for hire" meant back in 1990, when I agreed to write books for them, I found out eventually, to my horror and dismay. It means that even though I have written the entire series, I don't own anything about The Vampire Diaries. And from now on, the books will be written by an anonymous ghostwriter, just as Stefan's Diaries are. It will say "Created by L. J. Smith" on the cover, but I am not allowed even to change a word in the ghostwriter's book.

You might wonder why the book packager and Harper would do this to me. I am not sure either, but usually a book packager gets very submissive, non-assertive writers to write for them'not to mention that most of them, writers or ghostwriters, have had a lot of publishers turn their books down. Book packagers are used to do a lot of editing on their author's books'because the books need intense editing.

But I'm not submissive, and I always fight editing. In Midnight, I had to fight to keep many Bonnie scenes in the book. I'm not at all sure they liked the things I was doing with Bonnie and Damon'they kept trying to cut such scenes. And of course they didn't like Elena's behavior at all. They want strictly Stelena books.

So last fall when I gave them the book Phantom, they didn't bother to give me edits. Instead, I was given a letter addressed to the ghostwriter by name, telling her to completely rewrite my book. They wouldn't even listen when I pleaded and promised to do Phantom as they required. The simply took the series and gave it to the ghostwriter . . . to write not only The Hunters trilogy, but whatever comes after that.

They have always tried to minimize my participation in The Vampire Diaries. On the very first original books in 1990 my name was almost invisible on the cover. And now they have my manuscript of Phantom, and the book the ghostwriter writes from it may even sound like I wrote it in places, because they have the right to use my work as they see fit. But the book after that ' that will be pure ghostwriter. I would guess that they think you readers won't see or care about the difference in writing styles and skills.

I have said this to another Bamon fan, and I'll say it now. I had so many plans for Bonnie in The Hunters trilogy.
First of all, in Phantom, I had her showing a lot more emotion, grieving right along side Elena because'well, because Damon does something almost unbelievable for Bonnie in Midnight and he doesn't get out unscathed.
I won't spoil it if you don't know. But they wanted Bonnie to have just put it all behind her'and with Bonnie's character, I don't think so! She is always completely openhearted with her emotions; even though she has matured so much in Midnight, she's still Bonnie, who says exactly what she thinks, even if she hasn't had a dose of Black Magic wine.

I wanted to write Moonsong, and give Bonnie an admirer who is just as sweet and even more nave than she is'a pure white wolf with radiant blue eyes, who happens to be a werewolf with moonlight colored hair and the same blue eyes when he's human. I wanted to show Damon's surprising reaction to Xander the good werewolf (not at all happy about it'so much that he "accidentally" almost kills the poor innocent wolf) .

I also wanted to show how Damon rescues Bonnie from a vicious wolf-pack attack, and then let her fly away with him. And I wanted to show how Bonnie, who knows a little medicine from her sister Mary, helps Damon deliver Caroline's twin babies when she goes into labor deep in the woods. But that's one scene that I would have had to fight tooth and nail for, because even the glow that Damon and Bonnie share at seeing new life come into the world wouldn't be enough for them to call it decent. They would undoubtedly have tried to make me cut it. But I still want to write it, so badly.

I even had the last book in that trilogy plotted out, where Stefan's worst nightmare comes true and he takes so much blood from Elena that has to be taken to the hospital for a massive transfusion. He then decides to Influence Elena so hat she will forget his existence, and he does so, to Damon and Bonnie and Meredith's consternation. I wanted to show how this affected each one of the characters, and how Bonnie once again begins to write in her diary, since Elena's diary is also forgotten, along with Stefan. I like to write things from Bonnie's point of view, as I did in Dark Reunion. But none of these things will happen, because I won't be around to write it. And I just can't keep up the pretense any long with wonderful fans like you. I can't pretend that Bonnie and Damon's relationship will continue to grow as Damon learns to respect her as well as to love her. She has become "his girl" but I can't follow up on that. I had to tell the ghostwriter that he would address Bonnie as "little redbird" when he speaks to her.

Sorry for the long rant, but the charade is over for me. I don't know how Phantom will turn out, with a blend of my manuscript and the complete rewriting of it by the ghostwriter. But I dread it, and even more do I dread what the next books will be like. I've worked so hard to make Vampire Diaries a good series, only to have the unthinkable happen to me. And I have no one but myself to blame for not being submissive enough.

Lisa
L. J. Smith"

Source: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/the-vampire-diaries-tv-show/articles/94266/title/lj-smith-fired-from-writing-own-novels

This was a confirmation of L.J Smith's statement by L.J Smith:

First, I want to thank my readers for all their messages of support. I've gotten far too many emails to answer, and I really appreciate the kindness and emotional sustenance you've given to me at this difficult time.

Second, if you've asked me a question about the future books or the endgame of The Vampire Diaries and I've been vague about what's in store, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize. I really wasn't looking forward to the day when I would have to talk about this.

Third, and most importantly, I want to ask anyone who was thinking of it, not to boycott Harper's or anyone. It just doesn't make sense. Although I wanted and still want more than anything to be able to continue The Vampire Diaries series myself, there's no point in not trying the new books. (And remember, for fans of Bonnie and Damon, and strict Stefan and Elena fans, the immediate dynamics may be more to your liking.) Besides which, Midnight, which is all mine, is coming out in March, and I believe there may be some of my writing in Phantom.

Thanks again to all the fans who have shown loving and loyal kindness to me.

Source: http://www.vampire-diaries.net/books/l-j-smith-vampire-diaries-rumors-author-confirms-theyre-true






Edited by WhiteFantasy - 26 August 2011 at 4:48am

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Posted: 22 August 2011 at 3:44pm | IP Logged
Yh..i heard about this earlier! I think its ridiculous and ever so stupid..it makes no sense to me how they can do this to an author..the whole TVD series exists because of LJ Smith and they're firing her! I don't know what to say?

But yh thanks for the post Lena! I've signed the petition! ;)

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Posted: 23 August 2011 at 2:57am | IP Logged

stelena<3 :P




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Posted: 23 August 2011 at 4:36am | IP Logged
I signed it. I hope she gets to write the rest of the books and we get Delena endgame.

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Posted: 23 August 2011 at 7:44am | IP Logged
^^^ omgosh she hasnt written all of the books :S
i never knew that!?

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Posted: 23 August 2011 at 9:04am | IP Logged

This is BAD. Really BAD. The books don't belong to HC, they belong to LJ SMITH. If it's Delena that's going to be endgame, then it should be. They don't write the stories. The author does. Delena ftw <33

Hope this doesn't effect the show, though.  Stern Smile I mean, the books are quite different from the show...
 
 
 

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Posted: 23 August 2011 at 9:10am | IP Logged
Originally posted by cooldude10

This is BAD. Really BAD. The books don't belong to HC, they belong to LJ SMITH. If it's Delena that's going to be endgame, then it should be. They don't write the stories. The author does. Delena ftw <33

Hope this doesn't effect the show, though.  Stern Smile I mean, the books are quite different from the show...
 
 
 
 
i agree... the books are different from the show
but i still think that, what they might be doing is for the best of the show :P

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