History ExecutiveMeddling / Literature

29th Apr '18 10:22:20 PM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In an odd case, Creator/{{TSR}} told R.A. Salvatore to bring back Wulfgar or they would do have someone else do it for them. What makes it odd is that Drizzt was clearly the [[EnsembleDarkHorse breakout hit character]], with Wulfgar as a mostly unneeded sidekick. Salvatore did the best he could, though, and in the end got some good stories out of it and wrote the character out again (this time much as he had written out the barbarian tribes the character belonged to shortly after the character's "death").

to:

** In an odd case, Creator/{{TSR}} told R.A. Salvatore Creator/RASalvatore to bring back Wulfgar or they would do have someone else do it for them. What makes it odd is that Drizzt was clearly the [[EnsembleDarkHorse breakout hit character]], with Wulfgar as a mostly unneeded sidekick. Salvatore did the best he could, though, and in the end got some good stories out of it and wrote the character out again (this time much as he had written out the barbarian tribes the character belonged to shortly after the character's "death").
17th Jan '18 3:10:27 AM Cryoclaste
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In probably one of the most heinous examples, L.J. Smith was [[http://www.tvovermind.com/the-vampire-diaries/vampire-diaries-lj-smith-fired-book-series/47708 fired]] from writing [[TheVampireDiaries her own series]]. The article speculates that this was because they didn't like the romantic pairing she was planning on going with in the ending, but no reason has been officially given. Shipping: SeriousBusiness.

to:

* In probably one of the most heinous examples, L.J. Smith was [[http://www.tvovermind.com/the-vampire-diaries/vampire-diaries-lj-smith-fired-book-series/47708 fired]] from writing [[TheVampireDiaries [[Series/TheVampireDiaries her own series]]. The article speculates that this was because they didn't like the romantic pairing she was planning on going with in the ending, but no reason has been officially given. Shipping: SeriousBusiness.
21st Nov '17 6:31:48 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Campbell's most infamous author-editor exchange was ''TheColdEquations''. He wouldn't publish it unless it ended with the girl's death.

to:

** Campbell's most infamous author-editor exchange was ''TheColdEquations''.''Literature/TheColdEquations''. He wouldn't publish it unless it ended with the girl's death.
21st Nov '17 1:50:56 PM lalalei2001
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The infamous James Frey memoir scandal around ''A Million Little Pieces'' was literally created by executive meddling; he'd originally written it as a novel but the publishers, eager to cash in on the nonfiction fad, prevailed upon him to change its genre to memoir with the predictable result being that when people argued that the events that had been written for the novel had never happened. The result was a major scandal with none other than Creator/OprahWinfrey angrily disavowing a book that had never been written as nonfiction in the first place for being, well, ''untrue.''
21st Nov '17 1:46:09 PM ScandalousWaheela
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The infamous James Frey memoir scandal around ''A Million Little Pieces'' was literally created by executive meddling; he'd originally written it as a novel but the publishers, eager to cash in on the nonfiction fad, prevailed upon him to change its genre to memoir with the predictable result being that when people argued that the events that had been written for the novel had never happened. The result was a major scandal with none other than Creator/OprahWinfrey angrily disavowing a book that had never been written as nonfiction in the first place for being, well, ''untrue.''
20th Oct '17 1:01:55 AM Green_lantern40
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** He also pointed out to Robert A. Heinlein that his stories formed a "Future History," although Heinlein didn't care for the term as a label for his work. It probably helped as well that Campbell was an established sci-fi author himself, having written ''Literature/WhoGoesThere'' (the basis for ''Film/TheThing1982''), and therefore knew what he was doing, making this something like an Averted trope.

to:

** He also pointed out to Robert A. Heinlein that his stories formed a "Future History," although Heinlein didn't care for the term as a label for his work. It probably helped as well that Campbell was an established sci-fi author himself, having written ''Literature/WhoGoesThere'' (the basis for ''Film/TheThing1982''), ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' and John Carpenter's ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''), and therefore knew what he was doing, making this something like an Averted trope.
15th Oct '17 2:05:31 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''TheTwilightSaga'' was originally supposed to be two books long, going straight from ''Twilight'' to ''Breaking Dawn'', which at that time had the working title of ''Forever Dawn''. It was Stephenie Meyer's editor who suggested that Bella's senior year be drawn out, resulting in ''New Moon'' and ''Eclipse''. (It was also suggested that ''Forever Dawn'' was "inappropriate" for Young Adult audiences.)

to:

* ''TheTwilightSaga'' ''Literature/TheTwilightSaga'' was originally supposed to be two books long, going straight from ''Twilight'' to ''Breaking Dawn'', which at that time had the working title of ''Forever Dawn''. It was Stephenie Meyer's editor who suggested that Bella's senior year be drawn out, resulting in ''New Moon'' and ''Eclipse''. (It was also suggested that ''Forever Dawn'' was "inappropriate" for Young Adult audiences.)
17th Sep '17 2:40:26 AM SurPomp
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Literature/{{Mare}}'' was written due to the Norwegian tax system giving [[Creator/RubenEliassen Eliassen]] 2 million Norwegian kroner in taxes. Due to executive meddling the first book was split into 3 (as the best book series are trilogies aparently), as well as a more rushed story ending with an CliffHanger, unresolved sub plots, and a balant self-insert AuthorAvatar who works as a DeusExMachina as well as reminding the reader what happened in the previous book. The story is pretty much an allogory for the poor treatment Norwegian authors receives.

to:

* ''Literature/{{Mare}}'' was written due to the Norwegian tax system giving [[Creator/RubenEliassen Eliassen]] 2 million Norwegian kroner in taxes. Due to executive meddling the first book was split into 3 (as the best book series are trilogies aparently), as well as a more rushed story ending with an CliffHanger, unresolved sub plots, and a balant self-insert AuthorAvatar who works as a DeusExMachina as well as reminding the reader what happened in the previous book. The story is pretty much an allogory allegory for the poor treatment Norwegian authors receives.
17th Sep '17 2:31:57 AM SurPomp
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Literature/{{Mare}}'' was written due to the Norwegian tax system giving [[Creator/RubenEliassen Eliassen]] 2 million Norwegian kroner in taxes. Due to executive meddling the first book was split into 3 (as the best book series are trilogies aparently), as well as a more rushed story ending with an CliffHanger, unresolved sub plots, and a balant self-insert AuthorAvatar who works as a DeusExMachina as well as reminding the reader what happened in the previous book. The story is pretty much an allogory for the poor treatment Norwegian authors receives.
21st Aug '17 11:24:33 AM SeptimusHeap
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Writers in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' have editors going over work and vetoing what they don't think fits into canon. Some of them... aren't all that bright. Creator/TimothyZahn, in a panel summarized [[http://gabri-jade.livejournal.com/105471.html here]], complains about editors claiming that R-2 can't fly Luke's X-Wing in [[HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]].

to:

* Writers in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' have editors going over work and vetoing what they don't think fits into canon. Some of them... aren't all that bright. Creator/TimothyZahn, in a panel summarized [[http://gabri-jade.livejournal.com/105471.html here]], complains about editors claiming that R-2 can't fly Luke's X-Wing in [[HandOfThrawn [[Literature/HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 128. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=ExecutiveMeddling.Literature