Quotes: Depending on the Writer

Fiction

Grant Morrison: Someone else writes your life. They might play it safe and write you as a straight action superhero who fights animal-inspired supervillains every issue. They might do the obvious and go for shock by turning you into a meat-eater. I don't know.
Animal Man: How can they make me eat meat? I don't eat meat! I don't want to eat meat! I'm a vegetarian.
Grant Morrison: No, I'm a vegetarian. You'll be whatever you're written to be.
Animal Man, "Deus Ex Machina", Grant Morrison's last issue as writer.

Bat-Mite: Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but it's certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots as the tortured avenger crying out for Mommy and Daddy. (Makes the paper disappear.) And besides, those Easter Bunnies looked really scary, right?!

Squidward: Patrick, just how stupid are you?
Patrick: It varies.

Kana: Don't worry, I won't tell this to anybody. I will carefully lock it into my heart... (smiles creepilly) and take it out sometimes to look at it. Yes... intently...
"Listen carefully. You remember how you asked me to investigate why your powers fluctuate wildly?"
"That's... that doesn't matter right now!"
"It matters more than you know. This may be difficult to believe, but listen to me." Bruce closed his eyes and gathered his remaining strength. "Our universe is controlled by impossibly powerful extra-dimensional beings who call themselves 'Writers.' We're nothing more than their playthings."
"Some outside force, likely something we cannot even comprehend, changes how the Writers manipulate our world. That's why your powers vary. When certain Writers are in control, you are a living god, but other Writers weaken you substantially. I have no idea why."
— A Superman parody fic

On works

"Early on, I learned that writing in a shared world works a whole lot better if you don't define 'sharing' as 'everything in the lore is up for grabs, no matter who created it'."
Elaine Cunningham on Realmslore

I know that three writers take turns writing episodes of Glee, and someday I would like for them to meet each other.

"Anytime you want to know who would win a fight between the Hulk and Galactus or Spider-Man and the Human Torch or anything: the correct answer is, it depends on who's writing the story and who he wants to win. Because the writer is like GOD."

Crow: Why do they need so many writers?
Tom Servo: Oh, they needed one guy for the verbs, one guy for the nouns, somebody for the adjectives, y'know, adverbs, gerunds.

"I don’t understand this woman? Just like year she was preaching the Prime Directive as a creed that they have to cling onto with dear life if they are to escape the Delta Quadrant and now she is happily dismissing it because (and I quote): ‘I’m not about to waste fifteen months because we’ve run into a bunch of bullies!’ If I were a Maquis crewmember I would call her screaming hypocrite although I’m willing to bet we’ll be hearing about the all-powerful Prime Directive in a few episodes time. This isn’t so much bad characterisation as it is lazy – I get a real feeling on this show that they don’t keep track of what characters have said and done in the past and merely change their opinions to suit an episode. These people aren’t characters, they're turning into plot devices. For some bizarre reason Janeway has a habit of talking like the Terminator this season – like some Hitleresque bully who thinks she can punch her way through whatever obstacles come in her way. She was like it in The Chute and she’s behaving exactly the same in this episode...just five episodes ago she was cowering under a table from a storm! Can’t we find a happy medium between that wimp and this fascist?"
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "The Swarm"

If you were a Jimmy Olsen fan during the Silver Age, it was a tough row to hoe.

For every story in which Jimmy demonstrated intelligence, resourcefulness, and competence, there were a dozen in which he was depicted as a vainglorious, overconfident doofus. And that might not have been so bad, if most of those tales had been smartly scripted ones about a vainglorious, overconfident doofus. But most Jimmy Olsen plots fell into the category of ridiculous, relying on outlandish gimmicks and impossible coïncidences.

A Jimmy Olsen fan longed for his appearances as Superman's partner in a Nightwing and Flamebird story. In those, Superman family editor Mort Weisinger insisted that Jimmy be presented as responsible and mature. The same held true after Mort took over the editorship of World's Finest Comics, when Jimmy appeared regularly at the side of the Man of Steel. "Upgrading" Jimmy was the only way readers would accept the notion that Superman would rely on his assistance so heavily.

But those occasions were infrequent. Most of the time, fans got the doofus Jimmy. Toss in an alien or a magic relic or anything invented by Professor Potter, and you were stuck with a plot that would insult the intelligence of a first-grader.

So you had the goofy Jimmy stories and, on a blue-moon schedule, the heroic Jimmy stories. That was pretty much it.