Yet more on the HP Lexicon

There’s a post from Steve Vander Ark over on the Lexicon blog, an email from the past where he discourages other fans from publishing an encyclopedia and acknowledges it as illegal (but he planned to “plan to petition Jo to allow the Lexicon to work with her to create the ultimate Harry Potter encyclopedia.”) Again: Classy.

The piece de resistance is perhaps a video of Vander Ark at the Prophecy 2007 conference. (“Jo has quit; she’s done… we’re taking over now!” and “Jo has every right to write her seventh book… but I have a real problem with her claiming from now until 2017.”) The sentiment is something we’re familiar with here in Star Wars fandom, but when one is planning to take your fandom project and sell it without permission for $25 a pop, it sounds a lot more sinister. The 501st you’re not, bud.

See it all over at Fandom Wank, since that’s where I’m stealing links from anyway.

Lori Jareo: The Roundup

The blogosphere has been fairly quiet on the Lori Jareo front lately, but via Lee Goldberg we have another sighting – Publisher’s Weekly.

Entries on Jareo and Another Hope have also shown up on Wookieepedia and Wikipedia.

Meanwhile, here’s a timeline of CJ’s coverage:

Thursday, April 20th: A user asks about the Amazon listing for Another Hope on the VIP thread. Lucasfilm Licensing editor Sue Rostoni (‘Eeusu Estornii’) says it’s “Not one of ours” and passes the word onto Lucasfilm’s legal department. Word spreads and writer Lee Goldberg blogs about the incident.

Friday, April 21st: Writer John Scalzi blogs about Jareo; his post will become one of the most-linked items regarding Another Hope. The news also makes Fandom Wank, spreading rapidly across the general fandom community. Publishing blog Galleycat also posts about Jareo.

On Friday afternoon Jareo and Wordtech take down the book site, leaving a brief message that the book has been removed from Books in Print and “will be removed from book distribution channels effective Tuesday, April 24, 2006.”

Saturday, April 22: Teresa Nielsen Hayden posts about Jareo on Making Light; Star Wars author Karen Traviss immortalizes Jareo in Mando’a; items on several fannish Livejournal communities.

Sunday, April 23rd: Amazon removes reviews that don’t address the actual work. ceases to direct to anything. Calm analysis of the situation begins to appear.

Monday, April 24th: Several sporkings of the books text appear on Livejournal; more analysis. Amazon page remains up.

Tuesday, April 25th: First mainstream news coverage from Sci-Fi Wire. Another Hope finally becomes unavailable for order on

Wednesday, April 26th: Book pulled from Amazon; Column on Jareo and fan fiction appears in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Thursday, April 27th: Time magazine writer Lev Grossman discusses Lori Jareo and fan fiction on NPR.

“You offend me.”

No matter how cruel it may be, I just can’t look away from the Lori Jareo all-fandom bender. (Yes, the Amazon listing is still up.)

On the mocking end of things, Jareo’s Ryoo Naberrie is sporked, then the Another Hope press release.

Meanwhile on the analysis end, there’s interesting post on fanfic and copyright from Tilted Windmill and a theory that WordTech published the book to make a statement about copyright. I’m not so sure, but at this point, who knows?