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Just Some Random Thoughts

on 24 May 2011. Posted in 2011

Today (well, tonight) a fan wrote to me.  She said, more or less, "Is Elena going to become a vampire again?  I'd really like that.  Could you tell the ghostwriter to put it into her books?"

I may seriously lose my mind.  I can't tell the ghostwriter anything.  First, I'm not allowed to.  Second, if I were allowed to speak to her, what would I say?  I know who she is.  I knew her before I chose her as the person to carry the series on after I had written either three or six more books, whatever it took to get to the endgame.  When I first started writing the new Vampire Diaries trilogy that most people have read by now: Nightfall, Shadow Souls, and Midnight, she was my editor at Harper. Now, Alloy and whoever is making the decisions at HarperTeen have decided that not only may I not make suggestions to the ghostwriter, but that I may not see the manuscript until it is finished and I may not comment on it (except to empty air) at that point.

From them, I understand it.  But this woman had been my editor. We used to write cheery little notes to each other each week The Vampire Diaries was on the bestseller list. I used to call her my little bird caroling good news.   And I picked her--I offered to make her a Bible of how the characters should be when I'd finished writing the books.  But when the books were taken from me and given to her, she never emailed or called me to say, "Lisa, I'm sorry things turned out this way."  Had our positions been reversed . . . well, as she knows better than anyone, I would have done more than email or call.

Do you know that The Vampire Diaries has been published in thirty-six (36) languages?  And published in many more countries, because of course some countries share languages or publish in English, like India, because they have many dialects.  I got a spreadsheet showing how the new trilogy, The Hunters, was already bought in so many places . . . 

I want so badly to have input in the new books.  And I'm completely shut out.  Except for my name.  My name will be on the covers, with a small "Created By" above it.  And it will not be any part of my creation.  After Phantom, which I did write, has been made unrecognizable.

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+2 # RE: Just Some Random Thoughtsh 2011-10-06 22:29
I am so sorry. That is awful and hurtful, I'm really sorry that someone who was so close to you and always in your corner would treat you so awfully. Hang in there, and remember that not everyone is like that.
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Angela
+2 # Someday...Angela 2011-10-18 17:54
We will always know who truly started these characters souls. No matter who takes them over in their next lives, WE will always know the creator. And we thank you for that, L. Jane Smith. Thank you!!
Love always, a dedicated fan.
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Maycee
+1 # RE: Just Some Random ThoughtsMaycee 2011-11-03 21:19
Easiest way to say it... This TRULY sucks! I am so sorry! Your fans will always have your back
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Ann
+2 # My deepest sympthysAnn 2011-11-08 12:53
I did not know about the change in writer's till very recently. And then I only thought it was for the TV diaries based on the series. I am not only shocked but I am horrified that they could do this to you with your own creation. They should be ashamed of thier selves. No one should be able to take someone else dream. I love all your work. The truth is I did not like the series at first, not until I could think of it as a totally different project from yours. I don't know if I'll be able to do that with future books, will see. I do know it will not be the same without you. A long time fan
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Breeanna
0 # Ohmygod.Breeanna 2011-12-11 20:08
I am so unbelievably angry about this right now. I mean, really, you're my favorite author. How could they do this to some of my favorite books? I was looking forward to your stylistic touches, your distinctive characters. This is unfair and stupid, and it makes no sense. I am more than sorry for this. Trust me, the real fans will be majorly ticked off as well. I wish you the best with the other books and I hope that those won't be forcibly confiscated as well.
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Cheryl H.
0 # RE: Just Some Random ThoughtsCheryl H. 2011-12-13 16:01
I think it's completely rotten and wrong to take the series away from you, and I won't be reading any of the new novels for that reason. If you have nothing to do with it, your name should only be in small letters under 'created by' so no one mistakenly gets the idea you actually had a hand in it.

I've been a fan for seventeen years. You rock, and your books stand way, way, way above YA novels that are currently popular *coughtwilightc oughanythingbyc assandraclairec ough* in every way: quality, genuinely competent heroines worth admiring, and romance that's believable.
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moonlight24
0 # RE: Just Some Random Thoughtsmoonlight24 2012-02-14 22:00
I am so sorry for bringing up old feelings. I only found out last week and I've been stuck on your website trying to follow the story on how it got to this point.

First of all, I'm so very sorry on how this turned out. I hope, really hope, they let you continue the series, on all your books. It's devestating for an author to get the story ripped away from you. Similar to a mother loosing her kids. I wish you the very best LJ. Your fans will always appreciate your original works.
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Caroline
0 # Lets get the ghoast busters in...Caroline 2012-09-10 15:00
The hunters are no where near as good as your original books, on my bed right ow i have the 1st 3 night worlds, the return midnight, and the hunters phantom.... guess which are the better 2.... would it be phantom... s**t no!!! im delena ALL the way thats the reason i have all 3 seasons on dvd DAMON!! ! the proper l.j.smith books potray damon properly not the sadistic drunk but the wee guy chained to the rock, even if they havnt got the story line right on tv theyv got damon right. But that kid chaind on the rock just DIES in the hunters... so stelena triumphs
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Caroline
0 # damn you harper and alloy...Caroline 2012-09-10 15:06
So are all your series being taken? The night world CANT be iv been looking for a good book over 1000 pgs for AGES
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Christina Crowley
0 # Hi Caroline,Christina Crowley 2012-09-10 15:13
The only series the Lisa can't write anymore are The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. She can continue to write all of her other series, if she chooses. She is currently working on Strange Fate the final Night World book. Here is a sneak peek http://www.ljanesmith.net/www/stories/sneak-peeks/557-strange-fate-preview

And she has a sequel for The Forbidden Game planned.
Here is her synopsis. http://www.ljanesmith.net/www/forum/ask-l-j-smith/16342-the-forbidden-game-sequel
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