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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 

DC's writing staff were actually told to write in fanfiction style

Who would've believed that DC Comics' editors could really think so juvenile? At the Baltimore Comic-con, it was discovered by an attending fan that:
When the New 52 began, writers were told to "write as if they were writing fan fiction."
And,
Though the numbering was reset, DiDio says that DC will recognize when Action and Detective Comics hit their 1,000th issue.
Proving perfectly how this is a publicity stunt in the extreme. And,
To the whole "Was Tim a Robin?" confusion, DiDio says that Tim called himself "Red Robin" out of respect to Jason. DiDio was unclear whether he began with the Red Robin costume, or adopted that later in his career.
Comics Should Be Good already noted that it appears as though they changed the premise so drastically to make it look like Tim Drake was never just "Robin" and called himself "Red Robin" for much longer. No doubt they did this to throw much of what was established about Tim out the window and disregard Chuck Dixon's developments completely.

When they start telling their writers to actually take a fanfiction approach to writing, it's clear that they no longer value good writing, though they already went that route with Identity Crisis in 2004 - the way it was structured, it was very much like a crude, vulgar fanfiction story, and quite a few of the books published during and afterwards were too.

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What exactly is fan fiction?

@Anonymous: a better question might be why you posted that 4 times when once is enough; I had to erase the duplicates. And, I do think you can find the answer to your question very easily on Google or Bing.

This doesn't surprise me at all, to be honest. Ever since Identity Crisis in 2004, most if not all their work has read like poorly-written fanfiction.

There's fan fiction out there better than almost all of the new 52.

Posting 4 times was a mistake. There was no hidden agenda behind that. Still none answered my question.

@anonymous: alright, I accept your answer. If this helps, you can check out the Wikipedia page that explains the concept; it's probably one of the subjects they can describe with more honesty than most others they have pages about.

There are a lot of good fan fiction writers put there. Unfortunately, DC doesn't hire good writers who care about the characters; they steal from them and blacklist them when they're called on it.

Sorry, I meant "out there."

Personally I'm not enamored with fan fiction. A lot of it is poorly written. I think it's better to create your own fictional universe. You'll have a lot more fun and you won't have to worry about running into copyright problems.

@Avi Green: ...define "honesty".

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