Diana Gabaldon’s post, FAN-FICTION AND MORAL CONUNDRUMS has been making the rounds on Twitter. People expect the thread to turn ugly fast (it may have already gotten there by now). It’s a very readable rant even if it comes off condescending but she’s entitled to her opinions. I guess the whole point of her post was that she has a moral dilemma on her hands involving fanfiction and she’s asking for outside opinions. In the end, though, I’m sure she’ll get more than she’s bargained for with that post.
I rarely read author blogs but I’ve been reading Gabaldon for years and am already familiar with her stance on many things (controversial or not) outside of books. The point being: I’m already fan. It’s less likely that I’ll simply drop an author for their provocative or controversial opinions.
On the other hand, if an unfamiliar author has said something publicly I strongly disagree with and I’ve not read them, chances are more likely that I won’t ever pick up their books to read. But anyway I don’t read fanfiction so I have no ax to grind with Gabaldon but her post may upset some of her fans. Some authors can afford the hit while others simply can not. In the end though, that decision is theirs to make.