Friday, February 15, 2008

This is awesome. Seriously.

I've known about the fanfic community for years now, though I've never myself gone swimming in those dark waters.

In fact, not too long ago someone apparently had a dream where I was acting as a councilor for fanfic-traumatized characters. They wrote about their dream over HERE on Deviantart....

While that is cool, it's not what I'm excited about.

I've known for a while that it was only a matter of time since someone did fanfic based on The Name of the Wind. I've also known that it was only a matter of time before someone did some Yaoi fanfic.

As soon as this idea got into my head, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Every couple weeks it would pop back into my head and I'd do a quick google search to see if anything was out there yet. I'd keyword search "Kvothe Bast" "Kvothe Yaoi" "'Name of the Wind'" yaoi." But there was never anything...

It's been months since I went looking. But tonight I was doing an e-mail interview and made a joke about it. Then I googled: "Bast Kvothe kissing."


I have truly arrived on the scene as a fantasy author.

Happily yours,


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Blogger dragongirl said...

Ooh, coolness. Thanks for the link, Pat. *g*

February 17, 2008 5:15 AM  
Blogger Bin Bin said...

Very odd, but funny too. It's amazing how fertile people's minds are when you give them just the seedlings of ideas.

February 17, 2008 8:18 AM  
Blogger Mainjari said...

I cannot read, or even look upon, yaoi. My mind literally shuts down, and I find myself waking up an hour later in a strange place as if from a dream. As I frantically look around me with increasing bewilderment, I come to the shocking realization that during that whole past hour I had been staring at a bowl of melting ice cream.
It's like an embarrassing allergy or something.

Welcome to the shores of darkness, Pat. You have truly made it. *_____*

February 17, 2008 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

That's actually a fairly decent slash, as such things go. Characters stayed in character (beyond the... gay sex thing...) and she didn't decide that they are TRUE LOVE FOREVER. Congrats...?

Gird thy lions against the inevitability of The map ends, and there are monsters in the water.

February 17, 2008 10:29 AM  
OpenID lem24601 said..., not only has your book brought back my faith in fantasy epics (in between harry potter and twilight I'm starved for good epics) but you are probably the funniest person I've ever read. I am now officially addicted to your blog.


February 17, 2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Josie said...

If you scroll down after the fic and look at the comments, you can see the writer's reaction to finding out you posted a link on your blog.
Welcome to the big time, Pat.

February 17, 2008 11:27 AM  
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February 17, 2008 1:57 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Death to fan fic.

February 17, 2008 2:45 PM  
Anonymous nickjman said...

jenna, I'm not sure whether or not you said 'gird thy lions' on purpose or not, but the idea almost deserves its own fan fic

February 17, 2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger amber_mane said...

Hah! Oh man this amuses me to no end. Since I have also travelled the deepening ocean which is 'yaoi fanfiction' I must say that while you celebrate now, just wait. In no time at all fanfiction sites will be seething with half-pan stories, complete with a plague of rancid grammar and words which make you question the validity of the english language all birthed mutantiously from your golden book. Of course, in that frothing sea of drabbles, graphic smut and sweet fluff there will be the odd gem. Like little diamonds scattered haphazardly like fickle stars across a beach.

Oh dear, I just know I'm going to go walking along that beach now, looking for stars.

(I happen to rather like a good well written yaoi fanfiction now and then, just so damn hard to find them. Most arn't that great)

Anyway, congrats!


February 17, 2008 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahahaha! You, sir, are one of a kind. For some reason, I never expected you to actively search for yaoi fanfics of your own writing. Kudos to you, for being so positive about it. (I know some authors are pretty against fanfics and all...) And congratulations on being in the "cool" crowd. =D (*is amused*)

February 18, 2008 1:05 AM  
Anonymous FoxfireTales said...


See Pat, this is what to aim for; bugger any hoity-toity Lists. Once someone out there starts writing slash about your babies, you've made the big time. Congrats!

February 18, 2008 1:28 AM  
OpenID suziko said...

A Kvothe/Bast slash pairing never even entered my mind until after reading that post. But, upon consideration, it doesn't actually seem all that implausible to me. As far as slash fanfic goes, that was pretty well written. And, hey, it's a long time until the second book is out, and I need SOMETHING to keep me going ;)

February 18, 2008 9:42 AM  
OpenID duelist said...

I just want you know that I had never heard of you before I was directed to this post, but I am buying a copy of your book purely because you are pro-fanfic and that sends my heart all aflutter, knowing that if I fall in love with your characters no one will sue me for expressing that love the best way I know how.

(Well... also because your book sounds awesome.)

February 18, 2008 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

The Quill. The Librarians. And now, the cherry on top of it all, yaoi fanfiction!

Like amber_mane, I can appreciate a bit of well written fanfiction now and then. Though I can only imagine the feeling of the actual author popping in and reading it!

February 18, 2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

For the win.

February 18, 2008 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Regann said...

haha Pat, your amazing.... I've always looked at Bast and Kvothe's relationship and saw a more romantic one. I actually don't understand why other people don't see it. XD

But that's me, I'm a huge fan of any kind of subtext, and between Kvothe and Bast.. there is quite alot of it. (if you ask me anyway)

Keep on rocking

February 18, 2008 4:22 PM  
OpenID civilbloodshed said...

You sir, win the internet. Like duelist, I'd never previously heard of you before being directed to this post, but you can bet I'm getting your now!

May your fandom grow large and spawn many epic slash fics!

February 18, 2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

I see this is perhaps a good time to admit I got into your novel thanks to what I saw as Kvothe/Bast implications. I work at a Borders and the book had been staring at me from the front table for awhile. I picked it up to give it a try while being bored running the registers and soon thought 'hey, this is slashable!' and so kept with it. I ended up liking it beyond that enough to buy it. Which is rare for someone living on a Borders salary and able to borrow books for free from them. So kudos to you for being ok with the yaoi fans ^_~ You are indeed cool, I say, cool!

February 18, 2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous pdxtrent said...

Wow, where have I been living that I never even realized yaoi existed..... wow. But I do think it's cool that you're down with fanfic, I think that it is a good first step in learning to write, since the characters are always the hardest part to get right, learning the world building is time consumming but easier. Of course.... there a still more than a few writers out there that are still writing fanfic in JRR's world, and just changing the name. Congrats on the new pinacle of your success..... and if I'm not the first, let me be the next to say good luck on the Hugo ballot.... if you're not on it, it's a crime.

February 19, 2008 12:56 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Although I you would never catch me reading or respecting homosexual fanfic (especially based on books as awesome as yours), I will admit it proves your popularity as a fantasy author.

It does make me laugh that you spent ages looking for it though.


February 19, 2008 1:01 AM  
Anonymous KatherineHawke said...

I was wondering why my crazy little dream was getting suddenly attention. *grin*

Thanks Pat!

February 19, 2008 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Tean said...

Congratulations, you must be so proud.

I mean, it's certainly a milestone....

I have to ask though... are you in fact one of those (while thoroughly heterosexual) guys who worry that gay guys aren't checking them out?

Read in a column by a male journalist who spent his whole life mourning the fact that no guy'd ever tried to chat him up until one day his wife finally was able to point out some guy checkng him out...

Personally, I have a female friend who is a total lesbian magnet.
Last convention I went to her with, I actually had to tell some girl she was dating our friend (also a girl - I am too I should mention) before she left her alone...

Lucky I'm such a freaking liar.



If I ever get published, I too hope someone gays up my characters. I mean, if they made at least one of them a drag queen that would just be *THE BEST*.

It's not enough for someone to make them gay, they'd have to make them flamboyant...

February 20, 2008 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. My. God. I started reading that, but couldn't. The evilness of fan fiction is beyond description. Strong Bad at Homestarrunner covered it all a couple of weeks ago.

February 21, 2008 9:40 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Aw, what's with all the fanfic hate, you guys? You'll make us cry. :( We're having fun with things we love. I don't see how that's 'evil'.

Anyhow, you seem very cool, Mr Rothfuss, and since the post that linked me here called your book 'absolutely magnificent', I think I'll have to check it out.

February 21, 2008 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Llyralei said...

*fangirl squeal*

I'm actually impressed and relieved by the quality of the fanfic. My heart starts crumbling when excellent books like yours become subjects of terribly written slash.

But in any case, congratulations, Pat. You're in the big time now, with JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien, lol.

February 22, 2008 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat you broke my heart.

I found your amazing book on Friday (we wont go into the squeels of delight when I looked up after reading it) and can only say ....Do we REALLY have to wait till April?
Still its not so far away for a sequel. And youre writing is more then worth it. also be willing and able to find amusement and compliment in yaoi fanfiction????


I followed the link laughing and have to admit it is fairly well done. Your comments and the following reply's were even more entertaining.

At least I know that while I am waiting for the next book, I can find just as much entertainment from your blog!
Congrats on being one of the most amazing and open minded writers around!

December 8, 2008 2:53 AM  
Blogger Lilith said...

Like Alexis, I picked up your book because mostly because it had a potential slash implication, as well as it being fantasy...*coughs* I have to admit, though, I'm glad that you're okay with the whole yaoi thing and all. Personally, a lot of the fanfiction that I've read was slash, so...Besides, if people are writing slash fanfiction about your book, that means you've struck it big time. Lol.

When I read this, I almost laughed my head off. Because honestly, I've never heard of an author who looked up yaoi about his/her book. But I applaud you for that, because if you didn't, I would have never read that fanfic. :3

So good job and keep on writing! *gives thumbs-up* Until then, I'm going to be shuffling through Amazon for the next couple of months in hopes that your next book can be pre-ordered there.

December 14, 2008 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I love fanfiction! I was actually on the other day after reading this, and I figured I should see if there was a Name of the Wind section. There is! A couple people wrote short little stories under the Kingkiller Chronicle. I figured I'd tell you :)
By the way, your book is honestly better than any that have ever come out. I think that, if people are at all intelligent, it will one day be more successful than Harry Potter, Twilight, and Lord of the Rings combined.
...:)From Jazz

December 16, 2008 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anya said...

I was just directed to this post, and shall now be trawling around the portuguese bookstores looking for your book.

No, not *just* because you don't mind fanfiction written; the series was recommended by a great friend of mine with excellent taste in fantasy... But we both also love well-written fanfiction, and finding an author that doesn't mind even the yaoi/gay aspects of it is truly rare.

So instead of just downloading the book, I'll be buying it. :D


August 2, 2009 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Ebba said...

Pat, my respect for you grows every time I learn something new about you. First the book itself, then the picture of you on wikipedia (you're wearing a t-shirt that says "Joss Whedon is my master now"), then your blog in generall, then this post.

And Kvothe/Bast? Well, that's pretty much cannon!
I can also clearly see Elodin/the guy in the Crockery, Wilem/Simmon, and Hemmes/Brandeur.

A personal favorite of mine is also Kvothe/Elodin. ^^ Heh.

Looking forward to WMF with ridiculus enthusiasm.

November 12, 2009 9:05 AM  

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