Word! Fans Cozy Up to Writers on Picket Line

But plot suggestions could pose legal pitfall for scribes
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2007 5:03 AM CST
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(Newser) – Picket lines are offering a rare opportunity for fans to get in touch with their favorite striking screenwriters. In LA, "Heroes" buffs and aspiring filmmakers are trekking alongside some of the 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America to lend their support, network—or just get an insider's peek at the industry. Some fans have even started solidarity websites. But it's not all fun and games.

Getting into discussions about future episodes with fans is risky business: if fans' ideas pop up on TV, writers could face legal troubles, the Wall Street Journal reports. Still, most fans are just eager to make some contact. One site even offers suggestions on fan-writer etiquette. "We don't want to turn this into a convention," said one on blogger.