What I've found frustrating are the tweets aimed at cast members and everyone involved in the TV series, trying to rally them against these alleged bad guys, ie the publishers. The books are a separate entity from the TV show. Other than the books being the inspiration for the series, they exist on separate planes. To me, actions like this reflect badly on the fandom, and reinforce negative stereotypes. I hope cool, mature heads will prevail in this situation.
I agree with pretty much everything you've said here.
Plus the television show is taking on a canon of it's own (which deviates heavily from the books) so surely it could be possible for book Elena to end up with Stefan & television Elena to end up with Damon?
Also, if this is all true then hopefully L.J. Smith can finally put some time into finishing Strange Fate!
Hear, hear! I totally agree, especially with the first one. x) The tweets I woke up to were enough to make me want to turn off my computer (almost).
Also - ITA Emily. I'd much rather have Strange Fate finished. Um, but as long as it doesn't suffer the same changes as the TVD books apparently have!
one small point. You say she "signed away rights" - the emails you linked to refer to "works for hire". It is entirely possible to write a "work made for hire" without realizing what you're doing. That is a condition that can be controlled not by contract but by the circumstances of ownership of tools, payment arrangements and other incidentals. (by which I mean things that are not at all incidental to the question of ownership, but may easily appear that way.) You can certainly contract that something is a work for hire, but that's not the only way to end up with one.
I can't say one way or the other which it is, but it may not have been as obvious as it sounded.