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Sat, Feb. 8th, 2014, 07:24 pm
wneleh: Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 2/8/14

The news of the week is that Amazon Wants Your G.I. Joe, Veronica Mars Fan Fiction (Stephanie Milot, PC Magazine). From CNET’s Bonnie Burton: Write that epic story about Veronica Mars helping G.I. Joe with a mysterious murder on an Army base and make it legit, thanks to a new licensing agreement between Amazon, Hasbro, and Warner Bros. And Philip Patrick, director of business development and publisher of Kindle Worlds, in an email interview [told Pacific Standard’s Reyan Ali] “There is and always will be a world of fan fiction that is available for free. Kindle Worlds is simply a new option for authors and we think new options are a good thing.”

Fanfic also got several mentions in conjunction with JK Rowlings’ comments about Harry/Hermione. From Times of India: In the seven years since the Harry Potter book series technically ended, enthusiastic fan fiction has kept it alive. Critic Stephanie Merritt told The Guardian works of fiction are open to reinterpretation and part of the pleasure as a reader is imagining alternative outcomes for the characters, hence the proliferation of forums and fan fiction for well-loved series. And, for New Zealand Herald News, Boyd Tonkin wrote Readers and hearers have always made the storyteller's myths their own right up to the fan-fiction websites that rewrite Jane Austen's novels as vampire-slasher melo-dramas or recast Kirk and Spock from Star Trek as long-term lovers.

For The Observer, Anna Baddeley wrote if your daughter's writing One Direction fan fiction on her phone, she could be on her way to an A* at English GCSE. Or, at the very least, a book deal.

In a piece about a new exhibit, artist Keith Langergraber told Richmond Review’s Katya Slepian “I wanted to play on the idea of fanfiction and fan films. […] I find it very interested… how these subcultures interact with the landscape.”

Finally, more Kindle Worlds refs. In a piece about Hugh Howey’s foray into fanfic, Jay Greene wrote Fan fiction is often dismissed as mediocre writing by wannabe authors. But Howey, who lets “Wool” fans write their own stories in the universe he created, saw an opportunity to write his own work in a world conceived by Kurt Vonnegut, which Amazon licensed from the author’s estate. And, for The Awl, Mike Pearl wrote L.J. Smith’s newest book, Evensong: Paradise Lost, is a work of fan fiction. It's based on the characters from The Vampire Diaries, the books that gave rise to the TV phenomenon. As with all fan fiction, it's set in a world to which Smith has no legal right. But one unique quirk sets Smith’s work apart from most fanfic. She is the original author of the series, now banished from officially contributing. So she is finishing the series by means of a new enterprise: Amazon’s Kindle Worlds, the world's first corporate venue for fan fiction. Kindle Worlds’ existence is now justified.

Sun, Feb. 9th, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
marinw

A Vernonica Mars/GI Joe crossover I can see. Of course, my grasp of both these canons is far from exhaustive.

Sun, Feb. 9th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)
wneleh

I've never seen Veronica Mars - life was VERY hectic when it was on. GI Joe I could probably wing :-).

However, the TOS for Kindle Worlds generally forbid crossovers (I guess the author couldn't be bothered to actually click over to the Kindle Worlds site).

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
paulwoodlin

I enjoyed the GI Joe/Transformers cross over they did back when they were still cartoons. A mostly retired Cobra Commander did a one off as a scientist working for the Decepticons.

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
wneleh

Did it get the flavor of both universes?

Wed, Feb. 19th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
paulwoodlin

Sure, especially since it actually was a Transformers cartoon.

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
paulwoodlin

I think someday every writer who wants to make easy money sitting on their ass will just allow fans to write fiction in their worlds. It will all be posted to clearing house websites and the writers will get a cut the way Paramount makes money off Star Trek novels.

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 11:13 am (UTC)
wneleh

I do see the appeal to writers!

But I do wonder how popular buying this sort of fanfic will be, when there's so much available for free. This is one of the reasons Kindle Worlds sparks anxiety - will the next step be to start aggressively stomping down fanfic in the licensed canons?