Fan fiction comes of age on Kindle

Fan fiction — new stories inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games — is not new. Titles such as Fifty Shades of Grey, by English author EL James, started life as fan fiction and features characters based on those in the Twilight books. Therefore, Amazon’s recently announced ‘Kindle Worlds’ fan-fiction platform is capitalising on a well-established genre rather than inventing a new one.

Amazon has started by doing a deal with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros’ book packaging division, covering three book/television series crossovers: Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.

The deal enables Amazon to license ‘fanfic’ authors to write new stories based on the characters and themes featured in the ‘worlds’ created by the authors of the original works. Other World licensors will be added. Fanfic authors get 35 per cent of net revenues, after royalties are paid to the World licensors, from Kindle sales…

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