Monday, March 9, 2015

Would you write for Kindle Worlds?

Up until recently, fan fiction was always sort of frowned upon. Yet, things have changed a lot in the last few years in publishing. These changes now include the opportunity to legally write in the worlds of other authors. All you have to do is pick out one of the approved worlds when you visit the Kindle Worlds site on Amazon.

Kindle Worlds!

When I was in my teens, Fan Fiction was the first form of writing I did. I was a big fan of Star Trek, James Bond and The Man from UNCLE (Yes, even though it was well before my time, I had a thing about those re-runs.) I would even mix characters up. Then I would put myself and my friends in the story. Talk about a great time. My friends always wanted to know what was going to happen to them next. I have memories of lots of laughs that still make me smile.

Would I write for Kindle Worlds?

One day I matured into writing my own characters and worlds. Years later, it’s hard to imagine going back. I used to be such a fan of different movies and TV shows. For some reason, that level of fandom doesn’t happen to me anymore. I don’t idolize like I used to, so the motivation would be low to consider it. However, I don’t look down on anyone who wants to do it. Fan Ficiton writers are doing it for the fun, and I don't deny anyone their entertainment. 

I’m not sure others would feel the same way. One question comes up: If you’re known for publishing fan fiction, do you risk not being taken seriously as an author? Some people will argue that every story has been written already anyway. That’s a good point. Since publishing, I’ve found out that readers really do want more of the same as long as it’s changed only slightly. Many authors have found success writing to good selling formulas. Could it be possible that fan fiction would lead readers to read your original stuff? Yes, but so far I’m just not motivated to do it. How about you? Then there is the other side of coin.

Would you let others write in your world?

At first I was surprised to hear that many authors are open to it. Are they being smart marketing wise? This will certainly give any author more exposure. You never lose that status as the original author who happens to have this fan/writer. As for myself, if I had a bestseller (this means top 100 paid on Amazon) I would consider it if enough people were really interested. However, since that hasn’t happened, I think an author has to reach a certain level of success for it to be possible. Otherwise, readers might confuse the fan fiction and lose track of what was the original. 

The big question: Would you buy fan fiction?

I probably sound like a prude, but I don't think so. 

Let me know your thoughts, and have a great week. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've never written fan fiction. I'm not sure I've even read it, so I'm not likely to buy it.
Not sure how I'd feel about people writing fan fiction based on my books. It would be flattering, but I'd hate to see someone do something weird with one of the characters.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Yes I would write in other people's worlds and yes, I would let other people write in my worlds. I actually read fanfiction of all kinds (How To Train Your Dragon fan fics lately).

Pat Dilloway said...

I wrote some Transformers, Star Trek, and Star Wars fan fiction back in the day. But the idea of Kurt Vonnegut "fan fiction" makes me nauseous. I mean I don't think he's a property like Transformers or Star Trek.