Monday, April 13, 2015

K = 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. 

It's good to have fans


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wouldn't pay for it. And believe it or not, I've never written it.

Pat Dilloway said...

I wouldn't pay for fan fiction. I wouldn't let anyone write fan fiction of my books either. I don't want some jerk writing stories hooking characters up or having them do things I don't want them doing. But then I'm kind of a control freak.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I like fan fiction and would both write and read it. Let's not forget that Fifty Shades of Grey is Twilight fan fiction. That book was awesome.