A friend emailed me on this news from Amazon in regards to publishing fanfiction. Yes, you read correctly, Amazon will allow authors to write fanfiction (in specific genres) and get paid for doing so.
I’m still not sure what to make of it. The genre includes Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. They promise to add more, and yes, this is legal. Amazon received licenses to allow this.
I’m very curious how this will pan out- it it will at all. Traditionally, fanfiction infringed on the copyrights of the original author. Some original authors allow for fanfiction, providing they receive no money or income from their work. This seemed fair to me- why reap reward off of someone else’s work?
Then you have Fifty Shades of Grey, which is a fanfiction of Twilight with a few tweaks to make original characters, and the author receives tons of fans buying her books.
This does not mean you can publish and make money from fanfiction- not yet. You can publish something in the aforementioned Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars, but take care writing a novel based on someone else’s work.
What are your thoughts? Should this be allowed or not? Also consider that if allowed, your writing might someday be open market to would-be authors taking ideas to make their own work a money maker. Post in comments