Fan fiction is a literary work inspired by books, films or TV shows, written and published by fans of the original work. Already a hundred years ago there were parodies of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, or Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. They are considered to be early examples of fan-authored literature.
However, the real explosion of fan fiction was possible thanks to the rise of the internet. According to Bill Tancer fan fiction makes up to 33% of all content about books on the web.
It’s not a surprise that Amazon launched Kindle Worlds in late May, enabling selected fan fiction stories to be sold in the Kindle Store. It’s also not a surprise that Wattpad, world’s largest community for discovering and sharing stories, came up with an infographic you see below.
Fan fiction sites launched long before Kindle Worlds, naming only FanFiction.Net, dating back to 1998. Wattpad started in October 2006. A first piece of fan fiction appeared there in April 2007. Since that time Wattpad users uploaded more than 4,700,000 fanfic stories. It’s four times more publications than in the entire Kindle Store.
There is a huge potential in fan-driven writing. Fanfic stories may end up as multi-million bestsellers. The most famous example is Fifty Shades trilogy written by E L James. Originally it was a Twilight fan fiction shared occasionally with fanfic communities under the title Master of the Universe.
The fan fiction battle has begun. This time it doesn’t only involve fans of books, but also fans of money.
Via The Digital Reader.