What do you think?
Amazon has decided to allow fans to write alternate stories for their favorite TV shows. Amazon will acquire the necessary fan fiction licenses and pay the writers between 20% and 35% of the sales.
Personally, I don’t think I am interested in writing fan fiction, at least not for the three TV shows that Amazon is currently offering – Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl. Maybe if they acquire the license to some other TV shows like The Nine Lives of Chloe King or The Pretender. Even then, I doubt it. My writing interests lie elsewhere.
However, I think this can be a good thing. I have stumbled across some fan fiction, and mostly the writers are limited to publishing their content on their own blogs or websites prefaced with a ton of disclaimers trying to avoid a lawsuit; however, that does not make it legal. I even visited the site of one person trying to remain anonymous whose website is hosted on Romanian servers to avoid prosecution. I doubt that even works, but Kindle Worlds would make it legal. Also, it would clean up the smut involved in fan fiction, as Amazon states in their guidelines that they will not allow pornography.
It would bring fresh alternative stories to the shows, ones that could potentially be filmed for future episodes, assuming the shows haven’t been cancelled. The writers would not receive future payments, but imagine having a story you wrote filmed for your favorite TV show. I think that some fans are much more creative and have better plot lines than the current TV version. Also, real fans of the TV show might find it helpful to find all of their fan fiction for a given show in one place, as some of the best ones are quite hard to find just by doing a Google search. So yes, I think this can be a good thing. Not to mention the exposure potential for beginning writers.
I can only hope they acquire licenses to more shows, ones that I might be more interested in reading about. Which shows do you wish they would acquire fan fiction licenses for?