Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fan Fiction Gets A Venue - Amazon Announces Kindle Worlds

Fan fiction's new best friend.
Amazon has announced a new platform available to authors called Kindle Worlds. "Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, with licenses for more Worlds on the way."

Definitely an interesting development and another sign that Amazon is doing all the right things for independent authors. While I don't personally have an interest in fan fiction, I can see this being HUGE for those who started their writing this way. It will be interesting to see what other licenses Amazon acquires for Kindle Worlds in the future.

What do you think?


  1. I think there is definitely a market for this. People fall in love with the characters or the world and they want more, which isn't always available so they write their own. I've even played around with this, though I was always too embarrassed to actually show it to anyway (like reading a romance with a half naked man on the cover). It was only for my own enjoyment.

    That being said, I suspect it will be a great commercial success for Amazon. I'm not sure how much of a book it will be for the publishing world if 50 Shades is an example of the writing caliber we have to look forward to...

  2. Just another venue for cringe-worthy mash-ups. I have to avert my eyes when I hit the Jane Austen/Vampire/Zombie/Seamonster trash when browsing the book racks. If you can't think up something original on your own don't be messin' with other peoples' work (especially Jane's!).