Amazon now has a new bookstore for both readers and writers of fan fiction. The Kindle Worlds Store opened its virtual doors on Thursday with more than 50 commissioned, original stories based on familiar series such as “The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Kindle Worlds stories typically cost between 99 cents and $3.99 and will be exclusive to Kindle devices and apps.
The goal of Kindle Worlds is to reward both writers and the original rights holders for new fiction based on existing stories and characters. Kindle World’s Self-Service Submission Platform offers any writer the opportunity to publish fan fiction. Authors can earn up to a 35 percent royalty for writing stories based on existing books, TV series, and other types of entertainment.
So far, the stories in Kindle Worlds are restricted to works from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment and Valiant Entertainment, as well as those from authors Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, Blake Crouch, and Neal Stephenson. But Amazon has said it plans to strike licensing deals with other companies to offer fan fiction based on more books, TV shows, movies, comics, music, and even games.
Why Am I Curious?
This is really exciting from the perspective that it gives people a chance to really showcase their work and write their own plots for their favorite stories. However, I also wonder how authors of the original works will feel with their stories having many different endings that they did not write or agree with. Also curious about whether this will take away from the original work – with many potentially contradictory plots and endings floating around -making them more diluted and far less engrossing and satisfactory to the readers/viewers.