Sasha Cameron, a Twilight fan I met on my blog some time ago, has dived into the fan fiction world in a big way, both reading and now writing stories based on Fifty Shades of Grey. The fan fiction world is something I’ve only been slightly aware of, having come to it from a different, oblivious-to-the-world angle, as a writer frustrated by finding that the second half of Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun remained unwritten. I searched for another author who might have finished the book and immediately found the site fanfiction.net, whose vast collection of writings overwhelmed me to such a degree that I backed away from it in favor of “rolling my own” website. I’ve since learned more about the fan fiction world, what a crazy free-for-all it is and how lots of Twilight-based fiction has been published since Fifty Shades of Grey went “viral” and saved Random House publishing from near-certain bankruptcy.
Sasha has put together a smart analysis of the phenomenon of “pull-to-publish” (P2P) fiction, that is, fan fiction stories that became so popular as free online offerings that big publishing houses offered the authors contracts to publish them. In order to avoid copyright infringement liability, the fan fiction works are altered prior to publication to change the names of the Twilight characters. Hence, Edward and Bella became Christian and Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey, though those books are just the tip of an ever-increasing iceberg of published fan fiction. Sasha Cameron examines the controversy of P2P fan fiction in a highly enlightening post, which you’ll find here:
If, like me, you’re a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey and fan fiction derived from it, you can check out Sasha’s FSOG stories here.
Acknowledgements: Dear Author, A Romance Review Blog for Readers by Readers