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Amazon Gets Freaky With Sanctioned Fanfic Program

Written by Jude Terror on Wednesday, May 22 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Amazon Gets Freaky With Sanctioned Fanfic Program

The online giant has opened up Kindle Worlds, a place for readers to write fanfic sanctioned by IP owners.

Source: Amazon

Amazon announced Kindle Worlds today, a new program which will encourage fan fiction writers to submit stories about "worlds" that Amazon has somehow convinced to agree to officially sanction this. From their description:

Get ready for Kindle Worlds, a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties. 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.


On the surface, this seems like an attempt to get fans to produce content that will sell for tens of dollars to other fans and make money for Amazon and participating intellectual property owners, but, in reality, it is an attempt to get fans to produce content that will sell for tens of dollars to other fans and make money for Amazon and participating intellectual property owners  using clumsily written erotica. This is great news for fans who really enjoy The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, but feel that the series are lacking the essential component of Blake Lively getting tag teamed by the Salvatore brothers.

Look, it's not that we have a problem with fanfic writers. It's just that, well, we can, because they are lower on the nerd food chain than we are. It goes like this: Star Wars fans can pick on Manga readers, who can pick on Doctor Who fans, who can pick on D&D players, who can pick on Comic Book Fanboys, who can pick on Harry Potter and Twilight fans, who can pick on Trekkies, who can pick on Bronies, who can pick on Furries, who can pick on fanfic writers, who can pick on Joss Whedon fans, who can pick on people who listen to Rush. That's just the way it goes. We don't make up the rules.

While Amazon only has the three properties listed above, it should be noted that all three are owned by Warner Bros, which also owns DC comics. Just think of the possibilities there. And I'm not just talking about the first ever recorded instances of fanfic writers walking off projects due to editorial interference. I've always wanted to ship Stephanie Brown and the Swamp Thing, and my dreams may finally become an officially sanctioned reality. Not to mention, if they start to introduce older IP into the mix, I can finally breathe life back into my ongoing Golden Girls slashfic project ("Oh Rose," moaned Blanche, "did you really learn this from a donkey in St Olaf?").

You can read more about Kindle Worlds at the Kindle Worlds for Authors page. Keep in mind, Amazon keeps the publishing rights to your work, and the IP owner gets ownership of any ideas you come up with.

So how about you, readers? What fictional character will be fucking another fictional character in your Kindle Worlds submission?


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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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