Today, Amazon announced the imminent launch of its newest endeavor, Kindle Worlds, a publishing platform for fanfiction. When I read the announcement, I was horrified, then angry, then sad. I want to take a moment to explain why this is such a tragedy.
My first reaction was “ooh, a shiny thing!” and I’m betting a lot of people thought the same. Paid for writing fanfic? Hey, even 35% adds up!
But the cost of giving up the rights to your own creativity for a bit of pocket money? Yeah, you go straight to hell, Amazon, and take your contracts with you.
Further to the original (and very, very valid) points - do we really want to give people firmer grounds to feel entitled to our fun hobby? $4 still means a financial transaction to read our works and frankly I’m not comfortable writing in someone else’s sandpit, being paid a pittance, having no control over what happens to my work if it reaches any kind of popularity, and on top of all that, ducking the wrath of actual paying readers who didn’t like the ending. Or who ended up with who. Or the decision of that guy back in chapter seven.
Just imagine every bad review you ever got — and then put a receipt in their hand. Imagine people you pissed off in fandom who never forgot it and decided to hunt your reviews. Imagine “hey you stole that Jotun Loki scene from MY fanfic! I’m telling Amazon!” and the subsequent wank fallout.
Imagine hating the idea of writing fanfiction because what used to be fun escapism and a tribute to your favourite characters has turned into a complete clusterfuck that a few dollars can’t compensate for.
I don’t know about you guys, but my fanfiction is posted for the free enjoyment of any reader. And it’s going to stay that way.
Because this is even better with the video, lol. [x]
|me:||whoa it sure is late, time to go to be-|
|me:||is that a 30,000 word fanfic|