Fanfiction is experiencing a golden age of sorts. Commercially speaking, fanfiction is more accepted than ever. Overt fanfiction has been accepted for a while if the source text is older, and, therefore, in the public domain. Think, for example, of Pride and Prejudice, P.D or James’ Death Comes to Pemberly , a continuation of the original story with a mystery twist. The novel was reasonably successful and was even adapted into a TV miniseries. Conversely, you have things like Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a crack-fic of absurd or parodic levels that was adapted into a major movie (even if it wasn’t a box office success). People like seeing how a canonical literary text can be played with, especially as wish fulfillment for how they would like the characters to be or end up. Like, so much better. Leaving the public domain, however, doesn’t seem to be as big an issue anymore. Certainly, the massive success of E. L. James’ 50 Shades of Gray isn’t held back by the fact that it famously originated as Twilight fanfiction. When her story took off, James changed the names and the story just enough to make it not-TWILIGHT, and the […]

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