Fanfiction is experiencing a golden age of sorts. Commercially speaking, fanfiction is 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 adapted 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 a major movie (even if it wasn’t a box office success). People like seeing how a canonical literary text be played with, as fulfillment for how they 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. . James’ 50 Shades of Gray isn’t held 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 -TWILIGHT, and the […]

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