Tweet of the Day: Fan Fiction- Marketing Genius or Child Molestation?
I’ve talked about fan fiction before and I agree with the Sunday Tweets blogger. If the choice is between trying to stamp out all fan fiction based on my works (impossible, if it ever gets that far), or embracing it (with a few Words of God thrown in for good measure) then I take the second option.
As J.K. Rowling and others have pointed out, it is a great way to sustain and expand an author’s fan base, who are the folks that buy the books in the first place. Mind you, J.K. originally approached the world of fan fiction “gingerly” (as most of her characters are wont to do from time to time) but then embraced it if only for its commercial applications.
Plus the idea that “our books are our children” (as quoted in the blog post) is nonsense. Yes, I know, my books are very dear to me, but sitting inside my computer, floating around my head or laying on a desk they are incomplete. Without an audience to read them, interpret them and extrapolate from them, they are nothing more than dead trees and wasted electrons.
Book + Reader = Art.