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BizReport : Blogs & Content : September 18, 2006

Internet Exposure Helps Fan Fiction Authors Find Mainstream Success

Fan fiction writing is about writing using somebody’s else character. Generally, fans start blogging about their favorite characters from books, movies and TV shows. Fan fiction authors use known characters, but the stories and plots they write are their own.

by Patricia Bates

The rise of fan fiction is part of the spread of amateur created content online, from viral videos to music playlists and blogs. More and more, internet users have become used to watching videos posted by other users on sites such as YouTube and MySpace. Now, reading fiction online, mainly in blogs, is another extension of this trend.

This is changing the world of fan fiction, as internet exposure helps unknown authors find mainstream success. Some of these blogs are attracting unprecedented numbers of readers and in some cases, leading to book deals.

Increasingly, media companies, publishers and marketers are looking for ways to capitalize on fan fiction and its large audience. A company called FanLib is working with networks and publishers to create fan-fiction promotions and contests for books and TV shows.

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  • Patricia

    The Live Journal is a good example. This is a web community favored by many fan fiction writers. Each log generates hundreds of reader comments and reviews. It’s worth a visit:


  • This is one of those areas that have been going for awhile that isn't always thought of as "user-generated" content. And yet it definitely is.

    It's really neat to see these fans and authors talk about the characters and stories they love, and then get a chance to write about them online, and eventually - who knows?

  • Interesting, do you have some links to these fan fiction sites?



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