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May 22, 2007

Monetizing FanFic

Via Making Light, I learn about FanLib, a site for fanfic sponsored and/or tolerated by a number of media companies. Is this a good idea? I don't know about that. I discuss why in some detail over at the Ficlets Blog. Click through, won't you?

Posted by john at May 22, 2007 02:29 PM

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Tim of Angle | May 22, 2007 03:29 PM

Well, consider this suggestion by Ross Douthat:

http://rossdouthat.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/05/free_culture.php

Annalee Flower Horne | May 23, 2007 01:53 AM

anytime 'fanfiction' and 'money' appear in the same equation, I get wrinkle my nose and say 'ew.'

I mean yes, I admit to reading fanfic on occasion. I even used to write the stuff, before I lost interest in favor of original projects. But throw money into the equation and the yuck begins. Even without all of the logical, reasoned arguments about how the investors behind this are going to regret the hell out of it when they learn what '/' means to ficcers, that basic, visceral 'yuck' would still be there.

Dr. Phil | May 23, 2007 10:23 AM

This kind of reminds me of the Amazon.com based Gather short story system -- come up with a centralized playpen and wave visibility and the chance for money at them. And then have an arcane and pushy system which offends my sensibilities.

I have a bad feeling that this FanLib site will attract a lot of newbies who aren't True Believers in their particular fanfic culture. And are, well, newbies. In other words, I'm expecting the writing on this site to be bad. Which makes the Evil Overlords making the money off this fanfic site what? Sort of the moral equivalent of Publish America? Puh-lease...

Dr. Phil

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