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Fanfiction and the future of books
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:11:57 PM »
The future will see more and better writers than ever before. Why? Well, to become a good writer you need talent, but you also need practice and honest criticism. And of course, you need to read a lot, both good writing (to learn the dos) and bad writing (to learn the don'ts).

With the advent of fanfiction sites, there has been an explosion in opportunity to get practice and honest criticism. As well as examples of both good and bad writing. The Internet generation will be better writers than any earlier generation.
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Re: Fanfiction and the future of books
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 04:02:04 PM »
Fan-fiction sites have been around for awhile.  I think a more interesting and mostly detrimental trend is the access to self-publishing at aimed toward the general audience like Amazon. 

Why is it bad?  The lack of publishers to act as gate keepers makes it even harder to find the good fiction among the bad.  I'm left with using price as the only metric. after having bought several crappy but cheap e books.  :'(

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Re: Fanfiction and the future of books
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2016, 05:16:00 AM »
Shower thought: fanfic is to movies/tv/books as mods are to computer games. Good ones improve the experience, bad ones don't, wacky ones are good for a laugh.

Self-published books and indie games have a lot in common. The reviews and WOM are the gatekeepers now. Indie movies too. The upside to publishers is that they screen out more of the outright garbage, but the downside is that like any big distributor they're less likely to take a chance stepping away from the mainstream.
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Re: Fanfiction and the future of books
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2016, 05:27:54 AM »
Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey both started out as fanfiction.

I rest my case.

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Re: Fanfiction and the future of books
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2016, 08:12:53 AM »
I don't know, I've heard there is this thing called Shifter Romance and it gives me the shivers!
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Re: Fanfiction and the future of books
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2016, 08:57:30 AM »
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Re: Fanfiction and the future of books
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2016, 02:30:05 PM »
Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey both started out as fanfiction.

I rest my case.

The Soviet Union started out as Communist.

I rest my case.

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