The Fan-Fiction Roots of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Other Best Sellers – WSJ.com


The Fan-Fiction Roots of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Other Best Sellers – WSJ.com.

We are often maligned for what we do in fan fiction and there is a lot of debate around the legitimacy of EL James’ work as a Twilight Fan Fic. The reality is that it has been around for a long time and many best selling authors still indulge their love. As to the appropriated fanbase – this seems to be the way the publication game is played now.  Traditional methods of book promotion don’t quite cut it in this new environment.  That is not to say that face to face book tours will disappear but social media has changed the game.  Just as sites like FanFic.net changed the ways that writers hone their craft and develop their WIPs.

Academia is slowly getting on to this but they are slower and more conventional than the real world.  However, I could guarantee that more people have accessed my work as Dr J through open-source websites than they ever will by reading my book. Just saying!

 

8 thoughts on “The Fan-Fiction Roots of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Other Best Sellers – WSJ.com

  1. bookboxer says:

    Love this honesty, totally agree that old-school critics need to catch up with the times! Daisy

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  2. Atterbury ( Liz) says:

    Oh, I agree we are in a new world of tech that gives us access to so much MORE it’ s so exciting for us dinosaurs over forty that love new ways to reach out to the world from our home base! The world is at our finger tips, writers that can get their words out that can be appreciated by so many and discovered by those that make IT happen.

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  3. rebecca2000 says:

    I agree. I am considering writing a book. It is a catch 22. I can blog or I can write but it is pretty hard to stay dedicated to both. Once my blog is self sustaining, which it isn’t yet, I can write a book and maybe a few would read it that like my blog. Right now I can get over 1000 views a day if I work if I don’t maybe two hundred. Major difference.

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    • Tough decision,babe. I would read your book. I have found an interesting blog about pricing on Amazon and choice of blog platform. How did you decide where to build your blog?

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      • rebecca2000 says:

        I did a lot of research. The biggest problem I have had is my blog got too big for anyone to want to host my URL. A friend of mine rescued me and is hosting for me. I used wordpress.org to host the blog because it is the most user-friendly when you’re not on their site. It networks me to other blogs. Hosting my own blog means I can advertise if I want, I can put any content on it, and I am not limited to how many readers I have a day. WordPress.org is more seo friendly and I have more choices for my blog. I looked into several other software hosts, but it was the best with versatility.

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        • It is the hosting aspect that is stumping me at the moment. I want to move to org but I don’t want to get the host wrong.

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          • rebecca2000 says:

            Yeah, I found out right away that the cheap ones really don’t want you getting more than 1000 views a day. That is when I started having issues. You should check out Board for us. I know they host me. It is linked on my right side. The owner is on the Road right now for work for a bit. He doesn’t care how many hits I get. I bought my domain name and then set up the page the way I wanted it. I read up on the plug-ins for status (Like you NEED JetPack by wordpress for comments and stats) There are pros and cons. You can’t be freshly pressed. Your subscribers have to subscribe by email. Every so often they quit getting updates.

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