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PostSubject: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:05 pm

Well, other than 50 Shades of Grey, it seems like there is now anotherr fanfic story that will be published soon.

What do you guys think of this?

There's a One Direction fanfic that's recently been picked up by Penguin and about to be published.
The author is a 16 year old fan of the band who wrote herself into a love triangle with two of the band members. Penguin will of course be changing the names of those in the story when they publish it.

Personally, real person fanfiction freaks me out.

Do you know of any other fanfiction stories that have been turned into published novels?

A friend of mine mentioned Cassandra Claire had based a heavy amount of one of her book series on her Draco Trilogy (a Harry Potter fanfic), but I never read the fanfic or any of her book series so I can't confirm that.
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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:18 am

ACK! What is with that??

No offense, and I have a right to say this as a fanfiction writer myself, but most fanfiction writing sucks - especially in comparison to authors' writing. Cuz you know, people spend years working on their art... And now all of a sudden these nobodies from somewhere become "Best Selling Author". Frankly, I think it's an insult to the rest of them.

That's not to say that there isn't good fanfiction or even really good fanfiction, but seriously... It's like taking another person's work and then re-vamping it to make money off of what they started. I don't think that's right at all.

And what the HECK is "One Direction"?! Rolling Eyes

As for other fanfics being turned into published work, nope, don't know any. The only fandom I'm in is super teeny-tiny and I don't care to read works from other ones. So I'm quite out of the loop in terms of that stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:55 am

aerysa wrote:
ACK! What is with that??

No offense, and I have a right to say this as a fanfiction writer myself, but most fanfiction writing sucks - especially in comparison to authors' writing. Cuz you know, people spend years working on their art... And now all of a sudden these nobodies from somewhere become "Best Selling Author". Frankly, I think it's an insult to the rest of them.

That's not to say that there isn't good fanfiction or even really good fanfiction, but seriously... It's like taking another person's work and then re-vamping it to make money off of what they started. I don't think that's right at all.

LOL. That's actually one of the thoughts that ran through my head. I know there are FANTASTIC former fanfiction authors out there (I've read some of their stuff and loved it). Some of whom I know have been published for good reason and some who don't seem to deserve it at all (50ShadesofGreyI'mStillLookingAtYou)

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And what the HECK is "One Direction"?! Rolling Eyes
Smile That's quite alright. Haha! I'm glad you don't know! XD;; They're a UK boy band that was formed during one season of the X Factor. There's one song that I've got stuck in my head from them, but they're all jail bait to me. So yes, real person fanfics ick. I don't think I ever wrote real person fiction when I was a teenager.

My friends and I would normally 'cast' the actors into roles in our stories, but I think some authors sometimes have a certain person in mind (Cornelia Funke had Brendan Fraser in mind when she wrote the character Mortimer Folchart in Inkheart) when they write their stories, so that was nothing unusual.
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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:20 pm

kalekala wrote:
LOL. That's actually one of the thoughts that ran through my head. I know there are FANTASTIC former fanfiction authors out there (I've read some of their stuff and loved it). Some of whom I know have been published for good reason and some who don't seem to deserve it at all (50ShadesofGreyI'mStillLookingAtYou)
So true! Yet it always seems like the crappy ones are the ones that get all the attention, rather than the ones that deserve to... Wonder how that works Rolling Eyes

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Smile That's quite alright. Haha! I'm glad you don't know! XD;; They're a UK boy band that was formed during one season of the X Factor. There's one song that I've got stuck in my head from them, but they're all jail bait to me. So yes, real person fanfics ick. I don't think I ever wrote real person fiction when I was a teenager.

My friends and I would normally 'cast' the actors into roles in our stories, but I think some authors sometimes have a certain person in mind (Cornelia Funke had Brendan Fraser in mind when she wrote the character Mortimer Folchart in Inkheart) when they write their stories, so that was nothing unusual.
Oh... Is that what that is? haha, I hardly watch TV and when I do, it's not that so I wouldn't know anything about it. And well, I'm not in the UK so even if I watched the equivalent, it would be the American version - even though that's not where I am either Laughing (Their northern neighbor.)

Uggh... I think real people fanfics would be awwwkward! Especially when they put them in like mm... Awkward situations that probably don't match their true personality... I think imagining someone to play a role in a story is totally fine though because it's not like you're truly talking about that person. They just inspired your character. I'm sure authors do that when they're told their books are being made into movies - trying to find the person who best fits with their characters.

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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:48 pm

Fanfiction being turned into best sellers are just... but yeah, some authors have actors in mind when they're writing (J.K. Rowling always imagine Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid)

I personally have nothing against fanics, since sometimes people need a base to start their creativity. Doujin artists are one of them and to my knowledge, most manga artists don't mind that their works are borrowed to be turned into doujins, (I believe that Minekura Kazuya from the Saiyuki series started her career as a doujinka) since it's just fan based works.

Since this is a real life fanfic, I have no idea about that but other licensed works are the intellectual property of the person who created it so there may be issues about copyright infringements if they're not careful. Still, it just shows how much we need fresh new ideas (sort of) if publishers are scraping the bottom of the barrel to publish fan fiction instead of original (to an extent) stories.... :shrug:
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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:56 pm

I have no problem with fanfiction. I write it myself from time to time.
I have no problem if an author is discovered due to fanfiction. Fanfiction can be a great skill building tool. Plus it's a great way to show off skills an author already has.

The problem I have is publishers insisting on publishing the fanfiction itself with nothing but a few tweaks. Getting noticed for the skills ins one thing. Making something yourself is entirely different.
Fanfiction, in many ways, belongs partially to the author and stories that inspired it. If the original author is not making a cut off the sales, it's a rip off plain and simple.

I am a professional author. I've had book deals with both large and small publishing companies. I find it insulting that fifty shades of ripped off twilight porn was published and sold like it was.


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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:29 am

If there were some serious effort put into revamping it, rather than just "filing off the serial numbers" (just changing the names/50 Shades-style), then I'd have zero problem with it. It wouldn't be a problem to be inspired by something, even heavily inspired by it, and riff off of it. There's been plenty of "legitimate"/"classic" cases of such, as far back as retelling myths to suit the author's preferences. So I don't much care where a story originally came from, as long as it's a) good and b) not a blatant ripoff. Sadly, most of the current crop of revamped fic tends to be the latter. And I'm not for that. But I think it's important to remember it doesn't have to be that way just because it started as fanfiction.
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PostSubject: Re: Fanfiction Stories Turned into Published Novels   Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:09 pm

I find that most fan fiction is just plain bad. The only good ones I have come across on wattpad were by older writers and their stories were based on North and South, Robin Hood BBC version, and Sparkhouse.
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PostSubject: Fanfiction is fanfiction   Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:08 pm

As the title said, I don't think a fanfiction should be made into books.
Unless the original author agrees and/or has a share for the profit.
And not every fanfiction is good. I have come across a local fanfic of Harry Potter written by a young student. The story was about murders of HP's fans, based of the original HP plot. I have to say it's bad. I know he's just a kid, but I gotta say it's bad. Period.
Some even turn an original novel into a comedy. It's like Vampire Sucks to Twilight, but in the form of books. The story is very hilarious (to neutrals and non twihards) but I gotta say it's beyond BAD.
I think fanfictions should be posted in a forum or a web (like fanfiction.net) as an appreciation to the original author, instead of made into books.
A bad fanfiction made into books (for me) is an insult to the original author... bounce 
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