It’s never been a secret that author E.L. James originally penned the Fifty Shades Trilogy as fan fiction based on the Twilight Saga.
But what is fan fiction?
The term fan fiction refers to stories written using characters from a book, series, or movie, by fans instead of the original author.
Some are just now hearing about fan fiction, but the genre has been around for a long time. There are several fan fiction versions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, the current television hit, Elementary to name one.
Fan fiction gained widespread acclaim in the Sci-Fi genre with the advent of the 1960s Star Trek fanzines – magazines featuring stories submitted by fans about the original series characters. The world wide web saw an explosion of fan fiction sites. Fanfiction.net is one of the more popular sites which allows anyone to upload content in any fandom.
Several noted authors have praised fan fiction. J.K. Rowling states she is "flattered" that people want to write their own stories based on her fictional characters. (I can think of a few stories about James and Lily Potter I’d like to write myself!) Stephenie Meyer’s website includes links to fan fiction sites about her characters from the Twilight Saga.
Anne Rice, however, is one of many authors who does not condone fan fiction based on her characters and feels it is copyright infringement.
As writers, we are all inspired by things we read, see, or experience. My Slave to Fashion could loosely be termed as fan fiction. I take a break for lunch every day during the time What Not to Wear airs on TLC. Stacy and Clinton’s witty exchanges with their fashion-challenged makeoverees inspired the character of Georgiana Talbot, a modiste who dresses England’s ton. The fan fiction part stops at the banter, however. The characters are purely fictional.
A taste of the forbidden…
Georgiana Talbot intends to remain a spinster in order to ensure her younger sisters debut and find husbands. But when she encounters a devilish Scot who ignites a searing fire within her, Georgiana realizes just how much she has denied herself regarding the pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she concocts a daring scheme.
A touch of the taboo…
Seducing the haute ton’s premier modiste into buying linen from his mills is foremost on Blane MacLaren’s mind. Until his need to bend the brash beauty to his will drives him to enter into a scandalous agreement—Georgiana will purchase his linens if he will tutor her in an array of dark delights and forbidden pleasures. Yet nothing could have prepared him for the effect his very willing student will have on him—or how far a harmless lesson in lust can go.
** What do you think of fan fiction? Love it? Leave it? Do you enjoy reading a book that is obviously inspired by a favorite literary or movie character?
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About Debra Glass
DEBRA GLASS is the author of over thirty-five books of historical and paranormal romance, non-fiction, and folklore. The recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters Alabama Screenwriter Award, she went on to win the NSAL Empire State Award for excellence in screenwriting. Debra is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Professional Authors’ Network. She is also a member of RWA's Heart of Dixie Chapter and RWA's Southern Magic Chapter. She lives in Alabama with her real life hero, a couple of smart-aleck ghosts, and a diabolical black cat.