Critical Linking: May 23rd, 2013

 

Amazon Publishing announces Kindle Worlds, the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so.

Someone is going to unlock all the potential of fan fiction. Amazon has the pull to do it, but do they get the ethos of fan fiction? We’ll see, I guess.

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And so it behooves us as authors of all shapes and designations and genital configurations (oh and I’m talking to you, too, publishers, if you’ll listen) to look deep into the hearts of our stories and to see if we’re leaning on lazy archetypes, stereotypes, conventions, historical myths or outright buckets of bullshit.

And I would guess nearly all of us are.

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Bestselling author Dan Brown has told fans he knows “exactly what [he] is writing next”, and that he has a locations in mind that “fall into Robert Langdon territory”—though he stopped short of confirming his next book will also feature his famous professor of symbology.

Even his real-life cliffhangers are pretty obvious (and fun).

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A first edition copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” that contains author J.K. Rowling’s notes and original illustrations fetched 150,000 pounds ($228,000) at a London auction on Tuesday.

Nerd.

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