One key takeaway of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter scenario is that the show has a good number of fans and those fans are quanitfiably passionate. I’ll happily count myself amongst their number. I’ve given away numerous season one box sets as Christmas and Birthday presents just because I wanted to share the show with… well, with everybody, really. You want one? First person who has never seen the show but asks me via the Contact Page gets one. Honest.
Since the Kickstarter campaign wrapped up, Rob Thomas and the rest of the team have gone to great pains to engage with the fans in every way they can. There has been a busy stream of updates, videos, fan screenings and much more besides.
And now, the fans are being allowed over the velvet rope and have been given permission to play around with the very fabric of Veronica’s existence.
Amazon Worlds is the Kindlemeister’s fan fiction publishing scheme, licensing certain film and TV “universes” for fans to use in their own writing. If these works are then approved and sold via Amazon, the author will get a 35% cut in royalties.
That’s not a bad deal. It certainly makes these licensed characters available to fan fiction authors in a way that they never have been before – ie. commercially.
Will we see any fanfic that lives up to the original material? Well, it would be nice. But it’s also not really the point.
Amazon got a quote from Thomas:
Veronica Mars’ fans are amazingly loyal and anything we can do to give them more access to her world and that of her character is great…I’m looking forward to seeing what new worlds and characters are created by fans and Kindle Worlds writers.
You know, there’s some odd bit of me that’s tempted to give it a go. Just as a challenge to myself.
If you’re interested, there’s a full list of terms and conditions available.