I think it’s not too controversial to say that capital-F media Fandom has largely rejected Kindle Worlds. Which isn’t to say KW isn’t successful (it is), only that there’s very much a view that it’s, well– Not too put too fine a point on it, but that it’s a patriarchal commercial exploitation of a women’s creative community.


Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike KW, but it is interesting to see exactly who does and who doesn’t use it. And I will admit it’s a little personally grating to hear it referred to as “fanfic”. I know, since I’ve had this conversations a non-zero number of times about LIESMITH,1 that different people define fanfic in different ways, and for a lot of people the “community” and “non-commercial” aspects of fandom are inseparable from fanfic. That is, derivative works produced outside of that context–including on Kindle Worlds–constitute some nebulous “other”, like work-for-hire, parody, or adaptations.

Either way, this is not something we’ve heard the last of…

  1. Under a broad definition it’s “Norse mythology fanfic”, and at minimum it’s an adaptation or derivative work of the sagas. But which label people want to apply is really up to them, and I don’t mind either way. (Also, without giving away too many spoilers, the book itself is about fanfic of the sagas. So it’s kinda… double recursive fanfic? Kinda. Maybe. I’ll let you decide, I guess.)