Well, this is bizarre. Amazon has announced Kindle Worlds, a "place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games". You might be thinking, well, there already is a place, and that place is the internet, but the key here is that Amazon has signed deals with companies like Warner Bros so that it can sell your fan fiction, and that you can make royalties off it.
It's a fantastic idea, one that embraces the fan community and lets them make a buck or two from both their talents and their love of a property/universe.
If only video games could do the same.
Could you imagine if, instead of shutting projects down and issuing legal threats, companies like Nintendo embraced a community of fan games, mods and tributes by giving them a pat on the back and a place in the eShop? It would be the best thing ever.
Kindle Worlds [Amazon]