Kurt Vonnegut Cleared for Kindle Worlds Fanfic

Kurt Vonnegut, Kindle Worlds

Kindle Worlds, the Amazon-regulated fanfic publishing site, added a big name to their list of licensed authors and properties: Kurt Vonnegut. According to GalleyCat's Jason Boog, all you Kilgore Trout hounds can self-publish your Vonnegut-inspired work sometime this month.

Here's more from Boog:

Kurt Vonnegut Trust trustee Donald C. Farber called the move “a natural extension of his legacy and a testament to the enduring popularity of his characters and stories. Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time, is going to quickly become a Kindle Worlds favorite,” referring to the hero of Vonnegut’s classic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

I'm not sure about that "natural extension of his legacy" bit—I mean, being fanfic-able isn't exactly an accomplishment. I'm not being crass or judgmental toward fanfic writers, mind you, just pointing out that any author who achieves a significant following is likely to have someone out there writing fanfic based on their work. Just because it's officially licensed—and thus profitable—fanfic, does that really make it any different than someone's wholly nonprofitable Wordpress blog filled with chapters of a novel based on Breakfast of Champions?

I guess 50 Shades really did do a number on the publishing industry.

Image of Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Price: $12.39
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Image of Breakfast of Champions: A Novel
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Price: $7.60
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 303 pages
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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 3, 2013 - 8:56am

Is there much Vonnegut fan fic out there? I never really considered his work the type that would attract it.

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alexgamen from Argentina is reading 1Q84; The Way of Kings August 4, 2013 - 5:13pm

Oh boy. Now we'll get stuff like "The Teenage Time-hopping Adventures of Billy the Pilgrim" or somesuch crap, with none of the wit and intelligence that spawned it.

So it goes.