50 Shades of Grey and Twilight: When Is Fan Fiction Not Fan Fiction?

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The entire phenomenon makes me question where the "ok, then" line is, and what this means for publishing in the future. It's ok to do homages. It's ok to rewrite Beauty and the Beast fairy tales sixty different ways (and I will so totally buy them all). It's ok to write parody and satire, and nod to obvious influences and include winking jokes and references to older source material that fans will totally catch. That's all good - and I've enjoyed some of it.
But the debate continues as to whether a book that began as fanfic ever diverged from the original enough to qualify as original work.

I don't know that there is an easy answer, but I'd love to know what you think. Have you read the hot new so-called (and why so-called?) "mommy porn," 50 Shades of Grey? When you do think fan fiction stops being fan fiction?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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