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Trial and Error

Fan Fiction and the Writers Strike

November 7, 2007 7:45 AM

Here’s a solution for the writers strike. Let the people create shows.

After all, we are living in the consumer-generated age. And as any fan of Harry Potter knows, fan fiction is a fast-growing content category online.

Fan fiction refers to the creation of ongoing storylines for popular characters, series and TV shows by, you guessed it, fans.

Online audience measurement firm Hitwise reports that the leading fan fiction site, fanfiction.net, has increased its Web traffic 42 percent in the last year and 59 percent in the last two years. It’s also the top-ranked site in Hitwise’s rankings of traffic for Web sites in the books category.

So if you’ve got a hankering to keep the storylines going for your favorite TV shows, head on over to fanfiction.net and you can pen new scripts for “CSI,” “Lost” or “Grey’s Anatomy.”


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