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The latest in “filing the serial numbers” off

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is apparently a popular “triple-X trilogy involving sex games and a bondage-loving billionaire”, which I’ve never heard of, but I’m a bit out of touch with pop culture so that doesn’t mean much. Here’s the fun bit:

“The series actually got its start as a Twilight ‘fan fiction’ story called “Master of the Universe,” penned by a writer who called herself “Snowqueens Icedragon.” While some have accused “Shades of Grey” author E. L. James of plagiarizing the story, her agent has confirmed to TODAY that “Snowqueens Icedragon” is actually E. L. James and she authored both the earlier story and the books.”

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46590258/ns/today-books/t/triple-x-trilogy-novels-has-women-talking-quietly/#.T1Dsf-PLx1M

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There is a whole subculture of filing off the serial numbers in Twilight fandom. They even coined a new phrase: "pulled to publish" (as in "that story was pulled from the net to be published"). There have been some fans who are not happy to see stories (particularly WIPs) be pulled and then have to pay to read them. There are two?? (at least one) ebook publishers who focus mainly on re-purposed Twilight fan fic.

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sharing_Deleted_Fanworks#cite_ref-6 (you may need to scroll down to the footnote where it talks about Twilight fandom culture).
I'm still wrapping my head around the idea that a Twilight fic by someone called Snowqueens Icedragon is...published?
My assumption is the original Twilight fic is on the net somewhere - it's fanfic, not profic.
This is/was pretty common in lesbian fiction as well with Xena/Gabreielle uberfics abound. Just change the names and the setting and Poof! Instant (most of the time pretty bad) novel.

And...Snowqueens Icedragon? Seriously? You couldn't have picked something a little less...ridiculous? Pretentious? *shakes head*
Totally agreed, that is one of the most OTT pseuds I've ever seen. Made me ROTFL when I read it. There's been tons of "serial numbers filed off" fanfic turned pro since the early days of fandom. Some Trek fanfic writes turned their stories into pro SF stories. IIRC, an early Starsky & Hutch story became the basis of an award-winning mystery novels. Several "Pros" fic became, well, pro. And then there's fic that was never fanfic, but was clearly based on a fannish universe, like some really bad SF novels that were thinly disguised versions of Star Wars. As you mentioned, I'd heard that a lot of Xena/Gabrielle fic were "filed off" and were published pro.
I was so very confused by that ridiculous gay pirate romance novel I bought once upon a time until I found out it had started life as a Pros AU. I've never seen a more transparent collection of slash genre cliches in one place.
LOL! I think I know the one you're talking about. ;-)
A Dreamspinner editor had much controversy over her post of how to turn fanfiction into original fiction for the company.
Thanks, that was fascinating reading.
I had never seen this book, so thanks for the heads up. BDSM is not my thing and it does not make me think of Bella and Edward. :)

As for publishing former fanfiction, I have no issue with it as long as the author has removed enough of the source material (or heavily added to the original plot), so the characters are unrecognizable from the original fannish story.

Edited at 2012-03-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not into Twilight so don't know much about the characters. But there have been tons of examples of fan fic turned pro dating back to the 70s.

Here's one of my personal favorite for the funniest example of pro fic based on a fictional universe. A friend of mine was involved with the Pierce Brosnan Fan Club when he was doing Remington Steele. A Harlequin romance write mailed in three of her Harlequin novels which she dedicated to Pierce. These books were never fanfic, but they were clearly based on Remington Steele. She hadn't made much of an effort to disguise the source material. The main problem with them, for me, was she managed to eliminated what I liked about that show and keep what I disliked about that show.