@vamp I didn't know that was going on, although it this point it doesn't really surprise me. Also, I don't really follow fic authors anymore since a lot of them are still on tumblr.
@Kitcatwoman I never followed authors on tumblr anyway but I think that's where it's coming from. Young/new to fandom who've really got no idea of fandom history.
Fanart started it, and there's this impression that now fanfic can follow suit. I blame Japan doujinshi culture, where the anime corporations regulate the sale of fanworks slightly, but otherwise view them as free advertising. And Western fans not knowing their history, that too.
That last sentence. And tumblr.
@gold_pen_leaps @vamp although it might be that the Western publishers/producers are changing too. Movie studios mine fandom for free promo obviously, but even genre lit: I don't think a SFF writer could afford to pitch a fit about fanfic these days.
In that light, monetizing fanfic as a SERVICE might feel like the next frontier.
@vamp @gold_pen_leaps I think it's perfectly possible to have both free fic and monetized fic live side by side. If I were to be optimistic, it could even make free fic writing more comfortable, because it would be a big hammer against the impolite "write more now" readers. "If you want someone to cater to your wishes, there are people out there willing to do that."
I don't move in those circles so I really have no idea but my brain lumps them together because they both seem to be a tumblr product and have happened in the same era
I always struggle with thinking about Tumblr (or other social networks) as a whole. It's tempting to think of it as a monolith when it REALLY isn't... but it DOES have trends and cultural mores that spread throughout. So there is a "tumblr culture", yet there is no "tumblr community". 🤔
@vamp There definitely seems to be a connection to gig economy and the rise of youtube influencers. I think it makes sense that a lot of folks who want it would be those who grew up with influencers and gigification AND who don't know much about fandom history and wouldn't be familiar with how marketability would affect fandom culture.
(From what I heard that's largely why AO3 doesn't let people monetize their archive. They saw Fanlib and wanted no part of that.)
fandom.ink is a community-supported instance designed for fans, fandom, and fandom content creators.