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The Past, Present and Future of Fan Fiction (Infographic)

wattpad_logoEarlier this week Wattpad released a new infographic that looks at the rise of fanfic, and its growing popularity among writers and readers.

The world’s largest online writing community has been supporting its members in their efforts to write fanfic for years before Amazon launched Kindle Worlds, and that puts them in a unique position to chart the growing number of stories written by fans. Wattpad reports that they currently have over 4.7 million fanfic titles uploaded to their website set in more universes than you can shake a stick at.

The infographic also confirms my suspicion that one of the earliest examples of fanfic were Sherlock Holmes stories. This iconic character even has his own fan fiction writing groups, the first of which was founded in 1934.




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