Well, this is bizarre. Amazon has announced Kindle Worlds, which it calls a "place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games".
You might be thinking, well, there already is a place, and that place is the internet, but they key here is that Amazon has signed deals with companies like Warner Bros. so that it can sell your fan-fiction, and that you can make royalties off it.
It's a fantastic idea, one that embraces the fan community and lets them make a buck or two from both their talents and their love of a property/universe.
If only video games could do the same.
Could you imagine if, instead of shutting projects down and issuing legal threats, companies like Nintendo embraced a community of fan games, mods and tributes by giving them a pat on the back and a place in the eShop? It'd be the best thing ever.
Kindle Worlds [Amazon]