It may not be fifty shades of grey, but it’s certainly fifty shades of fur.
Virgina Wade, author of sixteen erotic e-books, makes around $30,000 a month writing explicit love stories between various women and the mythical Bigfoot.
Part of the rapidly growing “Monster Porn” trend taking over e-books, Wade’s Bigfoot series is just another addition to the subgenre.
Last October, two college students took the literary world by storm when they announced they were making more than their engineer friends writing dinosaur erotica. The duo, Alara Branwen and Christie Sims, wrote over 200 short stories pairing damsels in distress with prehistoric giants.
As weird as it may seem, it isn’t the first time “fan fiction” like this has popped up online, it’s just the first time an author has been able to make a living off of it.
Fanfiction.net, one of the largest fan fiction communities online, boasts more than three million registered authors and well over 30 million stories. Harry Potter, Dr. Who, and Twilight reign among some of the most popular fandoms.
Before 50 Shades of Grey became the phenomenon that it has, it was a Twilight fan fiction story, focusing on the fictional relationship of Bella Swan and Carlisle Cullen.
Last May, Amazon announced they would be teaming up with the fan fiction community and launching Kindle Words, a fan fiction subsection in their publishing program. The idea was to allow fan fiction authors to write stories using characters whose copyright claims had expired and give them a chance to earn some money while doing so.
It’s a rapidly expanding area of literature, and with mega success stories like the ones above, the pool doesn’t look like it’ll dry up anytime soon.