Another person has gotten a book deal from Twilight fanfic. In other words, they took characters Stephanie Meyer created, utilized information about those characters and scenarios she developed in her books, and expanded upon them. And then, when their derivative works got popular, they changed the names and maybe some slight details, and got book deals. With major publishers. Who should be willing to shit a brick and go after anyone who tried that with one of their author’s intellectual properties.
I think fanfic is wonderful. If you love my characters enough that you want to invent other adventures for them, great. As long as it’s free and as long as your debt to my work is clear, it seems like great free publicity.
But the second you’re making money passing off my characters and my plot points as your own? And getting paid for it? I’d be pissed.
Maybe Meyer has some kind of licensing arrangement with these guys and, if so, fine. Make her rich.
But if not, I think Meyer needs to sue–not just for her own benefit, but so there’s legal precedent about whether this is legal.