Fanfiction causes such a divide in the bookish world. Authors like Rainbow Rowell and Neil Gaiman support fanfiction writers, and some even read it. On the other hand, JK Rowling feels a personal attachment to her beloved characters and doesn't approve of any of the mature adaptations.
I support writers who feel so passionately about a TV show or book. Hell, back in the day I wrote a plethora of fanfiction and had binders of Sailor Moon fanfiction that I would read every night. I was addicted.
Ever since 50 Shades of Gray, it seems that the publishing world has been taking a closer look at the fanfiction world and for good reason. 50 Shades of Grey is currently number 8 in The Top Ten Bestselling Books and spawned a spin-off novel told from Grey's POV. If you were a publisher, would you ignore something that has a billion views?
Fanfiction is being published, but it's not being cleaned up enough to no longer resemble the original material.
If I hadn't known that this was a 1 Direction fanfiction, I may have enjoyed it more, but alas. After is basically a mary sue novel with Harry Styles as our leading man. For obvious copyright reasons, Todd had to make some major changes like swapping Harry's name for Hardin, and Zayne's name for Zed (those are the only two 1 Direction members I know). Even with the ~extreme~ name change, I felt like I was reading 1 Direction fanfiction and it made me feel extremely awkward (those kids are still 15 in my eyes, I don't care what Wikipedia says).
Luckily, not all Pulled to Published novels are like this. Cassandra Clare has gotten a lot of criticism and backlash for her Draco Trilogy series which became The Mortal Instruments Trilogy. Controversary aside, I did not get a Harry Potter feel while reading The City of Bones which I think all fanfiction should strive to be. Upon reading a new book that caught my eye, my first thought shouldn't be "hey this sounds a lot like X...." rather, it should be "oh this book was inspired by X? That's pretty cool, I can kind of see the similarities!"
It's fine if there are elements of Twilight or Harry Potter or Divergent or whatever in the newly published work, but this era of "published fanfiction" needs to end.
What do you think about Pulled to Published novels?