Homer's Revenge: Epic Poetry Is Back. It's Viral. And It's Worth Billions

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Title: Homer's Revenge: Epic Poetry Is Back. It's Viral. And It's Worth Billions
Commentator: James Poulos
Date(s): 02 April 2012
Venue: Forbes.com
Fandom: Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight
External Links: Homer's Revenge: Epic Poetry Is Back. It's Viral. And It's Worth Billions
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Homer's Revenge: Epic Poetry Is Back. It's Viral. And It's Worth Billions is an almost philosophical article about the impact of fanfiction on the mainstream. The article is inspired by the success of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Yes, epic poetry is back — and it’s going to continue to make billions because it’s gone viral. Instead of one old blind guy memorizing colossal tales, we’re crowdsourcing our favorite myths, characters, themes, and narratives. The big budgets and star-making studios surrounding the adaptations of these tales create the illusion that their success is ultimately a top-down phenomenon, but it’s not. This is a hugely bottom-up affair.

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