I don’t understand why more authors/publishing companies, etc. aren’t trying to build up entire online communities around a series of stories. It wouldn’t be that much work, and community building is fun. You get to REALLY know your characters and explore all their inner workings–it’s like doing all that beginning character building… but online.
I found this site the other day: The Amanda Project, and was impressed. They are almost doing what I am talking about, making their characters and the world they live in come alive on the internet, but I still want to see more!
If I were to develop an online community around Sketch McGee, it would be all about superheroes. YA readers could log into my website and create their own alternative secret identity. They could become that villain or hero and write stories of their own. I would even offer contests–the best characters getting to make cameos in my series. I have so many ideas for this and am so frustrated that more authors out there aren’t making this happen. Their characters need to frequent blog fansites, facebook pages, drop by on people’s twitters, etc.
There’s no reason these fictional characters can’t come to life on the internet, and I want to see more of it!