Melanie's Musings
February 19, 2012

The Future of North and South Fanfiction

North and South fanfiction began appearing online after the premiere of the 2004 BBC mini-series starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe.

~If you’d like to take a look, visit’s North and South stories, visit the Period Drama Blog, or join the C19 forum and peruse The Further Adventures of North and South.~

Recently, something new has begun to occur. North and South fanfiction authors have taken their work and self-published them. More books about John and Margaret? Yes please.

In my searching, I’ve found the following titles:

Click on a book cover to visit its amazon page and purchase the novel(s)
As I’ve watched these books by CS Winchester, Loyal Wynyard, and Trudy Brasure pop up, I can’t help drawing comparisons with the rise of Pride and Prejudice fanfiction. In 2005, after the movie starring Matthew MacFayden and Keira Knightley came out, online fanfiction popped up, followed by self-published books, and then publishers, most notably Sourcebooks, began publishing Pride and Prejudice continuations and spin-offs.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

No one can know whether North and South fanfiction will make it into the traditional publishing world, and I’m not evenĀ  sure its fanbase is quite big enough to merit the effort on the part of publishers (Although I do my part. I even made my father watch it. [He liked it!]).

However, walking into a bookstore and seeing a book on the shelf promising more of John Thornton and Margaret Hale, filling in what happened after Mrs. Gaskell’s ending or perhaps sending the story in new directions will continue to be a daydream of mine.

Who knows…..

To purchase A Heart for Milton, my personal favorite in North and South fanfiction, click here.

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Posted by Melanie at 10:03 am - Comments (8)
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  • February 19th 2012

    Oh my! I hadn’t come across North & South yet, but this and the previous post on it definitely make me want to look into it.


  • February 19th 2012
    Trudy said:

    Gaskell is still largely unknown compared to Jane Austen. Fortunately, we have self-publishing to help feed a small niche market. Those of us who have seen North and South, are powerfully affected!


  • February 19th 2012

    Many thanks for the discovery of our obsessive works of love for John and Margaret.
    No one walks away from the film unaffected.
    We do not want the effect to end.
    Many thanks,


  • February 20th 2012

    Boy, am I out of it – I’ve never heard of North and South.


  • February 20th 2012

    i don’t know how I feel about this.
    I actually love FF and I’ve written it in the past, but I hold a very different standard to the stuff I read coming from fans who write just for fun, and to what I spend money on. :P


    Melanie Reply:

    Alex, I hold a higher standard to published books too. But since I’ve read some really good published P&P fanfiction that started out as self-pubbed, that gives me hope that N&S fanfiction can be just as good.


  • February 20th 2012
    Trudy said:

    You can always read a sample at Amazon. I like to click ‘surprise me’ and read just enough to get a sense of the writer’s style.


  • February 21st 2012
    Patricia said:

    I’m a huge fan of this book and of reading fanfiction in general, yet it never occurred to me to read fanfiction based on North & South. Shame on me… I’ll have to remedy this immediately. Thanks :)