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In The Washington Post, Ron Charles wrote “Star Trek” fans who had once traded their own photocopied stories about Spock and Captain Kirk were suddenly joined by thousands of people posting “fan fiction” or “fanfict” about all kinds of well-known characters, from Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes. Okay, for starters, photocopying is expensive; every zine I every bought new smelled like mimeograph fluid. More importantly - fanfict? Who calls it that? But I googled and got 424,000 hits, so IDEK.

For USA Today’s Happy Ever After, Denny S. Bryce shared Must-read fan fiction from 'Doctor Who,' 'Star Trek,' 'Farscape'.

For Vulture, Abraham Riesman delved into The Bizarre, Unsolved Mystery of ‘My Immortal,’ the World’s Worst Fanfiction Story.

Community, Jane Austen, House of Cards, Pretty Woman, Melissa & Joey )

The Cornell Sun’s Marina Caitlin Watts wondered why a [Great Gatsby/Don Draper] fan-fiction hasn’t been written.

The Brock Press’s Celia Carr wrote that recent graduate Derek Smith, who has recently published a novel, knew from a young age that he wanted to be a writer, stating he was always writing Star Wars fan-fiction before he even knew what fan-fiction was.

For The Prince Albert Daily Herald, Tyler Clarke wrote that local author Cara Breadner is writing a series which started off as a Sons of Anarchy fan fiction novel she wrote and was stolen by someone online who stripped it of the television references and tried to pass it off as an original novel of their own.
The rip-off garnered some positive reviews, so Breadner decided to give motorcycle club fiction a try.


In a GQ piece about a film about a fan remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, John Lopez wrote for those of you who were dragged to born-of-fan-fic 50 Shades of Grey, the genre's been so co-opted by the mainstream that it's now part of the marketing playbook.

From Ben Child in The Guardian: It seems that Hollywood has finally sunk to the level of fan fiction, a medium in which even the most minor characters can be fleshed out and given their own adventures by devoted acolytes, in its determination to rack up the greenbacks.

Finally, Laura Miller talked with New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth on The Rise of Fan Fiction.
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For The Washington Post, Will Baude shared that In addition to being Pi Day, today also marks the official finale of one of my favorite books written this millennium: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It’s a fan-fiction version of Harry Potter (hear me out!) in which Harry is raised by an Oxford scientist and therefore trained in the scientific method and various other elements of rational thinking. He applies these critical thinking skills to his newly-discovered magical powers, and amazing things ensue.

Fanfic features prominently in Vulture's It’s a Fanmade World.

In ‘Spock has died, but Trekker culture now rules the world’ for The Guardian, Jason Wilson noted that The subculture around Star Trek has been famously productive for a long time. There are fan-produced shows, lexicons of Klingon, detailed technical diagrams of the show’s fictional technologies, voluminous Wikipedia entries, and terabytes of fan fiction.

In an Otega Daily Times piece about the Dunedin Fringe Festival, David Loughrey wrote [Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die] takes a control-freak actor, a sex-crazed celebrity obsessive and a fan fiction writer who writes ''wildly unpopular'' prose about the English actor who seems to have struck a chord with the female sector.

In a piece arguing for a The Walking Dead shooter game for Forbes, Paul Tassi wrote Licensed games have a bad rap in the industry because most of them are terrible. This needs to be overcome if media properties want to become truly all-encompassing multimedia franchises. I think Star Wars has done a good job of this, as that series has many great games to its name in a half dozen different genres, and in recent years, The Lord of the Rings has done pretty well between games based on the original trilogy, and now Shadow of Mordor, even if it mostly exists lore-wise as fan-fiction.

David Amann told DNA India’s Meryl Sebastian that I've seen some [Castle fanfic]. I do admire the creativity and the effort. I appreciate that fans devote time and energy to that.

For CNN, Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich wrote You type "eye twitch" into Google and come up with a really rad website that explains that this newfound spasm is actually an indication that your third eye is fixing to open, revealing to you wonders untold. You are the chosen one. Too bad that this trove of "medical information" is actually some dude's fan-fiction site. Huh?

Finally, reason #549 why you shouldn’t gift your favorite celebrity with your RPS: James Van Der Beek caught with [Dawson’s Creek] porn by airport security (North Bay Nipissing News).
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In a New York Times piece about Leonard Nimoy’s legacy, Alessandra Stanley wrote The original “Star Trek” that was created by Gene Roddenberry and went on the air in 1966 lasted only three seasons, but it has never really left the picture: It lives on and on in reruns, remakes, movie adaptations, comedy skits, Halloween costumes, conventions, memorabilia, fan fiction and endless campy parodies on YouTube.

Susanna Khoo reviewed the Power/Rangers debacle for The Malaysian Star.

In “With fan fiction, is publishing following in Hollywood's unoriginal footsteps?” for Deseret News, Chandra Johnson explained that Fan fiction is fiction written by fans of established franchises — like Harry Potter or Star Trek— that uses characters, settings or plotlines of established fiction franchises.

Kimberly Anne Tan wrote a rather bizarre into to fanfic, Fiction, Rewritten, for The Urban Wire.

James Matthews wrote Orangeville lad pens Minecraft fan fiction for Orangeville Banner.

From The Daily Californian’s Rosemarie Alejandrino: Friends, the time has come for us to end the stigma surrounding the “F”-word. Fan fiction.

Minecraft, The Hunger Games, Ana Maria in Novela Land, R2-D2, Furries, Catwoman, Downton Abbey, The Sound of Music )

ABC.NET.AU’s Robert Virtue interviewed ‘fandom’ expert Melanie James: She says with regards to films and novels, fan-fiction has been used by production companies to further develop their stories, as a way of appeasing fans.

For a piece for The Asian Age on reports that Blogger may soon ban “mature” content, Nandini D. Tripathy wrote Adult fanfiction writer Khyati Gupta, who has been writing an ongoing work-in-progess of erotica for almost six months now, shares, “From where I’m looking, this is the saddest development till date for writers like me."

Finally, The Globe and Mail published a Bloomberg News piece by Gerrit De Vynck, Genies, vampires and fan fiction give Wattpad a lead against Amazon, a now-familiar overview of the Wonder that is Wattpad /sarcasm (sorry, I’ve got 0 reads on the 2-3 stories I’ve posted there).
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The story of the week involved a fan-made Power Rangers vid; or, as Eric Buchman wrote for Digital Trends, Where’s the line between fan-fic and copyright infringement? Ask the Power Rangers. Cady Terry posted on Boise Weekly [Franchise owner] Saban has decided to sue the fan-film’s creator for copyright infringement. The fan creation doesn't fall within the realm of the actual storyline of the Power Rangers, but according to an unnamed entertainment copyright attorney, speaking to deadline.com, "there is a gray area of 'fan fiction,' where tributes are made by fans and the studios don’t want to piss off their base by going after these people legally. The [creator] may have a fair use defense, or a de minimis use defense. It’s not a slam dunk by either side. Trademark law applies as well." And, in an overview for Tech Gen Mag, Andrew Montiveo wrote A legal battle may be brewing over a highly polished work of gratuitous fan fiction, and many suspect heads will roll.

Matthew Rowe wrote Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who...Everything You Love Is Fan-Fiction for Movie Pilot.

In “It’s Never Black or White: Is Fan Fiction Fair Use?” for Bloomberg BNA, Rebecca E. Hoffman concluded Clearly, fan fiction has come completely out of the shadows, but whether it will need to be reined in a shade, or fifty, remains to be seen.

Marie Claire Australia carried Inside The Multi-Million Dollar World Of Fan Fiction.

For Seven Days, Margot Harrison wrote Fan fiction, or stories penned by fans about their favorite literary, film or TV characters, has developed in parallel to online erotica, with many writers producing both. (An erotic component is common in such stories, though not universal.)

In a review of an anthology for The Globe and Mail, Steven W. Beattie wrote that On one level, then, [the story] Nothing O’Clock, first commissioned for an anthology marking the 50th anniversary of the series, falls into the genre of fan fiction, though [Neil] Gaiman’s strengths as a craftsperson are sufficient to elevate the story, and the author’s giddy enthusiasm for his task proves infectious.

What’s the week with out a Wattpad story? For The Verge, Rich McCormick wrote Fan fiction lets people get closer to their heroes. It lets them get close to celebrities, step into their worlds, imagine their lives intertwining with their idols'. And it also lets them have sex. Lots and lots of sex. The rise of fan fiction — specifically of the erotic variety — has prompted fan fiction megasite Wattpad to release a free iOS app, called After Dark, to collate its thousands of romance stories.

Finally, in “I’m the Air and Space Museum curator. Here’s what Leonard Nimoy meant to me.” for The Washington Post, Margaret A. Weitekamp wrote Nimoy’s Spock became a through-line in a franchise that has been evolving over almost 50 years. […] The “Star Trek” universe now includes five additional television series, 12 feature films and a universe of novels, fan fiction, and memorabilia.
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The Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg wrote that publishers who are signing deals with fan fiction authors (as James was) or authors who scored hits with books they self-published don’t necessarily want to mess with viral success.

In a review for Indiana Daily Student, Lexia Banks wrote If you’ve been stranded in a desert for the last three years and haven’t heard, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a sex-driven romance novel written by E.L. James. It began as a work of fan fiction based off of “Twilight,” so you can imagine the height of my expectations.

For The Crimson White (The University of Alabama), Erynn Williams wrote It is fan fiction, and it is entertainment. Let’s treat it as 
such, please.

More 50SoG )

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In a Waterloo Region Record review, Jean Mills wrote Told in two voices — Amelia's laid-bare "diary" and Declan's internal, masculine monologue (yes, much swearing) — "Promises and Other Broken Things" moves at a fast pace with lots of dialogue and a focus on plot. Although at times it reads a bit like fan fiction with its references to pop culture (Amelia has an "Amy Pond" moment in homage to a character in the TV show "Dr. Who," for instance) Eades tells a story of two people struggling to find a balance between right and wrong, and not always getting it right.

From Mary Sheehan in The Pendulum (Elon University): “Because One Direction is so large, it feels almost safe to ship them. I feel comfortable reading and writing fan fiction in which they’re together, because I know they’ll never see it,” said Lee Buono, an Elon University junior who identifies as non-binary.

From a Nathaniel Rich review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant for The Atlantic: Can it be that The Buried Giant is an exalted exercise in [Arthurian] fan fiction?

Orlando Jones told Fox411’s Ashley Dvorkin that Sleepy Hollow fans often have incredible ideas and there’s fan art and there are other stories being written about these characters with fan fiction so it’s an exciting universe.

On the website for KTLA, Nancy Cruz posted that Anna Todd is the author of the AFTER series. AFTER started as One Direction fan fiction on Wattpad and quickly became a bestseller. Huh?

Finally, in "Meet the company making math addictive" for Crosscut, Jason Preston quoted Zoran Popovic, the Director of the University of Washington Center for Game Science: “My daughter solved all the Harry Potter problems. [… I]t’s kind of like funny and weird fan fiction. She kind of laughed at some of them, but the point is that learning can be just as fun as anything else.”
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I don’t often include Fifty Shades of Grey-related refs; this week, though, they’re impossible to ignore. So, here goes.

For The Boston Globe, Beth Teitell wrote It’s hard to remember, but a few years ago, few people had heard of E.L. James, the former British TV executive who jumped off “Twilight” to write her own story, a kinky fan fiction tale about a billionaire CEO, Christian Grey, and Anastasia Steele, the virginal college student who falls for him.

NPR’s Neda Ulaby discussed the movie’s ficcy origins.

For The West Australian, Kate Emery and Phoebe Wearne wrote The novels started as fan-fiction featuring characters from another blockbuster book series - Stephanie Meyers' Twilight - re-imagined in a BDSM (a broad term that covers bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) relationship.

In a review for The Telegraph, Tim Robey wrote that the build-up for the film adaptation is Not bad for a book that started out as Twilight fan-fiction, and whose prose style might charitably be described as unspeakable.

For Mirror, Alistair McGeorge reported that Robert Pattinson thinks Fifty Shades of Grey will be 'very different' to Twilight despite fan-fiction roots.

Richard Lawson began a Vanity Fair review What a fun, sexy time young Anastasia Steele is having in Fifty Shades of Grey, director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s surprisingly winning adaptation of the runaway Twilight-fan-fiction-turned-bondage-fantasy novel. And, according to the magazine's Shana Ting Lipton, Literary agents and publishers are scouring fan fiction sites for the next Fifty Shades of Grey.

News Talk 980’s Deborah Shawcross interviewed a random Fan fiction writer [who] hopes 50 Shades brings attention to other authors (and who seemingly knows nothing about 50SoG, BID).

For The Washington Post, Christina Mulligan wrote Aside from saying that “Fifty Shades” is “too smutty” for her tastes, Meyer hasn’t taken any action against E.L. James. (The “Twilight” author has generally not objected to fan fiction based on her novels.) But Meyer never affirmatively granted James a license to write a novel derivative of “Twilight,” either. So “Fifty Shades” may be an infringing derivative work. Copyright protection lasts a long time, and Meyer’s heirs might have different opinions. And, the paper's Alyssa Rosenberg wrote For all the Christian of the novel comes across as a stalker – a characteristic that probably stems from his origins as a fan fiction riff on “Twilight” vampire Edward Cullen — when it comes to the contract, he repeatedly makes clear that he wants Ana to know what she’s getting into.

For the Associated Press, Lindsey Bahr wrote Whether or not you’re one of the 100 million who bought, and presumably read, E L James’ kinky book, the buzz alone surrounding this “Twilight” fan fiction turned international phenomenon is enough to pique the interest of a rock. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is inherently spectacle.

From Emma Green in The Atlantic: The Fifty Shades trilogy is a fantasy born of the Internet age. In 2009, a London television executive named Erika Leonard began writing fan fiction on a website devoted to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Well, no. From Amanda Michelle Steiner in People: Fifty Shades of Grey and 9 More Examples of When Fan Fiction Became Blockbusters. And, from Alynda Wheat: What the film gets spot-on is the essence of E.L. James's wildly successful stab at Twilight fan fiction: the frisson of excitement when naïve college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) embarks on an affair with wealthy CEO Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). From Olivia Foster in The Daily Mail: The Duchess of Cambridge becomes a seductress, Rihanna has a lesbian fling and Taylor Swift romances her dancers: The racy fan fiction that makes Fifty Shades look like Tolstoy. From Gina Barreca in The Hartford Courant: “Fifty Shades” is truly a form of residue: It’s what’s left over when you extract the intelligence, wit, energy and originality from a book. The forthcoming movie is based on a book, which itself was based on a blog, which was actually written as fan fiction for a novel called “Twilight” in which feminine subjugation, abjection and erasure of the feminine self are central. And, from Adam Elwell in The Advocate: If you’re the person who read “Twilight” and loved it, and then heard about some hybrid erotica/fan fiction and were thrilled about this movie, then, congratulations: This is everything you’ve ever hoped for.

In a review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote “Fifty Shades” may have begun as “Twilight” fan fiction, but [Director Sam] Taylor-Johnson wittily notes its kinship with “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Omaha World-Herald’s Micah Mertes noted that Its journey from self-published fan fiction to best-seller couldn’t have happened 10 years ago.

The New York Post’s Kyle Smith opined that E.L. James’ novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” began as fan fiction derived from the “Twilight” saga, but based on the movie out today, it appears James had another story in the back of her mind: “Fifty Shades of Grey” is pretty much an R-rated version of “Superman: The Movie.”

Indiana Daily Student’s Madison Hogan wrote that Honestly, if you want to read smut about characters that are carbon copies from another piece of work, you can just log on to Fan Fiction. (Having BTDT, I’m blaming her editor for the end of this sentence.)

In ‘British DIY Store Chain Sends Memo To Prepare Workers For Onslaught Of Demanding ‘Fifty Shades’ Fans’ for The Consumerist, Mary Beth Quirk wrote Though staff were urged to keep the content of the briefing to themselves, apparently someone just couldn’t contain their excitement, as it’s now been shared with the world. If, that is, it’s real and not some hoax designed to make us all giggle about sexy stuff originally written as Twilight fan fiction.

Finally, for TechDirt, Jonathan Band wrote Fifty Shades Of Fair Use.

In other news… WattPad, Korra, Sour Patch Kids, Dunedin Fringe Festival, Saudi Arabia, Harper Lee )

Finally, Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke wrote that Rarely are we as good as we think at juggling work, home, friends, volunteer work, our Star Wars fan fiction blog, the oil painting class we signed up for and our daily 5 a.m. CrossFit class.
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Gregory E. Miller wrote Fan fiction writers speak out against ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for New York Post, in which he interviewed three ff.net members and generalized hella.

For Ottawa Citizin, Madeline Ashby wrote about Canada's Patriot Act fan-fiction.

For MetroNews, Rosemary Westwood wrote Toronto-based fan-fiction app Wattpad taking on the world, and Amazon.

From CBS Local’s Nina Pajak: Sounds like something out of Star Wars fan fiction, but it’s real. NASA’s proposed new budget includes $1.24 billion earmarked for developing a commercial space taxi program with two private companies.

Big Bang Theory, Glee, Call the Midwife, Seventh Son, Jupiter Ascending, New Girl, Ali McNamara )

In an Art News review of “a series of images [by Victor Vaughn and Edward Shenk for Dazed] that featured appropriated and reconfigured imagery from the iconic American cartoon series King of the Hill” , John Chiaverina wrote The series functions in a way not unlike the often-degenerated world of internet fan fiction, but with a deft touch that adds additional layers of abstraction and subversion to already loaded visuals. In each image there is such a high level of narrative intrigue that you might be inspired to write some fan fiction of your own.

According to Newstalk’s James Dempsey, No[t] content with banning puns, arresting fan-fiction writers and censoring imported television programmes, China is now demanding that its 600m web-surfing citizens use their real names online.

For Radio Times, Sarah Doran wrote, of TV couples who finally couple, Take away the thrill of the chase though and even the most rollicking romance loses the magic that inspires devotees to pen fan fiction.

In “An Eye to the Edges: On Other Stories” for The Millions, Steve Himmer wrote There are novels like Wide Sargasso Sea and Wicked and Mary Reilly that retell stories we know from new angles, and there are whole worlds of fanfiction letting new voices speak, as Anne Jamison’s recent book Fic demonstrates so well.

Finally, Carlyn Greenwald wrote In Defense of Fanfiction: Part 1 for Neon Tommy.
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In a New York Times book review, Roxane Gay wrote Joyce Carol Oates’s new novel, “The Sacrifice,” is a fictional retelling of the Brawley story, set in the invented Red Rock neighborhood of Pascayne, N.J., and based so heavily on the facts of the actual case that you could think of it as true-crime fan fiction.

Rebecca Kruth began a Michigan Radio piece Remember that time you were kind enough to upload some of your fan fiction to your blog for others to enjoy? Merging Game of Thrones with Twilight was obviously a genius move, so you decided to break the cardinal rule of the Internet. You read the comments. It’s not that they were mean. No, that’s not true. Most of them were pretty mean. Still, others were critical but in a slicker, more sarcastic way. They were snarky. Huh?

For Popular Mechanics, John Wenz opined that the mechanical teaching tool Forced Finger is in the prototype stages now, so it might be a few years before the hand will be teaching you how to draw Colossus tussling with Juggernaut to illustrate your X-Men fan fiction.

In a Courier-Journal piece about a local author, Kirsten Clark wrote that [Linda] Bullock had previously penned fan fiction short stories and novels based on the 1990s television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Bullock said her husband encouraged her to write something she could sell.

Blink-182, Justin Flom, Slender Man, Gronk, Top Chef, Chattacon )

Sarah Gronostalski wrote Teach me how to hobby: Fan fiction for The Daily of the University of Washington, and for The Highlander (UC Riverside), Jessica Baker wrote R’Perspective: On Writing Fan Fiction.

Finally, David Duchovny’s response to Taffy Brodesser-Akner asking about X-Files fanfic for New York Times Magazine: My favorite was the fan fiction that had Alex Krycek, my nemesis, and me as lovers. It was beautiful.
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Bev Lacey shared that Ms [Sophie] Blackhall-Cain has illustrated her life-long love affair with literature in her first solo exhibition Fanfiction, a reworking of her 20 favourite novels with readers of The Chronicle.

For Latin Post, Nicole Akoukou Thompson wrote that a recent event, LaunchKid, had its share of interesting conferences, including a session called, "The Rise of Fandom," where conversations were shared about the monetization of fiction; the non-profit nature of fan fiction; and the niche and fragmented fan fiction communities, which tend to devoutly drawn to only a particular subject.

Houma Today’s Kate Mabry profiled former local Jack Caldwell, a writer of Jane Austen-inspired novels who discovered online discussion boards and began reading fan fiction nearly 15 years ago.

From Eric Reed on Main Street: To be certain, a degree of common courtesy is necessary between co-workers. It greases the wheels from 9 to 5 and keeps us all from stabbing Nate in Accounting over his latest Dr. Who fanfiction.

Agent Carter, Black Sails, Parks&Rec, Rob Gronkowski, Jump Street meets MIB )

In Publishers Weekly, Jennifer McCartney discussed fanfic trends predicted by WattPad’s Ashleigh Gardner.

In a Guardian piece on writing science fiction and fantasy, Liesel Schwarz observed that fans often want more background information about the world the author has created for things such as [their] cosplay or fan fiction.

For Gapers Block, Danette Chavez wrote Call it a mixture of high and low culture: online literary magazine Chicago Literati is looking for your stories about your "stories." Television is the theme for the January issue, so dust off your fan fiction or petition to get Mr. Belvedere in syndication and submit.

Drew Grant wrote that New York Observer’s tvDownload will henceforth be focusing less on the “recapping” structure and more on doing deep-delve analysis on particular issues or topics, as well as our traditional program guides, fan fiction, interviews, and etc.

Finally, according to Stepanie Aeria in The Star (Malaysia), If you love fan fiction, [stuff@school] now accept[s] stories of about 600 words for our Fanfic column. Published stories get RM50!
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In “In Praise of Tina Belcher, Subversive Feminist” for Pacific Standard, Ellen Addison wrote She spends her time “logging fantasy hours” with (i.e., daydreaming about) her crushes, helping out around the family’s titular diner, and writing friend fiction. That’s like fan fiction, except it’s about her friends.

Lisa Gordon wrote All About Shipwreck, The Booksmith’s Erotic Fan Fiction Event for Hoodline.

In a piece about movie trends of the early 2010s for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw wrote that [Young Adult] authors reach out to the fans through Twitter; the fans amass considerable followings of their own; they go on fan-fiction sites, self-publish and some become players themselves.

In praise of eBooks for The Guardian, Philip Jones wrote Outside of traditional publishing, digital reading has allowed authors to publish directly to marketplaces run by Amazon, Nook and Kobo. We have also seen the rise of fan-fiction sites (one of which helped create Fifty Shades) and writer development sites such as Wattpad and Movellas.

For The Republican, Cori Urban wrote about a local Marshall Scholarship winner who is interested in the implications “genderswap” fan fiction – pieces written by fans of books or television that reverse the genders of the primary characters.

Beloved Sisters, The Hobbit, Stanford, Into The Woods )

Consumerist’s Chris Morran wrote that he encountered some [Samsung] cleaning robots that look a lot like something from Star Wars fan-fiction at last week’s CES.

Finally, this was all over local radio last week, though without the term ‘fan fiction’ or its variations attached anywhere mainstream: As explained by Boston.com’s Braden Campbell, Rob Gronkowski Erotica Is Here and It’s... Something. As writing goes, it’s actually not terrible. As a fan of football, the Pats, and Gronk himself, I’m probably giving it a pass; and I’ll spare you quotes (there are plenty out there; see, for example, Jessica Luther’s piece for VICE, A Very Serious Review of Rob Gronkowski Erotica). Instead, I give you Gronk with kittens.
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For reasons unknown, TIME’s Jack Linshi dredged up Annie Proulx’s 2009 whining to Paris Review’s Christopher Cox that one of the reasons we keep the gates locked here is that a lot of men have decided that the story should have had a happy ending. They can’t bear the way it ends—they just can’t stand it. So they rewrite the story, including all kinds of boyfriends and new lovers and so forth after Jack is killed. And it just drives me wild. Or maybe the first ref was by Daisy Wyatt in The Independent, or Kat Brown in Telegraph, or Ryan Gilbey in The Guardian.

Melinda Bargreen compiled Jane Austen fan fiction — two new and worthy wannabes for Seattle Times.

In a review for OnMilwaukee.com, Matt Mueller wrote that The story of "Into the Woods" dangerously resembles fairy tale fan fiction, a kind of Super Smash Bros.-esque violent slurry of classic characters with the treacherous woods serving as their battle stage (to make an even nerdier reference, consider the characters particles and the woods their Large Hadron Collider).

In a review for The Asian Age, Anuj Malhotra wrote that The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death seeks to achieve an aim commonly held by most sequels in modern-day moviemaking: to entrench mythology — of a setting, a character, a history or a narrative — into popular consciousness. This is an ambition it shares with other artifacts of fan-fiction as well: pieces of film or literature where a reader or a viewer builds upon existing material by overwriting its conclusion and causing it to transcend into a different era, geography or culture.

Finally, for Vancouver Sun, Erika Thorkelson wrote that the web series Carmilla is a modern feminist take on Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1871 vampire gothic novel [which] has inspired fan art and even fan fiction.
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In “'Shipping' and the Enduring Appeal of Rooting for Love” for The Atlantic, Eric Schulmiller wrote Shipping may have achieved prominence in the burgeoning world of Internet fan fiction, but the phenomenon, if not the expression, goes back at least a hundred years, when Sybil Brinton, a wealthy Englishwoman in her forties, wrote the first known work of Jane Austen fan fiction, "Old Friends and New Fancies," in 1913. In this self-proclaimed "sequel," Brinton mimicked Jane Austen's voice as she imagined non-canonical pairings of well-loved characters from all six of Austen’s novels.

According to Hilary Lewis in Hollywood Reporter, Wattpad's 35 million users, read, write and engage with stories uploaded online, including a fair amount of fan fiction.

From a Guardian list of the “The best iPad apps of 2014”: [Star Wars Scene Maker is] a real treat for Star Wars fans: an iPad app for dreaming up your own scenes within the movie universe, using 3D models of characters and settings, then cutting in dialogue from the Star Wars films or your own recordings. And then sharing the results. Think of the fan-fiction possibilities...

For The Telegraph, Bryony Gordon wrote There are umpteen threads dedicated to [BBC kid show character Mr. Tumble] on Mumsnet, some of which are not suitable for a family newspaper let alone CBeebies (he has even inspired fan fiction with the title Fifty Shades of Tumble).

Finally, for a piece about how gay teens find support online, a girl told Radio 4 that I actually met my 'best internet friend' over a fan-fiction website. We wrote about Glee! I met my other 'best internet friend' through Tumblr.
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It’s (another) Hobbit week! For The Atlantic, Christopher Orr wrote Two years ago, when the first film in the trilogy was released, I described it as a borderline remake of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films; last year, I called the second movie “bad fan-fiction.” Now that the third and final installment is upon us, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, I can finally say something more upbeat: It’s over. And, for OK News, Nathan Poppe wrote Director Peter Jackson and Co. attempted to fill the silver screen with as much extra drama, humor and extra flourishes that this rendition feels like the most expensive piece of fan fiction ever produced.

For Publishers Weekly, Jennifer McCartney wrote about the journey Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh is undergoing from Twilight fanfic to traditionally-published novel.

Suffolk News-Herald’s Matthew Ward wrote that a recently-self-published local teen started out writing fan fiction about, for instance, TV shows and books, when she was 12.

Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter )

In a piece for The Million about what she read in 2014, Elizabeth Minkel wrote I’d written things over the years that hinted at being in various fandoms, at reading fanfiction, at my dedication to participatory media consumption, at having spent a possibly unhealthy amount of time thinking about the minutiae of Harry Potter. In [a piece on Sherlock fandom], finally, I went for broke: I called it “Fangirl,” and I laid it all out there. “I obsess,” I wrote. “I’ve always obsessed.”

Finally, from a Enumclaw Courier-Herald rundown of teen programs: Fandom Zone, Monday, January 5, 3:30pm. Love Sherlock, Dr. Who, Marvel, Disney, something else? Create fan art, write fan fiction, make fandom crafts and props, or just hang out and discuss your favorite or newest obsession. Snacks provided.
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Justin Kirkham wrote a pretty good intro to fanfic, as these things go, for the Boise State Arbiter.

For The Guardian’s Books Blog, Victoria James wrote Amazon goes head to head with Wattpad in battle for fanfic writers.

In “Fan fiction a good way to hone writing skills” for The Straits Times, Jong Ching Yee shared I have been writing fan fiction since the beginning of the year. Initially, I messed up my paragraphing and dialogue, but my readers were more than willing to help me improve by giving me tips on organising and ideas on how a character might react.

A fanfic-writing, WattPad-posting eighth grader told special-to-The Kansas City Star’s Jacob C. Robinson that the comments she’s received about her writing were constructive. “Things like ‘this part feels rushed’ and ‘maybe you’ve started too many sentences the same way,’ ” she says. “Then they throw in a compliment. They know what it’s like.”

Harry Styles, Amazon, Body Movers, The Hobbit )

A Music Times piece began Acts like One Direction and Taylor Swift have created armies of super-creepy, devoted fans. We're not talking about the typical Directioner...we're talking about the stalkers and X-rated fan fiction writers.

In Forbes, Greg Satell argued that fanfic-writing is one of a number of activities [for which the focus] is not so much competition, but mastery.

In “If you value privacy, take a stand against data laws” for Herald Sun, Alice Clarke wrote Just think about all the things you emailed people in confidence, the porn you’ve watched, the embarrassingly bad fan fiction you wrote, all being accessible.

Finally, the first mainstream refs are starting about Rainbow Rowell’s next novel. As summarized by Entertainment Weekly’s Esther Zuckerman, her next book will be titled Carry On, and it will be about Simon Snow. For the uninitiated, Simon Snow is a character of sorts in Rowell’s novel Fangirl. He’s the protagonist of a Harry Potter-like series about whom Rowell’s heroine, a Nebraska college student named Cath, writes fan fiction.
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For The New Yorker, Ian Crouch wrote The [Star Wars] franchise has many kinds of fans. Among them are the completists: those who have not only seen the movies but read the novels, watched the animated spinoffs, played the video games, collected the action figures, and even tried their hands at writing some fan fiction.

In 'Readers write new endings, come up with alternate plots in fan fiction' for Shreveport Times, Judy Christie wrote there is some debate over whether [Fifty Shades of Grey’s incarnation as Master of the Universe] was originally fan fiction after all. I’ve no clue what she’s talking about.

For Bustle, Hannah Nelson-Teutsch shared that fanfiction is so much more than just lewd, crude, and poorly written fantasies played out for the teeming horde of pop culture fans running the Internet these days.

David Almond, Twilight, Kristen Stewart, Jane Austen, K. Michelle, NaNoWriMo, James Robertson, Frozen, biographers today, Hillary Clinton )

For The Guardian, science fiction and fantasy author Ann Leckie wrote One day I discovered that a couple of people had written “fanfic” – stories of their own based on my characters. Just the thought of people thinking that hard and deeply about something I’ve written is incredible. I haven’t read them – it’s probably psychologically healthy for me to stay out of it – but just the idea is so pleasing. I can’t tell you how flattering it is.

From Kristy McCormack on Express: THERE'S been plenty of fan fiction which brings him and his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch together, and Sherlock star Martin Freeman has finally spoken up about it.

In an Editor’s Note in The Duke Chronicle, Katie Fernelius wrote Artistic movements from marginalized identities are often public or freely available, such as graffiti, mix-tapes, zines or fan-fiction.

Finally, on USA Today’s Happily Ever After, Robin Covington wanted to give the amazing Tracy Clark (The Light Key Trilogy) a shout-out for her fabulous fan fiction contest. She's going to pick the best fan fiction based on her books and publish it in the final Light Trilogy installment. Find out more at www.tracyclark.org.
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Several sites, including Huffington Post, reported some version of Robert Downey Jr. Discovers Gay Fan Fiction Photo After Googling Himself (Noah Michelson). Thankfully, the picture’s pretty good.

In a Winnipeg Free Press piece about the push-back against People’s choice of Chris Hemsworth as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” Alison Gillmor wrote Cumberbatch's oddest fish -- and the foundation of his superstardom -- is the cold, calculating brainiac Sherlock Holmes, whom Cumberbatch himself considers to be a high-functioning sociopath. This doesn't deter his followers, whose nerd passions clog the Internet with feverish fan-fiction and unrequited love.

Anna Todd, Super Smash Bros., Starcatcher, Supernatural, Shreya Prabhu Jindal )

For The Houghton Star, Ana Bergen wrote While the legitimacy of Hogwarts School of Prayers and Miracles is debatable (gag reflexes worldwide hope it’s satire) it remains that the fan fiction speaks to enduring controversy surrounding the J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series. […] This is unfortunate, as once one actually reads the series it becomes difficult to hold fast to belief in its anti-Jesus agenda.

In a review for Broadway World, Frank Benge wrote, of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Instead of the fun expected of a traditional Sherlock Holmes story, we get an evening that consists mostly of characters standing around and chatting. In fact, the evening plays like a piece of fan fiction.

From Krishna Bahirwani in DNA India, on a recent video game sale: "Some of the most hardcore members of the gaming community are between the age of 17 and 25 and usually cannot buy games themselves without borrowing money from their parents. This sale puts games as low as 4 USD or Rs250, allowing them to buy multiple games. The developers benefit a large amount from these kinds of players getting access to games because they talk about games, build encyclopedias and fan fiction around them which in effect forms one of the most effective methods of marketing today," said Akhilesh Maitra, Game Developer at a Ragnarok Emulation Software, rAthena.

From a transcript of a “Jerry Micco's sports chat” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Guest: Jerry, how does one get to be a sportwriter? I'd love to try my hand at it, but I haven't a clue how to apply. I've mostly written Sci-Fi and fan fiction, but I know a ton about sports.

In a report on a recent con for Juneau County Star, Kevin Lillard wrote Anime convention fans have a chance to learn from the fortunate few who live lives of art and performance. Daisho con featured Kevin Bolk, who began as a fan artist. He now has his own art studio, “Interrobang,” which publishes parodies of Star Treks stories that expand on a fan joke of the “Mary Sue” all-powerful fan fiction character.

Finally, from Esther Zuckerman for Entertainment Weekly: What would happen if a member of Tony Stark’s family showed up for dinner at Downton Abbey? Well, according to a bit of fan fiction from [Star Wars film] writer Gary Whitta, Howard Stark would insult Lord Grantham, offend the dowager countess, and flirt with Lady Mary. (Poor Lady Edith, who, by this account, coins the term “super soldier.” Even in fan fiction, it doesn’t get much better for Edith.)
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The editorial board of The Washington Post opined Everyone from giant Internet service providers to lone “Twilight” fan-fiction writers loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal Communications Commission and its frequently maligned chairman, Thomas Wheeler.

According to Marshall Heyman in The Wall Street Journal, at a recent benefit [Tina Fey] read what she called some “Tom Brokaw erotic fan fiction” which made good use of the term “hard news”.

In ‘Nerd is the new normal’ for The Guardian, Arthur Chu wrote These days, a new subculture can coalesce around some obscure YouTube meme and spawn a whole jargon, style of dress and/or wiki full of fanfiction in roughly 27 minutes.

Emily Stevenson and Eleanor Campbell of University of Warwick’s The Boar debated the merits of fanfic.

Far Cry 4, Moriarty, Austen, Anthony Fantano, Star Wars, One Direction, The Iron Trial, Interpol )

Yuan Ren wrote about how Slash fiction arrives and thrives in China, despite the constant threat of government crackdowns for The Advocate.

From a stuff.co.nz piece by Michelle Duff on NZ writers: Currently, more than 250 New Zealand authors write on fanfiction.net, with more every day.

The Californian’s Rosemarie Alejandrino wrote You wanna talk dedicated fan? 2006 Rosemarie would fight your 1-D-loving, #AlexfromTarget adoring fangirl any day. Did you ever have 84 posters of your favorite band up at one time? Did you download the .mp4 file for every grainy YouTube clip onto your iPod Video? Did you spend hours penning the perfect JoBro fanfiction for your creatively crafted MySpace fansite?

Finally, Katherine Aoki got meta for The Wellesley News, asking What happens to a fandom and its perception when fanfiction becomes widely known?
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This week’s Supernatural, titled ‘Fan Fiction,’ received much attention. Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill observed the hour was all about the fans, and more specifically, the fan fiction that has come after 10 years of saving people and hunting things. Aja Romano (Daily Dot) wrote "Fan Fiction" subverts all the familiar (and disappointing) beats of every other meta-episode SPN has done. And, for Michigan Daily, Kim Batchelor wrote This episode treats the “crazy, fanfiction writing, slash couple shipping” fans with respect as creative members of a community that love the universe “Supernatural” has created, who care about these fictional brothers as much as the two characters care for each other.

In ‘Counting Our Blessings’ for Curve, Halley Little and Chivaun Perez wrote If you are a secret Rizzoli and Isles shipper or diehard Willow and Tara fan, then you may already know the joy of fan fiction.

If you want to be revolted, and have no triggers whatsoever, read this.

Gamergate, 1989, Minecraft, Jane Austen, Parks & Rec, 50SoG, a heap of defensive meta, Wicked, Too Many Cooks )

In a piece on Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters author Mallory Ortberg for The Globe and Mail, Alexandra Molotkow wrote Ortberg, who says she wrote fan fiction prolifically as a preteen – about the Canadian TV show Big Wolf on Campus, and maybe the band Hanson – points out that the texts are fiction of a sorts.

According to the BBC, author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has called on teenagers to "remix" some of Britain's best-loved books. […] The competition, called Project Remix, is aimed at helping readers aged 13 to 19 harness their creativity. "Too often this creative spark is left to flicker precariously and sometimes fade entirely," said Blackman. "Project Remix is all about fuelling that inventive spark, encouraging young people to view literature in fresh and exciting ways, putting creative control directly back into their hands." The competition was inspired by the growth of online fan fiction and fan art - where readers create new works based on their favourite characters. I’d certainly like to see scholars encouraged to try “fan fiction” adjustments to Wuthering Heights or David Copperfield. The only problem would be to stop them bringing some of the famous characters together in unlikely sexual convergences, noted The Independent’s John Walsh. (Heh, I’ve never been much of a wholesale slasher, but I had ficcy thoughts about Heathcliff being redeemed by the good sense of Mr. Darcy once upon a time.)

Ashley Torres reported that Galactic superheroes, evil-fighting wizards and imposing stormtroopers leaped from the pages of story books during the Family Fan Fiction Night at the Harriotte B. Smith Library aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Friday, November 7 for The Globe.

Finally, [personal profile] desertport pointed me to an academic paper that may be of interest. In ‘Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education’ (Journal of Media Literacy Education 4:3 (2012) 198-212), Drew Emanuel Berkowitz wrote Since The New York Times does not negatively frame fanfiction literacy practices, why do so many fan- fiction scholars and practitioners report that negative discourses about fanfiction hinder classroom literacy initiatives? One possible explanation is that fanfiction scholars have relied too heavily on isolated examples of negative discourses, and have not considered the overall ratio of these negative discourses to positive discourses. Discuss.
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For NPR’s monkey see’s The Small Batch, Stephen Thompson interviewed fellow NPRer Petra Mayer, who had a piece on fanfic on last Monday’s Morning Edition. In the interview, Mayer makes a few gaffs, but I think these are primarily a reflection of the challenges of the format.

WMUK’s Rebecca Thiele reported that Bad Harry Potter Fan Fiction And True Love Collide In 'Badfic Love', a new play premiering this weekend at Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.

Drew Grant wrote ‘The Affair’ Fan Fiction: A Transcript of Noah Solloway’s Police Statement for New York Observer.

The Times advocated for more Paddington Bear fanfic.

Interstellar, Alex from Target, Sherlock, NaNoWriMo, Mel Barber, Reign, HGTV, mpreg, Supernatural, Anna Todd )

For The Observer (Notre Dame and St. Mary’s), Erin McAuliffe advised reading something physical in-between BuzzFeed, tweets, fan fiction or whatever online words you peruse.

In ‘When literary characters take on lives of their own’ For BBC Culture, Hephzibah Anderson wrote the best of these prequels, sequels and parallel tales are more than glorified fan fiction. Written by authors established in their own right, they can deepen our understanding of the original texts as well as enable readers to spend more time with beloved characters. After all, there are things a 21st–century author can say that their counterparts in other eras might have balked at. {{Sigh}}

Finally, in a discussion about copyright law for Salon with Laura Miller, Cory Doctorow said we know that there are a bunch of things that are unequivocally part of the entertainment industry: making a movie for theatrical distribution, displaying that movie at a theater, making a CD, recording an album, writing a book and publishing it, charging money for a concert. […] And then there’s a whole lot of stuff that we know for sure is not in the entertainment industry: writing fan fiction, reading a book, watching a play, talking about a play, loaning a book to a friend. These are not in any way industrial. […] And if you insist that people have to abide by industrial copyright regulations in order to participate in the cultural world, then we know a couple of things will happen. One is that the industrial rules will probably not be followed. […] We also know that everybody is going to be a crook. Everybody is going to be liable to some kind of selective enforcement.

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