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In 'Online Fiction Becomes Chinese Cultural Force' for The Wall Street Journal, Li Yuan wrote User-generated fiction is gaining traction in the West, too. Toronto-based story-telling site Wattpad claims 45 million active users and some two million stories uploaded per month. Fan fiction, romance and mysteries are among the most popular categories.

The Jakarta Post’s Adil Akbar wrote Star Trek fans, or “Trekkies” as they are known, are believed to be the first fans to devote themselves to their beloved series — producing fanzines, fan-fiction, holding conventions and much more — breaking ground for other fandoms to follow suit.

In a review of Ghostbusters for The Clarion-Ledger, Dustin Barnes wrote It's like going to see "Harry Potter" with someone who read all the books and writes Potter fan fiction on the side — you can't enjoy the movie because all you hear is "that's not how it was here..."

From Cristina Arreola on Bustle: ClintonKaine.com Is All Harry Potter Fanfiction, And This Is Why You Should Always Buy Domain Names. And, for Above the Law, Joe Patrice wrote ClintonKaine.com: Your One-Stop Shop For Election-Themed Harry Potter Fan Fiction.

The Dark Tower, Borderlands, Jennifer Aniston, Jane Austen, The Neon Demon, Lights Out, Sachin Dev )

The Bakersfield Californian’s Stefani Dias wrote that Those inspired by [Vanta M. Black’s] tale can enter an “Oubliette” fan fiction contest in which first prize is a trip to France.

In ‘A paranormal LGBTQ werewolf romance: How some Canadian fan authors find success’ for Toronto Metro, Genna Buck wrote Annie Harper co-created Interlude Press, which has its roots in fanfiction culture but has become a bricks-and-mortar publisher that specializes in LGBTQ fiction..

Finally, in ‘The political erotica of 2016’ for The New Yorker, Talia Lavin, noted Melania does not feature prominently in the less elevated works that dominate political fan fiction on the Internet. Online, you are much more likely to read about a romantic connection between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz—a pairing popular enough in political-erotica circles to have a Kimye-style nickname: Crubio.
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In 'Remix, rewind, reinvent: predicting the future of media' for Wired, Kevin Kelly wrote [E]very creation that has any value will eventually and inevitably be transformed - in some version - into something different. Sure, the version of Harry Potter that JK Rowling published in 1997 will always be available, but it is inevitable that another thousand fan fiction versions of her book will be penned by avid amateurs.

For New Republic, Alex Shephard observed Newt Gingrich has been touring colleges, speaking to Fox News about touring colleges, and writing Civil War fan fiction for a decade and a half.

For Forbes, Seth Porges wrote Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter can feel like stepping into a mixture of fan convention and fan fiction.

According to Jacob Pramuk on CNBC, Owner of Hillary Clinton sites fills them with Harry Potter fan fiction. And, for CNN, Dan Merica wrote Cybersquatter transfigures Clinton's possible VP candidates as Harry Potter characters.

My Little Pony, Pokemon Go!, Woody Allen, Jane Austen, Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Star Wars, Sherlock )

From The Toronto Star’s Sarah Murdoch: Picture perfect: Fan fiction for the art brigade, short reviews of several novels set in the art world.

For Washington Free Beacon, Joseph Bottum described LitRPG as something akin to fan fiction at an online appreciation site—the kind of site, it’s worth noting, where Fifty Shades of Grey got its start, before becoming the first book of pornography to make the bestseller list.

In ‘Saddam Hussein Wrote A Book That Was Described As ‘GOT’ Meets ‘House Of Cards’’ for Elite Daily, Alec MacDonald wrote Basically, he wrote a fan fiction set 1,500 years in the past, about what was to happen in his future.

According to Jessica Pressler in New York Magazine, [Ivanka Trump] is not, as a piece of fanfiction in the Times recently postulated, secretly donating to Hillary.

Finally, from Allison Sadlier on Entertainment Weekly: Anna Todd is turning her attention from fan fiction to the March sisters. The best-selling author of the After series has reimagined Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women for the modern era. Ummm, that’s still fan fiction. Really, really.
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From Lorraine Berry on Raw Story: Obama and Trudeau’s NAFTA bromance: Inside the strange world of political fanfiction. And for Town Hall, Christine Rousselle gave us This picture, which sparked a whoooole lot of fanfiction.

In a new column for ELLE.com, R. Eric Thomas reads the news. Here, his inspired fan-fic conversation between President Obama, birthday girl Malia Obama, with some interruptions from Valerie Jarrett, Vice President Joe Biden, and Moby, naturally.

From Kassandra (legendary EU insider) in New Europe: The power struggle and Selmayr fan fiction.

Donald Trump, Ghostbusters, Romancing the Stone, more Trudeau, Harry Potter, Hollywood Vampires, Dark Shadows, the Brontës, Bucky Barnes, Kevin Durant )

For The University Star (Texas State University), Maria Tahir wrote Besides numerous offenses of mischaracterization, the entire plot of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reads like a fan-fiction written by a 12-year-old.

Barrow County News’s Adam Wynn wrote I find it rather prescient that the antagonist of Stephen King’s “Misery” was a psychotic shut-in who abused and mutilated the author protagonist because she didn’t like his treatment of a character that he created. Though I’m not the first to make this connection, that crazed woman reminds me a great deal of today’s fan-fiction community that feels like their perception of someone else’s character is clearly the best, or that their idea for someone else’s story is obviously streets ahead of what the initial creator had written.

From Korea Bizwire: The term Omega, derived from a fan fiction called Omegaverse, is an online slang expression used to degrade men, often by members of Megalian, a misandrist women’s web community in Korea.

Finally, for Observer, Vinnie Mancuso wrote There’s something absolutely beautiful about having a world at your fingertips that you not only feel a part of, but have some control over. It’s the reason fanfic exists, the reason some Reddit theories make more sense than the canon.
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From NPR’s Jonquilyn Hill: Election Escapism: Fan Fiction For The 2016 Candidates.

Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein advised You must evaluate partners as they are now, even at 18. It’s not about what they might be later — in many, many, many years. That’s just relationship fanfiction.

In an NPR piece about the closing of The Toast, Annalisa Quinn wrote It is a place for the private passion project, the riffs on favorite books, finely wrought Benedict Cumberbatch fan fiction, or a perfectly executed hit job on male entitlement.

In ‘Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat’ for The Register, Shaun Nichols wrote Cackle if you must, but in a world where people are paid money to stream themselves playing games online, or are producing and consuming erotic fanfic about turmoil in Europe, what's a bit of noodle-slurping between friends?

For Entertainment Weekly, Christian Holub shared that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pens fan fiction about the Trumps.

From Gabriella Paiella in New York Magazine: Finally, Some Official Justin Trudeau Fanfiction. And, from The Canadian Press’s Lauren La Rose: 'Basically Trudeau fan fiction': Prime Minister joins the Marvel Comics universe in August.

Cory Doctorow, Philip Kerr, Figment, Truth Slash Fiction, Chris Colfer, Bill Shorten, Adrian Grenier, Rainbow Direction, Game of Thrones )

In a review for The Omaha Reader, Ryan Syrek wrote Within the first 10 minutes of Swiss Army Man, Paul Dano rides Daniel Radcliffe like a jet ski, propelled by the power of Radcliffe’s farts. There’s zero chance that this scenario hasn’t already been thoroughly explored in "Harry Potter" fan fiction, but it’s a first for the big screen.

Vinnie Bartilucci discussed fanfic in Is fandom "entitled"? A history of fan-made material for Comic Mix.

In a piece for The Oregonian, a high schooler wrote that a fellow student would write Harry Potter fan fiction in early elementary school.

For Straits Times, Cheryl Teh wrote Ms Ng Hongwen, a 23-year-old undergraduate, enjoys both literary works and online fan fiction, and said reading offers an escape from daily life.

Author Alan Brough told The Canberra Times’s Karen Hardy I loved Star Wars when I first saw it and I adored all the novelisations which came from it. There was one called Splinter of the Mind's Eye which I remember really well … it would almost be called fan fiction now.

Mike Hill shared The Forgotten Early History of Fanfiction with readers of Vice Motherboard.

Finally, according to the Kokomo Tribune, Teens in sixth through 12th grades will discuss favorite fan fiction from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Main Branch, 220 N. Union St.
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The new guidelines for Star Trek fan films released by CBS and Paramount led to a bunch of mainstream media references this week. From 'Follow these rules for a Star Trek fan film - or get sued a lot' for Irish Examiner: rights holders Paramount and CBS don't want to come off as complete kill joys, saying they are 'big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity' who want to see projects around their properties from amateur filmmakers. To help stop any future lawsuits, they've put together a list of guidelines for anyone thinking of making a Star Trek fan film. It's a pretty long list and it's sure to cause some anger among fans, particularly given the fact that they'll have to use official merchandise and can't actually mention the words 'Star Trek' in the title. From Teresa Jusino on The Mary Sue, in 'CBS/Paramount Issue Guidelines for Star Trek Fan Films Because Axanar Ruined It for Everyone': this also doesn’t stop people from creating different Star Trek fan fictions. It just means that one story can’t be longer than half an hour. So stories have to be more self-contained? So what? Anthology series are all the rage these days anyway! And, "Axanar" Executive Producer Alec Peters told FOX411 he is disappointed in the studios. "While CBS and Paramount claim to want to encourage the passion of fans to produce reasonable fan fiction, the restrictions presented do just the opposite, willfully ignoring over 40 years of fan works that helped buoy the 'Star Trek' franchise through some very lean years and enthusiastically spread the magic of the franchise in more plentiful times," he told us in a statement via email. (Blanche Johnson, Fox News).

In a piece about podcast storytellers Paul Bae and Terry Miles for Vancouver Sun, Rob Shaw wrote Fans, meanwhile, are filling the show’s inbox with creative theories on major plot points as well as original artwork and even erotic fan fiction. “It’s pretty nuts,” laughs Miles. "The fan fiction is pretty extreme. Oh my god, there are adult stories about these characters that are actually very well written."

For Berkeley News, Christopher Merchant wrote about a workshop for children: [Seven-year-old] Benjamin’s story, about a mythical species of creatures called Wumps, was inspired by The Wump World by Bill Peet, a children’s book author active from the 1960s through the ’80s. The unofficial sequel may have been fanfiction, [his mother] said, but Benjamin insisted on personally writing all of the text and drawing all of the images.

Brexit, One Direction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, Swift/Hiddleston )

Penny Dreadful, Hamilton, more Taylor Swift, Sherlock Holmes, Person of Interest, Gilmore Girls )

In 'How Sonic the Hedgehog Explains the Internet' for New York Magazine, Brian Feldman wrote The slashfic portion of Sonic gets weird. You might think that a running role play in which Sonic is pregnant with Shadow’s baby is an absurd escalation, but whoever runs the Tumblr called Ask Mpreg Sonic does not.

The Washington Post’s Jeff Guo somehow got from explaining that he watches TV at 1.5x to Henry Jenkins, who has studied the rise of "participatory culture" — ways in which fans take control of favorite stories through fanzines, fan art, fan fiction, and more recently, fan videos.

For Dhaka Tribune, Sabrina Fatma Ahmad wrote What follows in the wake of every great piece of popular fiction is a host of fanfic writers who fall in love with the basic world of the story, but also have their own ideas of how they want the story to play out. This is an excellent writing exercise, one which provides you the set characters and world, and isolates your “story writing” muscles and lets you work those out.

Finally, Time Riders author Alex Scarrow told BBC’s Tim Masters "I deliberately left book nine as the last of the series with the door open partly because one thing I really wanted to encourage was fan fiction […] The quality varies, sometimes it's bad and sometimes it's so good I think I need to raise my game […] Now, 18 months later, I'm coming back and thinking, 'I want to write that fan fiction now,' and write book 10 and perhaps even set up a new series."
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The biggest news of the week was that This Fanfic Predicted Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston's Romance 2 Years Ago (Isis Briones, Teen Vogue). On Refinery29, Morgan Baila invited readers to Meet FanFic Writer Who Predicted Hiddleswift Two Years Ago. Seventeen’s Hannah Orenstein asked, Is this magic? Fate? Or is Taylor secretly stealing her relationship ideas from fanfic sites? And, for The Atlantic, Megan Garber weighed in with Hiddleswift: Celebrity Romance as Fan Fiction.

From Paul Thomson on The Sequitur: Hamlet and Romeo Have Tea with Holden Caulfield: Inside Fan-Fiction.

In a piece about Me Before You for The Guardian, Rebecca Hawkes wrote It’s got a glamorous, beautiful cast – uniting Game of Thrones favourite Emilia Clarke and Hunger Games heartthrob Sam Claflin in a casting made in fan-fiction heaven.

Eligible, Sports Night, Don Quixote, Star Wars, Star Trek, My Little Pony, Tales From the Crypt, TMNT, Outlander )

I really don’t want this to be a thing: TRUTH SLASH FICTION TV Pilot with Matt Doyle to Premiere at SeriesFest (Broadway World).

Alycia Debnam-Caray told Interview Magazine’s Hayley Phelan My friend asked me recently, "Do you find it weird that you are now the property of other people's imaginations?" I hadn't thought about that before, this passionate following, with fan fiction and artwork. At first it felt like an invasion of privacy, but then I realized it's nice that the character can be shared.

From Atlas Obscura: You could call Sanspareil, in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth, a fan fiction rock garden.

In a review of Ren Warom's Escapology for NPR, Jason Sheehan wrote Things get weird fast is what I'm saying. They start all purebred Neuromancer in a way that seems so familiar and so shot-for-shot that it borders on fan fiction (the low-rent hacker, the girl assassin, the sheen of neon in rain-damp Japanese-y streets), then take a quick (and tonally lurching) detour in the direction of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash before shrugging off all homage (save a lingering Ribofunk goopiness that never goes away) and carving their own bloody, corkscrewing path.

In ‘The Art of Self-appreciation’ for The Daily Star, Marisha Aziz advised Sing. Dance. Paint. Sketch. Write fan-fiction about K-Pop singers, if that's what you feel confident with.

Finally, Peter Balestrieri, curator for science fiction and popular culture collections for the University of Iowa, told The Gazette’s Alison Gowans “Fans come in from all over the world to spend two to three days reading fan-fic they can only read at Iowa, and graduate students come from all over the country.”
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In a New York Times review of Anna Breslaw’s Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, Marjorie Ingall wrote Scarlett has female friends who are smart and kind. She’s a writer of fan fiction, so she doesn’t treat canonical texts as gospel. Her stories are rooted in a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”-esque TV show about a boarding school in which half the students are werewolves. But after the show ends, she begins a new narrative based on the lives of her friends, her nemeses and her crush object, Gideon.

From Mina Banaszczuk on Vice’s Broadly: 'You Won't Believe How Much I Learned': The Smutty World of Online Fan Fiction.

For Vox, Constance Grady explored Why we're terrified of fanfiction.

From Stephen Bush on NewStatesman: Harry Potter and the Minotaur’s Rage: how fanfiction got me into writing. And, for the same publication, Elizabeth Minkel wrote I’ve met a lot of people who played with other writers’ characters as a child. “I did that when I was a kid,” they tell me. “As I got older, I grew out of it.” But as I got older, I grew into it—and I went online. Same.

For Inverse, Zebbie Watson explored On 'Star Trek', 'Sherlock Holmes', And The Origins of Slash Fiction.

Bill Donahue compiled Fighting With The Fans: 4 Big Battles Over FanFic for Law360.

Me Before You, Captain America, Game of Thrones, JFK, Bernie Sanders, Slenderman, Idhu Namma Aalu, In Bill We Trust, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter )

For Hamilton Spectator, Marissa Stapley observed Literary fan fiction is having a moment in the form of retakes on everything from Jane Austen's "Emma" to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

Author Mohit Uppal told Deccan Chronicle’s Kaavya Pillai “I have always been writing. I wrote a lot of fan fiction as a kid — oodles of Harry Potter and Enid Blyton. It’s been a form of escapism for me.”

Kimberly Chiu wrote Young Singaporean fanfiction writers read by thousands for The New Paper

Finally, regarding a recent meeting of Pope Francis and a group of vloggers, The Washington Post’s Abby Ohlheiser wrote The vloggers present cover everything from video games to beauty tips in their videos, and it might be tempting to write a little bit of fan fiction about cool Pope Francis knowing all about contouring now.
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From Mike Vago on A.V. Club: Guy Fieri/Ted Cruz erotic fan fiction may be our darkest hour. Or, as Stefan Sirucek put it in Death and Taxes: This Ted Cruz/Guy Fieri erotic fiction will leave you hungry, thirsty, and scared.

From Ryan Porter in Toronto Star: Fan Fiction the Show celebrates the weird and creative.

India Today’s Shougat Dasgupta wrote From the pen of Veena S. Rao, a retired IAS officer best known for her extensive work in combating malnutrition, emerges Charlotte's End, a novel inspired by Daphne Du Maurier's perennially popular literary potboiler, Rebecca. Published between soft covers, Rao's novel is a high grade of the so-called 'fan fiction', in which authors rewrite their favourite novels.

Star Trek, Viggo Mortensen, George R.R. Martin is one greedy SOB, Captain America )

In 'Court documents: FSU student accused of murdering parents had difficult relationship with mother' for Tampa Bay Times, Anna Phillips wrote From court documents, a picture emerges of a young woman most believed to be submissive and meek who felt she could never live up to her mother’s expectations. Resentful and extremely isolated, she escaped into role play, publishing fan fiction about Elsa, the ice queen star of the movie Frozen, and other animated characters, on Tumblr.

In a piece about 'The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Fresh Start Program (FSP)' for The Freeport News, Jaimie Smith wrote From various sports topics to topics of baking, health and wellness and fan fiction, 10 of the 11 participants, two of which are male, had the opportunity to showcase and put into practice what they have learned over the past two months.

Elite Daily's Richard Truncale advised that Incoming freshmen should not worry about a lack of hobbies or campus clubs to kill spare time between classes. These days, no matter what your interest is – computer games, skydiving, academic pursuits, zombies, nature or even "Harry Potter" fan fiction – you can bet there’s a university club for it.

Finally, in a piece about a local high school track & cross country star for South Philly Review, Joseph Myers wrote Sydni Townsend loves to craft fantasy, sci-fi, and fan fiction pieces, believing that writing helps her to explore the depth of her creative potential.
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In 'Instagram Changed Its Logo and Everything Is Going to Be OK' for Los Angeles Magazine, Josh Scherer wrote Adweek called Instagram’s logo change “a travesty” and “the worst design fail of the year,” which is a huge statement considering Uber changed its logo to look like a Matrix fan fic app two months ago.

From Boston Globe’s Isaac Feldberg: Though there’s no shortage of teenagers keen on the pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, few fans have channeled their enthusiasm into action as effectively as Peabody resident Ashley Royer, 17, who last month published “Remember to Forget” through HarperCollins. The book, which follows the life of a depressed teenage boy following his girlfriend’s death, started out as band-centric fan fiction. This is kind of the opposite of rubbing off the serial number - she stenciled one on, for market share, as, despite this quote, if you believe Ashley this was never actually fanfic. I think there's a pretty big story here... it's one thing to develop your fanfic chops in lieu of non-fanficy ones because you want an audience (this describes me); or to use a character to work out your own issues; it's another thing to co-opt an audience. <- I need a better word than 'co-opt', because she was very young when she started (and is still very, very young).

High School Musical, trigger warnings, Brontës, Bernie Sanders, Star Wars, Divergent, Monkey King, British politics, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Harry Potter, The Testament of Mary, Ophelia, Nicholas Chim, Assassin's Creed )

In a Jewish Chronicle review of Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson’s Gena/Finn, Angela Kiverstein wrote Gena and Finn are (female) fans of the TV programme Up Below - Gena posts fanfic and Finn illustrates (sadly we do not see her drawings - graphic sections would have added to the bold narrative mix).

From Charlotte Eyre on The Bookseller: C J Daugherty, whose Night School series is published in 22 different languages, said that in the past six months she has found 20 plagiarised versions of her books on Wattpad in Spanish, French and Polish, as well as the original English. The site was designed for users to post their own stories or fan fiction but Daugherty said fans are ripping PDF versions of her books onto a Word document then uploading the text.

For Leader & Times, Elly Grimm quoted Library Assistant Director Tammy Garrison "I want to give points not just for how much they’re reading, but for my personal theme of training the brain and general learning and experiencing new things. […] For example, last year, you had to read five hours in order to get the T-shirt, which I felt was a fine amount of reading for a month, you can squeeze some reading in there. I also count fanfiction in there along with audiobooks, reading graphic novels, a subtitled movie or TV show, a documentary, anything that will expose them to new ideas and learning something new."

From The Economic Times: There can surely be no more proof of the indisputable place Britain has in the life of mainland Europe than the increasing incidence of English words in the lexicons of linguistically snooty nations such as France. Even with the Brexit debate becoming increasingly acrimonious across the Channel, the dictionary called Le Petit Larousse — a must-have when schools reopen in France in the autumn — has added what seems to be an unusually large number of English and English-inspired words this week, including selfie, troll, emoticone, fanfiction and retrofuturisme.

Finally, for Straits Times, Yip Wai Yee wrote Fans will want to tune in and be a part of the conversation, no matter what others say. They take to forums to analyse at length even the tiniest details of a film or TV episode, and they are the ones who write fan fiction and paint fan art.
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According to Jeremy D. Goodwin in Boston Globe, [the play] “RoosevElvis” aims to playfully reclaim elements of American myth and masculinity. But it’s more like fan fiction (make that, fan historical fiction) for history and pop culture nerds — Teddy Roosevelt donning boxing gloves to obsessively punch at projected images of buffalo, Elvis Presley karate-chopping pizza boxes in half.

For Bloomberg View (as reprinted by Chicago Tribune), Stephen Carter wrote A good way to decide whether a work based on another should truly be called creative is to borrow Abigail Derecho's term "archontic." Derecho, writing about Internet fan fiction, uses the word to describe a new creation that enlarges a source text without violating its boundaries. "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" would be archontic in this sense. So would "The Wind Done Gone."

For CNN Philippines, Carina Santos reported on Slash and subversion through #RP69FanFic.

Donald Trump, Boys' Love, Game of Thrones x 2, Captain America, Harry Styles, Colton Haynes, Sing Street )

From Joshua Preston for the Georgia Tech News Center: In a new study, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have found one group of fan fiction writers that has created a successful online community, which might serve as a model to help make the future social web markedly different from today’s landscape.

Finally, Elspeth Reeve had an interesting piece on RPF in New Republic: Rule 34 of the internet holds: If you can imagine it, there is porn of it online. It’s slightly different for the famous: If you can imagine it, there’s porn of you doing it..
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In a Christian Science Monitor review of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, Katie Ward Beim-Esche wrote Scarlett’s a BNF (big-name fan) in the show’s fan community, thanks to her popular fan fiction pieces (“fanfics”). When the network yanks “Lycanthrope High,” Scarlett and her fellow BNFs are crushed. Determined to preserve the fanverse, they decide to carry the torch with spin-off pieces.

Alexandra Petri wrote Fan fiction, Young Han Solo and the State of the ‘Star Wars’ for Washington Post’s ComPost.

For USA Today, Cara Kelly wrote The 2016 presidential campaign has provided the most mind-boggling blending of political fan fiction and real events.

AOL Sports asked "Kansas City Chiefs second-year wide receiver [and Star Wars fan] Chris Conley" What was the impetus of your fan-fiction film?

Captain America, Wrath of Khan, WWE, Jane Austen, Outlander, Scandal & The Good Wife, Baekhyun, Slash, Game of Thrones, Rick McLean, The Guggenheim )

In 'Young Adult fantasy writer launches novella' for Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, Janelle De Souza wrote Even as a teenager, [author Desari-Ann Howard Gibbs] and her secondary school friends would write a lot of fan fiction.

Ryan Syrek kind of garbles the history, definition, and shifting baggage of the 'Mary Sue' label in a generally interesting Omaha Reader piece.

The Spectrum’s Matthew Jacobson wrote that While adding his own spin on established characters at a fan fiction website several years ago, [local comic writer Jared Gifford] met up with other comic book enthusiasts who eventually introduced him to independent publishers.

In a review of the Kindle Oasis for WMUR’s website, Heather Kelly wrote Available in three shades of distressed leather, the magnet covers work great and snap on nicely, but they look incredibly stuffy. On the plus side, they might trick people into thinking you're reading lyrical prose or important nonfiction while you're really downing Beyoncé fanfic.

Finally, Luther College News’s Claudia Elvidge wrote What makes this massive outpouring of creative energy [surrounding Homestuck] so fascinating to me is how little creators knew they could expect in return for their fan creations. Although there are more ways to support artists online than there used to be, nobody spends days on fanart for a modern fandom thinking it'll be hung in a museum one day. Nobody writes a fanfiction several hundred thousand words long thinking it'll be published and sold in Barnes & Noble. Nobody learns to sew, apply body paint, and parade around in-character in a cosplay thinking their creation will end up in a runway show. So much of what is created for fandom is created simply because of personal interest in an original work and a desire to channel the passion they feel for it through some medium.
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[personal profile] elmey pointed me toward a fanfic-ref-heavy piece on Cassandra Clare by Penelope Green in The New York Times.

Beyonce’s Lemonade has inspired fanfic; the world noticed, and, thus, so did I. For Refinery29, Morgan Baila compiled Your Complete Guide To The Beyoncé Fan Fiction You Need To Read To Believe. From Jessica Goodman in Entertainment Weekly: Beyoncé Lemonade fan fiction author speaks out: 'I've been having so much fun'; and, from Jessica Goldstein in ThinkProgress: When Beyoncé Gave Us ‘Lemonade,’ This Fan Fiction Writer Made ‘The Lemons.’ For The Verge, Kaitlyn Tiffany wrote The Lemons is hilarious Beyoncé fan fiction, aware of its own absurdity. Vulture’s Dee Lockett wrote Of Course the Guy Behind the Greatest Beyoncé-Jay Z Fanfic The Lemons Is Amazing. And, finally, for Ebony, Adrienne Samuels wrote This Beyonce fan fiction-writer knows how to get the people going. And laughing.

For The Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey wrote about Imagine, and 'imagines': a sparkly splinter sect of traditional fan fiction that is devoted entirely, and unapologetically, to teenage girls’ celebrity fantasies. And CBC Books reported Two Canadian writers included in new Wattpad fanfiction anthology.

Rocket Miner’s Lisa Romero shared that Theater, fan fiction and fandom terms became part of everyday language at our house when my younger daughter became involved with those topics. Confusion occasionally reigned.

Star Trek, Jane Eyre, Silicon Valley, Jane Austen, Outlander, Veep, Kanye, Inky the Octopus )

From Alice Clarke in Herald Sun: The worthless children who murdered 12 of their fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in 1999 said in the videos they left behind that it would be “one for the history books”. They were sadly right. They now even have their own fandoms on Tumblr, with presumably broken people writing fan fiction and making fan art about murderers.

In ‘Korean series faces sanction for TV kiss’ for Manila Bulletin, Jonathan M. Hicap wrote Block B became a guest on the TV program’s March 26 episode and in a portion dealing with a fan fiction, the two members kissed. The KCSC received complaints from the public over broadcasted contents, specifically that the scene was “inappropriate” for supposedly promoting homosexuality among the youth.

Finally, for Times Higher Education, Karen Shook spoke with André M. Carrington about Star Trek and race, fan fiction and graphic novels, and life-changing works by Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Ray Bradbury.
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For USA Today, Eileen Rivers wrote that Cruz's struggling rival John Kasich was desperate enough to fan fiction Jesus during a visit to a matzo bakery, according to comic Samantha Bee.

In ‘Dead/evil lesbians trope is killing off all my favourite TV characters’ for Herald Sun, Alice Clarke wrote It’s just something we expect now, and we latch on to subtext and go for fan-fiction relationships over canon ones because it’s so rare a lesbian couple will be well written, let alone survive the episode, that hope is just folly.

In a review of a local coffee shop, The Daily’s Amy Wong wrote Whether it be the center for gathering in television shows like “Friends,” or the romantic background of poorly written fan fiction, coffee shops have been popularized for their intimate ambience.

Shakespeare, OJ Simpson, Star Trek, Pride and Prejudice, Miles Davis, Game of Thrones, Elvis & Nixon, more Jane Austen, North Carolina politics, Tom Bissell’s Apostle )

In a review for Sydney Morning Herald, Jenna Clarke wrote It was revealed this year that [Dennis] Jensen, a former defence analyst and research scientist turned embattled WA MP, had written some X-rated, armed forces fan fiction. Now all 198-pages of the sexy war thriller, The Skywarriors, are available online via Amazon for $6.51.

Stuttgart Daily Leader’s Shea Higgerson wrote when a show ends without a character dying I can’t help but wonder what that character is doing in the fiction world. It’s like their world just ended with no resolution and I don’t get to find out what happens next. Even if the main problem in their world has been solved, surely they must be doing something. But books and shows can’t last forever. I supposed this is why some people write fan fiction, which is something I’ve never ventured into and I probably won’t.

In ‘Change how you read nonfiction’ for The Shorthorn (University of Texas), Alex Purcell wrote Whether it’s a book about the Civil War or an erotic fan-fiction about Han Solo, many people mistakenly read different styles through the same means.

Noah Berlatsky implored readers of The Dallas Morning News: Don’t knock fan fiction.

In Daily Cal, Miyako Singer wrote New College Me was confident, cool and had definitely never read Dramione fanfic.

For The Indian Express, Pratik Kanjilal wrote It is possible that the successful authors of the day after tomorrow will be those who go with the flow and blend well with the data churn, instead of trying to stand apart while yelling, “Look at me! Read me!” They could be collaborative and derivative elements of a creative cloud — fanfic writers already are.

Finally, from Jack Moore in GQ: If anyone needs me, I'm going to be writing MJ, Jeter, Tiger fanfic for the rest of the day.
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In 'The Ianto Shrine: The Cardiff landmark that commemorates a man who never was' for CityMetric, Ed Jefferson wrote Thanks to the magic of the internet, it’s not hard to find obsessive fans of almost anything these days (there’s even Thomas The Tank Engine fan fiction where the trains turn into people and... kiss).

From a Donal Lynch piece about Jeff Greenspan for The Independent: He recently made a series of posts about an encounter with Republican primary candidate Marco Rubio in Miami in the 1990s. "Marco told me he was a top" Greenspan quips. "but he flip-flopped on the issue." The campaign have dismissed his sexual claims as fan fiction. "Au contraire" Jeff says. "I was no fan."

In 'Allie Martineau aspires to write and illustrate children’s literature' for The Beacon, Emily Gabert quoted the MCLA Junior “From first grade onward, I would just fill notebooks. […] The plots went like crazy, and it was mostly like Disney fanfiction [now that we call it that]. It kind of evolved from there and I’ve always been doing it. I can’t stop.”

A Sports Illustrated description of a Jimmy Kimmel segment: [Chris] Evans admits that even a big star like himself gets a little nervous around the greatest Patriot of all, Tom Brady, and then shares a little fan fiction about his ideal meeting with the quarterback.

Harry Potter, Cal, Wine Show, Trump/Clinton, Pride and Prejudice, Game of Thrones, Slash, Katrina Manning, Captain America, more Austen, shipping, Night Vale )

From ‘Backlash over Dead Lesbian Syndrome’ for The Straits Times by Alison de Souza: [The 100 actress Alycia] Debnam-Carey says the reaction from outspoken fans to developments such as these has been instructive for the creators of these characters as well as the actors who play them. "One thing that has been a little confronting is the realisation that you don't own a character. It does become other people's and it's hard because your face is on it and you are part of it, portraying it. But at some point, there is a line where it stops being yours, where other people create fan fiction or dress up themselves," she says. "So you are attached to it and they see you as that character, but it's not completely yours."

In a review of The People V. O.J. Simpson for The Federalist, Ellie Bufkin wrote The first few episodes of this series show the prepubescent versions of the reality TV stars in an almost fan-fiction prequel universe of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”

When she was 11, The Times Herald’s Katie Bambi Kohler wrote mainly silly stories about corrupt CYO referees and what can only be classified as “Thorn Birds” fan fiction.

Noah Berlatsky wrote In defence of fan fiction for Daily Life.

Finally, According to Guan [Xiaokun], as Batman v Superman is only the first of DC's films to include multiple superheroes, the Superman and Batman CP has not yet gained as much traction among the homoerotic fan fiction community as Disney-owned Marvel's superhero couples, but she predicts DC superheroes will catch up soon. Warner Bros, which owns all big-screen copyrights for DC's superheroes, is set to launch a series of multi-hero films following this one featuring the Justice League. (Yin Lu, Global Times)
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In The Wall Street Journal review of Glen Weldon’s The Caped Crusade, Michael Saler wrote Mr. Weldon maintains that the advent of fan fiction (“fanfic”) since the late 1960s, and more recent costume play (“cosplay”), represent a repudiation of the sanctimonious solemnity he imputes to earlier fandom. Yet both these activities originated much earlier.

In ‘A few words about the faux Rembrandt’ for The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl wrote There’s a handy word for the mingled passion and haplessness of the ginned-up painting: fan fiction.

From Constance Grady on Vox: Hamlet, The Divine Comedy, and 3 other pieces of classic literature that are also fan fiction.

In ‘Peabody teen signs on to fan fiction’ for Boston Herald, Gayle Fee quoted the young author: “I had never heard of [Wattpad] and I had never heard of fan fiction either. […] It’s writing that could be based off a movie like ‘Twilight’ or a TV show or a band. Some people make the characters in their book the real people and others just use their names.”

Harry Potter, 5SOS, Philadelphia Phillies, Star Wars, Apostle )

For Quad-Cities Online, Noah Berlatsky wrote Marvel cinematic universe is all fan fiction.

For Polygon, Allegra Frank wrote about What games can learn from fan fiction websites about representing sexuality.

In a profile of visiting author Jeramey Kraatz for Odessa American, Ruth Campbell wrote Comic books also turned him into a writer because when comics end, it’s usually a cliff hanger, so Kraatz would write about what he thought would happen next. Those entries in a spiral notebook got longer and longer. Then Kraatz said he started writing fan fiction.

Finally, according to Inlander’s Dan Nailen, This year's Get Lit! festival features writers creating some erotic fan-fic of their own about mythical monsters, like those found in Lord of the Rings and Where the Wild Things Are.
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Spencer Kornhaber explored Kylo Ren/Rey fanfic in 50 Shades of Rey for The Atlantic. And, in 'John Boyega loves the whole Finn/Poe bromance as much as you do' for USA Today, Brian Truitt wrote Folks have written fan fiction and done all sorts of artwork with these two space pals, sharing them online and on social media.

In a Buffalo News review of a festival of one-act plays, Ben Siegel wrote In “Shoot the Weatherman,” a two-hander by actor Mike Randall, a disgruntled lawyer (Mike Starzynski) takes an unimpressed weatherman (Timothy Patrick Finnegan) for hostage. It would seem Randall, noted Channel 7 meteorologist by day, had fun writing this subversive fan fiction.

Regarding tumblr for The Daily Trojan (USC), Erika Lee wrote Whether it’s a community for those who identify as LGBTQ to discuss their shared experience, fandoms of One Direction to make gifs or memes about the latest music video, an audience for anime fan-fiction writers, poets or a forum for those recovering from mental illness or addiction, there’s something for everybody. Or, as Marie Boran wrote in Irish Times, It’s the birthplace of most memes, eye-wateringly bad fan-fic, endless Friends GIFs and teenaged snark.

In a piece about The University at Buffalo’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy club, Kori Hughes wrote [student Kerry] Brooks said the "bad fan-fiction reading event," where volunteers can read excerpts from bad fan-fiction pieces, is one of the club’s most anticipated events.

Batman v Superman, SVU, Harry Potter )

In an Irish Times piece on ‘Astonishing Sod [James Thomas]: the king of Twitter comedy’, Una Mullally wrote Why the Long Joke? tumbles into life with discarded Star Wars fan-fiction ideas, warped and fragmented short stories such as Edgar Allan Poe at a music festival, hypothetical one-liners (“Surely the Big Smoke started in the sticks?”), woozy off-kilter haikus, discordant horoscopes, a cautionary tale about cocaine, an almost nonsensical list of romantic gestures, facts about space, classified listings of Atari video games for sale – “Thom Yorke Winter Olympics (1993)” – and tweet-sized interventions: “‘This reminds me . . . Nope. I got nothing.’ – newborn baby.”

In 'Britney Spears’s Leonardo DiCaprio #tbt Brings the 90s Roaring Back to Life' for Vanity Fair, Katey Rich wrote Before you go revise your Britney-Leo fan fiction from the last millennium, it’s worth noting that this photo is probably not from their respective heights of 1999—both look a bit older, for one thing, and Leo’s Red Sox cap suggests this could be from around 2005-2006, during the filming and release of The Departed.

Finally, regarding the usefulness of a college degree in information and media studies, Erik Dohnberg told Canadian Free Press’s Linda Nguyen "I can write a hell of an essay on Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction but really, that's irrelevant to practical skills. I'm a good writer but that's about it."
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In a Sydney Morning Herald review of Catherine Lowell’s The Madwoman Upstairs, Kerryn Goldsworthy wrote This is an imaginative, intelligent, and often witty fanfic, using the genre to explore ideas about the Brontes and their work, as well as the contemporary fetishism about their belongings and their home.

Ryan Teague Beckwith reported on How Washington, D.C., Became the Capital of Fan Fiction for TIME.

For USA Today, Natalie DiBlasio shared "Siri and Liam spotted together" and other #AppleEvent fan fiction.

Half Bad author Sally Green told Warrington Guardian’s David Morgan "I have fan fiction from all over the world and that is probably the thing that has stunned me more than anything. I find it incredibly flattering that people take the time to get so caught up in the story and love the characters so much that they want to write their own stories. I’m amazed.”

From Pakistan Today: Not satisfied with merely making images, people have taken to writing fanfiction about “former 1 direction singer Zayn Malik” and “Bollywood diva Deepika Padrone.”

[Frank Bures for] MinnPost asked [author Tom] Bissell about separating truth from fact, about the idea of Jesus, and about seeing the Apostles as a kind of fan fiction.

For The Atlantic, Carmen Petaccio, who I think I’d kind of hate, wrote, of recent Marvel and DC Comics movies, The animating energy of both enterprises recalls the worst of Internet fan fiction, or children bored with their action figures.

Batman, Harry Potter, American Idol, Shakespeare, The Young Messiah, Superman Returns, Yung Lean )

In ‘What to Watch Friday’ for The New York Times, Joshua Barone wrote that last year’s remake of “Point Break,” which has the look of X Games fan fiction, is streaming on iTunes.

In a profile of local poet Rachel Mindell, Missoula News’s Sarah Aswell wrote that, under her guidance, the Montana Book Festival added events like a rejection letter open mic session and a Nancy Drew erotic fan fiction reading.

BBC’s The Why Factor spoke with Francesca Coppa about fanfic.

Finally, World-Herald’s Micah Mertes wrote that Breaking the rules [of board games] is a form of creative expression, in a sense, like remixing a song or writing fan fiction.
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Variety carried a Joe Leydon review of Slash, An engaging comedy-drama about adolescent outsiders who dabble in fan fiction while inventing themselves. And, for NewNowNext, Dan Avery wrote “Teen Wolf” Star Michael Johnston Dives Into Gay Fan-Fic In New Indie Movie “Slash”.

The Jakarta Globe reported Miles Films Holds Fan-Fiction Contest for 'AADC' [(Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?)] Fans.

Star Trek, Xena, George Washington, William Shakespeare, Babysitters Club, the Brontes )

Salem News’s Will Broaddus wrote about Ashley Royer, a Peabody teen [who] turns online [Five Seconds of Summer] work into a book deal. ("I used their names, but it had absolutely nothing to do with them. Now their names have been changed for the published version.")

Winston-Salem Journal’s Arika Herron wrote about a young spelling bee winner who is also working on a piece of Star Wars fan fiction, in which he has created his own universe called the Rapoport Quadrant.

From Jamie Loftus in Paste Magazine: Heel to Face: The Hellish Big Show Fan Fic No One Asked For.

In a review of The Young Messiah for The Layman, Kathy Larson wrote The concept of The Young Messiah fits well into a world obsessed with trilogies, prequels, and reboots. Based on Ann Rice’s bestselling novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, this story of what life may have been like for Jesus at age 7 is kind of like a prequel to Risen. Or more accurately, like fan fiction of the Gospel. Like Smallville, we get to go back and explore what our hero may have been like when He was first discovering His powers, complete with parents who struggle with how much to tell Him about who He really is.

Finally, in a review of Bee Rowlatt's’s In Search of Mary: The Mother of all Journeys, about 18th century adventuress Mary Wollstonecraft, for Daily News Analysis India, Gargi Gupta wrote In sum, In Search of Mary… is a fan's homage to a seminal feminist icon, and like all such fan fiction, is best read as a palimpsest of how some texts acquire an afterlife.
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According to Matt Prigge in Metro, 'The Young Messiah' is Jesus fan fiction without any imagination.

From Brooke Profitt in The Lantern (Ohio State University): The Fan Studies Student Association at OSU is a student organization dedicated to studying and discussing fandom. Fandom is a subculture composed of fans that feel a passion and common interest toward a movie, book or book series, television show, celebrity or other subjects. This passion is commonly expressed through fan fiction, role-playing, fan videos, languages and other mediums.

From Wayne Alan Brenner in Austin Chronicle: Shipping & Handling: Coming-of-age comedy Slash peeks into the world of erotic fan fiction.

In a review of "the Jenner sisters’ mobile game Kendall and Kylie" for New York Magazine, Kevin Fanning wrote I’ve played KKH [(Kim Kardashian Hollywood)] every day since it came out. I’ve written two books of fanfic set inside the game. I love that game with all my heart and will go to the grave defending it. But it only took about five minutes of playing KKgame before I realized, with a slowly dawning horror, what an ancient, old person’s game KKH actually was.

GOP, The Donald, The Walking Dead, Sarah J. Maas, Colma, Star Wars, Lee Smith, London Has Fallen )

The Salem News’s Amanda Ostuni wrote about local reaction to JK Rowling’s most recent stories, set in 17th century Massachusetts. Elizabeth Peterson, director of the Witch House and Pioneer Village in Salem, thinks Rowling's work could inspire Salem students to read and write, perhaps create fan-fiction based on the short stories.

Victoria Aveyard told Manila Bulletin that, as a young child, as soon as she could read, I immediately started writing my own little terrible stories that I never finished, that never went anywhere, that were awful. And I just kind of grew from that. It became a habit. I wrote a lot of fan fiction.

For NewStatesman, Elizabeth Minkel observed that Harry Potter fanfiction is ripe with queer characters, gender- and racebent characters, characters with disabilities, frank discussions of class, and nuanced depictions of wizarding communities from all over the world, things people might have been looking for in the text that they couldn’t find.

Bill Brownlee told readers of Kansas City Star that An inspiring role model for budding authors, [Cassandra] Clare honed her craft writing fan fiction based on the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series.

Finally, Duke Chronicle’s Bron Maher offered up Obama-Trudeau: a fanfic.


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