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For The Guardian, Becky Barnicoat produced Fan fiction: how to write it.

In a review for The Irish Independent, Jake Kerrige wrote The Monogram Murders is infused with such love and energy that if the Christie estate hadn't commissioned this book - the first Poirot novel since Christie's death in 1976 - I am quite convinced [Sophie] Hannah would have written the whole thing gratis for a fan fiction site.

In a profile of author Sarah J. Maas for Bucks County Courier Times, Laura Genn wrote The “Throne of Glass” series, written by the amazing Sarah J. Maas, absolutely stole my heart. She originally posted the story online on FictionPress, the original fiction affiliate of fanfiction.net. Eight years later, Maas sold the epic saga to Bloomsbury publishing.

Regarding Starbucks reportedly considering lifting its ban on employees sporting visible tattoos, Houston Chronicle’s Craig Hlavaty wrote A coffee shop is worried that its reputation will be sullied by an employee with a tattoo on a wrist or arm? This is the same business that will let you loiter for hours nursing a lukewarm latte while you drain its Wi-Fi and write Star Wars fan fiction?

Finally, a press release from the Berkeley Heights Public Library published in The Alterative Press included “Libraries everywhere are filled with people who dream of publishing their novels, plays, poetry, short stories, fan fiction, family histories and memoirs,” said Rich Freese, Recorded Books president and CEO. “FastPencil for Libraries makes that possible.”
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Short this week, because youth soccer has eaten my life…

Josh Terry wrote Absurd 'Identical' an incoherent mess of Elvis fan fiction For Deseret News.

In an article for the Associated Press, Hillel Italie wrote that Besides the Scholastic guides, Minecraft also has inspired at least 10 self-published novels and hundreds of fan fiction stories.

Gainesville Sun staff writer Rick Allen invited readers to participate in a ‘Halloween round robin’: Some today call it fan fic, for fan fiction; there are whole websites devoted to all types of fan fic.

In a Clarion-Ledger piece about a talk by a visiting Jane Austen scholar, Sherry Lucas wrote Fertile source material feeds adaptations and riffs ranging from period BBC miniseries to the Emmy-winning video blog “Lizzie Bennett Diaries” to a parody mash-up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” The Internet has a hand, too, with message boards, chat rooms and fan fiction. Word of mouth keeps building.

In an oddly constructed but occasionally insightful mess of a story for The Federalist, Leslie Loftis wrote, for no apparent reason, If you are writing your own story, obviously you can choose all characters, and setting rules. If you are writing fan fiction (and Whedon’s “Avengers” and all adaptions are essentially professional fan fiction), then you are limited by the setting and characters already provided.

Lev Grossman discussed the origins of his The Magicians on NPR’s Ask Me Another: "It was a difficult time for all of us," he [recalled of the early 2000s gap in Harry Potter books]. "And I started playing with the story […] in almost a fan fiction-y way."

Finally, LancasterOnline featured Suzanne Cassidy's In fan fiction, fans reimagine everything from 'Harry Potter' to 'My Little Pony' to 'Doctor Who'.
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For Rolling Stone, Jon Blistien contextualized The 'Friends' Women Reunite on 'Kimmel' for Awkward Fan-Fiction Scene. Just like everyone else on the planet Jimmy was a big fan of the show Friends. In fact he loved it so much that he wrote some Friends fan fiction - Daily Mail. According to The Independent, The talk show host provided [Jennifer Aniston] with a script from 'Friends' fan fiction and he played the role of Ross. From Indian Express: Jennifer Aniston didn’t know what fan fiction was and she didn’t seem to know what Jimmy Kimmel had in store for her. And, from Good Morning America’s Dan Good: even the clap-clap-clap-clap-claps couldn't patch up Kimmel's fan fiction, so the actresses departed, leaving wannabe-Ross behind – a final "Friend" at the breakfast table, a slice of re-imagined sitcom brilliance.

For The Clarion-Ledger, Annie Oeth lamented that The kid who used to bounce out of bed at 5 a.m. when you wanted to sleep in during your early days of parenting now wants to sleep all day and read fan fiction or play “League of Legends” all night.

In a piece about a local podcast festival, J1 Studios founder Jason Richardson explained his organization to South Philly Review’s Bill Chenevert: “We make video game remix music, we make multiple comics, we have novels, fan fiction, user reviews. We cover just about everything in geek culture.”

In a piece about writing about reading for The Guardian, Rachel Cooke wrote Sutherland also believes – if you are an author, this will perhaps sound alarming – that 21st-century readers want and expect more from their books; they would like them, among many other things, to be manuals. "What people are saying is: ownership of the text is mine as much as it is yours." Fan fiction reflects this, and perhaps bibliomemoirs do, too.

David Mitchell, Hello Kitty, CamCon, Sherlock, To Be Takei, Wattpad )

Slash got a mention in 'Watching two handsome guys? There's nothing better.' How women fell for gay porn by Kaite Welsh for The Telegraph.

In a piece about ambient mixes tied to fictional works, Asian Age’s Dipti And Nandini D. Tripathy wrote For fanfiction writer and blogger Aayat Malik, writing Supernatural fanfiction while listening to its ambient sounds is surprisingly productive.

Asked how she’d personalized her wedding, Megan Lavey-Heaton told PennLive’s Kari Larsen "The most unique touch we did was exchange bracelets based on the fictional characters that introduced us to begin with. […] I wrote fanfic for the pairing, and Mike was a fan of my writing."

Finally, from the this-guy’s-gotta-be-on-someone’s-payroll department, we have Sean Gilmartin writing for USA Today’s Happily Ever After The recent launch of Kindle Worlds has brought writing fanfiction from the dark corners of the Internet into the international spotlight.
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On Salon, Prachi Gupta shared From fan fiction to tattoo sleeves: The weirdest David Foster Wallace-inspired art.

For Huffington Post, Cate Matthews wrote about Why This Woman Would Rather Read Harry Potter Erotica Than Watch Porn (with video!).

The Rocky Mountain Collegian reporter Katie Schmidt wrote Whether this is an online urban legend or a piece of fan fiction, it is said the architect of Student Services went insane during construction and created a convoluted navigation in the building.

In a piece about Atlanta’s Labor Day Weekend Dragon Con, Rome News-Tribune’s Alan Riquelmy wrote Like Star Wars? This is the place for you. Prefer high fantasy? Not a problem. Interested in fan fiction involving Tyrion Lannister sharing a drink with Doctor Who? Check, check, check.

Sherlock, Supernatural, JK Rowling )

For D Magazine, Eric Celeste wrote The questions […] can be summarized thusly: Why would a reputable paper suggest that the institute’s members, who are essentially writing King James fan fiction, are in any way practicing science?

For The Bookseller, Sarah Shaffi wrote “Serious content restrictions” at Amazon’s fan fiction platform Kindle Worlds could be a reason why people are not creating as many works on the platform as elsewhere, a new study by Georgetown law professor Rebecca Tushnet said. Personally, I'm more interested in quality than quantity; and whether anyone's actually making a buck.

Telegraph’s Sameer Rahim wrote So far online self-publishing has been the preserve of fan fiction and erotica but it can’t be long before high-quality fiction starts to emerge. Right now there is a distressed writer sitting in front of her computer somewhere, worrying not about whether she’ll make enough money to give up the day job or how many copies she will sell, but obsessing over form and language, meaning and truth. {{Headdesk}}

Finally, for Japan Times, Ben Brady wrote Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, Comiket has grown significantly since its early days when a few hobbyist creators and collectors got together to swap hand drawn fan fiction. 550,000???
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Natalie Corner (Mirror) and Catherine Earp (Digital Spy) both had articles based on a an Attittude piece on Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, who is more than happy with the amount of attention fans give to creating erotic fantasy starring him and Sherlock.

Sarah Gronostalski wrote about The art of fan fiction for The Daily (University of Washington).

The Mirror’s Katy Forrester wrote We wouldn't want to mess with Directioners, but it seems one writer has riled them up after signing a book deal to release her fan fiction. […] One Direction fans are NOT happy and are now campaigning to stop the release by trending the hashtag '#stopannatodd' worldwide on Twitter, claiming she's not a fan and the stories could upset band members Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne.

For Adweek, Michelle Castillo wrote Popular [YouTube] clips involve crowd-sourced topics some parents may not want their kids to see—from reading erotic fan fiction about themselves to baking penis cakes. The Brady Bunch it ain’t.

In “A More Pseudonymous Internet” for The Atlantic, Lydia Laurenson wrote My ability to be an effective creator was hugely shaped by writing popular fan fiction and running side-project businesses in virtual worlds.

In a piece for Lamorinda Weekly on a local professor who has started a literary journal, Ryan McKinley wrote Like many storytellers [Jeff] Chon started writing at an early age, "I remember being eight and writing Spider-Man fan fiction," Chon said.

Slender Man, Sherlock Holmes in Japan, Doctor Who, Tom Hiddleston as Ben-Hur, John Barrowman, Chinese film industry, World Con )

For Arizona Republic, Kellie Hwang wrote Among Argentineans who seek social change, Juanito and Ramona are folk heroes, and they're the subject of many songs, poems, stories, YouTube videos and fan fiction. They're also not real.

Deb McAlister-Holland offered A Fresh Look at Copyright & Fan Fiction on Business 2 Community. For the same publication, Justin Spicer wrote The world of young adult novels finds countless hits in trilogies obsessed with teenagers fighting against a dystopic future where adults have taken away decisions and resources, squashing freedom of choice in favor of myopic control. The Harry Potter series has spawned countless copycats and websites filled with devout fan fiction. When an audience finds a world or subject matter that it enjoys, it wants to live in it as long as possible.

Finally, from the London Evening Standard: “[Monster is] breathtakingly awful,” our movie mole tells us. “It reads like amateur Twilight fan-fiction.” If so, the film’s backers might be onto something — Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t done too badly.

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[personal profile] pensnest alerted me to a Sunday Times piece on One Direction fanfic by Christian Koch: The boys of One Direction have hot gay sex, get cancer and end up in Auschwitz. Welcome to the — often tasteless but very big — world of fan fiction.

A piece for The Independent by Charley Ross was headlined One Direction fans protest six-figure fan fiction book deal as #SuspendAnnaTodd trends on Twitter worldwide, and the headline of an International Business Times article by Rebecka Schumann read One Direction Fans Slam Harry Styles Fan Fiction Author Anna Todd. Fiona Keating, writing for International Business Times UK, included some dialog from After; looked like, yk, plot, to me. And, from The Rolla Daily News: It’s not really specific about what exactly they want [Todd] suspended from, but judging from the venom in some of the tweets, it’s possible the answer is “by the neck.”

(For background on Todd and After, check out this Clive Thompson piece in Wired.)

Outlander, Catrina Taylor, Sherlock Holmes, Victoria Levack )

San Francisco Examiner’s Giselle Velazquez wrote that Robert Picardo/Bill Nye is the "Star Trek" slash fiction nobody wanted to see.

In a review of Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land for Miami Herald, Nancy Klingener wrote The power of the illusion is immense and intense. That’s why we have fan fiction, cosplay and a million websites.

Finally, for Crushable, Jill O’Rourke explained Why You’re Already A Fan Of Fanfiction Even If You’ve Never Read It.
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Los Angeles Times’s Josh Rottenberg quoted Ryan Kroft, MTV’s senior vice president of specials and events, on the first-ever mtvU Fandom Awards, presented at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con: “When you see all the enthusiasm fans have for their favorite TV shows and movies and the way they’re expressing it online through fan fiction, fan art and Tumblr — it just seemed like it would be great if we could come up with a franchise that would embrace that passion.”

Amy Zimmerman delved into the world of Presidential FanFiction for The Daily Beast.

Nell Frizzell explained How fan fiction made improv cool to readers of The Guardian.

In an excellent review piece on fandom for NewStatesman, Elizabeth Minkel wrote In the middle of the century, science fiction enthusiasts embraced the term and brought us the first “fan fiction”, original sci-fi penned by amateur writers and published in fan magazines. Soon – and notably with the rise of media fandom, the biggest spark being the premiere of Star Trek in 1966 – fanfic became what we see today, fan-authored works derived from original source material.

Alloy, ReaganBook, Blake Crouch, how to tell your marriage is a brand, Spamalot, Fifty Shades of Grey, Outlander, Sherlock, Lawrence/Hoult (or not) )

For Cosmopolitan, Alex Rees wrote that This morning in news you probably didn't see coming: Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber last night, as the two celebs squared off at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain. Sure, there's probably fan-fic out there somewhere involving the Biebs and Legolas, but in that literary genre they're lovers, not fighters. (Sample scene: Justin is plaiting Legolas's hair gently as they bask in the afterglow of their sexy union, etc., etc. "There's gonna be one less lonely elf," he sings, giggling; Legolas sighs contentedly.)

In an homage to his internet router for The Star-Ledger, Allan Hoffman wrote That’s the way it is with the internet: I just want it to be there, ready for me and my family, at all times, whether I’m binge-watching “Game of Thrones” on my iPad or my daughter is searching for “Hunger Games” fan fiction on her Chromebook.

And I’ll end with another Comic-Con piece. NPR reporter Linda Holmes wrote I first wound up in a panel of women who do fan art and fan fiction surrounding the current TV incarnation of Teen Wolf. And you know what they were like? They were a lot like every other panel of geeky young writers I've ever seen. They spoke intelligently and thoughtfully about writing and creativity and what they like and don't like to make art about. They talked about the responsibility they feel when they write about mental illness and thoughtfully chewed over the idea of creating transgender characters to add to what's sort of a preexisting universe. They rolled their eyes at a video that was circulating in which Teen Wolf actors were placed on the spot and asked to read fan fiction aloud for yuks, shrugging it off as a cheap effort to make actors uncomfortable on camera and get them to dump on their own fans.

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In The Independent, Adam Sherwin wrote that yet another work of Twilight-based fan fiction [is] promised the same literary success as 50 Shades of Grey. This one is called A Pound of Flesh, by Lancashire schoolteacher Sophie Jackson.

For NBC News’s website, Keith Wagstaff wrote that Thanks to 3-D printing technology, custom toys could become the new fan fiction, a way for obsessives young and old to connect with the TV shows, movies and video games that they love.

In a piece for The Wire about the New York Times’s decision to endorse marijuana legalization, Adam Chandler shared that This latest Times crusade is already inspiring some fan fiction in which all of the paper's editorial voices are stoned.

Reporting on Comic-Con 2014 forThe Guardian, Emma-Lee Moss wrote that she found the authors she spoke with warm and approachable. After all, a lot of them started out as fans, flexing their literary muscles on fan-fiction forums before attempting to break into publishing.

Julia Lllewellyn Smith wrote a vaguely accurate - though quote-filled! - fanfic 101 piece for The Telegraph.

Knotting, tattoos (and Gene Kelly), Anna Todd, Angela Carter, Game of Thrones )

Jacob Demmitt wrote about a small fanfic con for Roanoke Times.

In a TIME article on “The Rise of Fangirls at Comic-Con,” Eliana Dockterman wrote a plethora of cool female characters in [Sci-fi and fantasy] — from Deanerys in Game of Thrones to Mystique in X-Men — have connected with fans and inspired them to create their own badass ladies in fan fiction or even within the industry.

For Forbes’s Quora, teacher Peter Kruger wrote I’ve had students create fan-fic blogs for book projects in the past, write and direct webisodes for scenes from plays or important book moments, or make their own classroom wikis about novels.

Finally, Erin Anderssen discussed the impact of online activities, including fanfic writing, on women’s public lives in a piece for The Globe and Mail.

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For City A.M., Melissa York and Alex Dymoke observed From cell-phone novels to eBooks to fan fiction, it’s clear that – whatever the health of the novel – storytelling is thriving.

Irish Times’s Sarah Gilmartin asked Crowdfunding and fan fiction are egalitarian and commendable developments in one sense, but what is happening to author identity and individuality as a result?

For Hindustan Times’s Book Club, Aparna Sunderesan compiled The five stages of reading fan fiction.

For International Business Times, Mangala Dilip wrote about TV Shows That Enjoy Major Fan Fiction.

Fargo, Lorde, Breaking Bad, Grimdark, Texas politics, Miss Emma's, Frozen meets Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Catcher in the Rye, Rainbow Rowell, Top Gun, Manuel Neuer, Marissa Meyer, Harry Potter )

From a piece on WTAE about upcoming ABC reality series The Quest: [Contestant] Jasmine met her knight in shining armor at a Renaissance Fair. Obsessed with Tolkien growing up, the self-proclaimed horse geek writes her own "Lord of the Rings" fanfiction.

For the Wall Street Journal, in a piece about the variety of forms b'nei mitzvah take, Sophia Hollander wrote that one celebrant replaced the traditional speech about her Torah portion with a reading of her own Biblical fan fiction.

CNN Money printed a Scholastic press release announcing “TombQuest™, A New Multi-Platform Action Adventure Series”: The highly engaging game is complemented by a safe and moderated online community where kids can chat about the books, write fan fiction, share the games they have built, and learn more about ancient Egypt.

Opelika-Auburn News’s Alex Byington reported that [Georgia football player] Chris Conley, an eloquent and engaging journalism major from Athens, created and starred as the main villain in a well-received 26-minute Star Wars fan-fiction film this past February and released it in July.

For TIME, Nolan Feeney wrote that Beyoncé is usually the star of her own Instagram account, but on Saturday night she shared the spotlight and posted a sneak peak at the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, the Twilight-fanfiction-turned-erotic-publishing-sensation that’s now headed to the big screen in 2015.

For TES Connect, Adi Bloom advised teachers that The internet is full of fan fiction, often written by teenagers themselves, and young adult readers therefore expect their narrators to sound as though they have stepped straight from the playground.

In an opinion piece for Otago Daily Times, Camilla Nelson wrote Looking at Percy Jackson Fan Fiction, you can actually see serious criticisms of the text made by children and teens in the stories they contribute.

Finally, Glee star Chris Colfer told USA Today’s Carly Mallenbaum “I don’t look at [fanfic], because it’s terrifying. It’s scary. I just. I can’t. I learned that the hard way. […] I don’t mind them writing about the character, but when they write about (the Glee actors) doing things with each other, it’s just uncomfortable.”
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For The Wire, Arit John reported that J.K. Rowling, the woman who gave us The Boy Who Lived (and some things we didn't want, like a West End prequel, and an upcoming spin off of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and some adult books) wrote some Harry Potter fan fiction. Rowling merely revisited her characters a few years on, probably spoiling a bit of fan fiction along the way. It’s not as if she made Greedo shoot first or something. (Or maybe it is.) - Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg View via The Malay Mail. For The Times of India, Kashika Saxena wrote After years of waiting to hear another story about 'the boy who lived' - and writing a ton of fan fiction to fill that void - the fans' wish was finally granted. And, New Republic’s Esther Breger opined When writers adopt the paratextual world of fanfic as their own, they both diminish their books’ literary authority and interfere with the freewheeling spirit of fan writing.

In a piece about the Slender Man and “the New Urban Legends” for New York Times, Farhad Manjoo wrote Multimedia, crowdsourced fiction is finding root across the Internet, from social-fiction apps like Wattpad to call-and-response videos on YouTube to stories told in serialized Tumblr posts, one picture or snippet of text each day. Some of these stories take the form of fan fiction — readers working together to puzzle out and add to the story lines of established fictional characters. (For instance, if you miss the HBO show “True Detective,” why not read more stories about Marty and Rust?) But there are also troves of sites like Creepypasta, where wholly new stories are constantly being invented by the crowd.

FIFA World Cup, After, That 70's Show, Sherlock Holmes, Hunger Games & Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars )

A local 8th grade standout is a fan of superheroes and of finding new, interesting vocabulary words in the dictionary. She writes on a fan website called fanfiction.com, according to Hudson Reporter’s Gil Aguon, who doesn’t check his urls.

For Publishers Weekly, Alexandra Fletcher wrote Numerous authors have earned six-figure deals by amassing enormous followings through writing fan-fiction and blogging. (Amanda Hocking and Cassandra Clare come to mind.)

From a profile by Anthony O’Reilly of local author Daniel Levinson for The Island Now: Levinson said he began writing fan-fiction stories after he completed the Final Fantasy video game when he was a child. “I said to myself this can’t be the end of the story,” he said. “There’s got to be more to it.”

Finally, Shannon Kyle wrote Fanfiction: A guide for parents for Parentdish UK.
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TIME’s Melissa Locker wrote that After a less-than-impressive season premiere, [True Blood] takes a page from fan fiction and gives audiences a crowd-pleasing make-out scene.

Washington Post’s ComPost’s Alexandra Petri answered a question about potentially writing “alternative histories” I think a lot of alternative literature can already be found in fanfiction, if you dare to tread there!

According to TeleManagement, Brienne of Tarth hung out with the ladies of Downton Abbey at Wimbledon and suddenly fan fiction writers everywhere went crazy.

Game of Thrones, bromance, Louise Brealey, Elvis, Lori Rader-Day, Penny Dreadful, How To Train Your Dragon, hockey, The Last Ship (not that kind) )

In Macworld, in response to a piece by The Motley Fool’s Sean Chandler, The Macalope wrote If you don’t at least acknowledge [IDEK - wneleh], then you’re just writing fan fiction. In a separate piece, about something I care even less about, he wrote Is this performance art or some kind of weird fan fiction?

In a piece about guns and culture and Target and such, The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman wrote My neighbor has a First Amendment right to write pornographic “Hunger Games” fan fiction, but if he hands his manuscripts to my kids he’s just being a creepy dirtbag, First Amendment or not.

Local author Jill Bisker told the Stillwater Gazette I wrote the first real story that I finished when I was in seventh grade. It would be called fan fiction now, as it was a story set in the Star Wars universe.

The Transylvania Times reported that local author Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's "Danny and the Dinosaur," which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom.

Finally, from a Chickasha News profile by Jessica Lane of local novelist Stacy Shofner Williams: As to w[h]ether fan fiction is generating more writing, for Williams the answer is a resounding yes.
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In a piece about the appeal of multi-book tales for The Hindu, Sruthi Radhakrishnan wrote There’s also the element of community, of belonging to a fandom which in turn contributes fan-fiction and fan-art. “With the internet, it’s hard not to get more. There is fan fiction, fan art, theories, author interviews, and much more that keeps readers still involved in stories that have ended years ago,” says [reader] Sandhya [Ramesh].

Regarding current market behavior for Financial Times, Matthew Vincent wrote “It’s quiet. Too quiet.” As corny portents go, I have always found this one pretty reliable, having accurately prefigured imminent disaster in every Hollywood film from the 1934 John Wayne western The Lucky Texan to the more recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze (and, I have discovered, in fan fiction based on Scooby-Doo cartoons … although, unlike Shaggy outside a haunted house, perhaps I should not go into that).

After, Lady Soliloque, The Notebook, Star Wars, Keith Langergraber, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Quick, Slender Man, more Star Wars, Porter Robinson )

In a review of the fan film The Greater Good for The Trades, Patti Delloiacono wrote with my fondness of fan fic, I was able to understand what would drive a group to want to put their valuable time, effort, and finances into making a movie that would seem like a silly endeavor to others.

For Women Of China, Sun Ye wrote [Tanbi] is broken down into a gamut of sub genres, that touch on a wide variety of themes from apocalyptic tales, star wars, martial arts, and fan fiction.

The Atlantic’s Courtney Klossner shared that New Kids fans also wrote lots and lots of Mary Sue fanfiction. “The more and more you write me, the more and more I get jealous,” one friend wrote before stopping our co-creation of series of stories in which we both dated Jordan Knight.

For TechnologyTell, in a piece about the bad old days and associated myths, Devon Razey wrote We all became exponentially more creatively productive when sites like Tumblr happened because we were bombarded with sensory input that inspired us. Nobody gets inspired by an uneventful summer day in a long string of uneventful summer days. You know what inspires people? Fan fiction. Heh, some of us had fanfic back then ☺. (See above.)

Emojinalysis creator Daniel Brill told The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey I never quite look at someone’s emoji set and say, “I know what this person is about.” It’s more an exercise of slowly fitting pieces together and writing fan fiction about people I’ve never met. Except my stories always have the same ending: You’re a trainwreck.

Finally, for Co.Create, Paul Myers reviewed John Moe’s Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences; and, I’ll just quote this bit: Moe's letters imagine real life circumstances imposed on fictional characters from literature, films, TV shows, and pop songs. Where he says they differ from everyday "fan fiction" is that he is actively mining his subjects for humor by exploring the unanswered questions about the scenarios presented in the works.
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For Smithsonian, Collin Schultz shared that “A legal ruling announced this week […] has set [Sherlock] Holmes free: the character and all his companions (as penned by Doyle) are now in the public domain,” concluding, So what adventures should Sherlock and Watson get up to next? It's time to get your fan fiction juices flowing. And, for Time, Abby Abrams wrote that Publishing your Sherlock Holmes fan-fiction just got a whole lot easier.

In The Conversation, Donna Hancox wrote about Placing Literature, “A new online database of crowd-sourced information”: Online maps and other “paratexts” can contextualise the historical or physical setting of a novel or link it to other books set in the same place. The term paratext was initially introduced by literary theorist Gerard Genette to describe a range of associated discourses and objects that surround the novel – such as prefaces, interviews, blurbs and in a more contemporary context book trailers, fan fiction, Facebook pages and online rating sites.

MediAvengers, After, Game of Thrones, NYPD learns to use adjectives, True Blood, The Quick, Madge Gressley, Anna Binkovitz, Jane Austen )

For PJ Media, Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin wrote I realized around the early nineties that my reading life had changed. It had changed because I rarely found a book I wanted to read. Reading remained my main form of entertainment, but in the mid nineties I turned to fanfic on line, because I couldn’t find anything to read in the stores.

Reporting on a glossary of internet slang the FBI maintains, Nicole Hensley wrote It even gives a hat tip to “The X-Files” by observing MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance), a type of fan fiction for those who wanted more than a professional relationship between the fictional agents.

From Jesse David Fox in Vulture: Fan fiction tends to be about people in the same show or movie or whatnot, but what about fan fiction about people who are heavily covered by the same blog — like this blog, for example. About Alex has that, with Aubrey Plaza romancing Max Greenfield.

In a piece about a mug shot posting that’s gone viral, New York Magazine’s Maggie Lange wrote this criminal is easy on the eyes. He is so easy on the eyes that people are losing their minds. There is gushing of every sort, euphemisms and word play and fan fiction.

Finally, for Daily Dot, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Aja Romano assembled A guide to fanfiction for people who can't stop getting it wrong.
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Regarding Anna Todd’s After, Daily Express reported that A 25-year-old ONE DIRECTION devotee from Texas has landed a six-figure book deal for her popular fan fiction tale about the band.

From Zachary Stieber in Epoch Times: An increasingly circulated rumor claims that CBS and Netflix are in talks over a new Star Trek series. […] But Larry Nemecek– who is quoted in the rumor–says that the rumor is not true. “I know Trek fans are hungry for new material and hoping that someone ‘gets it’ and gets on with doing one. That’s why everything from the continuing novels to fan fiction, to Star Trek Online and other games, to the fan films, to cosplayers and prop and shipbuilders are all still going strong: People are desperate for new Star Trek—including the new fans driven by JJ or the Bluray remasters and, yes, mass Netlfix availability […],” he said in a blog post.

Jane Austen, Final Fantasy, WattPad, Justin Bieber, Donald Trump, Teletubbies, Slenderman )

In a The New Orleans Advocate review of The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father ... And Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart with Susan Mustafa, Leanne Myers-Boone wrote He speculates about the motives behind the Zodiac’s crime spree. It reads almost like fan fiction begging for more substance.

In a Salon piece on “fangirling,” Hayley Krischer pointed out that James Franco’s new [Lindsay Lohan RPF] short story “Bungalow 89” is […] fan fiction.

For International Business Times, Alicia Perez wrote The "healthy cyberspace" movement means ridding the Chinese web of "pornography and salacious fan fiction, as well as the American television show 'The Big Bang Theory', referencing Lily Kuo in Quartz.

Fanfic got a mention in Catherine Addington’s “The Value of Young-Adult Fiction” for The American Conservative: Readers draw fan art, collaborate on fan fiction, and meet up for book clubs. Watching young people come together around something so timelessly positive as reading has been shocking for adult culture.

Finally, for The Hindu, Karthik Shankar wrote a largely-accurate Fanfic 101, in the context of explaining the fanfic for a popular, but now off-the-air, melodrama Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. Fan fiction is the reason the unwavering romance of Arshi still lives on in the hearts of fans. The show must go on, in somebody else’s pages.
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The story of the week was that the One Direction fan fiction series After [is] to be published in six-figure deal (Daisy Wyatt, The Independent). For International Business Times, Rebecka Schumann wrote Following in the footsteps of fan fiction turned published authors E.L. James (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Cassandra Clare (“The Mortal Instruments”), Web author Anna Todd has secured a publishing deal with her Harry Styles-inspired novel, “After.” The Telegraph’s Katie Rosseinsky noted that Despite carrying a parental advisory warning for "explicit language" and "detailed sexual scenes," Todd’s girl-meets-pop-star tales are probably on the tamer end of the spectrum of One Direction fan fiction. For Glamour, Leanne Bayley wrote Harry Styles has definitely made it because someone has written an erotic fanfiction book called After, and it's based on the One Direction star. But will it be as saucy as E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey? We hope so. And, on Salon, Prachi Gupta excerpted six works of One Direction erotic fan fiction probably won’t be getting a book deal.

More After refs, including a little meta, plus some 50SoG )

But wait, The Fault in Our Stars also came out this week! )

Maleficent, Australian digital networks in love, drinking other peoples blood, Jim Butcher )

From The Wall Street Journal: A U.S. ambassador was just sworn on a Kindle. The Washington Post’s Brian Fung reports that Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador to be sworn on an e-reader. No, our representative to Switzerland did not take the oath on a digital copy of Harry Potter fan fic, but a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

For fanfic refs related to the stabbing in Wisconsin, see Milwaukee Suburb Tries to Cope With Girl’s Stabbing by The New York Times’s Monica Davey and Steven Yaccino; Ghoulish stabbing raises question: Who is Slenderman? by Doug Gross on CNN.com; Why Kids Love Slender Man by New York Magazine’s Jesse Singal; The Ghosts in the Machine by The New York Times’s Timothy H. Evans; and Reuters’ Girl, 12, describes attack against classmate: 'Stabby, stab, stab'.

In National Post piece on the resurgence of concept albums, Mike Doherty wrote about the genesis of Lakes of Canada's Transgressions: According to frontman Jake Smith, [he] happened upon The Handmaid’s Tale while cleaning up his mother’s house after she was murdered, allegedly by a drifter, and found himself taken by the dystopian story about the subjugation of women. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” says Smith, and he ended up with a record’s worth of “Margaret Atwood fan fiction,” expanding on the novel.

Finally, Alyssa Rosenberg, who should know better, wrote in The Washington Post that Rather than trying to set one category of fiction against another, which seems to be the fashion these days, I wonder whether we might all benefit from a more open-hearted approach. Just as adult women exploring their sexuality deserve something more sensually and emotionally sophisticated (and certainly better-written) than recycled fan fiction such as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” anyone who is interested in stories about young people deserves better than poorly developed “chosen one” stories.
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In the New York Times, Walter Kirn wrote that Daniel Levine’s Hyde is an elevated exercise in fan fiction that complicates and reorients [Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”] by telling it from the perspective of the monster, exposing the tender heart inside the brute and emphasizing the pathos of his predicament.

For Elle, Mary Grace Garis wrote Around middle school it dawned on me (probably while writing fanfiction) that I was the weird kid.

Daily Telegraph carried Lilley Lovers’ 50 shades of Chris: ‘Full porn’ fan fiction delights comedian.

The Tullahoma News’s Kali Bolle opined that if a piece of Austen fan fiction gets one reader to pick up the original “Pride and Prejudice,” then it’s worth it.

Donna Tartt, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Benedict Cumberbatch, One Direction, Janoskians, Adventure Time )

In a New Republic review of Susan Scarf Merrell’s Shirley, Sarah Weinman wrote Bernard Malamud and his wife appear in a bizarre dinnertime cameo—an appearance that is, purportedly, intended to demonstrate the Hyman’s active literary life, but that comes off more like an episode of fan fiction.

In a piece about several local standouts in a national high school journalism contest, Mary Barker wrote that one said her interest in writing started to blossom when she became involved in fan fiction online, where a writer can use characters and story lines from their favorite television shows, movies and books and change things up by creating their own story lines and developing the characters differently.

Finally, Variety’s Andrew Barker wrote that Maleficent falls far short of something an imaginative fan-fiction scribe, let alone obvious role models John Gardner or Gregory Maguire, might have crafted from the material. And, in a review in The Independent, Samantha Ellis delved into other works, writing, of Jean Rhys and Wide Sargasso Sea, She inserts herself into the story, making Jane Eyre a book she can see herself in, and maybe, as fan fiction goes mainstream, many of us read like this now.
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In advance of the DVD release of Endless Love, Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA) excerpted a Washington Post review in which Stephanie Merry wrote that the movie feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction.

Los Angeles Times’s Glenn Whipp shared that a "Butch and Sundance" remake script is not being written as we speak -- or maybe it is (somebody, somewhere, is probably tapping out that piece of fan fiction right now, mixing "True Detective's" Cohle and Hart with the fabled outlaws while dreaming of the Handsome Family covering "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head").

Regarding Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill wrote After a season full of sexual tension, amazing dances, and lots of fan fiction -- written mostly by me -- Maks and Meryl took home the coveted MirrorBall Trophy.

According to Daily Express’s Laura Mitchell, Benedict Cumberbatch’s favourite steamy fan fiction comes from China and Japan - in the form of erotic manga!

Mad Men, Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, Rush Limbaugh, Game of Thrones )

In a Toronto Sun piece about some of television’s more unsatisfying final episodes, Jim Slotek wrote, of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, In a nutshell, John Connor (Thomas Dekker) meets his pal Kyle Reese in the future. Wait, isn’t Kyle Reese actually his biological dad? How did that go? I guess that’s what fan fiction is for.

In a piece about the expansion of a definition in the OED, Irish Independent’s Gillian Orr wrote Derived from "to relationship", shipping is the championing of two characters to get together. It has exploded with the burgeoning popularity of online fan fiction, which sees users write up details of (as-yet unfulfilled) romances.

Finally, according to The Austin Chronicle’s Neha Aziz, [John] Green is a reader and admirer of [The] Fault [in Our Star]s fan fiction. "I'm so grateful to the people who care enough about the book to extend it outside of its world."
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There was more press about Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s appearance on a recent Graham Norton Show. Star Observer’s Troy Murphy wrote that While the origins of the fan-fiction were unclear, Norton showed Fassbender and McAvoy a series of fan art where the two were depicted in several different romantic situations.

Also in Star Observer, Benjamin Riley wrote In slash, writers romantically or sexually pair two characters from a fictional universe, usually two characters of the same-sex, and usually characters who are not in these relationships “in canon”. Classic examples of slash fiction usually cited are from the late 70s, stories written by straight female Star Trek fans (known as fan fiction) describing a romantic and often sexual relationship between William Shatner’s character Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock. (The second sentence of this reads like something an editor decided to break; Ben (may I call you Ben?), I feel your pain!)

In “Could Fandom "Fix" Copyright?” for Corante, Alan Wexelblat wrote One cannot talk about fandom without running into fan fiction and the entire cadre of (usually not officially sanctioned) derivative works produced by fans.

Nandini D. Tripathy wrote Fanfiction gets desi twist for The Asian Age.

In a piece about an upcoming book festival for ColaDaily, Kelly Petty wrote On Sunday, Richland Library will set up a photo booth for teens interested in fan fiction. Huh?

Solange vs. Jay Z, Adelle Waldman, Duane Digs a Hole, things Hensonian, Bechdel Test, John Green, Bronies, Rush Limbaugh )

In “Cinderella stories set students up for a fall” for TES, Calum Mittie wrote Where is Hermione as minister for magic? Where is the excitement of Ginny winning the Quidditch Cup? In fan fiction, that’s where.

For Guardian Liberty Voice, Morgan Louchen wrote that a new web series based on Nightwing is set to be a fan fiction web series, consisting of three ten to fifteen minute episodes.

For The Guardian, David Harvie, Brian Layng and Keir Milburn wrote Despite their manufactured status, bands such as One Direction are surrounded by active fan cultures. "Shipping", for instance, is a form of fan fiction in which members of the band are imagined in relationships with other celebrities, or even with one another.

Finally, in Shalom Life, Sarah Bauder mentioned a 2011 32-page book of “fan fiction illustrations” titled, Seth, which…, oh, heck, just go read the article.
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For Daily Beast, Arthur Chu explained How ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and FanFiction Conquered Pop Culture.

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan opined on How Design Fanfiction Became One of the Internet's Favorite Games for Gizmodo.

Alan November wrote an interesting, two-page article on fanfic as a learning tool for eSchool News, without seeming to realize that not all users of ff.net are 11.

A number of entertainment industry sites reported on Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show to promote Days of Future Past. These included E! Online; Jenna Mullins wrote Graham brought up that pretty much anyone who saw two seconds of X-Men: First Class shipped Erik and Charles and shipped them hard. It's a serious thing.

Reporting on CSULA’s Eagle-Con for LA Weekly, Liz Ohanesian wrote Earlier in the day, representatives from Bent-Con, the LGBTQ pop culture convention, spoke about representation in genre works. They spoke about their own experiences. Viktor Kerney talked about the importance of slash fiction, a form of fan fiction where people place existing characters in same-sex relationships. Slash fiction, he said, exists to compensate for a lack of representation in mainstream media. "You pretend that maybe [the characters] get together in another world," he says.

Eurovision song contest, John Green, Penny Dreadful, Enlisted, manga, Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, Awoken, Mortal Instruments, Alison Kemper Beard, Sheryl Nantus )

Nicholas Lezard, in a review of William Boyd’s Solo: A James Bond Novel for The Guardian, wrote It's a curious phenomenon, the rise of the semi-canonical sequel. It's a return to the nursery, a kind of fan-fiction, and a reluctance to accept that the final page of the book is the end of the story.

In a review Steven Galloway’s The Confabulist for City Paper (Baltimore), Gianna DeCarlo wrote that Harry Houdini was a notorious womanizer and, in this book at least, he hangs out with shady characters who talk like people in Godfather fan fiction.

For The Globe and Mail, Russell Smith wrote Most of us, unless we write One Direction fan fiction, have already given up on [being as big a star as Dickens (to paraphrase badly)].

Finally, in a piece about upcoming events at the Chickasha Public Library, Chickasha News staff writer Jessica Lane wrote that Stacy Shofner Williams […] will be discussing her new novel, titled "Of Shadow and Ash." According to the author's Facebook page, the book stemmed from a spinoff of one of her characters in an online Star Wars fan fiction writing club and evolved into something altogether different, though still within the realm of sci-fi/fantasy.


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