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In 'TV for hipsters: how two new shows are trying to appeal to the cool kids' for The Guardian, Megan Koester wrote Emboldened by the success of Girls and Broad City, television has recently seen a rash of programs focused on the lives of such characters: Netflix’s Love, FXX’s You’re the Worst and HBO’s Insecure at the high end, and MTV’s impressively mediocre Mary + Jane (which plays as little more than Broad City fan fiction) at the low.

In 'Who are the Antonine Maillets of the future?' for The Journal Pioneer, Natalie Pendergast wrote I wonder what form common story-telling will take in the future—if not novels and poetry, will it be chronicles of Youtube stars, web series, online fanfiction?

In a piece about writing letters to editor, Battle Creek Enquirer's Annie J. Kelley wrote, of a letter she wrote years ago, that it is obvious that her younger self had been watching a lot of "West Wing" at the time, too, which is why the letter comes off as a fan-fiction attempt of an Aaron Sorkin speech.

In 'Fantastic Beasts Finds Success' for The Cornell Daily Sun, David Gouldthorpe wrote The biggest problem with Cursed Child was that it felt more like a fanfiction than a natural extension of the series. It focused on time travel, while the original books were all mysteries.

Michael Chabon, HRC, podcasting, Axanar, Victoria, Jim Chapman, Grey’s Anatomy, Benedict Cumberbatch, My Immortal )

Regarding industry-produced podcasts, New York Times's Rob Walker wrote Outside of download numbers, [head of media innovation for G.E.] Ms. [Alexa] Christon said, G.E. judged the success of "The Message" partly by way of "the organic groups that have sprung up" in places like Reddit, swapping plot theories and even generating fan fiction.

In 'Porpentine Charity Heartscape's New Novella is Science-Fiction About Living with Trauma, and Slime Sex' for East Bay Express, Donna Kazimarki wrote Heartscape's art often intertwines explorations and exorcisms of her experiences as a poor, abuse survivor and chronically ill trans-woman with critiques of popular culture and academic discourses. Her inspirations are found in the visceral and pulpy worlds of fan fiction, erotic literature, and dialogue between video-game characters — things seen as lowbrow by society that are revelatory to Heartscape.

Click through if 'Chinese Reality TV Show Under Fire For Inappropriate Pairing,' or the fanfic thereof, doesn’t put you off .

Finally, a note in Springfield News-Sun pointed me to this gem by Anna Wilson in Aeon, 'Full-body reading': One of the terrible secrets about attending graduate school in literature is that it can ruin your ability to read for pleasure; pick up a book, and a nasty voice whispers that you should be reading something serious – or reading something seriously. So in the classroom, I learned to put away my body. Outside of the academy, however, specifically through fanfiction, I was learning to read with it.
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Harvard Law Today announced the appointment of 'Rebecca Tushnet, a leading First Amendment scholar,' who helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and currently volunteers on its legal committee.

In 'The Fate of Reading in a Multimedia Age' for LA Review of Books, Sabrina Ricci wrote The average reading time [on Wattpad] is 30 minutes per day, and the most popular genres are romance, teen fiction, and fan fiction.

From BuzzFeed’s Bim Adewunmi: Why "The Walking Dead" Has Become Fanfiction’s Muse.

From Marty Rosen in Louisville Eccentric Observer: A few years back, when "Fifty Shades of Grey" made the leap from fan fiction to hit novel, I read a few of the excerpts that popped up online. My conclusion: Stupidity is not erotic.

Final Fantasy, Harry Potter, Slash, Joe Biden, Hamilton )

According to The Daily Dot’s April Siese, @mikepence has already tweeted a hodgepodge fanfiction depicting Pence and Trump as star-crossed lovers.

For a piece on nasal fetishes for The Sun, Josie Griffiths shared the on-line anonymous comment "About 3-4 years ago I actually stumbled upon some sneeze fan fiction and I was in heaven."

Live Science senior writer Tia Ghose said, of a sample of machine-assisted prose, This is no Ray Bradbury — or even Spock fan-fiction.

Daily Californian’s Neil Lawrence wrote My interest in queer history once approached an obsession. It grew naturally out of the fertile ground of my childhood archaeology fixation and my early adolescent fan fiction phase.

Finally, in 'Stephenie Meyer's great chemistry with Jeremy Renner' for USA Today, Jocelyn McClurg wrote that Meyer wrote [Bourne Legacy] fan fiction for [production partner Meghan] Hibbet’s birthday.
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In a piece about Hong Kong politician Yau Wai-ching for TIME, Nash Jenkins wrote Her parents kept a strict moratorium on television watching, so instead she read — Chinese classics from the imperial dynasties, mostly. She studied these works at Lingnan University, and wrote pieces of fan fiction exploring their themes, particularly what she recognized as their latent homoerotic subtexts.

From Meghan Morris in The Post (Ohio University): Fan fiction provides as an outlet to fans to express original ideas.

The Daily Tarheel published 'a list of things you can do to show kindness this week' which included Write fanfiction about your friend and their political idol. (Jenni Ciesielski, Rachel Jones, Sarah Vassello)

In a piece on new apps for Albany Student Press, Diego Cagara recommended Pocket, which lets you save an intriguing article, story or even a piece of fanfiction that you want to spend time reading but you may not have the time to do it at that moment. I think I’ve had this capability in some form since, um, 1993…

In 'Oxford professor Carolyne Larrington on Game of Thrones and how the hit HBO series might end' for Herald Sun, Bernard Humphreys wrote "There’s a lot of storylines he needs to tie up," she said, but she is sure that whatever happens, Martin’s mythical Westeros will not be destroyed by war, politics, dragons or monsters, and that the author will leave his imaginary land with a future, perhaps to be perpetuated in other forms, such as fan fiction. (If you hit a paywall, try googling the quote.)

The Boston Globe’s Dugan Arnett noted that There have been, over the past few months, election-inspired podcasts and election-inspired performance art, election-inspired Twitter parody accounts and election-inspired fan fiction.

For The Franklin News, Christina Ramey wrote If you look at them closely, sports fandoms and TV show fandoms are not as different as you may think. Both consist of a large group of people who share a common interest or love for something that, to them, is very enjoyable to watch. Sports teams have their fantasy football leagues, talk shows and ESPN to satisfy them. Fandoms have fan-run Instagram accounts, fan art, fan fiction and conventions to satisfy them.

In a review of a recent comedy show for Washington Free Beacon, Blake Seitz wrote The emcee’s opening riff set the tone. She had been “raised pretty religious” in a Christian household, she told us, but fell away from the faith and now couldn’t understand why so many people wanted to use the Bible—”the best-selling fan fiction in history”—to take away her rights as a “queer” and “really big feminist” who also “hates kids.”

Finally, according to Daily Dot’s Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Some of the best writing about the 2016 election was fanfiction.
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Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks wrote Costume meetups like Comic-Con are, in a fundamental sense, efforts to satisfy the modern craving for endless juvenile escape, a Perpetual Halloween, and the online explosion of another enthusiast’s delight — fan fiction — signals an urge to coexist nostalgically in the same space forever with the fictional object of one’s affections.

In 'Prince Harry, Meghan Markle spotted together at Toronto Halloween party, spies say' for The Hamilton Spectator, Shinan Govani wrote In terms of fan fiction, there was more than enough: World's Most Eligible Bachelor meets slightly older, biracial, Pippa-lookalike divorcee who can make a mean Ina Garten chicken (it's true!), has done humanitarian work in Africa (just like Harry!), began her career as a briefcase model (Deal or No Deal!) and once toiled as a professional calligrapher (what's not to like about a gal with Grade-A cursive skills?).

Harry Potter, Black Mirror, Inferno, NaNoWriMo, Anna Kendrick, mass transit in Asia, Sarah J Maas, Scandal, Doctor Strange )

From The Week: On Monday's Daily Show, Trevor Noah ran with that and created post-apocalyptic fan-fiction about the end of President Trump's first term.

In 'New York Comedy Troupe 'Blogologues' Perform #NastyWoman And #TrumpBookReport Tweets Tonight' for Forbes, Dana Feldman wrote Bits plucked from the internet and brought to life in the show include Craigslist Missed Connections, Yelp reviews, Tinder, OK Cupid profiles, fan fiction, Twitter, Tumblr and of course, Trump vs. Clinton.

The Simmons Voice’s Kaydee Donohoo wrote Don’t believe me that the semester is even worse than I’m imagining? Yes, you can point to the stressful things that you’ve been doing. What about the fun things that you’ve stopped doing? Realize how your lack of free time has taken some of the color out of your schedule. Used to write fan fiction? When was the last time you opened up a word doc for fun? When was the last time you watched something without feeling so guilty you didn’t even enjoy it?

Finally, in 'Strange origins of Frankenstein the creature and the book about him' for The Australian Financial Review, Frances Wilson wrote The similarities between Rowling and Shelley extend no further than the backstory. Despite the wilderness that is Harry Potter fan fiction, Rowling has held fast to her authorial control and kept her many-headed Cerberus on a leash. Unprotected by copyright, Shelley saw none of the profits when, five years after her book was published, a dramatisation by Richard Brinsley Peake called Presumption: or, The Fate of Frankenstein, kick-started the Frankenstein industry.
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A number of celebrity media sources, including Gabrielle Chung on Celebuzz, discussed What Zayn Malik Thinks of One Direction Fanfiction. Singer Zayn Malik found reading One Direction fan fiction to be "unnerving", but says he enjoys fan art (The New Indian Express).

In a review of '"Six Swans," a clever mixture of Drake’s Six God nickname and Sufjan’s "Seven Swans" album' for Eagle News, Luke Janke wrote Along with the album, the Tumblr user also wrote a 20-part fan fiction series featuring the two artists’ budding romance and has also made a fan video of Stevens and Drake getting married at the Canadian border with Beyoncé and Rihanna in attendance.

Harry Potter, George Lucas, Splash, Sociology, Abbi Jacobson, Pentatonix, Donald Trump, zines )

In a review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back for The Weekender, Mike Sullivan wrote This unwanted sequel is like bad Jack Ryan fan-fiction written by your father’s drinking buddy after he hit his head on the curb.

The Guardian’s Claire Armitstead interviewed Naomi Alderman: After university she briefly worked as a PA at a children’s publisher, then talked her way into a job editing publications for an international law firm, which sent her to its New York office. There she became involved in fan fiction, after receiving "a call from God" to attend a Buffy the Vampire Slayer conference in Nashville, Tennessee, "which changed my life by making me think of this show I loved in new, critical, ways."

McPherson Sentinel’s Patricia Middleton profiled local author Alyson Holman, who gained experience writing one chapter at a time when she wrote stories for Fanfiction.net, focusing on her favorite characters from "Sherlock," "Thor," "Avengers" and "Stargate: Atlantis."

In 'Daisy Ridley responds to Rey being called a 'Mary Sue'' for Entertainment Weekly, Devan Coggan wrote The term has its roots in fan fiction, where it’s usually used to describe a character that’s just thinly-veiled wish fulfillment, or the author inserting a perfect version of themself into a world they love.

Finally, from Kevin Harley on GamesRadar: Is it just me, or should we stop using 'fan fiction' as a catch-all putdown?
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In 'What's The Point of LGBT Literature?' for University Times, Lauren Guy wrote Though our society is growing ever more liberal, with Tumblr pages dedicated to Sherlock fanfiction and representations of queer communities now becoming mainstream, being an out member of the LGBT community is a long way away from a safe position to hold.

In a review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Ithican’s Jake Leary wrote It seems as though screenwriter Jane Goldman is writing a tedious X-Men fan fiction, which isn’t surprising considering her previous work includes the vastly superior “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Manila Bulletin’s Angelo G. Garcia profiled Anna Todd, Fan fiction writer turned published author [who] shares how her love for books and boy bands started her career in publishing.

Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, Chris Colfer, Bob Dylan, Star Trek, Black Mirror, gender-flipping ACD, Mighty Boosh, Tim Burton )

Christian Science Monitor’s Zhai Yun Tan wrote that Copyright issues over famous film franchises can be a touchy issue, especially when increasingly large-production fan fiction intersects with studio-produced blockbusters.

For Teen Vogue, Lauren Duca wrote that Less than half of this country is being provided with adequate sex ed, and more than half of them are exposed to a mix of facts and biological fan fiction.

In 'Twitter has a negative vibe and a nebulous purpose - no wonder nobody wants to buy it' for The Telegraph, James Quinn wrote It has also enhanced our awareness of the banal. From the dissemination of some questionable fan fiction surrounding a fictitious love affair between two of the members of One Direction to endless Gifs (that’s a hard G, for those not in the know) of Ed Balls’ dancing the Paso Doble dressed as a medieval knight, Twitter comes into its own when it is able to pass comment on the simply bizarre.

From David Kluft on JD Supra: 10 Copyright Cases Every Fan Fiction Writer Should Know About.

From Bilge Ebiri in LA Weekly: Lesbian Pickpocket Fan-Fic: Park Chan-wook on His Lush Adaptation The Handmaiden.

Finally, in a piece for Press Herald, Michael Berry reported that short story author Charlie Jane Anders referred to her adaptation of "The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage" as basically 'Adventure Time' fanfic.
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From a The Swanee Purple (University of the South) piece by Frances Marion Givhan on a recent '"Litter"ature'-focused gathering: The members of the Writing House requested that attendants bring a piece of badly written literature to read, which ended up including excerpts from fanfiction, poetry, and one particular shampoo bottle.

In 'Quit Calling Them My "Internet" Friends' for GOOD Magazine, Tasbeeh Herwees wrote my parents prohibited me from MySpace, monitored my AIM chats, supervised my NeoPets accounts. But this didn’t stop me from posting Green Day-inspired political poetry to my FictionPress page or penning short stories about Harry Potter for FanFiction.net under an anonymous screenname (LibyanPrincess92, if you must know).

In 'Examining Celebrities in the Age of Internet,' Washington Square News’s Hailey Nuthals wrote Facts, fanfiction and speculation are all compiled to form the most complete portrait possible of their favorite celebrities in 2016.

From Nathan Smith in Knoxville Mercury: Backward ‘Slash’: Coming-of-Age Flick Offers a Half-Hearted Defense of Fan Fiction.

In a piece about really, really, really being into Lost, Chris Silvini noted that the show premiered back in the days where downloading shows was in its infancy and the idea of streaming seemed like something ripped from the pages of Star Trek fan-fiction.

For The Weekender, Mike Sullivan wrote that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is Based on a gimmicky Ransom Riggs young adult novel that tied eerie Victorian photographs into a story that played like a barely reworked first draft of a Steam Punk/X-Men fanfiction novella.

Check, Please!, Demi Lovato, James Bond, Pitch Perfect, Southside With You, Heartland, Twilight, Cursed Child )

Sequim Gazette Reporter’s Matthew Nash wrote that local author Calinda B.’s "Meeting With My Maker" a paranormal romance, comes out Oct. 24 online with preorders available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Her science fiction tale "Night Whispers" comes out Dec. 2 online, too. Her Kindle World Book "A Twist of Love," a romance fan-fiction based on Melissa Foster's "The Remingtons" series, also comes out this year on Amazon.

In a profile of author E.K. Johnston for Waterlo Region Record, Jeff Hicks shared that The Laurier-schooled forensic archeologist had many occupations while she honed her writing craft with a slew of fan fiction projects over the last 15 years.

Been wondering what happened with ClintonKaine.com? According to CNET’s Laura Hautala, The former fan fiction site no longer features a cartoon portraying Hillary Clinton as a wizard much like Harry Potter. Instead, you'll find links to news stories and commentary that criticize and critique the Democratic presidential candidate.

Finally, in 'Margaret Atwood explains why she rewrote Shakespeare' for The Globe and Mail, J. Kelly Nestruck wrote In Hag-seed, the prisoner-actors offer up a series of possible aftermaths to The Tempest – a succession of chapters I suggest reads like Shakespeare fan-fic. "Of course, much of what we think of as classical literature is fanfic," Atwood notes, quite correctly. "We have the Iliad. We have Chaucer’s Troilus and Cressida. And then we have Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida."
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From Ram Sarangan in The Indian Express: Fanfiction: A billion-word phenomenon.

According to The Frisky’s Kelly Kanayama, Romance fanfiction about Rihanna and the French president is now a thing that exists.

For Financial Times, Matt Trueman wrote By grouping plays by their extremities, in-yer-face theatre risks reducing them to the shocks they spring. They start to sound like warped Friends fan-fiction: The One Where Someone Shits Onstage, The One With the Cannibalised Baby.

For The Inquisitr, Chanel Adams explored How Taylor Swift’s Love Life Has Turned Into Fanfiction. And, for Vanity Fair, Kenzie Bryant wrote Of course, if you ask Swift and Hiddleston, or Styles and Tomlinson (and somebody did), they would say that it’s not harmless; that it disrupts their lives. But for the majority of people, it’s ultimately a way to get more bang for your buck out of your stars—a fan fiction that involves a really good twist and a never-ending thread—at a minimal cost.

Wonder Woman, Sherlock, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Doc Martin, Hamilton, A Chinese Odyssey Part Three, Antonin Scalia, Star Wars, Cursed Child,  )

In a piece about what it’s like to have a winning football team – a VERY winning football team – for The Specturm (North Dakota State University), Benjamin Norman wrote It’s as if God decided to write some fan-fiction about some nobodies at NDSU, and then published it for craps and laughs.

For The Film Stage, Mike Mazzanti reported that Fan Fiction is Brought Vividly to Life in Trailer for SXSW Hit ‘Slash’.

In ‘Being a young obsessed fan once is part of who you are now’ for Herald Sun, Alice Clarke wrote I can’t imagine what it would have been like in the days when Star Trek fans were exchanging printed magazines of fan fiction.

Wired’s Clive Thompson wrote if you really want to explode the possibilities of a mode of communication, you have to make it easier for amateurs to get in. There are more of them, and they have the time to try crazy stuff. When scientists and researchers created the web, many of them figured it would be for formal, professional communication. Then GeoCities came along, and everyday people barged online—creating sites for bands and fan fiction and diaries. They paved the path for blogging.

Christine Laskodi listed 11 TV SlashFic 'Ships That Never Sailed for TV Fanatic.

From The Federalist’s David Harsanyi, regarding last week’s POTUS debate: I don’t care if [Lester] Holt writes Ronald Reagan fanfic in his spare time, he consistently let Hillary off the hook.

Finally, in ‘A "Harry Potter" religion? Count us out’ for Indiana Daily Student, the Editorial Board reminded readers that Fan fiction fills the Internet, hundreds of thousands traverse The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and many waited in line at midnight release party when Rowling contributed to a spinoff play in July, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” then went on to pan some podcast for being boring.
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(Shorter than usual because I was away all weekend; I have a cold; and a soccer board meeting in an hour. I’ll catch up next weekend.)

In ‘Dublin Fringe reviews: Fan Fiction Comedy and Finem Respice’ for Irish Times, Sara Keating misinformed readers Harry Potter is a particularly fertile source of fan fiction: there are more than 748,000 spin-off tales on fanfiction.com, the central compilation site.

From Daniel Megarry in Gay Times: Gay boyband fan fiction explored in new series Truth Slash Fiction.

For The New Yorker, Evan Osnos observed that [a Trump] victory is no longer the stuff of dark comedy or fan fiction. And, for The Guardian, Lindy West wrote we have to start acknowledging that even if we scrubbed Trump from this universe altogether (buy my fan fiction!), Clinton would still be an excellent one.

In a Cursed Child review for The Hoya (Georgetown), Paolo B. Santamaria wrote That this work now exists as fact in the beloved world of Hogwarts is not only disappointing, but also feels like an attempt to cash in on fan-fiction. And, for the Yeshiva University Commentator, Benjamin Koslowe opined Any consumer of fiction appreciates the convention of canonicity. The “official” works of a storyline. A “fictional universe.” The “real stuff” as opposed to “fan fiction.” While it is difficult to determine an objective standard for canonicity, the most basic element is usually assumed to be a consistent author (or producer/director for a movie).

For The New York Times, E. A. Hanks wrote The “[Fear the Walking] Dead” universe (or really, any genre universe) is littered with female characters who get nothing but the audience’s ire. Memes are dedicated to how these women are the worst. Fan fiction in which these characters are killed off with relieved glee flourishes.

Finally, from Ben East in The National: By common consensus, Jack Falahee has the world at his feet. One of the young stars of the stylish OSN First HD drama How to Get Away With Murder – yet another drama from the Shonda Rhimes television hit factory that includes Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and The Catch – the 27 year-old American has struck such a chord with his ­depiction of ruthless but alluring law ­student Connor Walsh, there is even fan fiction delving deeper into his story.
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Here’s a shocker from CBS Sacramento: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer Promises Continuation Of Twilight Fan Fiction.

In ‘The Best Pizzas In Los Angeles’ for laist, Julia Wick wrote It's bread maven Nancy Silverton plus Italian food king Mario Batali—a combo that almost reads like food-world fan fiction.

For Russia Beyond the Headlines, Phoebe Taplin wrote that Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro series has inspired volumes of official fan fiction, set in the same invented universe and written by authors from around the world.

Larry, Friday Night Lights, Hercule Poirot, Sechs Kies, FLOTUS, Cursed Child )

Austin Chronicle’s Wayne Alan Brenner wrote that Like many things in this world – wars, businesses, families, feuds, civilizations, relentless amounts of Rey/Finn/Poe fanfic – [comic merchant David Wheeler’s career] started because of romance.

From Melissa Locker in TIME: James Corden is one of Beyoncé’s biggest fans, and like many superfans, he used his free time to write a little fan fiction. Of course, Corden isn’t just an average fan though, so on Monday night’s episode of The Late Late Show, with the help of Adam Scott and Meg Ryan, he turned his fan fiction into quality television, transforming Beyoncé lyrics into the plot of a soap opera called The Bold and the Lyrical.

Finally, Kola Weisbrich advised readers of Elite Daily to pick up as many books as you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading free Kindle garbage, trashy fan fiction or the latest Stephen Hawking novel; nobody has to know. I had to look this last bit up; it seems Hawking has, indeed, co-authored some children’s fiction with his daughter. So there you have it.
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According to WMUK’s Zinta Aistars, Michigan author Linda Sienkiewicz was first inspired to write when ”I was surfing the Internet when I stumbled across Russell Crowe fan fiction.”

In ‘Fan Fiction — The New Jane Austen?’ for The Boar (University of Warwick), Sohini Kumar wrote fan fiction can be a place of creativity and innovation, especially for people who, wanting to see more of their favourite stories, have set out to create them themselves.

For USA Today, Mike Snider wrote that the fan production Star Trek Continues carries on a long tradition of fan fiction that has evolved as digital video and streaming media provided Trekkies with better tools to create and share their own Trek stories. And, for The Guardian, James Walsh wrote As I've grown older, Star Trek has stayed with me. I've gone back to discover the wonders of the original series, from Nichelle Nichols' groundbreaking portrayal of Uhura to Kirk & Spock and the beginning of slash fanfiction (even Gene Roddenberry shipped it!).

Hillary Clinton, USC football, Willy Wonka, Ronaldo )

For Vanity Fair, Kenzie Bryant quoted celebrity reporter (?) Bobby Finger: “You want Britney Spears to be shading Taylor Swift and you want Mariah Carey to be shading Jennifer Lopez because that’s what makes celebrity gossip interesting: imagining all their interactions and being convinced that your own personal fan fiction is canon[.]”

Finally, from Beth Spotswood in San Francisco Chronicle: A night of erotic fan fiction demands a fan to cool you down.
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A piece in Marianas Variety announced that ‘Dreams Fan Fiction’ winners [will appear] on ‘Your Humanities Half-Hour’.

In ‘A History of the Fan Mutation, YouTube’s Strangest Art Movement’ for Filmmaker Magazine, Dan Schoenbrun wrote “Fan film” or “fan fiction” doesn’t seem accurate, because the creators aren’t really paying tribute to the works they pull from.

In ‘Father John Misty Is the King of Trolls’ for Portland Mercury, Ciara Dolan wrote Last year, following the release of I Love You, Honeybear, I wrote him into some nonsensical apocalyptic fanfiction (originally published at (klc-theumbrella.tumblr.com)—because that’s what Father John Misty embodies.

For Business Insider, Rafi Letzter wrote Of course [actual data, or the lack thereof] hasn't stopped a cottage industry from springing up and hawking claims about the diseased minds of celebrities and politicians. But the stories spun in that world are much closer to fan fiction than science.

Star Trek at 50, Harry Potter, Secret of Mana, The Killing Joke, Victoria, Star Wars )

For The Tab, Roisin Lanigan wrote, of J.K. Rowling, She’s got 8.07 million Twitter followers, and instead of using that influence to say anything useful, she’s turned it into some sort of bizarre safe-space fan fiction. I suggest, Ms. Lanigan, that you go get your own 8.07 million followers and do with them as you wish.

Finally, I don’t often include references related to the show “FanFiction Comedy,” but this one by Peter Crawley in Irish Times is a worth it: Slavish devotion and unbridled imagination combine in the internet phenomenon of fan fiction, which is to say noncanonical contributions to the expanded universes of intellectual property.
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Tanya Kini delved into Sports fan fiction: Where fandoms script the lives of their favourite sportspersons for First Post.

In 'One amazing time at FlameCon 2' for Amsterdam News, Rubin Richardson wrote The opening ceremony started off with a very humorous reading of a piece a fan fiction featuring none other than Harry Potter characters Ron Weasely, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy and a Mercedes-Benz.

In a Forbes review of No Man’s Sky, Dani Di Placedo wrote, of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the dialogue was poorly written, the quests were simplistic and the history of the world felt like Lord Of The Rings fan fiction.

Annabel Stafford defined slash as fan fiction in which the characters in an iconic tale become gay lovers in ‘What's not to love about romance novels?’ for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Coen Bros., Alexandra Petri, Great British Bake Off, Southside With You, Kerrygold, Ben-Hur, Harry Potter )

From Bhargav Prasad in New Indian Express: What if the Creationist theory was true and human beings just landed on the planet, and my fan-fiction addition to that is, what if every single species on earth looked like human beings and only differed based on the species’ intelligent quotient, and given how the only human beings as a species can come up with absurd theories about their own existence, humans are the ones that are obviously on top of the intelligence chain (the hypothetical equivalent of the food chain).

Finally, from Michael Hill in Daily Freeman (via the Associated Press): [Fan film creator James Cawley and his friends] were pioneers in the flourishing culture of Star Trek fan films. But the atmosphere in their little universe chilled in December after Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers in California of a planned fan film that raised more than $1 million on crowdsourcing web sites. Six months later, the companies — calling themselves “big believers in reasonable fan fiction” — released guidelines on how fan filmmakers can avoid objections, such as not raising more than $50,000 and keeping individual episodes to under 15 minutes. Though he was never sued, Cawley felt it was a good time to move on.
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In a review for The Daily Star, Sarah Anjum Bari wrote that The Cursed Child is More Fan Fiction Than Sequel.

Gaby Dunn told The Washington Post’s Gene Park and Alex Laughlin that she met her first online friends as a 12-year-old on messages boards and on LiveJournal, where I met a lot of people through writing fan fiction.

In an interview for LA Review of Books, Richard Grusin told Melissa Dinsman I think there are two places where digital work in the humanities is being done, and often being done outside the academy. One of these places is participatory culture. There has been an explosion of students writing online, be it blogging or fan fiction or whatever.

Twilight, Clinton, Austen, Badminton RPF, More Harry Potter )

In a piece about college clubs for The Guardian, Allison Dickinson wrote, of Dumbledore’s Army, This society for Harry Potter fans at the University of Derby has quizzes, online roleplaying, fan fiction and origami sessions.

Holland Sentinel’s Justine McGuire wrote that an upcoming film festival will feataure fan-fiction movies with a focus on superheroes and sci-fi.

In a Post-Gazette review of Hannah Moskowitz’s Gena/Finn, Morgan Suity wrote that the main character writes fan fiction, stories about the characters that exist outside the events that air on TV.

From Christopher Hooton in The Independent: BoJack Horseman creator pens fan fiction on the sadness of Marge Simpson.

Finally, from Oliver Franklin-Wallis for Wired: From Bieber to K-Pop, how fanfic predicts popularity.
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In 'Finally, a new Harry Potter story worth reading' for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino wrote Skepticism awaited Rowling’s latest addition, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," because, with […] previous forays, she has been playing to a small, fan-fic-friendly audience. The Observer’s Dana Schwartz wrote that Cursed Child is fan fiction, in the sense that the text wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling. For DNA India, Ritika Jain wrote By the time the seventh book came out, and the three companion books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch through the ages, I was almost completely immersed in the world of Harry Potter – through the books and with a little help from Fanfiction. And, in 'The Magic Is Gone but Harry Potter Will Never Die' for TIME, Sarah Begley wrote Others felt the plot read like fan fiction, with its revisiting of the original novels’ plot points, its cameos of beloved characters, and its too-satisfying outcomes.

From Marga Buenaventura on The Philippine Star: Author Kiera Cass visits Manila and serves up some realness on wrist tattoos and sketchy fanfic writers.

For CBS Chicago, Tim Baffoe wrote that Tim Tebow in the outfield would be teenage White Sox fanfic come true.

Sachin Dev told Deccan Chronicle’s Pooja Chandraprabhan "I initially started writing (pretty early — around eight or nine) just to see if my own version of the Famous Five or Hardy Boys would be more exciting (for me, and no one else!). I have always been trying my hand at this sort of 'fan fiction'."

Stephen Hillard, Paul and Yoko and Kanye )

In a piece about a teen jobs program for The Recorder, Jack Evans wrote, of one participant, Before starting at the Ware River News, where she writes a column about teenage-dom, takes photos and works with the paper’s archives, she’d published stories on the website fanfiction.net and was only interested in writing fiction.

From Brian Logan in The Guardian: The Danish standup Sofie Hagen is one of the flag-bearers for a new era of mental-health-aware comedy, having won the best newcomer award at last year’s fringe with Bubblewrap, a show addressing her teenage self-harm. It was also about her Westlife obsession, which usefully anchored the riskier material in extracts from her adolescent boyband fan-fiction that couldn’t fail to amuse.

Finally, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette carried Atiya Irvin-Mitchell’s Fan-fiction writers can't help wondering what if?
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Another week of Potter refs! According to Jacob Shamsian on Business Insider Australia, Years-old fan fiction accurately predicted a key character in the new 'Harry Potter' sequel. Danielle Fox informed the readers of Grand Haven Tribune and other Tribune papers that There are more than 746,000 fan-created stories on fanfiction.net, in addition to Kickstarter-funded films detailing the back stories of characters, such as “Severus Snape and the Marauders.” For Daily Dot, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw observed 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' includes plenty of fanfic tropes, but ignores queer representation. And, from CBC: By Monday, as the script is released worldwide, expect a flood of Scorpius Malfoy fanfiction.

The Rumor of a Putin-Trump Political Axis Is the Laziest Kind of Slash Fiction - Andrew Ryvkin, Village Voice (with an illustration I will never be able to unsee).

From 'Florida Grand Opera Celebrates a Successful First Year of the New Youth Artist Learning Academy' on Broadway World: Traditional classes such as "Opera Fan Fiction" libretto study, "Opera in Infamy" appreciation course, and "Sound Like a Local" diction class gave students a foundation in the stories and language of opera.

Trudeau , Suicide Squad, Time Caine, Hawthorne/Melville, The Big Lebowski, Stranger Things, Ghostwriter, The Rock for POTUS, 21 Pilots, Donald Trump, Sailor Moon )

From Yohana Desta in Vanity Fair: Your fan fiction about Channing Tatum as a merman is swimming closer to reality.

In ‘Women start to make their voices heard in podcast world’ for Belfast Telegraph, Katie Wright wrote Acast's new offering includes Joblogues, a weekly career advice show, and Toku, in which journalists Holly Nielsen and Kate Grey chat about everything from video games and TV to fan fiction and periods, because they "had a lot to say, and we thought people might want to hear us".

Artist Jeremy P. Bushnell told Harvard Crimson’s Ha D.H. Le When I was real little, I used to make comic books that... you would call “fan fiction” nowadays. They were based on a Japanese television show character called Ultraman.

In ‘7 LGBTQ YA books worth checking out’ for CNN Philippines, Carina Santos wrote A self-published title, "How to Repair a Mechanical Heart" was personally delightful, as it occurs in a setting that I have never seen in books — a sci-fi convention! The main characters, best friends Brandon and Abel, vlog on YouTube! Fanfiction! Real Person Fanfiction! — without making me cringe.

In a New York Times review of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s exhibit “Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity,” Jennifer Schuessler wrote That’s Jane Austen, you rattlepate. True, she and William Shakespeare never met in person (outside the kinkier reaches of fan fiction, that is). But their parallel cultural afterlives illuminate the process by which some great authors are transformed into icons, beloved almost as much for their imagined personalities and our feelings of intimacy with them as for anything they wrote.

Finally, from Allison Needles in The News Tribune: "Geeks in the 21st century are using social media as activists,” said [writer/media critic Jennifer] Stuller, “through memes, through hashtags, through fanfiction and cosplaying. They are finding community, family and friends online."
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In 'The myth of the Entitled Fan' for NewStatesman, Elizabeth Minkel mentioned that Fandom Is Broken (in Birth Movies Death) author Devin Faraci took a bizarre swipe at fanfiction, suggesting that fans’ desires to spend time in fictional worlds, writing explicitly for other fans, was the height of entitlement.

In a short review of Julia Pierpont’s Among the Ten Thousand Things for The New York Times, Joumana Khatib wrote [the] two children, the true stars of this insightful novel, turn to literature to cope: Simon begins toting Ayn Rand books around as protest, while Kay writes erotic “Seinfeld” fan fiction.

The Times-Independent’s Jeff Richards wrote, of local author Christopher Cleveland, that he said he honed his writing skills by writing fan-fiction stories online for the past several years, drawing inspiration from a range of sources, including Star Wars, Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, and various mythologies.

Harry Potter, Sherlock, Marjorie Liu, Me Before You, ice hockey, Clinton-Kaine, Star Wars, Star Trek, Manson Family )

In an autobiographic essay for Arizona Daily Star, librarian Jessica Pryde wrote Whether I was in the aisles of B. Dalton or the teen section of the MLK Library in Downtown D.C., or spending way too much time harassing my high school librarian about “Pride and Prejudice” fan fiction, you probably couldn’t find me not reading as a youth.

From Dan Hodges in The Daily Mail: Corbyn’s supporters seem to put great store in their hero’s character. So let us present people with the truth, not the fan-fiction.

And, finally, in ‘Why Pokémon Go matters’ for Christian Today, Talisa Pariss wrote Whether it's Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, chess, writing novels or fan fiction, speaking in Elvish, watching Doctor Who, Star Wars card battles or cosplay, the world of geek-dom celebrates creativity and imagination and storytelling in extraordinary and vastly different ways. The greatest argument against Pokémon Go making the rounds is that it is a silly thing to be obsessed with. An argument that is usually also applied to the things listed above.
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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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