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For The Facts, Ian Goodrum wrote about Reluctantly becoming a fan of fan fiction.

For Wear Valley Advertiser, Sarah Scott called Wicked the ultimate fan fiction achievement.

The Times-Picayune’s David Lee Simons wrote about the upcoming "Pulp Science Fiction: A Star Wars Burlesque Play", a "live action fan fiction" play, co-written by Zeit-Geist and fellow Sinner J. Alfred Potter, [which] will take characters and settings from the George Lucas classic and plop them into scenes taken from Quentin Tarantino's neo-noir pastiche.

Badfic Love (Harry Potter), Man Men, The Royal We, British Royals, Futuro Beach, 5 to 7 )

An upcoming con at Johns Hopkins will feature a panel on the ins and outs of writing fan fiction, a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament, an 18+ talk on Japanese fetishes, a Legend of Korra role-playing game, a Dungeons & Dragons Eberron session, and showings of anime movies, including The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), according to Johns Hopkins News Network’s Katie Pearce.

For The Federalist, Sean Davis (who is probably a blast at parties) took Ohio Gov. John Kasich to task for authoring heavenly fan fiction, complete with an implied scene in which he brilliantly passes St. Peter’s works test while all his antagonists fail. Kasich does not preach compassion; he preaches a false gospel of redemption through political activism.

In a Las Vegas Review-Journal piece about upcoming library events featuring author Marie Lu, Michael Lyle wrote that when she was younger while she was writing mostly fan fiction and learning to create her own stories, she wished she had someone to show her the way.

From James Rael in The Falcoholic: Say what you want, but eleven-year-old me thought Star Wars figurines and fan fiction were the bee's knees.

For Good, Tasbeeh Herwees wrote I don’t know about you but when I was a teenager, I mostly spent my time racking up neopoints on Neopets and writing Harry Potter fan fiction and angsty poetry for my Xanga site! Not making videos educating people about the important social issues of our time!

The author of this piece has obviously never heard of SGA, but given the subject matter, the murder of a teacher, I’m not going to say more.

Finally, for Brisbane Times, Elizabeth Andal quoted author Lynette Noni: "As a writer, being surrounded by people who love fantasy and fan fiction improves passion and motivation…If writing is something you love, don't let anyone stop you, accept rejection and hardship."
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The New York Times’s Alexandra Alter profiled Dutton Children’s Books publisher (and editor) Julie Strauss-Gabel, who described an overwrought climactic scene [in The Fault in Our Stars] as reading “like bad John Green fan fiction,” Mr. Green recalled. He changed the ending.

From Ashley Crossan on Entertainment Tonight: 'Childrens Hospital' Cast on 'Twilight' Fan-Fiction Parody Episode.

Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Hoodoo, Veep, Drake, Twin Peaks )

Camille Bautista wrote Workshops Use Sci-Fi, Fan Fiction to Teach Girls STEM and Writing Skills for DNAinfo.

In a piece on the Grace and Frankie trailer for Vanity Fair, Katey Rich wrote But though Grace and Frankie might look like more of a traditional sitcom than Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black, it’s still original and a little weird, like the saltier spin on The Golden Girls you never knew you needed. Or the West Wing/Law & Order cross-over that previously only existed in fan fiction.

From an Evening Sun piece on local author Jennifer Heath by Brittany Grove: "As a child, I created my own newspaper and wrote Ninja Turtle fan fiction with my brother," said Heath. "I also wrote short stories in high school just for fun."

Variety’s Seth Kelley wrote that, at a recent conference, Sima Sistani, head of media at Tumblr, explained her thoughts on how content producers can improve their digital presence, saying that fans will create opportunities. “You have fandoms out there who are taking the best moments from a movie or show and creating episode recaps or pulling out the best moments into gifs and even creating fan fiction and fan art,” she explained.

For Telegraph, Bernadette McNulty wrote Websites listing lyrics proliferate essentially because they are a kind of nerdy musical fan fiction in which people declare their love of a song by treating its words as medieval manuscripts or ancient hieroglyphics, to be revered. Where’s the fun in that though?

Regarding canon (inspired by Game of Thrones going off-book) for The Millions, Johnathan Goldman wrote Its 20th-century paradigm is perhaps the case of Sherlock Holmes: when Arthur Conan Doyle, tired of churning out detective stories, killed off the beloved sleuth in 1893, readers filled the void with fan fiction and biographies, even after Conan Doyle bowed to pressure and resuscitated — and copyrighted — the character in 1903.

E! Online’s Chris Harnick wrote that a recent Dancing With the Stars performance was sort of like Hunger Games fan fiction.

In ‘Tapping the power of poetry’ for The Charlotte Observer, Kay McSpadden wrote that the creative writing class she teaches is designed to give students practice in many different genres – nonfiction essays, short stories, one-act plays, children’s picture books, even online fan fiction.

Finally, for Billboard, Chris Payne reported on a recent Alt in Our Stars podcast featureing All Time Low: "There's an interesting, strange corner of the internet that thrives on fan fiction and I don't go there often," [vocalist-guitarist Alex] Gaskarth says. "It's like, me going down on the cast of Harry Potter. Those are the fan fictions we get."
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LA Times’s Hero Complex blog reported that recent plot developments in the DC Comics Universe(s) allow interactions that have ”been the realm of fan fiction” hitherto (quoting Scott Lobdell).

In ‘Frogs: The Surprising Star of the Passover Table’ for The Atlantic, Eric Schulmiller wrote A thousand years ago, medieval rabbis wrote a midrash (essentially biblical fan fiction), which imagined that the second plague started out as a single, massive frog that multiplied exponentially every time the Egyptians struck it in their obdurate efforts to drive it back into the Nile.

The Standard Examiner’s Jason Stanford wrote that Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which purports to protect Christians from being forced to apply the Golden Rule to gays and lesbians at work, resists sober interpretation. The only way to understand it is as government-sponsored fan fiction for NBC's recently departed "Parks & Recreation."

Li Lin explored Why are ‘Mary Sue’ stories so popular in today’s China? for Global Times.

Harry Potter, Steven Moffat, X-Files, Andrew Jackson Jihad, One Direction, Twin Peaks, HavenCon )

The Daily Texan’s Katie Walsh reported that Speakers [at ‘Mortified Austin’] in the past have included a woman who wrote sexually explicit Hanson fan fiction in middle school and a woman who took her brother to prom.

According to The Pitt News’s Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker, a participant in the recent “Rainbow Voices” recalled her first steps into the world of bisexuality while browsing the “mature content” on fanfiction sites.

For The Daily Californian, Natasha Von Kaenel wrote that an eighth grader she is working with has made great progress writing about celebrity Viner fan fiction, which exists.

The Oberlin Review’s Jeremy Reynolds wrote that the school library’s Special Collection includes 20th century Star Trek fanfiction.

Finally, on April 1, Cat Scratch Reader published a Matthew Ketchum piece: Cam Newton is set to star in a TV series adapted from very obscure Bob Seger fanfiction.
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As reported by, among others, John Wenz in Popular Mechanics, Screenwriter Max Landis Wrote This Crazy Fan Fiction Treatment of 'Ghostbusters 3'.

Apple Watch Fan Fiction Is Magnificent according to Kenzie Bryant on racked.

From Elizabeth Minkel in The Millions: From the Internet to the Ivy League: Fanfiction in the Classroom.

One Direction, 50SoG, Carmilla, Girls, Bill O’Reilly, Glee, Neil Diamond, furries )

From USA Today’s Hoai-Tran Bui: Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark) makes up some steamy 'Game of Thrones' fanfiction for Vanity Fair.

For Grantland, Wesley Morris wrote that, if the characters Cookie [(Empire)] and Olivia [(Scandal)] switched cities, it’d make for fascinating, funny television, but neither world could remain intact for long. Cookie would expose a whole city’s skeletons and be immediately out of a job. Olivia would provide withering scrutiny of the record label’s business plan, then disinfect all the tabletops, desktops, and backseats. That such a hypothetical, fan-fiction switch would fail indicates the diversity of blackness currently on dramatic television. There’s a relative wealth where 30 years ago there was only impoverishment.

For the LA Times, Carolyn Kellogg wrote that among the sessions scheduled for an upcoming conference at CalArts is "Marvelous Trash: Fan Fiction and Conceptualism".

In South-Central PA town-on-town smackdown news, York Daily Record’s Mike Argento wrote that, during a recent visit, he noticed that Lancaster’s coffee shops, which all had pretentious names, were full of hipsters poking at their Mac Books, writing screenplays based on Superman fanfic, or something like that.

Finally, in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, Steven Moffat told James Hibberd that A load of [Sherlock fanfic] has been superb. There’s a tendency to disparage it. I don’t agree. Even the slash fiction, that’s a great way to learn to work. No one really does three-act structure, but just trying to put words that make somebody else turned on, that’s going to teach you more about writing than any writing college you can go to. It’s creative and exciting. I refuse to mock it—because I’m a man who writes Sherlock Holmes fan fiction for a living!
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In The Washington Post, Ron Charles wrote “Star Trek” fans who had once traded their own photocopied stories about Spock and Captain Kirk were suddenly joined by thousands of people posting “fan fiction” or “fanfict” about all kinds of well-known characters, from Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes. Okay, for starters, photocopying is expensive; every zine I every bought new smelled like mimeograph fluid. More importantly - fanfict? Who calls it that? But I googled and got 424,000 hits, so IDEK.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More 50SoG )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter )

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

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

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

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

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

Harry Styles, Amazon, Body Movers, The Hobbit )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, on USA Today’s Happily Ever After, Robin Covington wanted to give the amazing Tracy Clark (The Light Key Trilogy) a shout-out for her fabulous fan fiction contest. She's going to pick the best fan fiction based on her books and publish it in the final Light Trilogy installment. Find out more at www.tracyclark.org.

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