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The biggest news of the week was that This Fanfic Predicted Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston's Romance 2 Years Ago (Isis Briones, Teen Vogue). On Refinery29, Morgan Baila invited readers to Meet FanFic Writer Who Predicted Hiddleswift Two Years Ago. Seventeen’s Hannah Orenstein asked, Is this magic? Fate? Or is Taylor secretly stealing her relationship ideas from fanfic sites? And, for The Atlantic, Megan Garber weighed in with Hiddleswift: Celebrity Romance as Fan Fiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Batman v Superman, SVU, Harry Potter )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, Duke Chronicle’s Bron Maher offered up Obama-Trudeau: a fanfic.
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'Of Course' Luke Skywalker Is Gay, Confirms Mark Hamill, Echoing Thousands of Fan-Fiction Prayers (Charles Bramesco, Vanity Fair).

For Christian Today, Czarina Ong wrote that [Alice] Neaves [holds] that erotica has been a "firm pillar" in the porn industry for many years, disguised as "romance" novels or "fan fiction."

For The Globe and Mail, Russell Smith wrote the proponents of the reading habits of kids today hold that Dystopian speculative fiction and celebrity-based fan fiction are grounded in the here-and-now and accessible to everyone.

In ‘How This Ex-Googler Plans to Turn You into a Movie Director’ for Fortune, Valentina Zarya wrote that a new app, Evertoon, which will be available on iTunes on Wednesday, has been in beta testing for the past few months, and [Niniane] Wang says it already hosts about 2,000 videos. Most of these videos offer commentary on current events, such as the Oscars or the Super Bowl, but they also include fan fiction using characters from popular films or series like Harry Potter or Twilight.

In 'Standford researchers using Wattpad stories to inform artificial intelligence' for The Globe and Mail, Shane Dingman quoted researcher Ethan Fast: In some sense, the bias of super old stuff is worse than the dramatic bias of poorly crafted fan fiction. And these amateur writers are actually more focused on mundane details that we would find useful than the great works of literature.

1D, Star Wars, Phanom Thian, Daaaamn Daniel, Writer Shame, Girl Meets World, Sherlock Holmes, NeverTrump, Ginnifer Goodwin, JK Rowling )

In a New York Times review of a new dance showcase, Andrea Mohin wrote In the end, the program resorted to the ultimate crowd-pleaser — in the parlance of fan fiction, “shipping” — with a pas de deux from Angelin Preljocaj’s 1994 ballet “Le Parc,” in which the ballerina clasps her partner’s neck and is spun, mid-kiss, until her feet fly into the air.

Nina Ricciarelli shared Confessions of a fan fiction writer with readers of The Journal (Queen’s University).

Brock Press’s Steven Greenwood asked Can you tell the difference between James Joyce and a piece of infamous Harry Potter fan-fiction?

Finally, from Katie Collins on CNET: Harry Potter fiction or iPhone weaponry? The 'dormant cyber pathogen' at the heart of Apple vs. FBI.
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In ‘Conspiracy theories require open rebuttal’ for Lakeshore Advance, Shannon Gormley wrote in the United Kingdom, the socialist Labour leader and presumed Da Vinci Code fan fiction author thinks Illuminati members are building a New World Order.

Maggie McLean wrote The fellowship of fanfiction for The Aquinian.

In a piece about teaching about copyright law for The Consumerist, Mary Beth Quirk quoted author Cory Doctorow: "Making a rule that’s fit for purpose — a rule that Warner can use to license out Harry Potter to Universal for the Harry Potter Theme Park — means that you are going to make a rule that is never going to be fit for purpose for a 12-year-old who wants to make Harry Potter fan fiction," he says.

From Laura Fraine in Chronicle Live: A copywriter by trade, [local author] Hazel [Osmond] started off writing short stories for competitions and then got hooked on fan fiction before having her first novel, Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe, published in 2011.

GRRMartin, Anna Todd, Star Trek (lots), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, X-Files, Naomi Novik )

Harry Potter (lots), Tom Hiddleston, P&P&Z, King Arthur )

In a review of ‘Arches, Balance and Light’, a play about architect Julia Morgan, David Templeton wrote In her somewhat convoluted play-within-a-play-within-a-play, now running at Ross Valley Players, [Mary] Spletter has done a bit of both, blending solid, historical reality with some juicy, fanciful "fan fiction," resulting in an entertaining if shaggy-doggish fantasy romance.

For USA Today, Jocelyn McClurg wrote that [Louis] Bayard believes Dickens and Poe and their ilk would be flattered by the ultimate in fan fiction. We’ll never know. (Bayard is the author of Mr. Timothy, which reimagines Tiny Tim of Dickens' A Christmas Carol all grown up and rooming in a brothel, and The Pale Blue Eye, which stars Poe as a detective.)

From the Financial Review’s Department of Just Not Getting It, with a brief fanfic mention: Too bad they've made us hooked on the internet.

Finally, in ‘Registration of blogs, a draconian move’ for The Malaysian Insider, Hafidz Baharom wrote There is a need to win back trust, surely, but stopping people from writing blogs which could vary in topics from fan fiction to just keeping track of daily deeds, food pictures and restaurant reviews?
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In a New York Times review of Kayne West’s The Life of Pablo, Jon Caramanica wrote that a certain line is both tacky and hilarious, a piece of celeb-slash-fiction that’s both casual boast and extravagant provocation (if only, right?).

From BuzzFeed’s Karen Onojaife: How Writing Fanfic Introduced Me To Myself.

Tom West wrote a nice piece about his involvement in reddit fanfic for The Michigan Daily.

In 'Writing is the best diet' for The Stanly News & Press, staff writer Marina Shankle wrote Lately, I have been working on a fan-fiction story just for fun (fan-fiction being a genre of story based on an existing story from a book, film, TV show, video game, etc.), and I have been enjoying myself so much that I have really cut back on those unhealthy afternoon snacks.

In 'The secret lives of Tumblr teens' for New Republic, Elspeth Reeve wrote You can start as many Tumblrs as you like, one for each slice of your personality, whether that’s gymnastics fandom (how I got into Tumblr) or Barack Obama-Harry Styles slashfic (it exists) or akoisexual identity (when your feelings of sexual attraction fade once they’re reciprocated).

For The Observer (Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s), Alexandra Lowery wrote In case you were wondering, convincing your single friends to go see a movie titled “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” on Valentine’s Day takes a little more effort than you might expect. I was mostly met with a lot of blank stares, and my roommate even inquired if it was a movie that was currently playing in theaters, obviously shocked that anyone could get real Hollywood funding for something that sounded much more like bad fan fiction than an actual screenplay.

From Kirsty McCormack in Express: 'Dickensian is like brilliant fan fiction' says Peaky Blinders actress Sophie Rundle.

According to Scott Beggs in Vanity Fair, It’s no big surprise that there’s Hannibal/Clarice romantic fanfic.

Finally, in a book review for The Scarlet & Black (Grinnell College), Chase Booth wrote If dark fan fiction is your thing, if you’re tired of reading bad scholarship or if you’re looking for a short read, [Cormac McCarthy’s] “Outer Dark” is one of the few novels that will stick with you afterwards and beg for future rereading.
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For E! Online, Billy Nilles predicted that NBC's James Burrows Special Is Going to Inspire a Lot of TV Crossover Fan Fiction.

Tallahassee Democrat’s Mark Hinson is giving up Writing fan fiction based on the erotic exploits of Barney Fife and Thelma Lou in Mayberry for Lent.

In 'Does the producer behind the feminist tweets live up to his message?' for New York Post, Elisabeth Vincentelli wrote The excerpts read like assembly-line fanfiction by people whose knowledge of women is mostly theoretical.

From Kayli Burt on Den of Geek!: Pride and Prejudice: A History of Onscreen Fan Fiction, featuring the nugget When most people hear the words "fan fiction," they think of Fifty Shades of Grey.

For Vulture, Jackson McHenry wrote In the kind of pairing of funny and handsome, but approachable white movie stars that the bulk of slash-fiction is built of, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan will play a married couple in An Ideal Home.

Roshni Nair dives into the wacky, wonderful fan fiction universe pivoted on India's longest-running TV show (DNA India).

Cam Newton, The X-Files, Marco Rubio, Star Wars, One Direction, Downton Abbey, Point Break, Dickensian )

Mangala Dilip wrote that shippers […] weave their fantasies into a world of fan fiction for International Business Times’s India edition.

In 'In defense of pretentiousness' for The Guardian, Dan Fox wrote Think about what gets you out of the house at weekends. Is it dirt-biking or brewing craft ales? Maybe bird-spotting, kickboxing, visiting medieval churches, or attending cosplay conventions dressed as Harry Potter. Perhaps it’s art appreciation, bread baking, five-a-side football, astronomy, philately, writing erotic fan-fiction, playing soldiers from the comfort of your couch in Call of Duty, metal-detecting, larping, running, playing darts, keeping goldfish, reading up on Middle East politics, […] or watching old silent films. Whatever it is you do, I’ll bet you’d never think it pretentious. That’s because you do it, and pretension never self-identifies.

In a review of Empire of Imagination, a biography of D&D creator Gary Gygax, for Christian Science Monitor, Cecilia D'Anastasio wrote Author Michael Witwer, who pays tribute to “the Good Lord” in the acknowledgments, composes a sort of fanfiction around Gygax’s life, complete with scenes depicting him fishing for bass on Lake Geneva and undercover Army Intelligence agents infiltrating his gaming circle (“fanfiction,” I say, because a FOI request to Army Intelligence yielded no official corroboration).

Finally, in 'What are your kinks?' for Columbia Chronicle, Zoe Eitel wrote The themed fan fiction smut for those with more alternative kinks or specific wants include works with "mpreg," or male pregnancy; those in which one of the characters is a ghost; hybrid, aka a person who is half-cat with a real tail and fuzzy ears; and ABO—alpha, beta, omega dynamics—in which characters exhibit certain characteristics of wolves or werewolves including having heats.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation website featured 'The Commerce Department Has Good Recommendations For Fixing Copyright Law - But More is Needed,' in which Mitch Stoltz and Kit Walsh noted The term 'remix' has come to stand for a wide range of creative activities that are disfavored by the current copyright regime because they rely on cultural works that are owned by others. The category includes photomanipulations, fan fiction, mashups of music and video, fan edits, redubs, video game modifications, and many other forms of expression that are ubiquitous on the Internet.

In 'Should There Be a Statute of Limitations on Offensive Social Media Posts?' for GOOD, Tasbeeh Herwees wrote I can still access my terrible middle school poetry and Harry Potter fan fiction on profiles that are still live.

During an interview with The Office’s Jenna Fischer, LA Times’s Yvonne Villarreal admitted I want some fan fiction that features [new role] Rhonda and the cast of “Orange is the New Black.”

Graf Orlock, Star Wars, Pride and Prejudice with and without zombies, 50SoG )

Mangala Dilip wrote about a Con Man/Firefly [fanfic] contest for International Business Times’s Indian edition, and Tuscon Weekly’s Chelo Grubb advised readers to Write Out Your Captain Mal/Wash Fantasies.

In a piece in LA Review of Books, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft wrote Walter Benjamin, originally a contributor to that branch of Western Marxist thought known as Critical Theory, often emerges, in the writings of the Benjamin Industry (a unique force for the production of academic fan fiction), as nothing more than a projection screen for late 20th and early 21st century academic fantasies — nullifying him as an historical presence.

Bailey Gribben wrote Fanfiction: A Legal Battle of Creativity for the RIT Reporter.

In the Storm Lake Times obituary of resident Sherry Fischer, it was noted that she participated in online fanfiction groups for two series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward and Midnight Breed Rising by Lara Adrian.

Finally, for The Daily Californian, Rosemarie Alejandrino wrote As a young, impressionable, insecure and desperate teen with a bed brimming with Care Bears and a diary full of Edward Cullen fan fiction, I idolized hurricane girls in books and movies and TV — though I had never seen one with my own eyes.

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