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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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Several sites, including Huffington Post, reported some version of Robert Downey Jr. Discovers Gay Fan Fiction Photo After Googling Himself (Noah Michelson). Thankfully, the picture’s pretty good.

In a Winnipeg Free Press piece about the push-back against People’s choice of Chris Hemsworth as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” Alison Gillmor wrote Cumberbatch's oddest fish -- and the foundation of his superstardom -- is the cold, calculating brainiac Sherlock Holmes, whom Cumberbatch himself considers to be a high-functioning sociopath. This doesn't deter his followers, whose nerd passions clog the Internet with feverish fan-fiction and unrequited love.

Anna Todd, Super Smash Bros., Starcatcher, Supernatural, Shreya Prabhu Jindal )

For The Houghton Star, Ana Bergen wrote While the legitimacy of Hogwarts School of Prayers and Miracles is debatable (gag reflexes worldwide hope it’s satire) it remains that the fan fiction speaks to enduring controversy surrounding the J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series. […] This is unfortunate, as once one actually reads the series it becomes difficult to hold fast to belief in its anti-Jesus agenda.

In a review for Broadway World, Frank Benge wrote, of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Instead of the fun expected of a traditional Sherlock Holmes story, we get an evening that consists mostly of characters standing around and chatting. In fact, the evening plays like a piece of fan fiction.

From Krishna Bahirwani in DNA India, on a recent video game sale: "Some of the most hardcore members of the gaming community are between the age of 17 and 25 and usually cannot buy games themselves without borrowing money from their parents. This sale puts games as low as 4 USD or Rs250, allowing them to buy multiple games. The developers benefit a large amount from these kinds of players getting access to games because they talk about games, build encyclopedias and fan fiction around them which in effect forms one of the most effective methods of marketing today," said Akhilesh Maitra, Game Developer at a Ragnarok Emulation Software, rAthena.

From a transcript of a “Jerry Micco's sports chat” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Guest: Jerry, how does one get to be a sportwriter? I'd love to try my hand at it, but I haven't a clue how to apply. I've mostly written Sci-Fi and fan fiction, but I know a ton about sports.

In a report on a recent con for Juneau County Star, Kevin Lillard wrote Anime convention fans have a chance to learn from the fortunate few who live lives of art and performance. Daisho con featured Kevin Bolk, who began as a fan artist. He now has his own art studio, “Interrobang,” which publishes parodies of Star Treks stories that expand on a fan joke of the “Mary Sue” all-powerful fan fiction character.

Finally, from Esther Zuckerman for Entertainment Weekly: What would happen if a member of Tony Stark’s family showed up for dinner at Downton Abbey? Well, according to a bit of fan fiction from [Star Wars film] writer Gary Whitta, Howard Stark would insult Lord Grantham, offend the dowager countess, and flirt with Lady Mary. (Poor Lady Edith, who, by this account, coins the term “super soldier.” Even in fan fiction, it doesn’t get much better for Edith.)
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The editorial board of The Washington Post opined Everyone from giant Internet service providers to lone “Twilight” fan-fiction writers loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal Communications Commission and its frequently maligned chairman, Thomas Wheeler.

According to Marshall Heyman in The Wall Street Journal, at a recent benefit [Tina Fey] read what she called some “Tom Brokaw erotic fan fiction” which made good use of the term “hard news”.

In ‘Nerd is the new normal’ for The Guardian, Arthur Chu wrote These days, a new subculture can coalesce around some obscure YouTube meme and spawn a whole jargon, style of dress and/or wiki full of fanfiction in roughly 27 minutes.

Emily Stevenson and Eleanor Campbell of University of Warwick’s The Boar debated the merits of fanfic.

Far Cry 4, Moriarty, Austen, Anthony Fantano, Star Wars, One Direction, The Iron Trial, Interpol )

Yuan Ren wrote about how Slash fiction arrives and thrives in China, despite the constant threat of government crackdowns for The Advocate.

From a stuff.co.nz piece by Michelle Duff on NZ writers: Currently, more than 250 New Zealand authors write on fanfiction.net, with more every day.

The Californian’s Rosemarie Alejandrino wrote You wanna talk dedicated fan? 2006 Rosemarie would fight your 1-D-loving, #AlexfromTarget adoring fangirl any day. Did you ever have 84 posters of your favorite band up at one time? Did you download the .mp4 file for every grainy YouTube clip onto your iPod Video? Did you spend hours penning the perfect JoBro fanfiction for your creatively crafted MySpace fansite?

Finally, Katherine Aoki got meta for The Wellesley News, asking What happens to a fandom and its perception when fanfiction becomes widely known?
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This week’s Supernatural, titled ‘Fan Fiction,’ received much attention. Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill observed the hour was all about the fans, and more specifically, the fan fiction that has come after 10 years of saving people and hunting things. Aja Romano (Daily Dot) wrote "Fan Fiction" subverts all the familiar (and disappointing) beats of every other meta-episode SPN has done. And, for Michigan Daily, Kim Batchelor wrote This episode treats the “crazy, fanfiction writing, slash couple shipping” fans with respect as creative members of a community that love the universe “Supernatural” has created, who care about these fictional brothers as much as the two characters care for each other.

In ‘Counting Our Blessings’ for Curve, Halley Little and Chivaun Perez wrote If you are a secret Rizzoli and Isles shipper or diehard Willow and Tara fan, then you may already know the joy of fan fiction.

If you want to be revolted, and have no triggers whatsoever, read this.

Gamergate, 1989, Minecraft, Jane Austen, Parks & Rec, 50SoG, a heap of defensive meta, Wicked, Too Many Cooks )

In a piece on Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters author Mallory Ortberg for The Globe and Mail, Alexandra Molotkow wrote Ortberg, who says she wrote fan fiction prolifically as a preteen – about the Canadian TV show Big Wolf on Campus, and maybe the band Hanson – points out that the texts are fiction of a sorts.

According to the BBC, author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has called on teenagers to "remix" some of Britain's best-loved books. […] The competition, called Project Remix, is aimed at helping readers aged 13 to 19 harness their creativity. "Too often this creative spark is left to flicker precariously and sometimes fade entirely," said Blackman. "Project Remix is all about fuelling that inventive spark, encouraging young people to view literature in fresh and exciting ways, putting creative control directly back into their hands." The competition was inspired by the growth of online fan fiction and fan art - where readers create new works based on their favourite characters. I’d certainly like to see scholars encouraged to try “fan fiction” adjustments to Wuthering Heights or David Copperfield. The only problem would be to stop them bringing some of the famous characters together in unlikely sexual convergences, noted The Independent’s John Walsh. (Heh, I’ve never been much of a wholesale slasher, but I had ficcy thoughts about Heathcliff being redeemed by the good sense of Mr. Darcy once upon a time.)

Ashley Torres reported that Galactic superheroes, evil-fighting wizards and imposing stormtroopers leaped from the pages of story books during the Family Fan Fiction Night at the Harriotte B. Smith Library aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Friday, November 7 for The Globe.

Finally, [personal profile] desertport pointed me to an academic paper that may be of interest. In ‘Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education’ (Journal of Media Literacy Education 4:3 (2012) 198-212), Drew Emanuel Berkowitz wrote Since The New York Times does not negatively frame fanfiction literacy practices, why do so many fan- fiction scholars and practitioners report that negative discourses about fanfiction hinder classroom literacy initiatives? One possible explanation is that fanfiction scholars have relied too heavily on isolated examples of negative discourses, and have not considered the overall ratio of these negative discourses to positive discourses. Discuss.
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For NPR’s monkey see’s The Small Batch, Stephen Thompson interviewed fellow NPRer Petra Mayer, who had a piece on fanfic on last Monday’s Morning Edition. In the interview, Mayer makes a few gaffs, but I think these are primarily a reflection of the challenges of the format.

WMUK’s Rebecca Thiele reported that Bad Harry Potter Fan Fiction And True Love Collide In 'Badfic Love', a new play premiering this weekend at Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.

Drew Grant wrote ‘The Affair’ Fan Fiction: A Transcript of Noah Solloway’s Police Statement for New York Observer.

The Times advocated for more Paddington Bear fanfic.

Interstellar, Alex from Target, Sherlock, NaNoWriMo, Mel Barber, Reign, HGTV, mpreg, Supernatural, Anna Todd )

For The Observer (Notre Dame and St. Mary’s), Erin McAuliffe advised reading something physical in-between BuzzFeed, tweets, fan fiction or whatever online words you peruse.

In ‘When literary characters take on lives of their own’ For BBC Culture, Hephzibah Anderson wrote the best of these prequels, sequels and parallel tales are more than glorified fan fiction. Written by authors established in their own right, they can deepen our understanding of the original texts as well as enable readers to spend more time with beloved characters. After all, there are things a 21st–century author can say that their counterparts in other eras might have balked at. {{Sigh}}

Finally, in a discussion about copyright law for Salon with Laura Miller, Cory Doctorow said we know that there are a bunch of things that are unequivocally part of the entertainment industry: making a movie for theatrical distribution, displaying that movie at a theater, making a CD, recording an album, writing a book and publishing it, charging money for a concert. […] And then there’s a whole lot of stuff that we know for sure is not in the entertainment industry: writing fan fiction, reading a book, watching a play, talking about a play, loaning a book to a friend. These are not in any way industrial. […] And if you insist that people have to abide by industrial copyright regulations in order to participate in the cultural world, then we know a couple of things will happen. One is that the industrial rules will probably not be followed. […] We also know that everybody is going to be a crook. Everybody is going to be liable to some kind of selective enforcement.
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For The Guardian, Ben Child wrote The march of fan fiction-inspired softcore erotica to the big screen continues with the news that Hollywood is set to adapt a series of books which pitch a skewed take on One Direction star Harry Styles as an irresistibly cruel lover. And, for The Star, staff writer Tara Deschamps wrote When the family of One Direction fan fiction writer Anna Todd found out the 25-year-old Texan had authored a steamy online book series captivating millions of readers, they were shocked. “I didn’t tell my husband until I was halfway through the second book. He thought I had a phone addiction,” Todd says, giggling. “I was always on my phone, but he didn’t know what I was doing.”

MTV’s Shaunna Murphy shared that In an interview with Elle UK, [Benedict] Cumberbatch described in what can only be called WAY TOO MUCH DETAIL what a session in the sack with him would be like. (Seriously, after reading this I highly suspect that Cumby-batch has been spending his free time reading years’ worth of fan fiction.) (There were a few more refs inspired by this article, but reading BC talk, in the first person, about Sherlock's sexual prowess creeped me out.)

For the Australian version of International Business Times, Jenalyn Villamarin wrote There are now more details on the much anticipated 200th milestone episode of the TV series "Supernatural." On Thursday, Oct. 23, the CW Network released the official synopsis for "Supernatural" Season 10, episode 5 titled "Fan Fiction" to tease what Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) will discover during their investigation.

Also regarding Supernatural, for Liberty Voice, Alexandria Ingham wrote Supernatural fan fiction can be strange, but it can tell storylines better, including the Demon Dean storyline. A number of fans were annoyed at the way the show handled Dean’s demonic side and saving him, so took to sites like FanFiction.net as their outlet.

In a piece from the trenches about how motherhood is like being a celebrity, Alaska Highway News’s Brianne Zwambag wrote I have fans. I have two little people who adore me above all others. They follow me around, are fascinated by everything I do, applaud and thank me for even the littlest things and would probably even write a little fan fiction with me as a central character if they could spell.

In a Forbes review of Lords of the Fallen, Erik Kain wrote Its story and characters will not leave you curious or awestruck, will not inspire fan fiction or make you ask difficult questions about that world or ours.

Finally, for The Mary Sure, Jordan West wrote None Of This Is New: An Oral History Of Fanfiction.
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Another week of Anna Todd references! Rolling Stone featured One Direction Fan Fiction Writer Gets Six-Figure Book Deal by Cady Drell, and Emily Thomas wrote Harry Styles fan fiction could be turned into a film for BBC Newsbeat. For Washington Post, Jessica Contrera got meta in From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘After’: Why publishers want fan fiction to go mainstream, and, in “Fantasizing on the Famous” for New York Times, Alexandra Alter observed commercializing fan fiction can be a minefield, particularly when it involves a beloved boy band. And, for New York Magazine, Jessica Roy wrote Hollywood, fresh out of ideas since the Great Idea Drought of 1980, has been forced to systematically turn to online outlets for fresh content. Tumblrs become movies, Harry Styles fan fiction becomes a best-selling novel, and now? A single Quora thread may become a television show.

Geophysicists can be into fanfic (who knew?), Labyrinth, Gen Urobuchi Anime, Wattpad, Paul Horner, Bob Odenkirk )

Boston Globe’s Patti Hartigan wrote While technology and social media have certainly changed the book world, they have also created a burgeoning interest in writing and reading among the young-adult audience. “Reading is social,’’ Westerfeld says. “You can go online and share your fan art and fan fiction and predictions about the next book. Once you make it social, teenagers become exponentially more interested in it.”

In India: Legality Of Fan Fictions for Mondaq, AFAICT Zoya Nafis made sh*t up. Or India’s copyright laws are very different from the U.S.’s. Or both.

For Russia Beyond the Headlines, Alena Tveritina wrote Little Soviet girls dreamed of dressing as the puppet Malvina for New Year parties – in Collodi’s version [Pinocchio], she is a fairy with blue hair. Buratino himself became a brand and lent his name to a popular mineral water. This successful story has also spawned film adaptations, fan fiction and Golden Key candies to name just a few examples.

Finally, for News.com.au, Angela Mollard wrote the death of the book was greatly exaggerated. Yes, we may be changing what we read and how we read, but the book is the denim jacket of culture: timeless, relaxed, comfortable in any context. It’s adapted brilliantly to electronic devices, serialisation, fan fiction and social media in a way that its cultural counterparts can only hope to ape.
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Remember Benedict Cumberbatch’s flailings about slash last week? Elizabeth Minkel had a lovely response in New Statesman (original Out piece by Aaron Hicklin here).

The New Yorker’s Alex Ross wrote Impassioned and informed, “Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph” stands far above the chatty biography by [John] Suchet, a British television anchor and radio host, who, when the documentary record thins out, supplies fan-fiction scenarios of, say, Beethoven’s conversations with Haydn.

Novelist Diana Souhami, on her decision to write Gwendolen: Before Gwendolen was in the shops a faculty of academics tweeted their pique at my temerity at so messing with greatness: “Is book from the Chutzpah Press?” “Now I know that this exists I guess I have to review it.” “Provoked”, “litfic”, “fanfic”, “couldn’t be any worse than it sounds” (Irish Times).

After, Sherlock Holmes, Prince Harry, The Janoskians, Harry Potter, Willful Child, NaNoWriMo, Ms. Marvel )

Portland can't get enough Aparna Nancherla. Rightfully so—the New York comic's dry delivery, wry sense of humor, and whimsical approach to fashion (so many stripes!) is right up our alley. She's a regular at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where she kicks ass and takes names in improv-based shows; a past highlight was her entry in Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, where she explored the sexual underpinnings of Dora the Explorer. Oh, to hear such filthy sentiments from such a sweet face. - Courney Ferguson, Portland Mercury.

The high school teacher of a young writer told Finger Lakes Times’s Mike Hibbard “He used to write fan fiction on the Internet, and he would bring them in and have us read them. He did such a good job we told him he needed to write his own books.”

For Bustle, Emma Lord shared 6 things everyone who enjoys fan fiction has heard before, and is totally over.

Finally, after so doing, the Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri wondered How often in your life do you get the chance to write fan fiction about an actual [electric] fan? Not all that often, as my eighth-grade livejournal can attest.
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For The Guardian, Sam Leith wrote that before fan fiction as we think of it now got under way, the Holmes stories spawned a strange academic version of fanfic: Holmesians taking a scholarly interest in the texts almost on the presumption that Holmes and Watson were real historical characters.

In a New York Times piece on The Janoskians, Jon Caramancia wrote They are pop culture scavengers — Blink 182 meets “Jackass” — and their gig Saturday was a 90-minute variety show built from scrap. They wore princess dresses as they mouthed along to “Let It Go,” from “Frozen.” In one skit, they acted out, hilariously, what they said was a piece of fan fiction that involved a kidnapping, some member-on-member kissing, and shirtlessness.

In South China Morning Post, an article on the effect of the recent Hong Kong protests on small businesses noted Student leaders [have been] the subject of 'fan fiction'.

TV is bad for you, Amazon, a bit of the history of our art, Gotham, Gone Girl, Quidditch, Iggy Azalea, Dracula Untold )

Duke Chronicle’s Fedner Lauture wrote that This weekend for me included gorging on Netflix, reading sappy fan fiction and just bumming around.

In a review of Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders for The New Zealand Herald, Nicky Pellegrino wrote It's years since I've read any of legendary crime writer Agatha Christie's work so I can't be sure how closely Hannah's piece of fan fiction mirrors Christie's writing.

Regarding Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles, For WSBTW, Ben Lawon wrote Here's a riddle: what happens if you replace the magic in Harry Potter with Christianity? You end up with Holy Potter and the Half-Blood Prince of Darkness! Ok, that was bad, but it's sort of what happened in a fan-fiction retelling of J.K. Rowling’s famous book series.

For Media Post, P.J. Bednarski observed e-books, fan fiction and books made into movies that turn books into icons (“Hunger Games”) creates new markets

Finally, a local high school senior told The Courier-Journal that she reads Too much fan fiction.


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