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Northeast Valley News’s Tamara Juarez argued that Authors [are] wrong to take offense at fanfiction.

The Week shared that Almost everything about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a closely held secret, so on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel engaged in what might be called fan fiction. For Montreal Gazette, Hayley Juhl wrote that, of one theory, with Indiana Jones doing double duty as Han Solo there’s all sorts of fodder for strange fan fiction here. And, in The Washington Post, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Daniel Nexon got meta: We can still argue about the meaning, message, and theories of politics operating in, say, a speculative-fiction franchise. But such arguments should take text, image, and other aspects of the relevant medium seriously. Otherwise what we produce amounts to bad fan fiction — bad because it rests on misleading and partial readings of the source material.

In “We’re all geeks now” for The Christian Century, Kathryn Reklis wrote that, at New York Comic Con, As I listened to fans compare references to comic books in recent films and dissect favorite characters on fan fiction websites, I wondered if anything I teach would ever inspire such passion, commitment, and communal connectivity.

From a piece in The Columbia Chronicle on being a fan: Some of those people who are considered most fanatic—the word from which fan is derived—are known as “shippers.” They want the character, actor or artist to be in a relationship with someone of their choosing, often another character, actor or artist. These shippers are known for creating fan art or fanfiction depicting the people they “ship” in a relationship together.

This was pretty well done: from Karen Hines in Calgary Herald: Fan fiction centred around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a disturbing and impassioned turn.

Creed, James Bond, Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones, Fargo, NaNoWriMo, Hey Arnold!, Hunger Games )

Victor Frankenstein, Hannibal, Doctor Who, Blur )

In a piece about (same) sex ed for The Telegraph, Kaite Welsh wrote Trial, error and some Buffy the Vampire Slayer lesbian fanfiction helped me establish the basics, but sexual health - and sexual enjoyment - shouldn't be left to experimentation and badly written porn.

A New York Times piece on the hunt for, and eventual capture of, a serial swatter, described one of the victims: She had played games since she was 6, when her father introduced her to Doom; after her parents went through a difficult divorce, she sought refuge in a ‘‘Harry Potter’’ fan site called MuggleNet, where she wrote and shared fan fiction.

Describing comedian Philip Schallberger for Willamette Week, John Locanthi wrote He's crafted erotic Matlock fan fiction.

The DUFF author Kody Keplinger told MTV’s Jocelyn Rish that, for initial beta readers, I had a couple of friends who wrote fan fiction along with me – I wrote a lot of fan fiction when I was in middle school and high school – and we were used to sharing our stories for fan fic. So when I started writing original stuff, I knew I could go through a couple of them.

Finally, from Alex Shephard in New Republic: Call it Islamophobic fan fiction: Trump is dramatizing chain letters now.
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From USA Today’s EntertainThis’s Patrick Ryan: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy are HERE for your erotic fan fiction.

New Republic’s Jeet Heer opined that Ridley Scott and George Lucas have regressed to producing fan fiction of their earlier works.

In “A fan of the fiction” for The Philippine Star, Margarita Buenaventura wrote You got your books, you got your movie tie-in novelizations, and then you got fanfiction.

For Bustle, JR Thorpe shared 5 Things You Should Know About Slash Fiction.

From The Austin Chronicle: [Clay Liford is] facing the hard work of revising and polishing his latest feature film, Slash. The coming-of-age comedy follows an introverted high school freshman obsessed with writing fan fiction about the sexual relationships of fictional characters.

Rolling Stone’s David Ehrlich wrote that this year alone [Carter Burwell has] provided music for Bill Condon's fanciful Sherlock fan-fiction Mr. Holmes, Brian Helgeland's gangster biopic Legend, and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's stop-motion animation opus Anomalisa.

Star Trek, NaNoWriMo, Dickens, Game of Thrones, The Beatles, kids today, Harry Potter, Katniss/Hermione, One Direction, Obama/Trudeau, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! )

Joe Craig advised young readers of The Guardian to think twice before grabbing an existing character or personality for your story. Fan fiction is great, and a wonderful way to start out as a writer. It can help you hone your skills and be a launchpad for your own imaginative journeys. But it’s not going to win a creative writing competition.

In "Huge Harry Potter fan sells herself to go to the theme park" for Metro, Jen Mills wrote Sure, it could be a hoax… but then again, there really is a fan fiction genre known as ‘Potterotica’, so tbh you just never know.

In a review of several British Royals-inspired productions for The New Yorker, Michael Schulman wrote Rendered on screen or even in prose, all this might have felt like a fan-fic edition of the Daily Mail.

The Independent Florida Alligator’s Sally Greider wrote I sat down to write wild stories about elves and fairy princesses when I was in elementary school. I discovered fan fiction in middle school and was super into it, and in high school and college I’ve toyed around with short stories that might never make it out of my computer’s hard drive but are special to me all the same.

In a piece about stress for Fox News, Kate Rockwood wrote If your sleep scenes play out like Dancing with the Stars-meets-The Walking Dead fan fiction, you may need a lot more shut-eye.

Finally, Lifestyles Editor Brooke Leonard wrote about Family Fanfiction Night for Camp Lejeune Globe.
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The announcement of a Clarissa Explains It All novel, Things I Can't Explain, by series creator Mitchel Kriegman, inspired a few fanfic refs this week. Several pieces, including a Mirror article by Alistair McGeorge, excerpted Chris Harnick on E! Online, who quoted Melissa Joan Hart: "I know the fans say they want [popular series to be revived], but then—then they're really hard on you after. It never turns out as well as the fan-fiction does, you know?" And, Kriegman spoke with Indiewire’s Liz Shannon Miller about (among other things) why he doesn't mind any comparisons between the book and fan fiction.

In a review for The New York Times, Scarlett Thomas wrote [David Mitchell’s] “Slade House” is what happens when authors start writing their own fan fiction.

For The Cornell Daily Sun, Sam Bromer wrote First, [Theodor] Adorno and [Siegfried] Kracauer are the biggest dweebs in the world for spending their Saturdays reading Kant. Second, I think that it would be hilarious if someone took this scenario and made some sort of Adorno-Kracauer soft-porn fan fiction … vast readership, please get on that. Anyway… Yeah, I'd read that.

In a Free Press (Boston University) piece about her development as a writer, Casey Mintz wrote The summer between ninth and tenth grade […] I penned my first novel. It was over 1,000 pages. I also wrote the sequel, which clocked in at a little under 700 pages. I’d send chapters as I wrote them to my best friend Hannah, and on the rare nights I didn’t write anything, she would harass me for more. We had starring roles in the book, a self-insert story about going on tour with our favorite band and falling in and out of love with various members. It was fan-fiction before I even knew what fan-fiction was.

From Alicia Adejobi in International Business Times: Niall Horan has appeared in a new book and, surprisingly, it is not One Direction fan-fic. The End Of The Day singer appears in author JK Rowling's new book Career Of Evil, which will be the third in her Cormoran Strike series.

Guh, I hate this sort of quote, but it was in WIRED which is pretty darn mainstream, so here goes: on the Geeks Guide to the Galaxy podcast, SF writer William Shunn said that The Book of Mormon is nothing if not Bible fan fiction.

NaNoWriMo, Danmei, Buffy, Foo Fighters, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Fargo, Cathy Day and Superfrog, One Direction, Star Trek, How To Get Away With Murder )

For The New York Times’s The Learning Network, Jeremy Dean and Katherine Schulten wrote annotation is something we all do all the time and can include everything from footnotes to criticism, graffiti to fan fiction. What is social media but spaces where people annotate texts and images, the digital margins of our daily lives?

In a Spectre review for East Valley Tribune, Kaely Monahan advised readers to Insert copious amounts of James Bond-Sherlock fan fiction here.

In a piece about Eugene Comic Con for Eugene Weekly, Amy Schneider wrote Comics and fantasy realms matter to people — the X-Men fanfiction I wrote as a teenager (did I really just admit to that?) was god-awful, but it did help build my confidence as a writer because I joined a group of fans who shared my interests.

From the biography of new The Western News staffwriter Crismore Clancy: Crismore first discovered his writing dream by accident. He was on the computer one day and found the website fanfiction.net. He started an account and began writing stories based on some of his favorite works of fiction. As reviews started rolling in, he kept writing and began to build a readership.

Maybe if you live in Scranton this makes sense: Chris Kelly began an election piece for The Times-Tribune Most locals don't know Charlie Spano was a pioneer in "Star Trek" fan fiction, but his ghostwriting in Tuesday's general election can't be ignored.

In ‘The Evolution of Aziz Ansari’ for Vulture Elise Czajkowski wrote Reading [Ansari’s tumblr back in 2008] felt like an intimate experience, and for followers it established Ansari as a relatable, excited, tasteful young guy who likes LCD Soundsystem, writes Friday Night Lights fanfiction, and hates Time Warner as much as you do.

Finally, in response to a reader’s question during a webchat sponsored by The Guardian, Anthony Horowitz wrote I shall go to fanfiction.net immediately! I had no idea this was happening. And I'm very moved. It's great to think that the Alex Rider stories are encouraging people to write, as well as read.
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The story of the terminally ill man who wants to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been everywhere, including the detail that he writes fan fiction (Caitlin Keating, People).

In “10 Things Never to Say to a Fangirl” for Seventeen, Noelle Devoe included, at #3, "Fan fiction is so weird." Also from Seventeen: Love reading fanfic about your fave celebs and shows, books and movies? Seventeen.com will be publishing excerpts from the best Wattpad fanfic.

James Bond, D&D, David Mitchell, commenting, Marissa Meyer, The Suffers, Harry Potter, Peanuts, Neil Gaiman, Justin Trudeau, Nic Jonas )

For Ecumenical News, Karen Regpala wrote The Doctor might show up one day in 221B Baker Street and ask the Sherlock-Watson tandem to help with a mission. Later, he might have a device that can help wipe out their memories. Or, simply have a mission that does not involve too much aliens and space travel. Either way, it would work and will surely be a hit to fans, who have already dedicated a lot of time creating crossover fan fiction.

In a piece on digital book design for The Bookseller, Azim Ozakil wrote It is only with the dawn of the internet age that fan fiction really started making a stronger case for wreaders. Fan web sites abounded and fan fiction sometimes even transcended the publishing barriers to be standalone published stories.

In a piece about Fanaticon for Dothan Eagle, Peggy Ussery quoted con director Phillip Chalker: ”Maybe you’re a writer and you write fan fiction – you can meet someone who has published their own book … Once you see someone else from where you’re from do it, you go, ‘I can do that.’ It gives people a chance to pursue their passion.”

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Where’s a fangirl to go, not only to buy a “Captain Picardigan” but also to post her fan fic? To HerUniverse.com, of course. I’m not sure this is true…

Finally, the Concordia College news office reported that “Carissa Rodenbiker ’16, Sauk Centre, Minn., won first prize in the Sociologists of Minnesota's undergraduate paper competition” for ‘I'm Not a Girl’: Representing Masculinity in Slash Fiction.
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According to Entertainment Weekly’s Jonathon Dornbush, South Park wants viewers to submit Craig/Tweek slash fan art for this week's episode (now past). For Tech Times, Lauren Keating explained In the brand new episode, Asian girls in school draw "dreamy" pictures of Tweek and Craig, creating their very own yaoi fan fiction mangas. For those who are not familiar with yaoi (which means "Boys' Love"), it is the Japanese genre that focuses on romantic or sexual relationship between male characters.

Pride of Detroit featured Jeremy Reisman’s Detroit Lions fan fiction: Lions win shootout over Vikings 42-38.

Country Music Television’s website published Adam Pisarsky’s Zombies Down South: A Fan Fiction Story.

Boston Herald’s Mark Perigard wrote, of Wicked CIty, I swear, the character names are out of “Downton Abbey” fan fiction.

Rainbow Rowell, Twilight, One Direction, Harry Potter, Neil Gaiman, cosplay, The Book of Mormon, Terminator Genisys, Sherlock Holmes )

Waco Tribune’s Carl Hoover wrote that a modern counterpart [to extra-canonical gospels] might be fan fiction, where fans of a particular television series, movie or novel expand those stories through creations of their own, Jenkins said.

From Robert Lees in Highlander News (UC Riverside): Vin Diesel filmed his self-insert “Van Helsing” fanfiction and called it “The Last Witch Hunter.”

From Mary Emily O'Hara in Daily Dot: The lesbian community's crush on you, Abby, is no joke. Yes, we still write fan fiction about other USWNT players. But you know very well that it's not every day that we get a hero of your status—an out Olympian, a super-dyke with the strength to topple hundreds of international soccer teams and the humility to always give a shout-out to your teammates before taking any credit for yourself.

For Road Warrior Voices, Jessica Festa quoted Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel: On my last flight I devoured The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, which was fun, bubbly and had surprising depth for a book that is essentially fan fiction about the British royal family. Super entertaining for anglophiles like myself.

Finally, in ‘‘Star Wars’ Doesn’t Belong to George Lucas. It Belongs to the Fans’ for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote In its narrative simplicity — its good versus evil morality, its cheerfully blank hero and bang-bang action — “Star Wars” became the ultimate toy, one that fans could spin in all sorts of directions. Its universe was at once specific and so broad that it inspired fan fiction in every imaginable form, tone and medium from comics to novels and movies.
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From Elizabeth Minkel in New Statesman: What is fanfiction, anyway?

For Korea Herald, Ahn Sung-mi wrote Web fiction -- written works of literature available primarily or solely on the Web -- began small and intimate on online community sites when people -- amateur writers -- began uploading fan fiction of their favorite stars, romance or fantasy stories for hobbies.

In ‘The Origin Stories of 5 Women in Geek Media’ for New York Magazine, Danielle Smith wrote Alisha Grauso, editor-in-chief of Moviepilot.com, a popular website dedicated to constructive writing about movies, was the panel moderator *. She began by asking the panelists how they became involved in a career in geek media. The answers varied, but the ideal recipe seems to be a little geekiness, some fanfiction stories, a handful of Twitter, and tons of hard work.

From a Bluffton Icon piece by Fred Steiner on Bluffton University Professor Dr. April Lindner, who has made a career out of ‘retellings of classic novels’: Lindner said retellings aren’t, as some critics have claimed, fan fiction, which she defined as “writing for one’s own satisfaction, or sometimes that of a small audience of fellow fans. A retelling goes a step farther, is conscious of a wider audience and of making something that can stand on its own.”

In The Advocate (Mt. Hood Community College), Emily Wintringham and Matana McIntire presented Dissenting opinions on the merits of fan fiction.

Rosewood, TPP, Star Wars, Rainbow Rowell, Pentatonix )

Jane Austen, Courtenay Taylor, Pan, House Republicans, The Walking Dead, The Haunted Mansion )

In a review of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play for Daily Student (Indiana University), Maia Rabenold wrote “The third act really feels like a fan fiction,” actor Jason Craig West said. “It’s like someone took the characters and put their own complete spin on it. It’s ‘The Simpsons’ in a way the audience has never seen before.”

From a BSC Kids piece on the New York Comic Con: When the [“Making the Impossible Possible”] panel was asked about what they enjoy reading in order to recharge, a surprising number of the authors preferred non-fiction, although science fiction and fan fiction were also mentioned.

The Baltimore Sun’s Wesley Case wrote OK, this is either wishful, bizarre fan-fiction or merely an excuse to say Tristan Wilds — actor from “The Wire” and “90210” and R&B singer under the name Mack Wilds — stars in the anticipated video for Adele’s new single, “Hello,” which debuted Friday.

For The Guardian, Stuart Heritage wrote You know, I might have got Amazon wrong. If reports by some workers are to be believed, it’s a cranky, Dickensian curmudgeon, existing as nothing more than a horrifying manifestation of the fan fiction that George Orwell once wrote about his local Argos.

Finally, from the Stillwater Current: Do you long to carry on the amazing story lines of your favorite novels, and live with your most treasured characters beyond the final page of the final chapter? That’s what fan fiction is for! Learn how to carry on your favorite story lines – and invent your own – in this engaging [library] class on extending the lives of your favorite characters. No experience necessary.
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In conjunction with 'Homer, Hagrid and the Incredible Hulk' for BBC Radio 4, Ben Hammersley wrote Fan fiction is our new folklore - a continuation of the traditions that gave us the tales of Robin Hood or the Knights of the Round Table.

From Claire Fallon in Huffington Post: Welcome To The Sex-Positive Wonderland Of Erotic Fan Fiction.

From The Week: Stephen Colbert mocks CNN for its bizarre 'fan fiction' about Joe Biden showing up at Tuesday's debate.

In a piece about the wisdom of giving children smartphones for The Straits Times, Oo Gin Lee wrote my second daughter, who is 10 this year, spends an inordinate amount of time reading anime fan fiction - stories created by fans around their favourite characters from Japanese animated shows. I worry not only about how she spends more time reading than doing her homework, but also about the standard of the grammar.

For MTV.com, Stacey Grant wrote Last month, [artist Isaiah K.] Stephens reimagined Disney characters as famous ’00 pop stars, including NSYNC and the Spice Girls, because duh. Now, he’s inspiring us to start writing fan fiction about Mulan’s adventures in Hogwarts.

Bronies, Madonna, Back to the Future, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Descendants, NFL, Amy Leigh Strickland, Hunger Games, Rainbow Rowell, Donald Trump )

Zach Johnson reported for E! Online that [director John Musker said that inter-Disney-movie] crossover theory was "interesting," but ultimately added with a laugh, "It's like fan fiction." (Yeah, the tenses don’t quite work here, but they don’t work in the original article either, so.)

For The Patch, Adam Swift profiled a soon-to-be published teen author who wrote [on WattPad] under the category of fan fiction, using celebrity characters (5 Seconds of Summer).

A CNN obituary by Henry Hanks of Bruce Hyde, who played Lt. Kevin Riley on ST:TOS, noted that the character, though in only two episodes, appeared in "Star Trek" novels and other fan fiction.

In ‘Science Explains... Why Being a Fan Is Good For You’ for Inverse, Sarah Sloat wrote There’s a reason why you can find fan fiction for Star Trek, One Direction, and Rob Gronkowski.

Finally, Young Adult fantasy author Kimberly Karalius told Tampa Bay Times’s Sharon Kennedy Wynne When I was a teen, I wrote fan fiction and shared it online. Getting feedback from strangers was thrilling; it taught me to trust in my storytelling skills and feel confident in sharing my writing with the world. Plus, fan fiction is just plain fun to write. Imagining what characters do outside of the movie, book or TV series you love and being able to share that with fellow fans is such a unique and rewarding experience. And when you're ready to write your own original piece, you'll be able to jump right in!
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In an NPR review of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, Amal El-Mohtar wrote I'll say — not at all facetiously — that Carry On is hands-down the best Harry Potter fan fiction I've ever read, and I've read some genuinely excellent fan fiction (shout-out to GatewayGirl's Blood Magic!). Los Angeles Times’s Sulagna Misra wrote that Rowell explains in an author's note here that while one might recognize familiar elements from "Fangirl," "Carry On" is neither a book from that imaginary series nor the main character's fan fiction, but a different story altogether. For The Guardian, Elizabeth Minkel asked Rainbow Rowell's Carry On: meta-fan fiction, or simply a novel? And, for The Daily Dot, Aja Ramano wrote Carry On isn't just fanfiction; rather, fanfiction itself is never just fanfiction. This is the thing that we who write fanfiction have so much trouble getting across to people unfamiliar with the medium. Sing it!

Stephenie Meyer has gender-swapped Twilight! Or, as an AFP story published in, among other places, Hindustan Times, announced, Writing her own fan fiction: Twilight gets a ‘gender reversal’. For some reason this has really offended e.g. Eric Thurm of Paper Magazine, who, in Comparing gender-swapped Twilight fan fic to actual gender swapped Twilight fan fic, wrote This is part of a mildly disturbing trend of writers becoming famous for genre-inflected young adult series and then, with little else left in the tank, returning again and again to that same fictional universe in ways that don't always seem terribly productive, they're also damaging to the experience people had of the material in the first place. The prime offender in this respect is J.K. Rowling, whose increasingly frenzied attempts at writing Harry Potter fan fiction and asserting total authorial control over the work are basically ruining my little sister's childhood. And, for The Guardian, Mathilda Gregory wrote Gender swap is a fan-fiction trope that attempts to fix problems with the original story. The debate over whether or not Meyer’s new novel counts as fan fiction is already aflame. Can it be fan fiction if it is by the author of the original work? Is fan fiction, by definition, written by fans? No one seems to know for sure.

Marvel, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, Steve Jobs, Japanese Copyright Law, Literary Geocaching, storytelling )

For The Teleraph, Kaite Welsh wrote Fanfiction, once the literate nerd's dirty little secret, has spawned academic studies, bestsellers like 50 Shades (which started life on fanfiction.net as Twilight fanfic) -and conventions of its own. Because when TV and film don't give us lesbian vampire slayers, bisexual heroines or non-binary superheroes, we have to create our own.

In “More than a disability” for Baylor Lariat, Matthew Dotson wrote If you were to talk to a certain user on Devaintart.com called WhenPigsMayFly, or the same person Grey154 on fanfiction.net, you wouldn’t notice anything too obscure about him.

In “Do you even fandom?” for The West Georgian, Annierra Matthews wrote Fanfiction, fanart and fan videos are just some of the ways you can show-off your artistry.

Salt Lake City Weekly’s Kylee Ehmann interviewed Anne Jamison, who explained Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World.

Finally, for Digital Book World, Jane Tappuni wrote Publishers of the future will need to move more quickly and think very seriously about how they manage and license the rights in their possession. It will be a big challenge, but we can see one interesting way forward with all this: of all things, fan fiction.
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In a TIME review, Lev Grossman wrote that Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On isn’t fan fiction, but it plays off Harry Potter, using those books as a springboard to reach raw, vivid and frequently hilarious heights all its own. And, after explaining its origins (which I won't get into here), Post-Gazette’s Julie Hakim Azzam asked Does that make “Carry On” a fanfiction of a fictional fanfiction?

According to a Los Angeles Times review by Christopher Farnsworth (NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a novel about Sherlock Holmes' brother (and it's good!)), ACD fans have created literary societies and published enough fan-fiction to fill several libraries.

In The Scarlet & Black (Grinnell College), Kelly Pyzik wrote With origins steeped in the amateur press movement, fanfiction and other forms of obsession outside the mainstream, “zines” are self-published, small circulation mini-magazines created in the spirit of free expression.

For The Cornell Daily Sun, Sam Bromer begins a piece on the U.S. prison system Hello, massive and fervent column audience: I know you’re probably all here expecting me to talk about something fun, like the politics of feline hook-up culture or the secret world of Insane Clown Posse slash fiction.

Creed, Stonewall, Baywatch, Halo 5, X-Files, The Handmaid's Tale, fanzines, fan films, Buffy, Bronies, Age of Ultron )

Describing a horror movie spoof he produced with friends, Rick Fike told Tribune-Review’s Mark Hofmann "It's almost like fan fiction."

Julie Miller documented the heck out of the Amy Poehler/Tom Hanks faux feud, which includes Hanks’s own Hanks-Poehler fan fiction, for Vanity Fair. In another piece, she wrote that [Amy] Schumer used the Emmy red carpet to clarify that she and [Jennifer] Lawrence are not exactly Best Friends Forever, even if the Internet has cast them as such in its fan fiction.

Finally, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier announced that among the fall offers at the Hearst Center for the Arts are Classes in Zen doodling and fan-fiction writing.
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It's late, so I'll be brief and do some catching up next week.

Observer’s Drew Grant presented 'Empire' Season 2 Premiere: A Fan Fiction Recap.

In ‘Lisbeth Salander: The Girl Who Survived Her Creator’ for The Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert wrote Stephen King has published his own fan-fictionesque works featuring monsters created by H.P. Lovecraft.

Daily Princetonian's Lin King observed that It would be impossible to directly identify any character in [Zadie] Smith’s story [On Beauty] as a carbon copy or fanfic replica of a character in “Howards End.”

For US Weekly, Nicholas Hautman wrote Glee star Chris Colfer has signed a new multi-book agreement to extend his Land of Stories children’s book series. But here’s the best part: the deal also includes a brand-new young adult fiction novel, titled Stranger Than Fan Fiction.

From Chris Baker in WIRED: there has never, ever been anything like Lego Dimensions, available Sunday on multiple platforms. It mixes and matches elements of blockbuster IPs with the heedless abandon of a fanfic author hopped up on Pixie Stix and Mountain Dew.

Outside Magazine’s Jay Bennett wrote that [Andy Weir’s] work ranged from a supernatural piece about death, called “The Egg,” to fan fiction set in the universe of Doctor Who. Then he tried a new format—posting serial installments about a man left for dead on the Red Planet, titled The Martian.

Finally, in ‘In memory of Terry Pratchett’ for Ames Tribune, Tracy Briseno wrote I think that fan fiction can be enjoyed as its own unique being separate from the author’s own canon of published works.
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In ‘10 Mistakes to Avoid Making this Freshman Fall’ for The Dartmouth, Caroline Berens wrote Nobody knows that you spent the first half of high school holed up in your bedroom writing Harry Potter fanfiction.

The Atlantic’s Megan Garber observed that We live in a time in which literature is (theoretically) becoming more democratized than it’s ever been, a time when fan fiction can make its way from ebook to book-book to feature film and when the barriers to being “published” have been made, to some extent, lower than ever.

The (Duke) Chronicle’s Nandhini Narayanan explored The misogyny towards fanfiction.

Samantha Turnbull shared Tom Hiddleston fan fiction writer grows her own online fan base on ABC North Coast NSW’s website.

Twilight, Baltimore, Maze Runner, Star Trek, RJ, Wattpad, Big Bang Theory, Supernatural )

In a Guardian piece on vlogging ones family life, Amelia Tait wrote Jonathan and Anna Saccone-Joly have been filming their children Emilia and Eduardo literally since the moment of their births. […] Loyal fans follow every move and some younger viewers even write fan fiction about being adopted by the family.

From The Times’s Kenny Farquharson: Imagine Nicola Sturgeon dressed as a cowboy. No, this isn’t some weird political fan-fiction fantasy.

According to MyEasternShoreMD, Attendees [of the upcoming Chestertown Harry Potter Festival] are welcome to read their favorite passage from any Harry Potter book or other Harry Potter-related reading material, including fan fiction.

Finally, in ‘Parenting not as simple as 1, 2, 3’ for Straits Times, Oo Gin Lee (who I kind of hate) observed that one of his daughters can spend hours lying on the sofa with it, reading fan fiction and playing games which require her to groom Pokemon-looking pets into majestic beings, while her grades are plumbing new lows.
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For The Wall Street Journal, Will Friedwald wrote that “Star Trek,” particularly the original series, has always been the galactic epicenter of fan fiction and films.

Rebecca Lewis shared 10 of the sweetest and downright dirtiest sentences from sizzling Doc Martin fan fiction (yep, it exists) in Metro.

From Herald Scotland’s Teddy Jamieson: J tells me someone she knows has been reading fantasy fan fiction. Erotic fantasy fan fiction. Books called things like Taken By An Elf.

Entertainment Weekly’s Dan Snierson wrote You know that HBO’s Silicon Valley is striking a comedy chord when not only are tech industry insiders like Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston popping up in cameo roles — they’re also dabbling in fanfic.

After, James Dean, personality tests, Zen Cho, Star Wars, Walking Dead )

From Kirthana Ramisetti in New York Daily News: Liam Payne responds to backlash after criticizing One Direction fan fiction: ‘I thought people appreciated honesty’.

In a review of David Levithan's Another Day for WKAR, Scott Southard wrote that telling a story from a different POV is a trend that makes up a big part of the world of fan fiction, but now the mainstream is catching in [sic].

Finally, in a piece about an upcoming Montana Book Festival for Missoula News, Erika Fredrickson wrote Featuring a crop of edgy cosmopolitan and rural writers, this year's event explores new angles, including queer culture in the West, writing violence for suspense novels and defying genre. There's even some erotic Nancy Drew fan fiction. Kate Whittle expanded When you love a particular story enough, reading it repeatedly isn’t enough—you want to somehow live in it, to be part of it. Since the dawn of the Internet, at least, fan fiction has been a way for readers to immerse themselves in the literary worlds they adore—and to add some hot lovin’ between beloved characters. Thus, we have erotic fanfiction.
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The Atlantic’s David Sims wrote that Even within the novel, [the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows] reads a little like “fan fiction,” the literary subgenre produced by devotees of existing series that often imagines future adventures and romantic pairings for favored heroes.

In ‘Be yourself, forget what others think’ for Daily Eastern News, Liz Dowell wrote It was not until I was introduced to my gateway anime, Naruto, and the Internet that I realized there were websites out there that would allow you to write fanfiction. (Fan based fiction about characters that do not belong to you).

From Rich Johnston on Bleeding Cool News: Steig Larsson’s The Girl Who Came Back As Fan Fiction – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh.

For Discovery News, Glenn McDonald wrote that Collaborative world-building has long been a tradition in gaming, as players develop their own fan fiction or customized “mods” for popular titles.

In a review for The Oregonian, Joseph Rose wrote that ‘Ian Doescher's New York Times best-selling series of books marrying Shakespearian prose with popular "Star Wars" storylines’ isn't slapdash fan fiction created for cheap laughs. (Um, how have I missed that this exists?)

One Direction, Pretty Little Liars, Go Set a Watchman, Zombies, Run!, Fargo, PsychoSemitic, Erin Foley, Blur, Julianna Baggott, Transporter Refueled )

From the Malay Mail: Grégoire Delacourt’s “The First Thing You See” (French title: La première chose qu’on regarde) sounds like fanfiction – a young French village mechanic suddenly has Scarlett Johansson show up at his door. He later finds out that she’s an imposter.

Josh Kupecki wrote about fundraising efforts to finish Slash, the story of high school kid Neil, who has a predilection for crafting erotic fan fiction, for The Austin Chronicle.

The Observer’s Brady Dale observed that you might even say [Joan Aiken’s] work was the precursor to fan fiction.

Also for The Observer, Jordyn Taylor wrote, of an angsty set-up, Is this an excerpt from a piece of Twilight fan fiction festering in a far-off corner of the Internet? Well, probably. But it is also the opening scene of Dior’s new short film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, advertising its new men’s fragrance, Sauvage.

In ‘21 things you only understand if you’re in a fandom’ for Metro, Duncan Lindsay wrote In droughts of news or discussion, you will read the endless fanfiction that comes from your fandom. You will then try to write it. They say every person has a novel in them – well every fan has about 20 fanfictions in them. The majority are way more sexual than is necessary. Honestly, there is even sexy (using the term loosely) Top Gear fanfiction.

For The Verge, Adi Robertson reported that The University of Iowa's fanzine collection is going digital before it falls apart.

Finally, from Chris Klimek in Air&Space Magazine: Before the stranded-on-Mars survival thriller The Martian got turned into a movie (due out October 2) it was computer programmer Andy Weir’s bestselling first novel. And before it was that, it was just a series of posts you could read for free on Weir’s personal blog. (His Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes fanfic is still posted there.)
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[personal profile] msilverstar pointed me to a Julie Bort article in Business Insider: Oracle’s top security exec infuriated the geek world this week and a hilarious new meme was born: #oraclefanfic.

Nancy Malcom waxed lyrical, and bizarrely inaccurate, about fanfic in Nevade Daily Mail.

Denny S. Bryce shared Must-read fan fiction from fandoms of 'Harry Potter,' 'NCIS,' C.L. Stone series with readers of USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

For ESPN, Maya A. Jones (now 25) wrote that after Katrina forced her out of New Orleans a decade ago, I abandoned the black and white marbled composition books that had been my sanctuary. They contained the tales of my hardships, my heartache, my most beautiful and proud moments in a bewildering display of genre -- from poems and short stories to fan fiction.

Friends, The Three Body Problem, 50SofG, Radio 4, Suits, Hannibal, Sherlock Holmes, Ant-Man, American Ultra, One Direction )

In a review of Joseph M. Reagle Jr’s Reading the Comments for Times Higher Education, Tara Brabazon wrote As the reader moves on from page 17, there is discussion of product reviews, Yelp and Amazon ratings, controversies between writers and reviewers on the website Goodreads.com, spam, sock puppets, beta readers of fan fiction and the manipulators of comments for economic gain or personal attack.

The Gazette’s Kiran Sood reported that Fan fiction rarely makes a commercial splash, but an Iowa City video game developer is hoping to change that.

In a New York Times review of Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s ‘Rosina,’ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote that the work is essentially a piece of fan fiction, with Beaumarchais characters made to inhabit 20th-century fantasies.

The Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor wrote Self-publishing, print-on-demand and the fan-fiction phenomenon have eroded the distinction between amateurs and professionals in the literary industries, but every so often you get a small reminder that sometimes you need to send in a pro.

Finally, Chris Lane wrote with alarm about Fan Fic Communities in ‘6 Modern Subcultures That Might Shock the Mainstream’ for Houston Press.
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Hello, As Others See Us community members!

Did you know that the Organization for Transformative Works, the group that runs The Archive of Our Own, is on Dreamwidth? We’ve recently started a new series of posts called Talking Fandom – each week we are bringing readers new thoughts on fandom life, writing, fan art and more.

We’d love to have you join in on the conversation – and have you share your thoughts on topics that would be of interest to you. Here’s where to find us:

Thanks for your time!
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In ‘Harry Potter isn’t over – but what happens when a fandom grows up?’ for NewStatesman, Elizabeth Minkel wrote For me, it wasn’t a “hurl the physical text across the room” sort of ending, but more of an anticlimactic emptiness. My favorite fan fiction writers were decamping to new fandoms at a frightening speed; I wearily packed up and followed them. And because online Harry Potter fandom had grown on-pace with the way the web expanded and changed over those years, I had a template for my online enthusiasms now.

From Rob Grant in The Mirror: Coronation Street obsessive writes Carla Connor fanfiction story longer than the Bible.

For Marketing Magazine Australia, Dr. Bernardo Figueiredo wrote Some consumers even create alternative storylines and plots with [video game] characters. Such fan fiction then circulates informally among fans and some even gains commercial status.

J. E. Reich wrote A Tale As Old As...Twitter?: A Breakdown Of Twitter Fanfiction for Tech Times.

According to Matt Kamen in Wired, BBC wants your Doctor Who fanfic and fan films.

Tumblr, margarine, Sherlock, bromance, Patrick Stewart )

The Daily Cougar (University of Houston) featured Carol Cao’s Fanfiction: The underutilized artform.

In ‘Why Adi Shankar's Bootleg Universe is ruffling feathers in Hollywood’ for The Independent, Chris Evans wrote [Movie analyst Robert] Mitchell believes it’s all about how far fans push the boundaries of acceptance. “Fifty Shades of Grey allegedly originated from Twilight fan fiction. If EL James had kept the Twilight character names that would obviously have caused problems. It’s about being careful.”

Dubuque Telegraph Herald’s Anthony Frenzel wrote that Somewhere, possibly in a landfill, sits the hard drive from my first computer. In a dank, disturbing corner of the hard drive there is a text file that contains a "Chrono Trigger" fan-fiction story I wrote.

Among the Ten Thousand Things author Julia Pierpont discussed why she chose Seinfeld as the vehicle for a fanfic-writing 11-year-old with Anna Shechtman in LA Review of Books.

Finally, for The Nerdist, Blair Marnell observed that someone has essentially hired the MythBusters to produce fan fiction about themselves. (Seriously, click through for details).
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The headline for a piece for The Providence Journal by staffwriter Bill Van Siclen read The horror! Lovecraft contest brings flood of fan fiction -- and 13 finalists.

New York Post’s Sara Stewart reported that As a home-schooled kid in Huntsville, Ala., [Felicia Day] penned her own “Anne of Green Gables” fan fiction and mastered early computer games.

From Thaddeus McCollum in Orlando Weekly: Local writers pay a little respect to a derided genre at There Will Be Fan Fiction.

From a piece on “young adult media industries” for LA Review of Books, Jonathan Alexander wrote In more sophisticated instances, fans create their own remixed content through fan fiction and even video production, such as trailers depicting their own movie versions of their favorite books.

In a USA Today review of Julia Pierpont’s Among Ten Thousand Things, Kevin Nance wrote that one character launches into writing some pornographic “Seinfeld” fan fiction that, when discovered by her schoolmates, brings down a new host of unanticipated consequences. (Note: After this week I'm going to pass on refs to this book unless they bring something new to the discussion of fanfic.)

Woody Allen, Mr. Holmes, shipping, Miranda )

In “The Montana Book Festival gets ready for panels, pies and other literary treats” for Missoula Independent, Erika Fredrickson wrote They plan to do the expected panels on such things as the nature of the West, but also are bringing in some fresh ideas like a "pie and whiskey" reading, literary trivia, authors reading from early embarrassing work and new erotic fan fiction based on Nancy Drew that was written with humor by festival authors.

For Straights Times, Oo Gin Lee wrote that her daughter has read grammatically horrifying fan fiction on her tiny smartphone screen.

In a Missoula Independent review of Zach Dundas’s The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes, Chris La Tray wrote The whole fan fiction/art culture is where things get weird, with lots of stuff with Sherlock and Watson as lovers and things like that.

Finally, from Indian Country Today Media Network: Here's an interesting one for Native Americans in Oklahoma (of which there are a few) who happen to be Star Trek fans. ICTMN was contacted by a friend of the Star Trek fan-fiction web series Starship Valiant regarding a casting call posted to Facebook.
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The Kansas City Star's Meredith Newman shared that One Direction, in KC tonight, is No. 1 in the teeming world of fan fiction. Kara Nesvig informed City Page’s readers that There’s a huge fandom for 1D “slash” fanfiction, if you didn’t already know. And, from Madison Malone Kircher on Business Insider regarding Anna Todd: This woman wrote One Direction fanfic on her phone and ended up with a major book deal.

Forbes contributor David Gonzales wrote, regarding a remake of the Nosferatu story, Brooklyn-based director Robert Eggers will now become the third director to take on this Bram Stoker fan fiction character.

In a piece for The Guardian, Blur’s Graham Coxon told Tim Jonze that caring about intraband relationships [is] a stupid soap opera for [fans]. It’s obsessed people writing fan fiction and spinning it into some bullshit on the internet, when actually they don’t know anything about it at all. It’s some weird thrill for them. In the old days, they probably wrote it in a letter and it went into a big sack that was never looked at by the band. Now we have to read all that shit ... Well, you don’t have to, but sometimes you click a button ...”

From Men’s Journal’s Gear Lab: The best episode of the podcast Mortified is "Jurassic Park Fan Fiction" […] a brilliant episode in which a reader named Jordan shares his ode to what he once considered the greatest movie ever made.

Wolverine, Deus Sex Machina, E.L. Doctorow, Ms. Marvel, Gene Roddenberry, Minecraft, Among Ten Thousand Things (Seinfeld), Gronk, Sherlock )

For Herald Sun, Alice Clarke wrote that libraries have computers and internet connections that can be booked for free, so it’s a place people can go to do their online business, read their fan-fiction and consume their cat memes.

Denver Post’s Susan Clotfelter quoted Author Carrie Vaughn on fan fiction, female heroes, and writing life.

In a piece on Galacticon IV for Queen Anee & Magnolia News, Valeria Koulikova wrote that A writers’ workshop will help those who want to pursue fan fiction and talk about how they can bring life back to the worlds no longer exciting on TV screens.

In a piece about Outernet, which seems like the ultimate TV-meets-net-nanny for as-yet-uninternetted, Klint Finley wrote that what will be available is determined by a public vote. In other words, you can upload your Ant Man fan fiction, but it might not ever make it onto anyone’s Lighthouse if no one votes for it.

From “Fun unlimited at college fest!” in Times of India: Calcutta Boys' School fest, Concord '15, presented by The Times of India was a happening affair. A variety of contests were held that saw participants from different schools of the city battling it out. Oneof-a-kind events like blogging workshop, comedy show, fan-fiction drama, Asian parliamentary debate were also held.

Finally, for Radio New Zealand piece about the deficits of kids today, John Gerritsen quoted Marlborough Girls' College librarian Colleen Shipley: "They're reading off social media, they're reading fan fiction and if you have a snapshot look at that type of reading that they're doing, it's bad - the grammar's bad, the spelling's bad."
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In a New York Times review of Julia Pierpont’s Among the Ten Thousand Things, Sarah Lyall wrote that one young character has become obsessed with, of all things, “Seinfeld” fan fiction, and in an episode that can only make you glad it did not happen to you, incorporates some of her father’s smutty email into a fan-fiction scene she writes.

In Fan Fiction for Jerusalem Post’s Through A Glass Darkly, R.P. Nettlehorst made shit up, provided a useful review of Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and concluded, "Think of fan fiction as training wheels for authors."

From Ian Chant in Library Journal: University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines.

In an A.V. Club piece subtitled “Great Job, Internet!” Marah Eakin invited readers to Take a deep dive into disturbing fan fiction about your childhood heroes.

From Jessica Roy on TV Guide: Fan Fiction Comes to Life: Loki and Scarlet Witch Are Dating IRL. Ms. Roy also posited that, instead of having sex, today’s kids are Probably Snapchatting about their Paper Towns fanfiction (New York Magazine).

Mr. Holmes, Hannibal, Teen Wolf, Wesley Chu, James Franco&Lana Del Rey )

In “Spring 2016 Children's Sneak Previews” for Publishers Weekly, Shannon Maughan wrote that Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw [is] the story of a teenage girl in New Jersey who starts writing fan fiction about the kids in her high school when her favorite TV show is canceled.

Finally, in a Chicago Tribune piece inspired by recent news stories, Rex W. Huppke wrote All I can suggest is to follow these simple steps: Don't have any affairs; avoid potentially embarrassing Google searches like "erotic LEGO fan fiction" (hackers, I'd appreciate it if you'd keep that between us); and drive older cars that don't connect to the Internet, or possibly horse-drawn wagons.


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