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For City A.M., Melissa York and Alex Dymoke observed From cell-phone novels to eBooks to fan fiction, it’s clear that – whatever the health of the novel – storytelling is thriving.

Irish Times’s Sarah Gilmartin asked Crowdfunding and fan fiction are egalitarian and commendable developments in one sense, but what is happening to author identity and individuality as a result?

For Hindustan Times’s Book Club, Aparna Sunderesan compiled The five stages of reading fan fiction.

For International Business Times, Mangala Dilip wrote about TV Shows That Enjoy Major Fan Fiction.

Fargo, Lorde, Breaking Bad, Grimdark, Texas politics, Miss Emma's, Frozen meets Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Catcher in the Rye, Rainbow Rowell, Top Gun, Manuel Neuer, Marissa Meyer, Harry Potter )

From a piece on WTAE about upcoming ABC reality series The Quest: [Contestant] Jasmine met her knight in shining armor at a Renaissance Fair. Obsessed with Tolkien growing up, the self-proclaimed horse geek writes her own "Lord of the Rings" fanfiction.

For the Wall Street Journal, in a piece about the variety of forms b'nei mitzvah take, Sophia Hollander wrote that one celebrant replaced the traditional speech about her Torah portion with a reading of her own Biblical fan fiction.

CNN Money printed a Scholastic press release announcing “TombQuest™, A New Multi-Platform Action Adventure Series”: The highly engaging game is complemented by a safe and moderated online community where kids can chat about the books, write fan fiction, share the games they have built, and learn more about ancient Egypt.

Opelika-Auburn News’s Alex Byington reported that [Georgia football player] Chris Conley, an eloquent and engaging journalism major from Athens, created and starred as the main villain in a well-received 26-minute Star Wars fan-fiction film this past February and released it in July.

For TIME, Nolan Feeney wrote that Beyoncé is usually the star of her own Instagram account, but on Saturday night she shared the spotlight and posted a sneak peak at the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, the Twilight-fanfiction-turned-erotic-publishing-sensation that’s now headed to the big screen in 2015.

For TES Connect, Adi Bloom advised teachers that The internet is full of fan fiction, often written by teenagers themselves, and young adult readers therefore expect their narrators to sound as though they have stepped straight from the playground.

In an opinion piece for Otago Daily Times, Camilla Nelson wrote Looking at Percy Jackson Fan Fiction, you can actually see serious criticisms of the text made by children and teens in the stories they contribute.

Finally, Glee star Chris Colfer told USA Today’s Carly Mallenbaum “I don’t look at [fanfic], because it’s terrifying. It’s scary. I just. I can’t. I learned that the hard way. […] I don’t mind them writing about the character, but when they write about (the Glee actors) doing things with each other, it’s just uncomfortable.”
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For The Wire, Arit John reported that J.K. Rowling, the woman who gave us The Boy Who Lived (and some things we didn't want, like a West End prequel, and an upcoming spin off of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and some adult books) wrote some Harry Potter fan fiction. Rowling merely revisited her characters a few years on, probably spoiling a bit of fan fiction along the way. It’s not as if she made Greedo shoot first or something. (Or maybe it is.) - Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg View via The Malay Mail. For The Times of India, Kashika Saxena wrote After years of waiting to hear another story about 'the boy who lived' - and writing a ton of fan fiction to fill that void - the fans' wish was finally granted. And, New Republic’s Esther Breger opined When writers adopt the paratextual world of fanfic as their own, they both diminish their books’ literary authority and interfere with the freewheeling spirit of fan writing.

In a piece about the Slender Man and “the New Urban Legends” for New York Times, Farhad Manjoo wrote Multimedia, crowdsourced fiction is finding root across the Internet, from social-fiction apps like Wattpad to call-and-response videos on YouTube to stories told in serialized Tumblr posts, one picture or snippet of text each day. Some of these stories take the form of fan fiction — readers working together to puzzle out and add to the story lines of established fictional characters. (For instance, if you miss the HBO show “True Detective,” why not read more stories about Marty and Rust?) But there are also troves of sites like Creepypasta, where wholly new stories are constantly being invented by the crowd.

FIFA World Cup, After, That 70's Show, Sherlock Holmes, Hunger Games & Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars )

A local 8th grade standout is a fan of superheroes and of finding new, interesting vocabulary words in the dictionary. She writes on a fan website called fanfiction.com, according to Hudson Reporter’s Gil Aguon, who doesn’t check his urls.

For Publishers Weekly, Alexandra Fletcher wrote Numerous authors have earned six-figure deals by amassing enormous followings through writing fan-fiction and blogging. (Amanda Hocking and Cassandra Clare come to mind.)

From a profile by Anthony O’Reilly of local author Daniel Levinson for The Island Now: Levinson said he began writing fan-fiction stories after he completed the Final Fantasy video game when he was a child. “I said to myself this can’t be the end of the story,” he said. “There’s got to be more to it.”

Finally, Shannon Kyle wrote Fanfiction: A guide for parents for Parentdish UK.
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TIME’s Melissa Locker wrote that After a less-than-impressive season premiere, [True Blood] takes a page from fan fiction and gives audiences a crowd-pleasing make-out scene.

Washington Post’s ComPost’s Alexandra Petri answered a question about potentially writing “alternative histories” I think a lot of alternative literature can already be found in fanfiction, if you dare to tread there!

According to TeleManagement, Brienne of Tarth hung out with the ladies of Downton Abbey at Wimbledon and suddenly fan fiction writers everywhere went crazy.

Game of Thrones, bromance, Louise Brealey, Elvis, Lori Rader-Day, Penny Dreadful, How To Train Your Dragon, hockey, The Last Ship (not that kind) )

In Macworld, in response to a piece by The Motley Fool’s Sean Chandler, The Macalope wrote If you don’t at least acknowledge [IDEK - wneleh], then you’re just writing fan fiction. In a separate piece, about something I care even less about, he wrote Is this performance art or some kind of weird fan fiction?

In a piece about guns and culture and Target and such, The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman wrote My neighbor has a First Amendment right to write pornographic “Hunger Games” fan fiction, but if he hands his manuscripts to my kids he’s just being a creepy dirtbag, First Amendment or not.

Local author Jill Bisker told the Stillwater Gazette I wrote the first real story that I finished when I was in seventh grade. It would be called fan fiction now, as it was a story set in the Star Wars universe.

The Transylvania Times reported that local author Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's "Danny and the Dinosaur," which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom.

Finally, from a Chickasha News profile by Jessica Lane of local novelist Stacy Shofner Williams: As to w[h]ether fan fiction is generating more writing, for Williams the answer is a resounding yes.
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In a piece about the appeal of multi-book tales for The Hindu, Sruthi Radhakrishnan wrote There’s also the element of community, of belonging to a fandom which in turn contributes fan-fiction and fan-art. “With the internet, it’s hard not to get more. There is fan fiction, fan art, theories, author interviews, and much more that keeps readers still involved in stories that have ended years ago,” says [reader] Sandhya [Ramesh].

Regarding current market behavior for Financial Times, Matthew Vincent wrote “It’s quiet. Too quiet.” As corny portents go, I have always found this one pretty reliable, having accurately prefigured imminent disaster in every Hollywood film from the 1934 John Wayne western The Lucky Texan to the more recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze (and, I have discovered, in fan fiction based on Scooby-Doo cartoons … although, unlike Shaggy outside a haunted house, perhaps I should not go into that).

After, Lady Soliloque, The Notebook, Star Wars, Keith Langergraber, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Quick, Slender Man, more Star Wars, Porter Robinson )

In a review of the fan film The Greater Good for The Trades, Patti Delloiacono wrote with my fondness of fan fic, I was able to understand what would drive a group to want to put their valuable time, effort, and finances into making a movie that would seem like a silly endeavor to others.

For Women Of China, Sun Ye wrote [Tanbi] is broken down into a gamut of sub genres, that touch on a wide variety of themes from apocalyptic tales, star wars, martial arts, and fan fiction.

The Atlantic’s Courtney Klossner shared that New Kids fans also wrote lots and lots of Mary Sue fanfiction. “The more and more you write me, the more and more I get jealous,” one friend wrote before stopping our co-creation of series of stories in which we both dated Jordan Knight.

For TechnologyTell, in a piece about the bad old days and associated myths, Devon Razey wrote We all became exponentially more creatively productive when sites like Tumblr happened because we were bombarded with sensory input that inspired us. Nobody gets inspired by an uneventful summer day in a long string of uneventful summer days. You know what inspires people? Fan fiction. Heh, some of us had fanfic back then ☺. (See above.)

Emojinalysis creator Daniel Brill told The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey I never quite look at someone’s emoji set and say, “I know what this person is about.” It’s more an exercise of slowly fitting pieces together and writing fan fiction about people I’ve never met. Except my stories always have the same ending: You’re a trainwreck.

Finally, for Co.Create, Paul Myers reviewed John Moe’s Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences; and, I’ll just quote this bit: Moe's letters imagine real life circumstances imposed on fictional characters from literature, films, TV shows, and pop songs. Where he says they differ from everyday "fan fiction" is that he is actively mining his subjects for humor by exploring the unanswered questions about the scenarios presented in the works.
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For Smithsonian, Collin Schultz shared that “A legal ruling announced this week […] has set [Sherlock] Holmes free: the character and all his companions (as penned by Doyle) are now in the public domain,” concluding, So what adventures should Sherlock and Watson get up to next? It's time to get your fan fiction juices flowing. And, for Time, Abby Abrams wrote that Publishing your Sherlock Holmes fan-fiction just got a whole lot easier.

In The Conversation, Donna Hancox wrote about Placing Literature, “A new online database of crowd-sourced information”: Online maps and other “paratexts” can contextualise the historical or physical setting of a novel or link it to other books set in the same place. The term paratext was initially introduced by literary theorist Gerard Genette to describe a range of associated discourses and objects that surround the novel – such as prefaces, interviews, blurbs and in a more contemporary context book trailers, fan fiction, Facebook pages and online rating sites.

MediAvengers, After, Game of Thrones, NYPD learns to use adjectives, True Blood, The Quick, Madge Gressley, Anna Binkovitz, Jane Austen )

For PJ Media, Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin wrote I realized around the early nineties that my reading life had changed. It had changed because I rarely found a book I wanted to read. Reading remained my main form of entertainment, but in the mid nineties I turned to fanfic on line, because I couldn’t find anything to read in the stores.

Reporting on a glossary of internet slang the FBI maintains, Nicole Hensley wrote It even gives a hat tip to “The X-Files” by observing MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance), a type of fan fiction for those who wanted more than a professional relationship between the fictional agents.

From Jesse David Fox in Vulture: Fan fiction tends to be about people in the same show or movie or whatnot, but what about fan fiction about people who are heavily covered by the same blog — like this blog, for example. About Alex has that, with Aubrey Plaza romancing Max Greenfield.

In a piece about a mug shot posting that’s gone viral, New York Magazine’s Maggie Lange wrote this criminal is easy on the eyes. He is so easy on the eyes that people are losing their minds. There is gushing of every sort, euphemisms and word play and fan fiction.

Finally, for Daily Dot, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Aja Romano assembled A guide to fanfiction for people who can't stop getting it wrong.
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Regarding Anna Todd’s After, Daily Express reported that A 25-year-old ONE DIRECTION devotee from Texas has landed a six-figure book deal for her popular fan fiction tale about the band.

From Zachary Stieber in Epoch Times: An increasingly circulated rumor claims that CBS and Netflix are in talks over a new Star Trek series. […] But Larry Nemecek– who is quoted in the rumor–says that the rumor is not true. “I know Trek fans are hungry for new material and hoping that someone ‘gets it’ and gets on with doing one. That’s why everything from the continuing novels to fan fiction, to Star Trek Online and other games, to the fan films, to cosplayers and prop and shipbuilders are all still going strong: People are desperate for new Star Trek—including the new fans driven by JJ or the Bluray remasters and, yes, mass Netlfix availability […],” he said in a blog post.

Jane Austen, Final Fantasy, WattPad, Justin Bieber, Donald Trump, Teletubbies, Slenderman )

In a The New Orleans Advocate review of The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father ... And Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart with Susan Mustafa, Leanne Myers-Boone wrote He speculates about the motives behind the Zodiac’s crime spree. It reads almost like fan fiction begging for more substance.

In a Salon piece on “fangirling,” Hayley Krischer pointed out that James Franco’s new [Lindsay Lohan RPF] short story “Bungalow 89” is […] fan fiction.

For International Business Times, Alicia Perez wrote The "healthy cyberspace" movement means ridding the Chinese web of "pornography and salacious fan fiction, as well as the American television show 'The Big Bang Theory', referencing Lily Kuo in Quartz.

Fanfic got a mention in Catherine Addington’s “The Value of Young-Adult Fiction” for The American Conservative: Readers draw fan art, collaborate on fan fiction, and meet up for book clubs. Watching young people come together around something so timelessly positive as reading has been shocking for adult culture.

Finally, for The Hindu, Karthik Shankar wrote a largely-accurate Fanfic 101, in the context of explaining the fanfic for a popular, but now off-the-air, melodrama Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. Fan fiction is the reason the unwavering romance of Arshi still lives on in the hearts of fans. The show must go on, in somebody else’s pages.
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The story of the week was that the One Direction fan fiction series After [is] to be published in six-figure deal (Daisy Wyatt, The Independent). For International Business Times, Rebecka Schumann wrote Following in the footsteps of fan fiction turned published authors E.L. James (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Cassandra Clare (“The Mortal Instruments”), Web author Anna Todd has secured a publishing deal with her Harry Styles-inspired novel, “After.” The Telegraph’s Katie Rosseinsky noted that Despite carrying a parental advisory warning for "explicit language" and "detailed sexual scenes," Todd’s girl-meets-pop-star tales are probably on the tamer end of the spectrum of One Direction fan fiction. For Glamour, Leanne Bayley wrote Harry Styles has definitely made it because someone has written an erotic fanfiction book called After, and it's based on the One Direction star. But will it be as saucy as E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey? We hope so. And, on Salon, Prachi Gupta excerpted six works of One Direction erotic fan fiction probably won’t be getting a book deal.

More After refs, including a little meta, plus some 50SoG )

But wait, The Fault in Our Stars also came out this week! )

Maleficent, Australian digital networks in love, drinking other peoples blood, Jim Butcher )

From The Wall Street Journal: A U.S. ambassador was just sworn on a Kindle. The Washington Post’s Brian Fung reports that Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador to be sworn on an e-reader. No, our representative to Switzerland did not take the oath on a digital copy of Harry Potter fan fic, but a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

For fanfic refs related to the stabbing in Wisconsin, see Milwaukee Suburb Tries to Cope With Girl’s Stabbing by The New York Times’s Monica Davey and Steven Yaccino; Ghoulish stabbing raises question: Who is Slenderman? by Doug Gross on CNN.com; Why Kids Love Slender Man by New York Magazine’s Jesse Singal; The Ghosts in the Machine by The New York Times’s Timothy H. Evans; and Reuters’ Girl, 12, describes attack against classmate: 'Stabby, stab, stab'.

In National Post piece on the resurgence of concept albums, Mike Doherty wrote about the genesis of Lakes of Canada's Transgressions: According to frontman Jake Smith, [he] happened upon The Handmaid’s Tale while cleaning up his mother’s house after she was murdered, allegedly by a drifter, and found himself taken by the dystopian story about the subjugation of women. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” says Smith, and he ended up with a record’s worth of “Margaret Atwood fan fiction,” expanding on the novel.

Finally, Alyssa Rosenberg, who should know better, wrote in The Washington Post that Rather than trying to set one category of fiction against another, which seems to be the fashion these days, I wonder whether we might all benefit from a more open-hearted approach. Just as adult women exploring their sexuality deserve something more sensually and emotionally sophisticated (and certainly better-written) than recycled fan fiction such as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” anyone who is interested in stories about young people deserves better than poorly developed “chosen one” stories.
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In the New York Times, Walter Kirn wrote that Daniel Levine’s Hyde is an elevated exercise in fan fiction that complicates and reorients [Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”] by telling it from the perspective of the monster, exposing the tender heart inside the brute and emphasizing the pathos of his predicament.

For Elle, Mary Grace Garis wrote Around middle school it dawned on me (probably while writing fanfiction) that I was the weird kid.

Daily Telegraph carried Lilley Lovers’ 50 shades of Chris: ‘Full porn’ fan fiction delights comedian.

The Tullahoma News’s Kali Bolle opined that if a piece of Austen fan fiction gets one reader to pick up the original “Pride and Prejudice,” then it’s worth it.

Donna Tartt, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Benedict Cumberbatch, One Direction, Janoskians, Adventure Time )

In a New Republic review of Susan Scarf Merrell’s Shirley, Sarah Weinman wrote Bernard Malamud and his wife appear in a bizarre dinnertime cameo—an appearance that is, purportedly, intended to demonstrate the Hyman’s active literary life, but that comes off more like an episode of fan fiction.

In a piece about several local standouts in a national high school journalism contest, Mary Barker wrote that one said her interest in writing started to blossom when she became involved in fan fiction online, where a writer can use characters and story lines from their favorite television shows, movies and books and change things up by creating their own story lines and developing the characters differently.

Finally, Variety’s Andrew Barker wrote that Maleficent falls far short of something an imaginative fan-fiction scribe, let alone obvious role models John Gardner or Gregory Maguire, might have crafted from the material. And, in a review in The Independent, Samantha Ellis delved into other works, writing, of Jean Rhys and Wide Sargasso Sea, She inserts herself into the story, making Jane Eyre a book she can see herself in, and maybe, as fan fiction goes mainstream, many of us read like this now.
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In advance of the DVD release of Endless Love, Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, MA) excerpted a Washington Post review in which Stephanie Merry wrote that the movie feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction.

Los Angeles Times’s Glenn Whipp shared that a "Butch and Sundance" remake script is not being written as we speak -- or maybe it is (somebody, somewhere, is probably tapping out that piece of fan fiction right now, mixing "True Detective's" Cohle and Hart with the fabled outlaws while dreaming of the Handsome Family covering "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head").

Regarding Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill wrote After a season full of sexual tension, amazing dances, and lots of fan fiction -- written mostly by me -- Maks and Meryl took home the coveted MirrorBall Trophy.

According to Daily Express’s Laura Mitchell, Benedict Cumberbatch’s favourite steamy fan fiction comes from China and Japan - in the form of erotic manga!

Mad Men, Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, Rush Limbaugh, Game of Thrones )

In a Toronto Sun piece about some of television’s more unsatisfying final episodes, Jim Slotek wrote, of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, In a nutshell, John Connor (Thomas Dekker) meets his pal Kyle Reese in the future. Wait, isn’t Kyle Reese actually his biological dad? How did that go? I guess that’s what fan fiction is for.

In a piece about the expansion of a definition in the OED, Irish Independent’s Gillian Orr wrote Derived from "to relationship", shipping is the championing of two characters to get together. It has exploded with the burgeoning popularity of online fan fiction, which sees users write up details of (as-yet unfulfilled) romances.

Finally, according to The Austin Chronicle’s Neha Aziz, [John] Green is a reader and admirer of [The] Fault [in Our Star]s fan fiction. "I'm so grateful to the people who care enough about the book to extend it outside of its world."
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There was more press about Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s appearance on a recent Graham Norton Show. Star Observer’s Troy Murphy wrote that While the origins of the fan-fiction were unclear, Norton showed Fassbender and McAvoy a series of fan art where the two were depicted in several different romantic situations.

Also in Star Observer, Benjamin Riley wrote In slash, writers romantically or sexually pair two characters from a fictional universe, usually two characters of the same-sex, and usually characters who are not in these relationships “in canon”. Classic examples of slash fiction usually cited are from the late 70s, stories written by straight female Star Trek fans (known as fan fiction) describing a romantic and often sexual relationship between William Shatner’s character Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock. (The second sentence of this reads like something an editor decided to break; Ben (may I call you Ben?), I feel your pain!)

In “Could Fandom "Fix" Copyright?” for Corante, Alan Wexelblat wrote One cannot talk about fandom without running into fan fiction and the entire cadre of (usually not officially sanctioned) derivative works produced by fans.

Nandini D. Tripathy wrote Fanfiction gets desi twist for The Asian Age.

In a piece about an upcoming book festival for ColaDaily, Kelly Petty wrote On Sunday, Richland Library will set up a photo booth for teens interested in fan fiction. Huh?

Solange vs. Jay Z, Adelle Waldman, Duane Digs a Hole, things Hensonian, Bechdel Test, John Green, Bronies, Rush Limbaugh )

In “Cinderella stories set students up for a fall” for TES, Calum Mittie wrote Where is Hermione as minister for magic? Where is the excitement of Ginny winning the Quidditch Cup? In fan fiction, that’s where.

For Guardian Liberty Voice, Morgan Louchen wrote that a new web series based on Nightwing is set to be a fan fiction web series, consisting of three ten to fifteen minute episodes.

For The Guardian, David Harvie, Brian Layng and Keir Milburn wrote Despite their manufactured status, bands such as One Direction are surrounded by active fan cultures. "Shipping", for instance, is a form of fan fiction in which members of the band are imagined in relationships with other celebrities, or even with one another.

Finally, in Shalom Life, Sarah Bauder mentioned a 2011 32-page book of “fan fiction illustrations” titled, Seth, which…, oh, heck, just go read the article.
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For Daily Beast, Arthur Chu explained How ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and FanFiction Conquered Pop Culture.

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan opined on How Design Fanfiction Became One of the Internet's Favorite Games for Gizmodo.

Alan November wrote an interesting, two-page article on fanfic as a learning tool for eSchool News, without seeming to realize that not all users of ff.net are 11.

A number of entertainment industry sites reported on Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show to promote Days of Future Past. These included E! Online; Jenna Mullins wrote Graham brought up that pretty much anyone who saw two seconds of X-Men: First Class shipped Erik and Charles and shipped them hard. It's a serious thing.

Reporting on CSULA’s Eagle-Con for LA Weekly, Liz Ohanesian wrote Earlier in the day, representatives from Bent-Con, the LGBTQ pop culture convention, spoke about representation in genre works. They spoke about their own experiences. Viktor Kerney talked about the importance of slash fiction, a form of fan fiction where people place existing characters in same-sex relationships. Slash fiction, he said, exists to compensate for a lack of representation in mainstream media. "You pretend that maybe [the characters] get together in another world," he says.

Eurovision song contest, John Green, Penny Dreadful, Enlisted, manga, Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, Awoken, Mortal Instruments, Alison Kemper Beard, Sheryl Nantus )

Nicholas Lezard, in a review of William Boyd’s Solo: A James Bond Novel for The Guardian, wrote It's a curious phenomenon, the rise of the semi-canonical sequel. It's a return to the nursery, a kind of fan-fiction, and a reluctance to accept that the final page of the book is the end of the story.

In a review Steven Galloway’s The Confabulist for City Paper (Baltimore), Gianna DeCarlo wrote that Harry Houdini was a notorious womanizer and, in this book at least, he hangs out with shady characters who talk like people in Godfather fan fiction.

For The Globe and Mail, Russell Smith wrote Most of us, unless we write One Direction fan fiction, have already given up on [being as big a star as Dickens (to paraphrase badly)].

Finally, in a piece about upcoming events at the Chickasha Public Library, Chickasha News staff writer Jessica Lane wrote that Stacy Shofner Williams […] will be discussing her new novel, titled "Of Shadow and Ash." According to the author's Facebook page, the book stemmed from a spinoff of one of her characters in an online Star Wars fan fiction writing club and evolved into something altogether different, though still within the realm of sci-fi/fantasy.
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The Daily Dot’s Aja Romano reported that For young women in China, slash fanfiction is a dangerous hobby.

Cosmopolitan’s Emma Baker wrote that One Direction fan-fiction trilogy After might be getting a movie deal. In reaction, NYU Local’s Kyla Bills shared that In the fandom-riddled depths of the internet you start to find fanfiction.

For the Sacramento Bee, Allen Pierleoni wrote Self-published authors are legion, but not many of them are as young as Sara DuToit of Fair Oaks. The 16-year-old El Sereno High School independent-studies student, singer and fan-fiction writer devoted two years to writing and editing “Hoodview”.

Harry Potter, Vampire Diaries, guys with a phone, Mad Men, Robin Janney, Harbinger, BtVS, JRRT, The Amazing Race )

In an Irish Times review of Transcendence, Donald Clarke wrote At times, the script plays like a slice of fan fiction devised by a basement-load of Mr [Christopher] Nolan’s less intelligent adherents.

From Brisbane Times’s Catherine Rodie: “This kind of socialised porn exists in the same digital communities as memes and fan-fiction and sites like 4chan and Reddit, where anything and everything is free to be explored.” says digital strategist Anna Spargo-Ryan.

Finally, in The Philippine Star: MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Malls and Cartoon Network Asia Pacific treat kids and the young-at-heart to a fun-filled summer with the “Adventure Time Live Show” starting today, from 1, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive, Makati City. [..] Witness Finn, Jake and the rest of the gang come to life as Fann, a mad Adventure Time lover, attempts to write a radical fan fiction story that will turn into a real life adventure when Finn and Jake get sucked into a wormhole between the Land of Ooo and Fann’s bedroom closet.
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In a piece for The Diplomat about censorship in China, Tyler Roney wrote Slash Fiction, also known as Boys’ Love comics, is a sort of male-on-male fan fiction, read largely by young, straight women. Websites that produce such fiction, like dmxsw.com, have already been shut down, while larger sites like jjwxc.net have cleansed their archives of this homoerotic literature.

For the Wall Street Journal, Alexandra Alter reported on how Vampire Diaries writer L.J. Smith is using fan fiction to reclaim her own series via Kindle Worlds.

New York Times’s Mike Hale, writing about the enduring popularity of Supernatural: Not all fans are content simply to attend conventions. Some of them want to take a hand in the story, and their fan fiction can explore areas mostly untouched on the show, like the latent homoerotic suggestiveness of the Winchesters’ intense relationship. Asked if he reads any of this material, Mr. [Jensen] Ackles said: “I don’t. I know it’s out there, and I’m, I’m — the people that have asked me about it are well aware that I would rather not know about that.”

One Direction, Ridley Pearson, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Hobbit, deviantART, Mobile apps )

For New Statesman, Helen Lewis wrote In the offline world, most of us are adept at modulating our language and tone for our audience [,,,]. Online, however, that is harder. Why? First, because it’s easier to compare your expressions in different contexts; to see the inconsistency between how you are with your friends on Facebook, with potential employers on LinkedIn, with your Sherlock fanfic group on Tumblr. Worse, everything you say is permanent.

In an article on food labeling for Science 2.0, Hank Campbell wrote Equality is why George Lucas spent so much time and money going after teenagers who created Star Wars fan fiction. Huh?

In a piece about an upcoming tour of historical homes, (Asheville, NC) Citizen-Times’s Barbara Blake wrote that one of the included houses is owned by Doug Hensley, who works in sales, and Cynthia Ingram Hensley, who writes novels in the Jane Austen fan fiction genre.

Finally, in Toronto Life, Urban Diplomat gave a reader advice on how to respond to his wife’s erotic CBC fan fiction.
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Rolling Stone’s Miriam Coleman reported that, on a recent SNL, author George R.R. Martin (Bobby Moynihan) stopped by Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk to talk about his trouble completing the last two books of the series. Claiming that he can't write the books until he's come up with a title, he offered anchor Cecily Strong two options: "A Whisper of Yells" or "A Bunch of Clocks." He also admitted that, while he spends about 35 hours a week writing, it's mostly Game of Thrones fan fiction. ("It's slightly less pornographic and I'm the main character in it.")

Joanna Rafael shared 5 Game Of Thrones Erotic Fan Fics That Make The Show Look Tame in Comparison with readers of The Gloss.

More Game of Thrones (nothing earth-shattering), The Elder Scrolls, Scarlett Johansson, Wattpad )

For The Daily Cougar (University of Houston), Daniel Alt interviewed “Houston rapper and recent media production graduate Jonathan Harris”: “I was writing fanfiction first, then poetry,” Harris said. “I wrote (the opening track,) ‘Elevator Music,’ at the end of 2012 and told my friends I was making an album. I had no idea it would take two years to come to fruition.”

In Music Business Journal (Berklee College of Music), Griffin Davis mentioned Naomi Novik’s appearance at Congressional hearings on copyright: Novik cited herself as a prime example, having made a name for herself writing fan fiction, which she contends should be considered a fair use.

In an article about “the shifting dynamics between creators and fans” for New Statesman, Elizabeth Minkel wrote The job of the critic has always been a bit easy, in a way: a safe distance from the object of criticism gives you free reign to let loose. And perhaps things used to be a bit easier for creators, too – no instant feedback, no hate trending on Twitter, no peek into the permutations people are imagining for your characters in fan fiction.

From Garnet Fraser in The Star, regarding this week’s US: Every photo ever taken of Kim Kardashian must have already been on a magazine cover, so Us has Jessica Simpson and Lauren Conrad fill in. We’re treated to photos of wedding dresses — not the dresses these C-listers will wear, just ones they could wear. So, it’s fan fiction for clothing, basically.

In the Los Angeles Times, E. Lockhart shared that, while working on her PhD dissertation, she wrote Spider-Man fan fiction, half-baked picture books, comic poetry.

Finally, Irish Independent writer (and comics fan) Chris Wasser lamented The Simpsons taught us that sci-fi geeks have no lives outside of their fan fiction.
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In a review of Hugh Howey’s Kindle Worlds-pubished Vonnegut fanfic Pieces of Amber, John Warner wrote Vonnegut's mission, like that of all artists, was to write something true. To write something true, the artist must create the world as it exists for themselves from scratch, like any other creator. Howey manages this in his personal testimony of that horrible day. But when he's imagining the life of Montana Wildhack, Howey's just moving the grains around someone else's sandbox. I respect the effort, but I wish Howey would stick to his own stories.

New York Post’s Tim Donnelly mused that You probably wouldn’t have to dig too deep into sci-fi fan fiction to find a story about Amy Pond from “Doctor Who” and Starbuck from “Battlestar Galactica” on space adventures.

In a Sydney Morning Herald review of Genevieve Fricker's The Pineapple, Nick Taras wrote Fricker creates hilarious fan fiction for a classic McCain's corn commercial – “Marge, the rains are here!” – in an excessively analytical manner as she interprets the true meaning inherent in each line in that famous ad.

Kody Keplinger, Lauren Owen, Andrew Scott, teen Whovian, NASA, Noah, Game of Thrones )

An Atlanta Magazine piece by Tony Rehagen on how to tell Trekkers and Sherlock Holmes fans apart mentioned the myriad Holmes-Trek crossover fan-fiction offerings in existence.

In a review of this year’s Campbell-eligible stories for NPR, K. Tempest Bradford wrote Carmen Maria Machado's stories build and build until they surround and ensnare, and at the end you're always glad to be all tangled up. My favorite, "Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU," defies explanation. Call it postmodern, or fan fiction, or Lovecraft meets Dick Wolf — all labels fall short of capturing the essence of this story.

For Cosmopolitan, Eliza Thompson wrote Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone have recorded a song together, and have thus made it that much easier for you to write slash fiction about the two of them.

In a review of Drake’s “Draft Day” for Rolling Stone, Jon Dolan wrote that the song contains a little Jennifer Lawrence fan fic: "On some Hunger Games shit/I would die for my district."

Finally, Contra Costa Times’s Eric Kurhi quoted a quidditch team organizer: "You'll see people get into it who are really socially awkward, fan-fiction writing nerds, and they'll be at practice along with lacrosse players," she said. "It's a really diverse group."
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In an interesting review of Divergent for The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky wrote Tris's main power is an ability to manipulate the simulations while she's inside them—to recognize that the story is a story and to write her own end. Since Veronica Roth is basically writing Hunger Games fan fiction, the analogy between character and author is obvious. But it's also an analogy between Tris and the reader/viewer, who plunges into a book/film/simulation, but can remain her or himself, reworking the story.

For BG News (Bowling Green State University), Dylanne Petros shared that Fanfiction can go too far, by which she means that filing off serial numbers is bad. Because plagiarism.

For The Asahi Shimbun, Satsuki Fujita wrote that TPP copyright talks could shut the book on otaku fan fiction.

Psych, whatever, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Joanna Newsom, Ms. Marvel )

Writing for The Badger Herald (University of Wisconsin), Christian Moberg noted The issue with the [video game] direct sequel is that often many take the past story and add new mythology to the already existing story. “Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World” does this as well. It adds new mythology and characters after two years pass since the original “Tales of Symphonia.” The story comes off rather disjointed and seems like bad fan fiction. The “bad fan fiction feeling” is unfortunately prevalent in many direct sequels to games, which is why usually fans will buy the sequel and beat it but not consider it to be an extension of the predecessor’s story.

Providence Journal’s Donita Naylor wrote about a teen who has self-published a book set inside the Minecraft game.

Finally, in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Caleb McCaig wrote that The force will be with the Stephenville Public Library in April when it plays host to several Star Wars-themed events including the first Fan Fiction Contest.
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In “Of bronies and men: Rethinking manliness” for The Denver Post’s Shiny Objects, Hugh Johnson wrote The show’s virtues permeate the entire culture. It’s the reason why the brony experience is much more than a show. Fans around the world have written fan fiction, created alternate stories, made music and toys, all inspired by Friendship is Magic.

New York Times’s David Streitfeld wrote that Much of the most popular work [on Wattpad] is geared to young women and draws its energy from fan fiction.

For The Guardian’s Community, Stephanie Cairns observed that social media allows global communities to form, brought together by a shared love of almost anything; from hockey, to books, to Doctor Who fanfiction.

Raymond Chandler, The Little Mermaid, Divergent, jawn )

From The Independent: Justine Tunney’s position [is not] helped by her self-promotional presence on Twitter (she recently re-tweeted fan fiction about her petition which included the lines “America has been under the power of Google for the last twenty years. Everything was really good.”) and her apologist stance towards the mass surveillance enabled by tech companies.

In the Pacific Standard, Michael White summarized arguments against the required sharing of scientific data: In sometimes-angry responses, researchers argued that […] easy to access other people’s data will result in nothing but low-value research that is the scientific equivalent of fan fiction.

Finally, in the Star Observer, Benjamin Riley wrote that queer romantic fiction festival organizer Matthew Lang said when it came to the overseas festivals, most people who attended were straight, middle-aged women, many of whom cut their teeth writing erotic fan fiction online. He said for many of these writers, those online communities were a safe space to learn foundational writing skills.
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Veronica Mars sparked a few refs this past week. Houston Press’s Stephanie Zacharek wrote that the new film is like fan fiction without the delusional megalomania. In the Syndey Morning Herald, Darryn King wrote When fans heard that the series was in danger of being axed, they didn't stand by cranking out increasingly sexy fan fiction (though there's plenty of that around). And, several less-mainstreamy publications, such as The Escapist, shared that Veronica Mars Fan Fiction Will Be Published By Amazon through Kindle Worlds (Marshall Lemon).

In the Fort Scott Tribune, Jason E. Silvers profiled local author Kathryn Salsbury, who is currently enjoying the success of her debut novel, "The Plan," an erotic fiction novel published in February. The book originally started as online [Twilight] fan fiction stories written in "real time" as daily journal entries from the point of view of the book's lead female character.

My Little Pony, Archie, Girls, Newsweek hiring practices (I think) )

Darren Franich, for Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch, in an interesting article about True Detective and the fan experience: Everyone experiences art and entertainment in their own way. (I never really understood the instinct towards writing FanFiction — but I did spend a year and a half basically writing Jersey Shore FanFiction.)

College Times published some College Fanfiction by Jorge Salazar.

In Publishers Weekly, Sally Lodge wrote about Scholastic’s new The Worlds Collide online hub [which] will also offer kids weekly rewards, including fan fiction story-starters.

For West Seattle Herald, in an article about fandom, Kyra-lin Hom wrote Then there was the Internet and suddenly, even if a storyline only had 100 followers out of 7 billion people on this planet, those 100 fans could all find one another and forge a fandom. A fandom is exactly what it sounds like. It is an intangible kingdom consisting of everything related to a particular story – be it a book, TV show, game, whatever. The residents are the fans, constantly consuming and generating their own fandom content through chatrooms, role-play, cosplay, fanfiction, fanart, or even just talking obsessively about it with their friends.

Finally, for Khaleej Times, Vir Sanghvi concluded an article on Sherlock Rather than trusting Batman, James Bond or Tarzan to the owners of the copyrights, the digital world is going to hand such iconic characters over to the people who understand them best — their fans.
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In The Journal, Stephen Downes asked WHAT IS FAN FICTION? And why is it making traditional publishers and writers very nervous? He then made up lots of stuff.

University of Iowa announced that The Fan Fiction Studies Reader, edited by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

People’s Nate Jones ended an interview with House of Cards’s Michael Gill with some presidential fan fiction.

Broad City, Vampire Academy, You Who Came From The Stars, Lego The Hobbit, Supernatural )

In a profile of writing team Tyler Jolley and Sherry Ficklin for The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado), Erin McIntyre wrote Ficklin’s writing habit began early in life, when she started writing Harry Potter fan fiction long ago.

From Danielle Wiener-Bronner in The Wire: Massive Collision Tears Galaxy Apart, Fuels Gory Fan-Fic Coverage.

The Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor wrote that Somewhere between the provocative rethinking of canonical literature and the fan-fiction mashup, there lies the polite posthumous pastiche.

In NYU Local, by Leora Rosenberg: He records himself reading My Little Pony erotic fan fiction. He adds musical accompaniment. He posts the recordings online. “I’d call them audio books,” the Liberal Studies sophomore told Local in an interview, “except they’re not books, and they will never be published, and rightfully so.”

Finally, in a review of Blood Will Out, Walter Kirn’s biography of Clark Rockefeller (a.k.a. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter), Charles Finch wrote The oddities of Rockefeller's personality — his outlandish stories about hosting Britney Spears and Helmut Kohl at his summer house, his "Star Trek" fan fiction, his banal paranoias about China — Kirn was willing to attribute to the deforming effects of his new friend's exalted upbringing.


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