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In Irish Examiner, Shaun Cronin wrote Rugby pundit and Newstalk presenter George Hook has hit the headlines today by revealing he "made a stab" at an erotic novel, but it had been rejected by a publisher. The 72-year-old hit the front page of the Irish Sun today after a conversation about fan fiction on his Newstalk show The Right Hook last Friday took a strange left turn. The Herald provided more details.

Bruce Handy prefaced a ranking of 2016 campaign logos for Vanity Fair Disclaimer: “best” is an inherently relative word and doesn’t necessarily imply endorsement; that is especially true here, just as it would be in a ranking of tuna melts or Entourage fan fiction.

Allen Pierleoni, who has either been living under a rock or left the house one morning without his comma bag, wrote “Fifty Shades” can be traced to when Leonard was posting online fan fiction involving characters from Stephenie Meyer’s book “Master of the Universe.”

Biopics, Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes, geek girls, Maleficent, Big Game )

Dhruva Sahasrabudhe reviewed Eliezer Yudkowsky’s “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality” for Pune Mirror.

Alice Clarke wrote Old stories reimagined by the fans for the new fans for Herald Sun.

In ‘5 TV Shows With Some of the Most Loyal Fan Bases’ for TV Cheat Sheet, Nick Cannata-Bowman informed readers that You can even find merchandise, custom-made t-shirts, and an entire library of Supernatural fan-fiction, with just a couple short Google searches.

…And I’ll call it quits here, folks – it’s Tuesday morning and I need to get this posted. I’ll catch up this coming weekend.
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In ‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own for The New York Times, Alexandra Alter wrote about Christian Grey-centric fanfic which predates this past week’s release of James’s Grey. And, The Washington Post’s Sarah MacLean wrote It is not every day that an author has a chance to recast a polarizing character, and James works hard to do that. The book is framed with emotional flashbacks to Christian’s youth, from his early years with a “crack whore” of a mother, abused by “her pimp,” to his later childhood, learning to be a part of the loving family that adopted him. Christian’s “nice” family is perhaps the strongest vestige of the “Twilight” fan fiction from which “Fifty Shades” was birthed, and the scenes with the Trevelyan-Greys make one wish this family were still adopting children.

Natacha Bertrand informed the readers of Business Insider that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ started out as ‘Twilight’ fan fiction before becoming an international phenomenon.

For Yahoo!, Jordan Zakarin descripted porn parodies as fan-fiction taken to the ultimate extreme — and evidently, there’s a pretty strong demand for it.

USA Today’s Happy Ever After carried refs for Must-read fanfic from 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'Sherlock' compiled by Denny S. Bryce.

Student filmmaker James Campbell told Darlington & Stockton Times’s Andy Walker “Influenced by fan fiction, my inspiration is to make something I want to see first of all, then to create a piece of work that is a little different. My goal for Ripper is to bring fans of Batman, Jack the Ripper and Italian horror together for what will hopefully be the coolest fan film ever made.”

Orange is the New Black, Sherlock Holmes, Sophie Jackson (Twilight), After, Game of Thrones, Jurassic World, cover dancing, Heroes of the Storm )

A from letter to the editor of The Toronto Star by Nick Moreau: Given the quality and variety of real travel writing available, the use of a Bloomberg writer’s fan fiction about “visiting” Jurassic Park was quite the disappointment.

Finally, for The Telegraph, Jonathan Liew wrote In a fortnight's time we see the opening of the transfer window, and yet despite the two being ostensibly unrelated, it strikes me that there are certain similarities between the millions of stories that teenage girls tell each other on Tumblr, and the millions of stories that football will tell itself over the next three months.
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For Cosmopolitan UK, Claire Hodgson reported There's a lot of very weird fan fiction out there. This we know. But we did not know that there is fan fiction involving dinosaur sex.

In a Globe and Mail review, Liam Lacey wrote In effect, Jurassic World is the sequel as fan fiction, with a nostalgic technical glow that hovers over the proceedings – romantically lit and shot characters, jungle scenes captured in the rich colour dynamics of film, not digital video, and a score that frequently refers to John Williams’s rousing Jurassic Park theme from 1993.

Headlines & Global New’s Irene Cabrera reported that Fans of the popular One Direction fan fiction novel "After" will be happy to hear that plans to make a film based on the story will push through.

For Telegraph, Kat Brown wrote A fan fiction story about the band One Direction is getting a film adaptation from the writer of the Alison Janney sitcom Mom. And, Fashion&Style’s Jordianne Cornejo compiled 'After' Fan Fiction Movie Cast: 5 Actors Who Could Play Character Based On 1D's Harry Styles In Anna Todd's Film Project.

Smash, Pretty Little Liars, My Little Pony, drinking human blood, Star Wars, Game of Thrones )

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), more After, Planet of the Apes, Orange is the New Black, being a fangirl, The World Series of Zombies )

In Willamette Week, Lizzy Acker wrote that a recent letter to the editor in The Oregonian read[s] like your Republican grandpa's post-apocalyptic Portland fan fiction, placing a particular emphasis on the writer's wish that he was better armed.

From Molly Mulshine in Business Insider: "What 'fan theories' have blown your mind with their devastating logic?" user Exdee1 asked. Redditors were happy to deliver their answers — a special kind of fanfic lite where back stories are invented by avid readers and watchers of franchises like "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," and even "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

Speaking about a library book club for teens with Auburn Villager’s Allison Blankenship, Youth Services programming specialist Valerie Temple said, "We did biographies, and it was great because we had people bring in typical biographies, and we had people bring in fan fiction biographies about characters from Harry Potter."

For Marketing Magazine, Rob Gray wrote At Squad we advocate positioning brands through a looser central narrative. Think of it like fan fiction. Stories like Harry Potter and Star Trek have huge communities of fans creating their own stories. But it’s all based around a narrative and set of characters defined by the original author.

Finally, in a Letter to the Editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette Tribune, Annie Wilkison wrote I would like to thank the volunteers who donated their time and expertise to help with Tonasket Choice High School’s “mock” job interviews. Students in ninth, tenth and eleventh grade participated in the interview process for jobs ranging from Ultrasound technician to Mechanic and from a fan fiction author to travel agent.
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For the story of the week, I’ll post a chunk of Leanne Italie’s Associated Press piece as found on ABC33/40: The new EL James book "Grey" shot to the top of Amazon's best-seller list ahead of its June 18 release on the promise it will flip the perspective of her hard-sex "Fifty Shades" story from innocent Anastasia Steele to kinky Christian Grey. But her hordes of fans may not realize it's not the first time James has explored her massively popular trilogy from Christian's point of view. The new book, due out on Christian's birthday, began like the previous three novels, as "Twilight" fan fiction using Stephenie Meyer's original characters, hot vampire Edward Cullen and clumsy innocent Isabella Swan. James wrote about 50 pages as an "outtake" from Edward's point of view for a fundraiser that benefited a charity in 2010 as she toiled in the FanFiction.net "Twilight" community of writers under the pen name Snowqueens Icedragon. And, from Natalie Robehmed in Forbes: All told, James is set to make millions from “Grey” if it carries a modicum of the success of “Fifty Shades.” For a trilogy that started as fan fiction, “Fifty Shades” has already had a happy ending.

According to, among others, Brenna Ehrlich at MTV.com, One Direction Will Hit Screens Everywhere As This FanFic Becomes A Flick. For Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Ford explained Paramount's adaptation of the One Direction-inspired fan-fiction story After [by Anna Todd] is moving forward with Susan McMartin hired to adapt it for the big screen. And in The Independent, Jess Denham observed that There are instant comparisons to EL James' erotic novels, which were themselves inspired by Twilight fan fiction.

Community, Fury Road, The Bachelorette, Dark Sanctuary, shipping, Hannibal )

Once Upon A Time, I cannot figure out what this guy's point is, Jurassic World, Sherlock Holmes, Big Bang Theory, Mugglenet, Steven King )

In a review of BBC4’s “When Pop Ruled My Life: The Fans’ Story” for The Guardian, Filipa Jodelka wrote It’s not fashionable to give these saucer-eyed fans much credence, and I’m thankful that Kate [Mossman] has. As two 1D-ers explain, the now-notorious genre of Larry Stylinson fanfic, I’m also firm in the belief it’s not for you or me to understand. Just be thankful you’ve not seen the Fab Foursome stuff knocking about.

For Cincinnati’s CityBeat, Nicholas Korn wrote Here’s the premise for Occupational Pleasures, presented by Cincinnati’s Homegrown Theater: Dan and Louise (played by Dylan Shelton and Lauren Showen) work in the same office and are having an affair. They believe their romance remains a secret until they find copies of fan fiction-style stories that have been written about them, each from a coworker who views their relationship differently.

A caption on an image of the Grinch on CBS Local reads Now that we know we can use this picture anywhere we want, expect some slash-fiction with Star Trek: the original series.

The Brooklyn Paper’s Noah Hurowitz wrote A local comedy troupe will debut a fan-fiction sequel to the hit musical “Grease” at Downtown’s Actors Fund Arts Center on June 5–7 — but without the lily-white cast of the original.

From Vashthi Nepaul in Daily Maverick: Writer-director Joss Whedon opined “There's a time and place for everything, and I believe it’s called 'fan fiction'.”

Finally, for New York Magazine, Jaime Fuller wrote On June 8, Run Warren Run will officially disband and stop providing the 2016 election cycle's most imaginative fanfic — but not before the group delivers one last petition to her office, complete with 365,000 signatures, begging her to run.
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Alex Garofalo wrote 'Mad Men' Finale: Where Will Everybody Be In 1980? Fan Fiction Predictions For Every Major Character for International Business Times.

On MSN.com: The 'Last Week Tonight' host [John Oliver] drops by to read an excerpt from his erotic [Sex in the City] fan fiction screenplay.

Denny S. Bryce shared Must-read fanfic for 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Scandal,' 'BtVS' on USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

A Globe and Mail review by John Semley was titled Lynn Crosbie’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night is magic realist fan fiction.

San Francisco Examiner’s Nato Green wrote If you have a million people wanting to protest peacefully and 20 dudes who want to set cars on fire, those dudes should stick to writing “V for Vendetta” fan fiction.

For the UC Riverside Highlander, Robert Lees wrote I’m sure we’re all familiar with the “best friends that are also a couple” motif present in both life and fiction. There’s Marshall and Lily from “How I Met Your Mother.” There’s Harry and Sally from “When Harry Met Sally.” There’s Kirk and Spock in some fanfiction I once read (on second thought, that probably wasn’t canon).

In a review of Return to Sender for The Guardian, Benjamin Lee wrote Before Rosamund Pike was cast in Gone Girl, she made this cheapo thriller, which almost acts as a piece of lurid Amazing Amy fan fiction.

Melina Marchetta, Moby Dick, A Brief History of Portable Literature, Star Wars, Jonathan Franzen, Brandon Flowers, Lucy Saxon )

Union College Concordiensis’s Jenna Salisbury spoke with senior English major Thomas Arcuri ’15 [about] his senior thesis project, “The Somewhat Less Than Super Adventures of the Gargoyle and the Sparrow, Including the Pseudo-comical Incident of the Fanfiction and What Transpired After,” a comedic play revolving around two retired superheroes seeking to recapture the fame of their glory days.

From Catherine Townsend in the Daily Mail: From the dad who accidentally fed his son brake fluid to the mom whose teenage daughter writes smutty fanfiction on Tumblr, a new Reddit thread, aptly-titled ‘Moms of Reddit’, is full to the brim of parents who clearly feel that some skeletons should remain in the closet, at least where their children are concerned.

For Los Angeles Times’s Ministry of Gossip, Nardine Saad wrote It appears that Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are becoming parents, which, in the fan-fiction universe, means Queen B and Seth Cothen are having a baby. Well, no, it doesn’t.

Finally, in a review for Burley Express, Rebecca Hay wrote that I Love One Direction features the chance for fans to match the band member to their famous tweets, discover your own 1 D theme song, write your own fan fiction and imagine a dream interview with your favourite band member.
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Wired carried Davey Alba’s Fanfic Star Anna Todd on How the Internet Made Her Famous.

In a piece on a con at a local library, News Tribure staff writer Rachel Stella defined fan fiction as Stories written by fans featuring already-created fictional characters.

For Livingston Daily, Jennifer Eberbach wrote about a local pastor/whiskey reviewer: Thoma’s [reviews] “tell stories, quote literature, dig into history,” capture moments with his four children and wife Jennifer, sometimes come in the form of fan fiction, and “there is a lot of theology in there, too,” he said.

Roanoke Times crime reporter Tiffany Stevens used to write fan fiction – mostly Teen Titans and X-men related novellas. I recently made the (probably unwise) decision to return to fan fiction, this time spurred by the Faustian anime series “Puella Magi Madoka Magica.”

Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Jonathan Franzen, Amtrak, Frozen, The Familiar, Margaret Atwood, One Direction, Sufjan Stevens )

From Elle Australia, regarding the reported real-life romance between Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen: Bad news for us - and probably all the fan fiction sites and Avengers fan Tumblrs - Elizabeth is a bit of an anon. Of course, we don't mean this in terms of talent or beauty, we're speaking strictly in a social media sense. Huh?

Concordiensis (Union College) reported that a recent senior thesis was titled “The Somewhat Less than Super Adventures of the Gargoyle and the Sparrow, including the Pseudo-comical Incident of the Fan Fiction and What Transpired After.”

Star Wars Episode VII )

From Aashna Prakash in The State Journal-Register: Tumblr gives users the ability to share links to media. Some people on Tumblr are writers who pen fanfiction. Some are artists who create fanart. And some are technologically savvy enough to make fanvids or GIFs (which are animated images) from the original medium.

Finally, in ‘How fanzines escaped the indie ghetto and learned to love Taylor Swift’ for The Guardian, Laura Snapes wrote It could be a fanfic brunch date between Taylor Swift and Ellen Page or a quasi-academic essay on a collaboration between Ronnie Wood and One Direction. The subjects of 2015’s most exciting underground publications are a world away from the stapled-together, photocopied, fanzines of yore. The new wave of fanzines care not about dusty seven-inches and blokes in T-shirts, but instead the Technicolor world of pop superstars such as Taylor, 1D and Kanye West. Especially Taylor.
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According to Christopher Borrelli in Chicago Tribune, Blackhawks fan fiction takes Toews off the ice.

For Campaign Asia-Pacific, Adam Nelson and Scott Teng wrote Fan clubs, fanzines, and fanfic all pre-date the web; just ask the Beatles or The Observatory or even Fann Wong.

X-Files, Kurt Cobain via Lynn Crosbie, Collabro, JRRT, Creepy Pasta, Grace and Frankie )

For UT-Arlington’s The Shorthorn, Delarecia Washington wrote Whether it’s running a marathon, learning to swim or collecting stamps, hobbies are great ways to keep busy in the summer. Besides, it can be difficult to update your “Doctor Who” fan fiction with exams and papers weighing over your head during the school year.

Regarding rumors of a New Zealand-based version of The Bachelorette, New Zealand Herald reported Much though we would love this to be true, inside sources tell us it's pure fan fiction at this point. Word is it took producers weeks to find just one attractive, articulate, eligible male willing to go on the show and they hold out zero hope of finding the 21 needed to make The Bachelorette a reality.

From India Times: What happens when you mix sports, comic book heroes and fan-fiction with some virtual reality concepts to create an ad? It becomes Legen -Wait for it- Dary!

Avengers - not really spoilers, but not really not, either )

To get kids excited about reading, author Tui T. Sutherland suggested encouraging them to create original art related to the stories—I’ve seen incredible dragon drawings and fantastic fan-fiction, too!, according to The Washington Post’s Amy Joyce.

Indigo Trigg-Hauger wrote Sex positions: Fanfiction for The Daily (University of Washington).

Finally, for Economic Times, Hitesh Raj Bhagat wrote that Wattpad offers what they claim is an 'unlimited' library of free books and content. This is because there are loads of people who write for the fun of it - so non-commercial content and fan fiction is aplenty.
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From Gavia Baker-Whitelaw in The Daily Dot: The BBC confirmed last month that the next Sherlock episode will be a Victorian spin on the regular series—which is itself a modern-day fanfic of the Victorian Sherlock Holmes stories. Happy wneleh is happy!

For Toronto Star’s Books, Deborah Dundas wrote [in] her latest book, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Toronto writer Lynn Crosbie creates what she calls an “haute fan fiction” novel about a girl named Evelyn whose love for Cobain is so strong she summons him back to life. In a review for the same paper, Patricia Dawn Robertson wrote Kurt Cobain fan fiction is a popular category of the genre. These online tributes appear in the form of love stories penned by yearning sweet things who cast a youthful Cobain as their devoted swain: Kurt’s back from the dead and he’s their teenage lover. Many of these stories read like amateurish diary entries while Crosbie brings a sophisticated poet’s sensibility to the task. And, when asked by The Globe and Mail’s Elizabeth Renzetti, Crosbie said that her “favourite pairing in fan fiction” is me and Malcolm McDowell, having met via the intricacies of Dr. Tim Koslowski’s recent theory of time as a series of arrows, moving simultaneously. He lets me wear the eyelashes. I also like Michael Jackson fanfics, the porny ones and the shockingly tender ones, where Michael “softly kisses” his future wife/the writer.

E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos wrote As much as we loved Glee, we think many fans will agree that the final season felt at parts like fan fiction (that surprise double wedding?), because the writers wanted so much to give the fans what they wanted.

Twilight, Mad Men, Gronk, The Flash, Orphan Black, Cthulhu )

The Essex County Standard carried Students try their hand at fanfiction after being inspired by the Essex Book Awards.

Jenna Mullins included a fanfic ref in a piece about Age of Ultron for E! Online.

In “Learning from your failures” for Dakota Student, Kjerstine Trooien wrote Recently, I’ve been reading a fanfic (don’t judge) that got into the idea of forcing its main character to learn how to lose. The character couldn’t admit defeat — this made him dangerous to not only himself and others.

Finally, Melissa Joan Hart told E! Online "I know the fans say they want [revivals], but then—then they're really hard on you after. It never turns out as well as the fan-fiction does, you know?"
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On Business Insider, Madeline Stone shared a casting call for a 'Mark Zuckerberg fan fiction'.

Forbes contributor David F. Carr authored Skrawl Wants To Go Hollywood With Collaborative Fan Fiction.

From The Stranger: Redacted Erotic Fan Fiction—Seattle City Politics Edition.

Claire Nally made a game attempt at explaining fanfic for readers of The Conversation.

Star Wars, Anton Chekhov, Anne of Green Gables, The 100, lots of BBC shows (are they all BBC?) )

Tufts Daily’s Anjali Nair wrote that a new novel imagines a reincarnation of [Kurt] Cobain in the modern day. The book, written by University of Toronto Professor Lynn Crosbie, is a fantastical tale about teenage heroin addict Evelyn Gray, who ends up in a hospital. There, Gray starts a relationship with a fellow patient, Celine Black, who just so happens to be Kurt Cobain reincarnate. And not in a metaphorical sense — in the book, Black really is Cobain’s ghost. Before writing off the novel as yet another middle-aged women’s unsettling fanfiction – which it may well be — it’s important to note that Crosbie is well-regarded for her prose. With multiple poetry collections and novels published, as well as acclaimed journalistic works, she may have the writing chops to execute this strange plot line. And, for National Post, Emma Healey wrote In a café in Toronto’s Parkdale, Lynn Crosbie tells me that her latest book was originally supposed to be a young adult novel, “but,” she says, “I started to write it and within three pages she was f–king and doing heroin and I thought no, no.” So, Where Did You Sleep Last Night is instead indebted to other genres, especially fanfiction and prose poetry; its language is dreamy and shifts like quicksand, and the plot can be difficult to grasp; early moments – like the one where an English teacher sits on a student’s lap to weep as he quotes Shakespeare – are a pretty clear tip-off that the ratio of magic to realism in the novel is a little skewed. It’s a novel, certainly — but to call it just that seems inadequate. You read about it here first, folks!

Ed Miliband, Full House, Undisclosed, Power/Rangers, Brickleberry, Patton Oswalt )

For The New York Times, Eric Kaplan noted that On social media sites like Twitter, video distribution sites like YouTube and fan fiction sites like fanfiction.net, we create our own kind of characters and new possibilities for who we want to be and share them with like-minded people.

Finally, BBC reported that playwright and critic Bonnie Greer is planning a "Jane Eyre fan fiction" workshop in London.
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For The Facts, Ian Goodrum wrote about Reluctantly becoming a fan of fan fiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More 50SoG )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke wrote that Rarely are we as good as we think at juggling work, home, friends, volunteer work, our Star Wars fan fiction blog, the oil painting class we signed up for and our daily 5 a.m. CrossFit class.


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