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Another week of Anna Todd references! Rolling Stone featured One Direction Fan Fiction Writer Gets Six-Figure Book Deal by Cady Drell, and Emily Thomas wrote Harry Styles fan fiction could be turned into a film for BBC Newsbeat. For Washington Post, Jessica Contrera got meta in From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘After’: Why publishers want fan fiction to go mainstream, and, in “Fantasizing on the Famous” for New York Times, Alexandra Alter observed commercializing fan fiction can be a minefield, particularly when it involves a beloved boy band. And, for New York Magazine, Jessica Roy wrote Hollywood, fresh out of ideas since the Great Idea Drought of 1980, has been forced to systematically turn to online outlets for fresh content. Tumblrs become movies, Harry Styles fan fiction becomes a best-selling novel, and now? A single Quora thread may become a television show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, a local high school senior told The Courier-Journal that she reads Too much fan fiction.
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Of the recent Family Guy/Simpsons XO, TV.com’s Tim Surette wrote Just the idea of such a combo was probably the stuff of wet dreams for slashfic writers with animation fetishes. And, regarding a fight scene, Vulture’s Jesse David Fox wrote It felt like slash fiction, written by someone with a very specific type and very complicated issues.

Frankie Goodway authored Cameron loses out to Labour - in erotic political fan fiction for Daily Mirror.

NYU Local’s Charlotte Graham wrote a A love letter to Grace Ann, author of the greatest Harry Potter fan fiction ever written. The State Hornet’s Rachel Rosenbaum was less amused: As an agnostic woman who does no intentional wrong to anyone, this fanfiction piece is offensive.

From Rachel Deahl in Publishers Weekly: Micki Nuding at Simon & Schuster bought North American rights, in a six-figure, three-book deal, at auction, to Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh. Jackson, who was represented by Louise Fury at the Bent Agency, is a schoolteacher in England, and the novel is adapted from her popular [Twilight] fan-fiction work of the same name.

Punky Brewster, Outlander, Lauren Owen, Lauren Oliver, Once Upon A Time, Wattpad, Rainbow Rowell, My Little Pony, Tinder )

For Kansas City Star, Eleanor Nash wrote Before the Internet, if you had a ground-breaking discovery, you would have to print copies and distribute them. Now, the world’s attention is just a few clicks away. Teens are also writing and being creative on the Internet. Pull up FanFiction.net, for example, and you will find articles, stories, blurbs and comments written by young people.

A Wall Street Journal piece by Rachel Bachman mentioned YogaQuest, a Minneapolis studio started by yoga instructor Justine Mastin that sets classes to fan-fiction narratives. When Captain Kirk appears in a "Star Trek"-themed narrative, for instance, YogaQuest participants do yoga's "chair" pose to evoke the helm of the starship Enterprise.

Finally, for Philippine Daily Inquirer, Camille Anne M. Arcilla wrote [YA author Lissa] Price said she would not recommend writing fanfiction. She was referring to fiction written by fans as an extension of an admired work or series of works by another author. (Fan fiction is usually posted on the Internet or published in fan magazines or fanzines.) “I just think that it is better that writers make up their own characters and their own stories because then [the work] is theirs and they own it,” she said.
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This one’s gotten a bit of press: as summarized by David L. Garcia in SF Weekly, The Harry Potter series is a bit like pizza — they're so universally loved that it's easy to forget that some people don't actually like them. That might be why a woman is making waves with a fan fiction that lends the fantasy series a sharp Christian edge. And, according to Mirror’s Sophie Gadd, Her story 'Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles' appeared on a fan fiction website around a month ago.

Tina McIntyre (Hachette Book Group) told Publishers Weekly’s Kate Pavao “When readers become invested in a fictional world, they want to hang out with those characters... whether it be in novels, novellas, fan fiction, etc.”

From a London Evening Standard bit on John Sutherland: “I find fan fiction immensely stimulating,” said the 75-year-old Emeritus English professor. “A lot of it is very poorly written but having the dynamism to want to take The Hobbit or JK Rowling’s books and bend and shape them like Plasticine — I think that’s very exciting.

In a restaurant review for The Guardian, Jay Rayner wrote Find someone with overly grandiose ideas and an approach to the English language which would make only the author of some Game of Thrones fan fiction feel frisky, put them in charge of a mouse and keyboard and, hurrah, you have the Norse website.

In a piece about teenage girl sexuality for The Guardian, Helen Lewis observed In fan fiction communities, and on sites such as Tumblr, all types of sexuality are represented – as well as the absence of a sex drive entirely.

For WRTI, Jessica Lennick wrote All people create—we tell stories, we write computer programs and Dungeons and Dragons story-lines, we make bad paintings, good paintings, light installations, fan-fiction, internet memes and on and on and on. Professional artists are not unique in being called to create.

Gotham, Happy Valley, more fanfic-is-awesome, Sherlock, parenthood, Anna Todd )

Disney Interactive, The Great Gatsby, Dallas Cowboys, The Knick, Slenderman )

In a review of Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds for NPR, Tasha Robinson wrote while Lizzie's story is briskly thrilling, it's ultimately more valuable as a window into Darcy's mind and her own young-adult-novel-driven fantasies of being extraordinary and impressive. Just as Rainbow Rowell used excerpts from her protagonist's fan-fiction in her recent Fangirl to expose a rich inner life at conflict with a more banal day-to-day existence, Westerfeld puts a girl on the page alongside her own dreams, and turns both stories into wish-fulfillment enjoyment for his readers.

Rainbow Rowell herself was quoted by Harvard Crimson’s Melissa C. Rodman: “When I was a teen I was a much more ambitious reader. Now I read half ‘Sherlock’ fan fiction and half my favorite authors, not Joyce.”

Finally, NBC News’s website featured a bit on Personalized Superhero Action Figures – [Because] Sometimes fan fiction just isn't enough.
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Laura Kane wrote ‘Sleepy Hollow’ wakes up fan fiction, Jones says Season 2 has more depth for The Canadian Press. And, for Postmedia News, Melissa Hank reported Active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and his personal blog, Jones says Sleepyheads — as they call themselves — are far from comatose couch-slouchers. Rather, they’re both passionate about the supernatural series and prolific.
 “I read the fan fiction all the time. I think there are some really incredible writers, especially when you start to get into the longer fan fiction, like 5,000 words or more,” says Jones. He’s equally enthusiastic about those who make art based on the show.

In a piece about serialization for The Telegraph, Frances Wilson wrote J K Rowling taught fortitude to the under-11s, which is no mean feat. And what did they do as they waited? They went online to Harry Potter fan-fiction sites to pen their own versions of what would happen next. She therefore encouraged youngsters not only to read, but to write as well.

Author Derek Landy told Guardian readers that fannish creativity never fails to astonish me – incredible fanfiction and jaw-droppingly great art. I’ve met so many of them over the years, and they are a reward that means more to me than all the prizes (lots) or bestsellers (ahem, lots).

In The Indian Republic, Sarah Abraham advised readers to Read lots of fanfiction (fan authored stories about real life characters or fictional characters like Harry Potter. Some are better than the original stories.)

Sherlock, cosplay, Lovecraft, The Bone Clocks, Destiny, hipsters, The Mindy Project, Scotland )

Suzanne Cassidy assembled A brief primer on fan fiction for LancasterOnline.

In a review for The Weekender, Mike Sullivan wrote What if Elvis’ twin brother had not died during childbirth but was instead secretly adopted by a stern but good-hearted reverend (Ray Liotta) and his barren, dewy-eyed wife (Ashley Judd)? That’s the fan-fiction-y premise behind “The Identical” and it’s rendered even more ridiculous by religious overtones that only manage to make the film more muddled and ill-conceived than it needs to be. And, for Miami New Times, Amy Nicholson wrote The Identical is Elvis-slash-fiction that could have been written by a spinster church organist. If only!

From North County Outlook’s Christopher Andersson: Students already use the Internet to write collective stories on fan fiction or similar sites, said [new technology director Scott] Beebe, and he wants to bring that energy into Marysville classrooms.

And, Portales News-Tribune staffwriter Lillian Bowe invited readers to Enter the realm of fan fiction.
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For The Guardian, Becky Barnicoat produced Fan fiction: how to write it.

In a review for The Irish Independent, Jake Kerrige wrote The Monogram Murders is infused with such love and energy that if the Christie estate hadn't commissioned this book - the first Poirot novel since Christie's death in 1976 - I am quite convinced [Sophie] Hannah would have written the whole thing gratis for a fan fiction site.

In a profile of author Sarah J. Maas for Bucks County Courier Times, Laura Genn wrote The “Throne of Glass” series, written by the amazing Sarah J. Maas, absolutely stole my heart. She originally posted the story online on FictionPress, the original fiction affiliate of fanfiction.net. Eight years later, Maas sold the epic saga to Bloomsbury publishing.

Regarding Starbucks reportedly considering lifting its ban on employees sporting visible tattoos, Houston Chronicle’s Craig Hlavaty wrote A coffee shop is worried that its reputation will be sullied by an employee with a tattoo on a wrist or arm? This is the same business that will let you loiter for hours nursing a lukewarm latte while you drain its Wi-Fi and write Star Wars fan fiction?

Finally, a press release from the Berkeley Heights Public Library published in The Alterative Press included “Libraries everywhere are filled with people who dream of publishing their novels, plays, poetry, short stories, fan fiction, family histories and memoirs,” said Rich Freese, Recorded Books president and CEO. “FastPencil for Libraries makes that possible.”
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Short this week, because youth soccer has eaten my life…

Josh Terry wrote Absurd 'Identical' an incoherent mess of Elvis fan fiction For Deseret News.

In an article for the Associated Press, Hillel Italie wrote that Besides the Scholastic guides, Minecraft also has inspired at least 10 self-published novels and hundreds of fan fiction stories.

Gainesville Sun staff writer Rick Allen invited readers to participate in a ‘Halloween round robin’: Some today call it fan fic, for fan fiction; there are whole websites devoted to all types of fan fic.

In a Clarion-Ledger piece about a talk by a visiting Jane Austen scholar, Sherry Lucas wrote Fertile source material feeds adaptations and riffs ranging from period BBC miniseries to the Emmy-winning video blog “Lizzie Bennett Diaries” to a parody mash-up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” The Internet has a hand, too, with message boards, chat rooms and fan fiction. Word of mouth keeps building.

In an oddly constructed but occasionally insightful mess of a story for The Federalist, Leslie Loftis wrote, for no apparent reason, If you are writing your own story, obviously you can choose all characters, and setting rules. If you are writing fan fiction (and Whedon’s “Avengers” and all adaptions are essentially professional fan fiction), then you are limited by the setting and characters already provided.

Lev Grossman discussed the origins of his The Magicians on NPR’s Ask Me Another: "It was a difficult time for all of us," he [recalled of the early 2000s gap in Harry Potter books]. "And I started playing with the story […] in almost a fan fiction-y way."

Finally, LancasterOnline featured Suzanne Cassidy's In fan fiction, fans reimagine everything from 'Harry Potter' to 'My Little Pony' to 'Doctor Who'.
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For Rolling Stone, Jon Blistien contextualized The 'Friends' Women Reunite on 'Kimmel' for Awkward Fan-Fiction Scene. Just like everyone else on the planet Jimmy was a big fan of the show Friends. In fact he loved it so much that he wrote some Friends fan fiction - Daily Mail. According to The Independent, The talk show host provided [Jennifer Aniston] with a script from 'Friends' fan fiction and he played the role of Ross. From Indian Express: Jennifer Aniston didn’t know what fan fiction was and she didn’t seem to know what Jimmy Kimmel had in store for her. And, from Good Morning America’s Dan Good: even the clap-clap-clap-clap-claps couldn't patch up Kimmel's fan fiction, so the actresses departed, leaving wannabe-Ross behind – a final "Friend" at the breakfast table, a slice of re-imagined sitcom brilliance.

For The Clarion-Ledger, Annie Oeth lamented that The kid who used to bounce out of bed at 5 a.m. when you wanted to sleep in during your early days of parenting now wants to sleep all day and read fan fiction or play “League of Legends” all night.

In a piece about a local podcast festival, J1 Studios founder Jason Richardson explained his organization to South Philly Review’s Bill Chenevert: “We make video game remix music, we make multiple comics, we have novels, fan fiction, user reviews. We cover just about everything in geek culture.”

In a piece about writing about reading for The Guardian, Rachel Cooke wrote Sutherland also believes – if you are an author, this will perhaps sound alarming – that 21st-century readers want and expect more from their books; they would like them, among many other things, to be manuals. "What people are saying is: ownership of the text is mine as much as it is yours." Fan fiction reflects this, and perhaps bibliomemoirs do, too.

David Mitchell, Hello Kitty, CamCon, Sherlock, To Be Takei, Wattpad )

Slash got a mention in 'Watching two handsome guys? There's nothing better.' How women fell for gay porn by Kaite Welsh for The Telegraph.

In a piece about ambient mixes tied to fictional works, Asian Age’s Dipti And Nandini D. Tripathy wrote For fanfiction writer and blogger Aayat Malik, writing Supernatural fanfiction while listening to its ambient sounds is surprisingly productive.

Asked how she’d personalized her wedding, Megan Lavey-Heaton told PennLive’s Kari Larsen "The most unique touch we did was exchange bracelets based on the fictional characters that introduced us to begin with. […] I wrote fanfic for the pairing, and Mike was a fan of my writing."

Finally, from the this-guy’s-gotta-be-on-someone’s-payroll department, we have Sean Gilmartin writing for USA Today’s Happily Ever After The recent launch of Kindle Worlds has brought writing fanfiction from the dark corners of the Internet into the international spotlight.
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On Salon, Prachi Gupta shared From fan fiction to tattoo sleeves: The weirdest David Foster Wallace-inspired art.

For Huffington Post, Cate Matthews wrote about Why This Woman Would Rather Read Harry Potter Erotica Than Watch Porn (with video!).

The Rocky Mountain Collegian reporter Katie Schmidt wrote Whether this is an online urban legend or a piece of fan fiction, it is said the architect of Student Services went insane during construction and created a convoluted navigation in the building.

In a piece about Atlanta’s Labor Day Weekend Dragon Con, Rome News-Tribune’s Alan Riquelmy wrote Like Star Wars? This is the place for you. Prefer high fantasy? Not a problem. Interested in fan fiction involving Tyrion Lannister sharing a drink with Doctor Who? Check, check, check.

Sherlock, Supernatural, JK Rowling )

For D Magazine, Eric Celeste wrote The questions […] can be summarized thusly: Why would a reputable paper suggest that the institute’s members, who are essentially writing King James fan fiction, are in any way practicing science?

For The Bookseller, Sarah Shaffi wrote “Serious content restrictions” at Amazon’s fan fiction platform Kindle Worlds could be a reason why people are not creating as many works on the platform as elsewhere, a new study by Georgetown law professor Rebecca Tushnet said. Personally, I'm more interested in quality than quantity; and whether anyone's actually making a buck.

Telegraph’s Sameer Rahim wrote So far online self-publishing has been the preserve of fan fiction and erotica but it can’t be long before high-quality fiction starts to emerge. Right now there is a distressed writer sitting in front of her computer somewhere, worrying not about whether she’ll make enough money to give up the day job or how many copies she will sell, but obsessing over form and language, meaning and truth. {{Headdesk}}

Finally, for Japan Times, Ben Brady wrote Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, Comiket has grown significantly since its early days when a few hobbyist creators and collectors got together to swap hand drawn fan fiction. 550,000???
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Natalie Corner (Mirror) and Catherine Earp (Digital Spy) both had articles based on a an Attittude piece on Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, who is more than happy with the amount of attention fans give to creating erotic fantasy starring him and Sherlock.

Sarah Gronostalski wrote about The art of fan fiction for The Daily (University of Washington).

The Mirror’s Katy Forrester wrote We wouldn't want to mess with Directioners, but it seems one writer has riled them up after signing a book deal to release her fan fiction. […] One Direction fans are NOT happy and are now campaigning to stop the release by trending the hashtag '#stopannatodd' worldwide on Twitter, claiming she's not a fan and the stories could upset band members Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne.

For Adweek, Michelle Castillo wrote Popular [YouTube] clips involve crowd-sourced topics some parents may not want their kids to see—from reading erotic fan fiction about themselves to baking penis cakes. The Brady Bunch it ain’t.

In “A More Pseudonymous Internet” for The Atlantic, Lydia Laurenson wrote My ability to be an effective creator was hugely shaped by writing popular fan fiction and running side-project businesses in virtual worlds.

In a piece for Lamorinda Weekly on a local professor who has started a literary journal, Ryan McKinley wrote Like many storytellers [Jeff] Chon started writing at an early age, "I remember being eight and writing Spider-Man fan fiction," Chon said.

Slender Man, Sherlock Holmes in Japan, Doctor Who, Tom Hiddleston as Ben-Hur, John Barrowman, Chinese film industry, World Con )

For Arizona Republic, Kellie Hwang wrote Among Argentineans who seek social change, Juanito and Ramona are folk heroes, and they're the subject of many songs, poems, stories, YouTube videos and fan fiction. They're also not real.

Deb McAlister-Holland offered A Fresh Look at Copyright & Fan Fiction on Business 2 Community. For the same publication, Justin Spicer wrote The world of young adult novels finds countless hits in trilogies obsessed with teenagers fighting against a dystopic future where adults have taken away decisions and resources, squashing freedom of choice in favor of myopic control. The Harry Potter series has spawned countless copycats and websites filled with devout fan fiction. When an audience finds a world or subject matter that it enjoys, it wants to live in it as long as possible.

Finally, from the London Evening Standard: “[Monster is] breathtakingly awful,” our movie mole tells us. “It reads like amateur Twilight fan-fiction.” If so, the film’s backers might be onto something — Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t done too badly.

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[personal profile] pensnest alerted me to a Sunday Times piece on One Direction fanfic by Christian Koch: The boys of One Direction have hot gay sex, get cancer and end up in Auschwitz. Welcome to the — often tasteless but very big — world of fan fiction.

A piece for The Independent by Charley Ross was headlined One Direction fans protest six-figure fan fiction book deal as #SuspendAnnaTodd trends on Twitter worldwide, and the headline of an International Business Times article by Rebecka Schumann read One Direction Fans Slam Harry Styles Fan Fiction Author Anna Todd. Fiona Keating, writing for International Business Times UK, included some dialog from After; looked like, yk, plot, to me. And, from The Rolla Daily News: It’s not really specific about what exactly they want [Todd] suspended from, but judging from the venom in some of the tweets, it’s possible the answer is “by the neck.”

(For background on Todd and After, check out this Clive Thompson piece in Wired.)

Outlander, Catrina Taylor, Sherlock Holmes, Victoria Levack )

San Francisco Examiner’s Giselle Velazquez wrote that Robert Picardo/Bill Nye is the "Star Trek" slash fiction nobody wanted to see.

In a review of Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land for Miami Herald, Nancy Klingener wrote The power of the illusion is immense and intense. That’s why we have fan fiction, cosplay and a million websites.

Finally, for Crushable, Jill O’Rourke explained Why You’re Already A Fan Of Fanfiction Even If You’ve Never Read It.
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Los Angeles Times’s Josh Rottenberg quoted Ryan Kroft, MTV’s senior vice president of specials and events, on the first-ever mtvU Fandom Awards, presented at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con: “When you see all the enthusiasm fans have for their favorite TV shows and movies and the way they’re expressing it online through fan fiction, fan art and Tumblr — it just seemed like it would be great if we could come up with a franchise that would embrace that passion.”

Amy Zimmerman delved into the world of Presidential FanFiction for The Daily Beast.

Nell Frizzell explained How fan fiction made improv cool to readers of The Guardian.

In an excellent review piece on fandom for NewStatesman, Elizabeth Minkel wrote In the middle of the century, science fiction enthusiasts embraced the term and brought us the first “fan fiction”, original sci-fi penned by amateur writers and published in fan magazines. Soon – and notably with the rise of media fandom, the biggest spark being the premiere of Star Trek in 1966 – fanfic became what we see today, fan-authored works derived from original source material.

Alloy, ReaganBook, Blake Crouch, how to tell your marriage is a brand, Spamalot, Fifty Shades of Grey, Outlander, Sherlock, Lawrence/Hoult (or not) )

For Cosmopolitan, Alex Rees wrote that This morning in news you probably didn't see coming: Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber last night, as the two celebs squared off at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain. Sure, there's probably fan-fic out there somewhere involving the Biebs and Legolas, but in that literary genre they're lovers, not fighters. (Sample scene: Justin is plaiting Legolas's hair gently as they bask in the afterglow of their sexy union, etc., etc. "There's gonna be one less lonely elf," he sings, giggling; Legolas sighs contentedly.)

In an homage to his internet router for The Star-Ledger, Allan Hoffman wrote That’s the way it is with the internet: I just want it to be there, ready for me and my family, at all times, whether I’m binge-watching “Game of Thrones” on my iPad or my daughter is searching for “Hunger Games” fan fiction on her Chromebook.

And I’ll end with another Comic-Con piece. NPR reporter Linda Holmes wrote I first wound up in a panel of women who do fan art and fan fiction surrounding the current TV incarnation of Teen Wolf. And you know what they were like? They were a lot like every other panel of geeky young writers I've ever seen. They spoke intelligently and thoughtfully about writing and creativity and what they like and don't like to make art about. They talked about the responsibility they feel when they write about mental illness and thoughtfully chewed over the idea of creating transgender characters to add to what's sort of a preexisting universe. They rolled their eyes at a video that was circulating in which Teen Wolf actors were placed on the spot and asked to read fan fiction aloud for yuks, shrugging it off as a cheap effort to make actors uncomfortable on camera and get them to dump on their own fans.

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In The Independent, Adam Sherwin wrote that yet another work of Twilight-based fan fiction [is] promised the same literary success as 50 Shades of Grey. This one is called A Pound of Flesh, by Lancashire schoolteacher Sophie Jackson.

For NBC News’s website, Keith Wagstaff wrote that Thanks to 3-D printing technology, custom toys could become the new fan fiction, a way for obsessives young and old to connect with the TV shows, movies and video games that they love.

In a piece for The Wire about the New York Times’s decision to endorse marijuana legalization, Adam Chandler shared that This latest Times crusade is already inspiring some fan fiction in which all of the paper's editorial voices are stoned.

Reporting on Comic-Con 2014 forThe Guardian, Emma-Lee Moss wrote that she found the authors she spoke with warm and approachable. After all, a lot of them started out as fans, flexing their literary muscles on fan-fiction forums before attempting to break into publishing.

Julia Lllewellyn Smith wrote a vaguely accurate - though quote-filled! - fanfic 101 piece for The Telegraph.

Knotting, tattoos (and Gene Kelly), Anna Todd, Angela Carter, Game of Thrones )

Jacob Demmitt wrote about a small fanfic con for Roanoke Times.

In a TIME article on “The Rise of Fangirls at Comic-Con,” Eliana Dockterman wrote a plethora of cool female characters in [Sci-fi and fantasy] — from Deanerys in Game of Thrones to Mystique in X-Men — have connected with fans and inspired them to create their own badass ladies in fan fiction or even within the industry.

For Forbes’s Quora, teacher Peter Kruger wrote I’ve had students create fan-fic blogs for book projects in the past, write and direct webisodes for scenes from plays or important book moments, or make their own classroom wikis about novels.

Finally, Erin Anderssen discussed the impact of online activities, including fanfic writing, on women’s public lives in a piece for The Globe and Mail.

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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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