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According to Katharine Trendacosta on io9, Fan Fiction Is a Bad Television Show's Best Friend (thanks, [personal profile] msilverstar!).

Caroline Knorr took a look Inside the racy, nerdy world of fanfiction (CNN).

A recent episode of NPR’s Ask Me Another featured Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction (guest: Chris Colfer).

Breitbart’s Adam Shaw wrote that Newsweek Dabbles in ‘President Hillary’ Fan Fiction.

This story was amusing; as summarized by Clarisse Loughrey in The Independent, Man reading 'Harry Potter' realises he's actually bought adult fan fiction - except I’m pretty sure he just found it online. For New York Post, Hannah-Rose Yee wrote This guy mistook X-rated ‘Harry Potter’ fan fiction for the real deal. And, from Katie O’Malley on ELLE: Man Hilariously Mistakes Adult Fan Fiction For Harry Potter And It's Heartbreaking.

Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Wattpad, John Green, Jane Austen, The Rock )

Times-Dispatch’s Rachel Marsden wrote After months of gossip, speculation and fan fiction, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin finally met in person for the first time at last week’s G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

For The Brag, Nathan Jolly wrote that Joel McHale from Community, The Soup (and your fan fiction) is coming to Sydney

In ‘Much loved misfits’ in The Hans India: It is an easy task for writers to be fan fiction writers as there is no need to start from the ground up, people just borrow established characters and stories and add their own take and thoughts to it.

From Star Weekly: Julie Dollery used to juggle a job at IBM while writing fan fiction online. When she was made redundant, the 50-year-old Sanctuary Lakes resident used it as an opportunity to focus on her writing. She tells Charlene Macaulay about completing her first book, and her love of Wyndham.

CBS Miami reported that Fan Fiction App Has Users ‘Hooked’ Through Text-Style Stories.

Finally, from a Wicked Local Malden piece about a visit from author Cammie McGovern: Malden Reads will collaborate with the literacy coaches and educators in the Malden Public Schools to share the students’ fan fiction with McGovern.
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Google News changes have limited the number of stories I can figure out how to access; so, this is less exhaustive than usual. Also, this summer is a beast, so I’ll be doing updates when I can, but probably not weekly (though I’ll try to still cover as much as I can see).

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Harry Potter’s legacy will continue in the fan fiction culture it inspired - Julia Alexander, Polygon. From Mashable: These 6 Harry Potter fan fiction trends always make us LOL. In New Statesman, Stephen Bush shared some Potter fic he wrote in the early 00’s. And, from Eleanor Margolis in New Statesman: At the age of 13, I’d never read any erotica – until I discovered Hermione/Ginny fan fiction.

For the Edmonton Examiner, Doug Johnson described local author Tim Bowling’s The Heavy Bear as [a] work of creative non-fiction [which] takes the character through a car chase and the theft of a monkey, a kind of self fan-fiction using fantastic elements to explore Bowling, the writer’s, areas of research.

GQ’s Alex Siquig opined that Most ancient Greeks didn’t have the spare time to LARP their fan-fic fantasies, but [Steve] Bannon certainly is picking up their slack.

Pokemon, Nashville, Supernatural )

Finally, according to Heather Weaver for Vanity Fair, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody Do Not Have Time for Your Crossover Fan Fiction. Fair enough, as I really don’t have time for them, whoever they are.
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The New York Times published Amanda Hess’s 'When Fan Fiction and Reality Collide,' about “FANtasies,” a new anthology web series where fan fiction about internet stars is “brought to life.” As someone who writes YouTuber rpf/rps, I am… really uneasy about this.

For Comicsverse, Colleen Etman compiled A History of Slashfiction.

From Ed Mazza in Huffington Post: Creationist Fan Fiction Features Noah Fighting Giants And Dinosaurs.

Supernatural, One Direction, lots of Harry Potter, Phil Collins, JRRT )

For USA Today, Christian Schneider wrote It's not as if gerrymandering is a new practice; according to some accounts, it predated even the American Revolution. Partisan apportionment was known to the nation's founding fathers — it is rumored that Patrick Henry actually attempted, unsuccessfully, to gerrymander James Madison out of the First Congress. (Which, in my fan fiction describing the event, ended with an old-style caning to settle the dispute.)

Los Angeles Times’s Yvonne Villarreal wrote In our own [This Is Us] fan fiction, we imagine [Ron] Howard enlisting Kevin as a last-minute addition to the Han Solo production. Hartley, though, is just crossing his fingers that more Howard cameos are in his future.

From Nuria Perea on BuzzFeed News: How Indie Movies And Fanfic Helped Me Learn How To Be A Lesbian.

Finally, in a review of an art exhibition, The Boston Globe’s Cate McQuaid wrote Yuan Runhe’s wily painted fan, “A Surface of Obtained Flaws,” depicts an envelope and a thank-you note, which says that, in gratitude, the writer is sending a painting of a fan. Is it the object itself? Perhaps, but Yuan also paints a piece of a painting of a fan. Call it fan fiction.
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Instinct Magazine carried Sam Claflin On Finding The Right Gay Role & 'Hunger Games' Gay Fan Fiction.

There was plenty of fanfic talk in Kaitlyn Tiffany’s THE FOUNDER OF PINBOARD ON WHY UNDERSTANDING FANDOM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS for The Verge.

GQ’s Jay Willis wrote that, following James Comey’s recent testimony, The left began writing its impeachment fanfiction at a more furious rate than ever.

Theater in Ferndale, American Horror Story, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, more Harry Potter, Markov Chains, Wentworth, British politics, The Mummy, Arms, Marie Antoinette )

A Margaret Smith piece in Wicked Local Chelmsford about encounters with Adam West mentioned Batman fanfic.

Andy Greene described Nirvana’s “Floyd the Barber” as essentially an ultra-violent piece of Andy Griffith fan fiction for Rolling Stone.

In ‘The Refreshing Queer Sensibility of American Gods’ for The Atlantic, Manuel Betancourt wrote [showrunner Bryan] Fuller’s trademark style enwrapped NBC’s horror-thriller drama Hannibal, where he turned a notorious cannibal and his FBI profiler into a homoerotic pairing that inspired a fan-fiction genre called Hannigram.

For America Magazine, Rob Weinert-Kendt wrote that Lucas Hnath’s "A Doll’s House, Part 2,” may come off a bit like fan fiction as written by Tom Stoppard.

You won’t believe what kids are writing about celebs, book characters and other pop culture stars (Caroline Knorr, republished on Salon).

Finally, in ‘How Women Are Changing Geek Culture,’ republished on Forbes, Cecilia Tan, in answering ‘What kinds of roles do women play, in nerd culture in 2017?,’ wrote: People put their energies where they get the best encouragement and positive feedback. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the fandom and nerd culture arenas where women don't just participate but dominate tend to be non-commercial: fan fiction, fan art, cosplay, book blogging and book-tubing. But there are also women making video games, creating comics, hitting the bestseller lists, and winning Hugo and Nebula Awards. There's no space or role that I see in nerd culture that is exclusively a male domain.
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From Kaitlyn Tiffany on The Verge: Crowdsourced definitions of ‘fan fiction’ hint at a sprawling, formless genre.

In a Newsweek piece about The Babadook as gay icon, Claire Shaffer wrote It’s no wonder, then, that the internet is quick to pounce on anything that might even remotely resemble queer representation. It’s part of why “slash fiction” is so popular on Tumblr, and why the 2015 period piece Carol still has a sizable internet following two years later.

There was a bit of chatter in parts of the media I don’t usually include here about [a] Harry Potter Fan Film [which] Explores Voldemort’s Origins (Ana Dumaraog, Screen Rants).

Regarding the 1956 meeting Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Elgin Courier-News’s Annie Alleman wrote It's a story that sounds like a music historian's fan fiction, but it actually happened one night in Memphis.

From a piece about China’s Generation Z by Qi Xijia for Global Times: Ling Ling, a graduate student from Shanghai University, said for a time she craved to be a voice actor because she had a crush on some Japanese anime characters, but now this idea has been replaced by her new interest in writing fanfiction for characters of the Marvel comic book universe.

Harry Potter, American Gods, Wonder Woman, Interstellar, Avengers, Prison Break, Bigfoot, Stranger Things, Obama & Trudeau, Pro hoops )

In a New York Magazine piece about exploration via Tinder, Breena Kerr wrote if you aren’t attracted to someone, for instance, who cares if you are both into the same fan fiction?

Forbes’s Hayley C. Cuccinello explored How Christina Lauren Went From [Twilight] Fanfiction Fame To 14 Bestsellers.

In a Globe and Mail review of Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child, Spencer Gordon wrote Today’s horror fans are trained to read, and watch, historically. From the grimiest of B-movie remakes to the cheek and transgression of fan-fic, horror exists on a knowing continuum, a tangled cobweb of tribute and rip-off.

In a piece for Asian Age about why no Indian shows or films produce as much fan output as Game of Thrones, Suridhi Sharma quoted author Anand Neelkanthan: “Perhaps all the Puranas were written as fan fiction. There are so many versions of Hindu mythology like Ramayana and Mahabharata that I think we have passed the stage of exploring fan fiction in itself,” he laughs, adding, “There are around 300 versions of Ramayana, so all this could be fan fiction. There are around 80 or 90 versions of Mahabharata. Each Purana has so many versions. There is fan fiction on Shiva and Vishnu. No stories have been as impactful for Indians as mythology, which is also why a lot of mythology-based fiction is selling so well now. Hanuman is our own Superman,” he quips.

Finally, [personal profile] msilverstar pointed me to an interesting Boing Boing piece by Racheline about bringing a fanfic sensibility to Tremontaine, concluding If you write stories – in your sandbox or anyone else’s -- the truth is that you’ve already met the wizard, because that’s what all of us that tell stories are.
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From Todd Spangler in Variety: YouTube Stars, Wattpad Stories Tapped for Fullscreen’s Fan-Fiction Anthology Series. Yikes.

In 'Girl power: How the fans whose tastes we’ve been most dismissive of may prove the most resilient,' National Post's Sadaf Ahsan wrote Their taste is – more often than not – dismissed as hysterical. They populate Twitter, blogs and online forums. They hit up Ticketmaster on the dot. They write fan-fiction pairing their favourite singers together. They form fanclubs and fansites. And they scream louder than just about anyone else. They are young girls, and as such, the things that they love are open to ridicule, merely because they love them so boldly and with such eager abandon.

For the Duluth News Tribune, Christa Lawler wrote, of the Franconia Sculpture Park, The horizon is a post-apocalyptic fan-fiction fodder: a collection of wooden houses — one sunken, one seemingly airborne, one roofless, one dog-shaped — all alongside animals taken out of context, LEGO-like structures, geometrics, human figures and singled-out body parts.

Margaret Atwood on Wattpad, Game of Thrones, Chinese lit, Trudeau/Macron, Baywatch, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sherlock Holmes )

For The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer noted Trump’s budget remains a kind of fiduciary fan fiction for Freedom Caucus conservatives, who can fantasize about a skinnier government without ever living with the political consequences. So even if it never come to pass, it’s worth noting: This is what they want.

In an interesting New York Times piece on censorship, Balli Kaur Jaswal admitted there was a lot of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fan fiction in my early career.

In a NewStatesman review of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Pauline Bock wrote It is a story of sons and daughters – Turner’s son Henry is following in the family tradition, trying to save his father from a curse – usually the sign that a series is dangerously lurking into fan fiction (here's looking at you, Harry Potter’s Cursed Child).

For New Republic, Jeet Heer wrote [Louise] Mensch often veers into surrealistic fan fiction, saying she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “murdered” Andrew Breitbart in 2012, “funded riots in Ferguson” against police violence, and entrapped Anthony Weiner in a sexting scandal with a 15-year-old girl.

Finally, for Shepherd Express, Russ Bickerstaff wrote Robots and burlesque go together like...robots and burlesque. And really, what could possibly be more sexy than a Dalek? The first weekend of June finds Dainty Rogues asking that very question as the locally-based group presents an all-original Dr. Who fan fiction for the stage.
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The Washington Post’s Matt O'Brien observed that Trump doesn't show any […] ability to distinguish fact from fan fiction when it comes to his policies.

In 'Is burlesque sex work?' for Colorado Springs Independent, Alissa Smith wrote that one performer she intereviewed brings up "nerdlesque" a subset of burlesque that is based in pop culture, a kind of "live fanfiction."

In an Orlando Sentinel review, Dewayne Bevil wrote This is not your father, son or holy ghost’s Bible story. In “Biblical Fan Fiction,” a four-member cast puts a spins on the scriptures.

From BuzzFeed contributor Arianna Rebolini: I Found My Voice As A Writer In Justin Timberlake Fan Fiction.

A Straits Times profile of Ning Cai by John Lui mentioned that, a voracious reader as a child, she became a prolific writer of fan fiction as a teenager on Web forums dedicated to the cult fantasy television series, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001).

Alien: Covenant, Trudeau/Macron, Harry Styles, Harry Potter, Sonic Forces, Twin Peaks, Ibsen, Fargo, Sherlock Holmes, Carol )

From a promotional blurb on Broadway World for Joy Butler’s The Permission Seekers Guide Through the Legal Jungle Second Edition: [The book] is the resource for anyone clearing rights with new and expanded information on fan fiction, protectable art, writers, filmmaker, musicians, website developers, political and cause marketing, and wiretapping.

According to Michael Harthorne on Newser, some folks are composing fan fiction about Moon's bodyguard, describing him as a "square-jawed serious romantic lead," according to the New York Post.

In 'Al Green Becomes First Congressman to Call for Trump's Impeachment,' Houston Press’s Dianna Wray wrote While Green isn't the first Democrat to talk impeachment — it's been a popular bit of Democrat congressional fan fiction ever since Trump won the election — he was the first to actually call for it on the House floor.

Marissa Meyer told Los Angeles Times’s Tracy Brown I was obsessed with [Sailor Moon] as a teenager, especially the romance between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, for whom I wrote a ton of fan fiction.

In a Guardian review of Andrew Wilson’s A Talent for Murder, Ian Sansom wrote You may perhaps have read those books in which Jane Austen is a detective, or the Brontës come back as ghosts: fan fiction in which a writer’s enthusiasm for their literary hero leads them towards a reimagining of the hero’s life.

Finally, for ThisWeek Community News, Margaret Towery wrote This joyful, engaging kind of reading often leads to greenbelt writing. Informal, ungraded, whimsical entries in a notebook or digital environment are the kinds of scribblings students and adults fill with humor and voice.
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In 'What We Lose if We Lose Us Weekly' for Vanity Fair, Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger wrote There are certainly other tabloids out there—Star and Life & Style for what could be considered celebrity fan fiction, People for the party line—but true gossip-lovers (closeted or not: no judgment here!) will likely sense the loss of Us acutely.

In a Sydney Morning Herald piece on Channel Zero, Michael Idato quoted writer/producer Nick Antosca "Our show is basically fan fiction of creepypastas; we take the stories that we love and then we elaborate on them and tell our own version of it."

To investigate Hybristophilia, The (Connecticut) College Voice’s John Chatigny went to the only place on the earth where erotic fanfiction starring the Lorax coexist with serious discourse on the social issues of our time. I went to Tumblr.

FLOTUS, Wentworth, Warner Bros., Natasha Lyonne, Star Wars, K-Pop, Buffy )

For Vulture, Madeleine Buckley shared Just like you, [Gabourey Sidibe] wrote NSYNC fan fiction as a teen.

Outsiders author S. E. Hilton told Tulsa World’s Ginnie Graaham She doesn’t read fan fiction but has no problem with it. “I think it’s a good way to practice writing. When I was in middle school, I wrote what would be considered fan fiction of 'Bonanza.' There was no place to put it; it was just fun to do.”

Regarding The Dark Tower for WIRED, Sarah Fallon wrote Basically, we’re talking about a lot of nested tales and back-storied characters, and some exuberant world-building that combines Old West and Middle-Ages themes with some Lord of the Rings-ish stuff, and some ley line business and a trip to see the Wizard of Oz. The inspiration for the series is actually Robert Browning’s “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” which prefigures T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” which is (almost) the title of one of the books, so there’s plenty of literary fan-fiction and high-fiving for the high-minded.

From an Ellen Brickley Irish Times piece on author Angie Thomas: When [Irish author Deirdre] Sullivan described Starr’s story as that of “a Ravenclaw discovering that she’s a Gryffindor,” Thomas laughed and asked who would write that fanfic.

Finally, in a piece on Better Call Saul for The Wesleyan Argus, Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief wrote Origin stories have largely been corrupted by 21st century Hollywood to become overly saturated fan fiction, offering little to no aesthetic or narrative value (see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” or just about any superhero movie that your one annoying friend insists is different from all the others).
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In 'A Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o Movie Would Be the Best Thing Twitter Has Ever Done' for Vanity Fair, Yohana Desta wrote that a tweet went viral, quickly inspiring fan fiction.

In 'Short and Sweet' for The Hindu, Archana Thomas wrote Fan fiction stems from people’s interest in a particular series or film and serves as an exaggerated figment of their imagination.

From an interesting Jia Tolentino piece on Ms. Marvel for The New Yorker by G. Willow Wilson: One Friday night, she’s stuck at home writing Avengers fan fiction; her father disapproves of her going to parties as much as he disapproves of her unemployed, pious brother praying all the time.

In a piece about the POTUS that I can’t be bothered to sort out, The Washington Post’s Matt O’Brien assembled the phrase Ann Coulter fan fiction.

In a New Statesman review of Luke Kennard’s Cain, Paul Batchelor wrote The poems tell the story of a character, "Luke Kennard", preyed upon by the mysterious Cain, "Tutelary spirit of the fugitive and/heavenly advocate for fan fiction".

Mac DeMarco, Sequels and remakes, Fargo, The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars, Marvel )

In a piece about American Gods for Los Angeles Times, Meredith Woerner wrote that the show’s creators proudly point to the show’s introduction as their Monty Python fan fic moment.

In a review of CNN’s United States of America, Variety critic Maureen Ryan wrote that, in one recent episode, host W. Kamau Bell tells [professional asshole Richard] Spencer he’s going to home to write fan-fiction in which James Bond is a black man. Both of them laugh, but Spencer adds that he finds that idea “horrifying.”

The Daily Tar Heel’s Nicola McIrvine wrote about the performance of some RPF the Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers wrote about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck but the web site is horrible so I can’t tell what the piece actually says but I really hope the play’s slashy as hell.

In a review of David Bellos’s The Novel of the Century for The Sydney Morning Herald, Judith Armstrong observed that Les Miserables has engendered sequels, adaptations for radio, stage (with or without music), television, and graphic novels; it proliferates on the web, unpoliced, as "fan fiction". What [Victor] Hugo would have thought of these concessions to mass audiences is not in doubt. "I wrote it for everyone," he insisted. At all levels, for all time.

In a Fiji Times piece examining what lessons Fijian society as a whole can take from the training regime of its rugby team, Dr. Joseph Veramu wrote We also need to encourage a culture of reading. Many people are preoccupied with social media and do not have time to read. Two parents complained to me that their teenage children were preoccupied with reading from Wattpad. Wattpad is an online storytelling community where users post written works such as articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, either through the website or the mobile app. The parents' concern was that the stories were low quality. I argued that at least they were reading something. After tiring of ephemeral literature, I am sure they would graduate to quality works.

Finally, from CNN’s Stephanie Gallman: This theater will pay you $25,000 for your Shakespearean fan fiction. I’ve got one!
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The Telegraph’s Rebecca Hawkes wrote If you're a fan of both Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and into fan-fiction-style mash-ups, then we've got some deeply frustrating news for you (plus a small, frail glimmer of mitigating hope).

In a review of Mitski’s Fireproof for The Yale Herald, Nicole Mo wrote Is it excessive to write 500 words about a cover of a One Direction song? Maybe, but since I have a friend who had to be physically restrained from buying a life size cutout of the blonde guy from the group, I think this is subdued by the standards of the fan fiction era.

Rachel Skidmore told Forbes contributor Morra Aarons-Mele I think the cool thing we’ve seen in the video games we’re privy to the development of is the creation of strong leading female characters. It’s also about turning your fans into creators. There’s so much fan fiction being written by women on the internet, there’s some real talent there, and it’s about the fostering that talent and finding out the original idea and character they want to create.

One Direction, Star Wars, Peppa Pig, Fast and the Furious )

In 'What to watch while you're waiting for 'Game of Thrones'' for USA Today, Kelly Lawler wrote If you’re looking for another fantasy where the magical and political mixes with the petty and personal, try SyFy’s The Magicians, based on the books by Lev Grossman. The series follows a group of adult magicians in what is effectively a magical grad school as they discover a Narnia-like fairytale land and the evil within it. But there is plenty of time for relationship drama that would make fan-fic writers on Tumblr proud.

Finally, Ben Goren wrote Fan Fiction: A day with imaginary Duquesne head coach Mark Titus: This is the alternate timeline we need, if not the one we deserve for Mid Major Madness,
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The New York Times’s Carla Correa and Neil Genzlinger explored 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' Reimagined by Its Fans.

In ‘How Erotica Can Be Great for Your Mental Health’ for Glamour, Kate Sloan shared A 2013 census survey of fan fiction hotbed Archive of Our Ownfound that 80 percent of the site’s users are women. And it goes far beyond arousal: In an industry where most successful writers, showrunners, and filmmakers are still male, fanfic can be a way for women to take back narrative power.

In 'Why U.S. hospitals relief rally may be short-lived,' Bloomberg’s Max Nisen wrote Add in the broader market retrenchment -- as investors realize the bullish Trump Trade was basically overwrought fan fiction -- and it’s hard to see health care’s relief rally lasting much longer.

According to Zakiya Kassam in 'What a 14-hour plane ride taught me about life' for The Globe and Mail, there is no judgment if you want to drink at 10 a.m., and there’s certainly no judgment if you spend four solid hours playing Pokemon or writing Star Wars fan fiction or crafting the perfect Bitmoji – which looks just like you, only hotter and with better hair.

From Shroud News: A youth perspective with Maya Williams: Introducing my dad to the amazing world of fanfiction.

WWE, Smurfs, Fifth Harmony, Grey’s Anatomy, Inspector Morse, Tesla, Archie Comics )

In ''Blog' Is Not a Dirty Word,' NYU Local’s Zoe Haylock wrote Your idea of a 'blogger' might be a dirty, rage fueled fan fiction writer or a mother of two DIY-ing Xanax in her spare time.

For the University of Arkansas School of Law news office, Darinda Sharp wrote that the second episode of a monthly school-produced podcast features [Susan] Lantagne, […] an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law who studies copyright and trademark law. She discussed her current research on legal issues with fan fiction while she was on campus as part of the law school's speaker exchange program.

Finally, from the Mumbai Mirror: From six-word-long stories to 140-character tales, extreme brevity forms the crux of the emerging genre of micro-fiction. Enter The Micro Fan Fiction Fest, which aims to celebrate this exciting and innovative form of storytelling.
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From New York Magazine’s Maureen O'Connor: On this week’s Sex Lives podcast, Ella [Dawson] gets real about unprotected sex, dating with herpes, meeting a woman who has genital herpes on her inner elbow, and learning about sex from Harry Potter fan fiction.

In 'How Fandoms Can Support Black Women,' The Dickinsonian’s Aleksandra Syniec wrote that University of Alabama Professor Kristen Warner’s work mostly focuses on the casting methods of producers and the representation in movies and television shows of characters and actors of color. In her lecture, she described her work with fandoms, online communities for fans to connect and share art and fanfiction.

In a Publishers Weekly piece about the London Book Fair, Ed Nawotka and Neill Denny wrote In a session entitled "The Fountain of Youth: Fandom and the Power of YA Audiences" Watttpad’s Ashleigh Gardner, head of partnerships, noted that the company has done a deal with Turner television to adapt several Wattpad horror stories into shows. Horror—as well as Muslim romance and Riverdale fan fiction (fiction based on the CW television show)—are currently hot trends.

For The Guardian, Rebecca Nicholson wrote that a new Heinz ad campaign includes a spot of corporate fan fiction involving Don Draper.

Buffy, Beauty and the Beast, shipping, WattPad, Silicon Valley )

Greenwood Democrat’s Dustin Graham was on a trivia team that included one Dale Olson (so nerdy that he writes fan fiction).

Finally, for Publishers Weekly, Ben Blatt wrote In my new book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, I use simple data to whiz through hundreds of classics, bestsellers, and fan fiction novels to explore anew our favorite authors and how they write. He informed readers of The Guardian that While some great authors use exclamation marks in abundance, the general trend is for professionals to use them less than amateurs. I went through tens of thousands of stories on the website FanFiction.net, where authors write their favorite stories in the Harry Potter or Tw[i]light universes. These authors, writing for fun and without editors, use exclamation marks at almost four times the rate of a novel that ends up on the New York Times bestseller list. And he told for Smithsonian’s Megan Gambino I went through the 50 authors that I looked at, as well as large samples of fan fiction, and found, not by a crazy margin but a meaningful margin, that Americans do have a higher ratio of the loud words to the quiet words.
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From Maureen O’connor in New York Magazine: The Life-Changing Power of Lesbian Monica Lewinsky Fanfic.

In 'Pick your ending: Meet the people rewriting your favourite Hindi films' for Hindustan Times, Roshni Nair wrote FF is the world’s biggest fan fiction archive. Most of it is dedicated to Harry Potter, manga, the Marvel multiverse and the vampires from Twilight; but a growing number of its spin-offs, sequels and alternative plots are based on Indian, mainly Hindi, films. Many of these writers are Indian, but there are also fans from as far away as the US, Scotland and Indonesia.

In 'Star Trek Lawsuit Opens Intellectual Property Debate' for Small Business Trends, Michael Guta wrote To be fair, CBS and Paramount Pictures have a pretty liberal policy for reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity. It allows amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their talent for productions that are non-professional, amateur and meet the guidelines it has in place. However, the Axanar project went well beyond these guidelines using professional actors from the original franchise and professional quality affects and production.

For Asian Journal, Giselle "G" Töngi quoted actor Dante Basco, who is trying to raise money for a short film about a character he played a number of years ago: "It’s essentially a fanfic, crazy because I’m involved."

From Amanda Knox in West Seattle Herald: Amanda's View: Fandom and fan fiction.

In 'On Philip Pullman’s fantastic politics and The Book of Dust' for The Conversation, Claire Squires wrote Richly created fantasy worlds encourage new invention, following a tradition of “minor characters having their day”. Readers want to find out more, put right plot twists they disagreed with, and – in the salacious sub-genre of slash fiction – create sexual partnerships the author might never have envisaged.

Emmerdale, Ivanka, The Outsiders, lions, speed-watching, This Is Us, Star Wars, Buffy, Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones )

From Scott Mendelson for Forbes: Fifty Shades Freed […] opens on Feb. 9, 2018, the same pre-Valentine's Day slot but since Black Panther debuts a week later (over President's Day weekend), I'd expect nothing less than a brutal spanking from the Marvel superhero (adjust your fanfic accordingly).

In an Evening Standard restaurant review, David Ellis wrote It’s a shame they've used a non-native speaker whose literary experience seems to be fifteen minutes scanning Tumblr #FanFic [to write the drinks menu], because actually, the rest of the bar is rather good.

Finally, for Southwest Journal, Dylan Thomas wrote There’s a dichotomy that splits the world of pop-culture fandom into collectors and creators, those who impulsively consume genre entertainments and those who produce them. It’s a porous barrier; ’zines, fan-fiction and cosplay are just some of the ways that fans write their own storylines. Like a geek colossus, Guillermo del Toro straddles that same divide.
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The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg argued that The temptation to effectively write fan fiction about Ivanka Trump and especially Melania Trump, who despite their relationship to the president are much less accessible to the press, appears even more irresistible. And I argue back that trying to figure out people from less than complete evidence, based on our own biases, is what humans DO. We can try to be enlightened; we can try to separate our conclusions from reality, we can let our working models be updated, but we can’t stop making them, nor should we.

'Actress Claims Conservative Site Stole Her Photo to Create 'Fake News' Persona' by Gene Maddaus for Variety is an especially amusing read, though the fanfic reference is a minor part of the whole thing.

Lauren Sarner shared How To Make Money Writing Fan Fiction with the readers of Inverse.

For Bustle, Sadie L. Trombetta explored Why Fanfiction Is A Good Thing For Writers And Readers.

In 'Copyright Law Versus Internet Culture' from Electronic Frontier Foundation: Here are just a few ways remixers are taking culture into their own hands: * Fan fiction – Kirk and Spock can be gay and Uhura can captain the Enterprise, or that boa constrictor from the zoo scene can become Harry’s familiar instead of taking off for Brazil.

Dirty Pretty Things, FSoG, Ryan/Ayn Rand (because Ryan/Rand - just, no; well, maybe), Harry Potter, Walking Dead, Philippine collegiate volleyball (seriously), Barabbas, Buffy, Emmerdale, failing to get the joke )

According to 'Buffalo Grove student represents Illinois in arts competition' in Chicago Daily Herald, she is also president of the school Book Club, volunteers at her local library and plays the violin in the school orchestra. She has also penned pieces on the website FanFiction.net that have garnered more than 800,000 followers.

For The West Australian, Chloe Fraser wrote Musical comedy, Dr Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party, is also returning by popular demand. Presented by Holland St Productions, the award-winning musical is about a shy office worker and her raunchy internet alter-ego Dr Felicity Rickshaw, who is an acclaimed author of celebrity fan fiction.

For Winnipeg Free Press, Debbie Patterson described Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed as a reimagining of The Tempest as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Series — kind of like Shakespeare fan fiction by brilliant writers.

Fanfic got a mention in The Internet’s Impact on Creativity: Your Thoughts, compiled by Rosa Inocencio Smith for The Atlantic.

Finally, from Popular Science’s Rachel Feltman: NASA wants the internet to get hype about these new exoplanets[:] You can basically read fanfiction about them.
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From Jeremy Binckes in Salon: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s some fan fiction about Donald Trump’s sex life.

For New Statesman, Deborah Cameron wrote the internet was once conceptualised as an “information superhighway”, a vast and instantly accessible repository of useful stuff. But the highway was a one-way street: its users were imagined as consumers rather than producers. Web 2.0 changed that. Writers no longer needed permission to publish: they could start a blog, or write fan fiction, without having to get past the established gatekeepers, editors and publishers. And this also freed them to deviate from the linguistic norms that were strictly enforced in print – to experiment or play with grammar, spelling and punctuation.

The Upstart Brooklyn Label Crafting ‘Fashion Fanfiction’ (Véronique Hyland, New York Magazine).

Fisher/Ford, A Cure for Wellness, POTUS/PMOC, Doctor Who )

From 'Library professor casts away nerves before TEDx event' by Paige Brown for Kent Wired: Marianne Martens, assistant professor of library and information sciences, has been eagerly preparing for the presentation she will give at the first Kent State TEDx event on Feb. 18. Martens will be speaking about fan-fiction and the popular “Harry Potter” website Pottermore in particular.

Dave Rudden told Irish Independent’s Kim Bielenberg I used to write reams of Warhammer fan fiction but my laptop died a non-recoverable death and I lost 80,000 words. I decided then I should stop writing fan fiction - because it wasn't a career - and I should write original work from then on.

Finally, in 'Dispatches from Boskone 54, Day 1,' the Boston University News Service shared that “The Harry Potter Effect” offered fans an hour of rehashing their favorite aspects about the Harry Potter universe, including the books, movies, fan fiction and Pottermore.

(There were also a bunch of references to Fifty Shades's origin, but none were particularly interesting.)
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Ezekiel Kweku wrote about Liberal Fan Fiction for MTV.com.

From Forbes’s Hayley C. Cuccinello: Fifty Shades Of Green: How Fanfiction Went From Dirty Little Secret To Money Machine.

For Bustle, Emma Lord explored Why Fan Fiction Shaming Is A Feminist Issue.

Nina Huang wondered Why are legions of poorly rendered female protagonists leaping from fan fiction onto screens? for China Film Insider.

Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson wrote We are turning Hollywood into a glorified fan-fiction factory where filmmakers get to make their own versions of their childhood favorites.

Kellyanne Conway, 50SofG, Emilia Clarke, Slenderman, Star Wars, Lego Batman, Spidey )

In ‘Why I decided to change my outlook on gaming’ for the johns Hopkins News-Letter, Sudgie Ma wrote When I’m watching an episode of Teen Wolf, and there’s one of those “oh God yesss YESSS they’re finally getting together” scenes, I can very easily pause right at that moment and just lose myself in some fanfiction based off the same scene for a few hours.

In 'Does this video give YOU a 'braingasm'? YouTuber murmuring mesmerisingly in Spanish is surprisingly relaxing' for Daily Mail, Harriet Mallinson wrote 'You could be reciting slutty fan fiction and satanic prayers for all I know, but whatever, relaxing as hell,' one viewer quipped.

Daily Princeton’s Yang Shao wrote that, during walks In middle school, my thoughts were on a boy I liked that had smiled at me or an online fanfiction that I had snuck out of bed to read the night before.

Finally, in 'The future of sex for Irish women' for The Irish Times, Roe McDermott wrote I wasn’t surprised to learn that many women are garnering some of their sexual fulfilment not from real people, but fictional romance or fan fiction. In fan fiction, women take pop culture characters and existing stories and then invent erotic scenes. They engage with the material and also rewrite it to fulfil their fantasies and express their desires.

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