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In a TIME review, Lev Grossman wrote that Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On isn’t fan fiction, but it plays off Harry Potter, using those books as a springboard to reach raw, vivid and frequently hilarious heights all its own. And, after explaining its origins (which I won't get into here), Post-Gazette’s Julie Hakim Azzam asked Does that make “Carry On” a fanfiction of a fictional fanfiction?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, Chris Lane wrote with alarm about Fan Fic Communities in ‘6 Modern Subcultures That Might Shock the Mainstream’ for Houston Press.
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In ‘Harry Potter isn’t over – but what happens when a fandom grows up?’ for NewStatesman, Elizabeth Minkel wrote For me, it wasn’t a “hurl the physical text across the room” sort of ending, but more of an anticlimactic emptiness. My favorite fan fiction writers were decamping to new fandoms at a frightening speed; I wearily packed up and followed them. And because online Harry Potter fandom had grown on-pace with the way the web expanded and changed over those years, I had a template for my online enthusiasms now.

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

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

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

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

Tumblr, margarine, Sherlock, bromance, Patrick Stewart )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woody Allen, Mr. Holmes, shipping, Miranda )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, in a Chicago Tribune piece inspired by recent news stories, Rex W. Huppke wrote All I can suggest is to follow these simple steps: Don't have any affairs; avoid potentially embarrassing Google searches like "erotic LEGO fan fiction" (hackers, I'd appreciate it if you'd keep that between us); and drive older cars that don't connect to the Internet, or possibly horse-drawn wagons.
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TIME’s Nolan Feeney wrote that Cara Delevingne’s high-profile friendships with pop stars Rihanna and Rita Ora inspire fanfiction and generate headlines, and she made tongues wag when it was first reported that she was seeing current girlfriend Annie Clark, the musician better known as St. Vincent.

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

For TV Guide, Robyn Ross wrote Arya Stark and Harry Potter's Selfie Made Our Fanfic Dreams Come True.

Palo Alto Weekly’s Michael Berry wrote [Ernest Cline’s] fan-fic script for a sequel to '80s sci-fi cult hit, "Buckaroo Banzai," made him Internet-famous while he worked in IT, but it took 10 years for "Fanboys," his script about a break-in at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, to be filmed, re-shot by the Weinstein Company and then released to general indifference and disappointment.

For The Coast, Melissa Buote wrote But like Scully and Mulder, or Johnny and Baby, or Harry Styles and every teenage girl who has written first-person fanfic about him, there is one true pairing for shortcake. And a new Yuletide fandom is born.

Mr. Holmes, Gronk, Anna Todd, Anne Jamison, Harper Lee, Teen Wolf, (more!) Ernest Cline, Terminator: Genisys, Smosh, Prozzäk, The Simpsons )

IGN’s Jesse Schedeen wrote that The idea of Batman teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is no longer [only] the stuff of fan fiction and action figure roleplaying.

For the Indian edition of International Business Times, Mangala Dilip wrote Fan-fiction sites light up if you search for a "Doctor Who", "Sherlock" cross-over, but so far neither of the BBC shows have teased up the possibility of something like that.

From “Best moments from the 'Woman [sic] who kick ass' panel at Comic Con” on Daily Life: In case you're also not familiar with 'shipping', it's when fans want two characters to get together. It often results in fan fiction or a portmanteau of their names.

Finally, Meg Cabot told The Guardian’s Petrova Fossil that, as a teenager, I collected Star Wars comic books (and action figures), all of which I still have. I wrote a lot of Star Wars fan fiction specifically because Princess Leia was – and still is – super inspirational to me. She led a successful rebellion against an evil galactic empire, after all.
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In a Chicago Tribune review of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, Julia Keller wrote that At times, the novel reads like "To Kill a Mockingbird" fan fiction. That is, it's as if a lesser author has commandeered these beloved characters and put them where they don't belong. But then — just when you're rolling your eyes and shaking your head and wondering why a publisher would imperil Lee's reputation by releasing what seems like a first draft — along comes a phrase of startling beauty.

In a New York Times piece about nostalgia for the shows of ones youth, Maris Kreizman noted that “Full House” was also one of the last shows that existed solidly off the Internet during its seven-year run, from 1987 to 1995. Today, GIFs of Baby Michelle saying “You got it dude” can be found quite easily along with episode-by-episode recaps, and even steamy fan fiction titled “Uncle Jesse’s Adventures.”

For Tampa Bay Times, Phyllis Day quoted Dorothy in Wonderland director Miranda Griffin: "This is obscure fan fiction, a reimagining of the stories we grew up with."

According to “From big screen to big stage, Alien vs. Predator gets dance treatment for Frankston Arts Centre show” in the Herald Sun, choreographer Larissa McGowan has “always been fascinated by the fan fiction side of things."

From Aja Romano in The Daily Dot: Fanfic panel at Comic-Con explores the genre's layered history.

In a piece on Jason Collett’s Basement Revue for The Varsity (University of Toronto), Sean Smith wrote The night offered an array of performances ranging from independent music to literary readings [including] Lynn Crosbie, an author, Globe and Mail columnist, and U of T English professor, reading from her new book, Where Did You Sleep Last Night. The novel is a raunchy, magical realist love story that, intriguingly, doubles as Kurt Cobain fan-fiction.

Big Bang Theory, Shark Week, Terminator Genisys, Grey, Game of Thrones, Peppa Pig, Minions )

In a review of Julia Pierpont’s novel Among the Ten Thousand Things, Moira Hodgson wrote that one character, an 11-year-old girl, tries her hand writing a pornographic version of “Seinfeld” in her school notebook.

KSL’s Amanda Taylor quoted artist Leslie Duke: ”I tell my students all the time to 'follow your feelings,' whether those feelings are telling you to illustrate Harry Potter fan fiction or move to Mongolia or paint still lifes, your feelings will guide you better than anything else can.”

The Bachelorette, Sherlock Holmes, Twilight via Sophia Jackson )

In a Phys.org piece on the online lives of children, Lelia Green wrote Fanfiction writing hones imagination, creativity and composition.

Finally, for Guardian Liberty Voice, Krystle Mitchell wrote about a petition that a fan of the band Creed has put together, aimed at the producers of the upcoming film of the same name. The petition begins: The movie is making it difficult, if not impossible, for the still-vital online Creed fan base to exchange thoughts and discussion regarding band developments, song interpretation, rumors, non-erotic fan fiction, and deeper insights into the expanded universe of the band.
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For a Deadline Hollywood piece on the upcoming film Slash, Ross A. Lincoln wrote Directed by Clay Liford (Earthling), who also wrote the screenplay, the coming of age comedy focuses on a teenage erotic fan fic author; the title is a reference to the fan fiction genre that imagines sexual relationships between fictional characters who aren’t canonically an item (think Kirk/Spock or Spider-Man/Batman).

Luke Reilly began IGN AU PUBCAST 118: FAITHFUL FAN FICTION With E3 done and dusted for another year, what better way to celebrate than a sultry reading of that Buffy fan fiction that Lucy wrote as a teenager we mentioned was dug up recently?

A Melissa Locker Vanity Fair review of Jenny’s Wedding was subtitled Best Grey's Anatomy - Gilmore Girls fan fiction ever.

For National Post, Joseph Brean wrote Online retailing behemoth Amazon is changing its pay structure for self-published authors. Rather than pay once for a whole book, it will now pay each time a page is digitally flipped. It’s a subtle tweak to business strategy that could change both the style and profitability of self-published books, from fan fiction to memoir.

For New York Magazine’s News & Politics, Jaime Fuller wrote that, regarding Bernie Sanders, [Elizabeth] Warren was as reticent to pick presidential favorites as she was to play along with her supporters' 2016 fanfic.

Terminator: Genisys, Sophie Jackson, Sprouse twins, Sherlock Holmes, Jurassic World )

Breaking News carried more details about the publisher-rejected erotic The Good Wife fanfic novel (idea? I’m foggy on the details) by rugby pundit and Newstalk presenter George Hook.

Meg Cabot told Miami New Times’s Shelly Davidov that, as a child, she wrote reams of fan fiction about [Princess Leia] and Han and going through Jedi academy school — she was the best shot, by the way — and then it morphed into my own kingdom after my mom told me about the copyright thing…

For SportsNet, Dave Zarum wrote that some of the stories (read: fan fiction) surrounding [Raptor DeMarre] Carroll is flat-out Chuck Norrisian.

In a Windy City Times review of The Who & the What, Mary Shen Barnidge wrote So what has Zarina done to upset her kin? Well, she's written a historical novel depicting Islam's foremost prophet, Muhammad, exhibiting distinctly human emotions and hormonal urges. This framework of deistic fan-fiction enables her to speculate on the facts behind her religion's orthodoxy, inviting reinterpretation of its sacred tenets.

Harry Potter, Suits, Magic Mike XXL )

In a piece for The West Australian on author Brendan Ritchie, William Yeoman wrote while Perth author Brendan Ritchie is clearly no purveyor of fan-fiction, he acknowledges the precedents for his debut novel, Carousel.

From ‘Sun shines on successful students at Hartlepool college graduation’ in Hartlepool Mail: As part of his degree, Adam [Bouabda] produced a new fan fiction movie which is now filming at locations across the North East, including Hartlepool’s Historic Quay.

Nick Cannata-Bowman wrote How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Misrepresents Fanfiction for Cheat Sheet.

Finally, Rebecca Monk informed readers of The List that flash fiction is not fan fiction dedicated to Flash Gordon, the music of Queen, or any of the associated characters and contributors to the Flash Gordon series. Would that it were!
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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.


As Others See Us: Fanfic in the Media

October 2015



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