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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raymond Chandler, The Little Mermaid, Divergent, jawn )

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

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

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

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

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

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

College Times published some College Fanfiction by Jorge Salazar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, in a review of Blood Will Out, Walter Kirn’s biography of Clark Rockefeller (a.k.a. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter), Charles Finch wrote The oddities of Rockefeller's personality — his outlandish stories about hosting Britney Spears and Helmut Kohl at his summer house, his "Star Trek" fan fiction, his banal paranoias about China — Kirn was willing to attribute to the deforming effects of his new friend's exalted upbringing.
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The ficcy roots of Fifty Shades of Grey got more than their usual share of refs this past week, as the series, first published in print-book-you-can-pay-for form by Vintage in 2012 (but appearing before that as Twilight fan-fiction) has entered the 100 Million Pantheon. (Alexandra Petri, Washington Post)

For WIRED’s Underwire, Rachel Edidin noted Publishers Are Warming to Fan Fiction, But Can It Go Mainstream?

For Swarthmore Phoenix, Emily Lau wrote In defence of fan fiction.

Unaware that civilization predates 2010, The Diamondback’s Zoë DiGiorgio wrote Fan fiction has evolved from the Twilight spin-off that became the basis for the 50 Shades trilogy to the Kickstarter-funded Web series that depicts BBC’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson falling in love through text messages.

For KUOW’s News and Information, in a story framing an interview with Slate editor Dan Kois, Arwen Nicks and Steve Scher wrote Fan fiction may seem like a modern Internet phenomenon, but in fact, the genre has plenty of historical roots and mainstream appeal.

For The Lantern (OSU), Kim Dailey wrote that, with the news that Daniel Radcliffe’s current shoulder-length hair is not a long-term thing, my fan fiction, alternative universe dreams where Harry Potter is the son of Snape are crushed.

In New York Magazine, Joe Coscarelli wrote that Chris Christie staff texts are basically bureaucratic fan fiction.

Frozen, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Cynthia Hand, Rihanna/Drake, Downton Abbey )

Finally, in The Buffalo News, Melanie Izard shared that Many teen writers publish something called fanfiction – a new genre that is written by fans of a book, movie or some other media and features characters and places from that media. More and more, teens are publishing online, and the majority of it is fanfiction.
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Samantha Highfill authored 'The O.C.' and 'Gossip Girl' collide: We round up the best Seth Cohen-Blair Waldorf fan fiction for Entertainment Weekly.

Latin Post’s Bernadette R Giacomazzo wrote A Nude Hope: Star Wars in Porn, Burlesque, and R-Rated Fan Fiction through the Years.

In a piece about the discontinuation of a line of Ikea furniture, The Guardian’s Peter Robinson wrote YouTube throws up more than 13,000 results for Ikea Expedit: videos show people putting them together, the shelving equivalent of niche erotic slash fiction.

For a New Statesman piece on the changing nature of literary science fiction, Andrew Harrison quoted romance novelist Jenny Colgan: ”A lot of significant things all happened around the same time. The internet connected female SF fans; amateur slash fiction showed what a huge, huge hunger there was out there for love and romance; and the status of men changed. The stigma of showing emotion has pretty much gone.”

In a review of the visual novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for The Telegraph, Tim Martin wrote Hope’s Peak specialises in the education of the finest students in each field, though these fields turn out to include “Fanfic creator”, “gambler” and “fashionista” as well as the more traditional programmers and jocks.

From a Newsroom America press release: In the age of mashups, fan fiction and content sharing, online media creation has spurred new complexities in copyright, effectively turning the legal concept of "fair use" on its ear, according to a new study from Georgia Tech.

From NBC News: Boasting a monthly readership of 25 million people, [Wattpad] counts Margaret Atwood as a fan. But, as the abundance of One Direction fan fiction might suggest, you don’t need to be a Booker Prize winner to publish on it.

New Harvard Independent columnist Joan Li gained confidence through publishing fan fiction online.

Finally, for Times Daily, Franklin Harris explained How fan fiction took over entertainment.
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In a review for The Washington Post, Stephanie Merry wrote that Endless Love feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction.

National Post’s Jonathan Goldstein wrote (for reasons I couldn’t be bothered to discern) I call Howard from the studio to ask what he likes to do for a little respite from the world. “I like to spend some time alone writing WireTap erotic fan fiction,” he teases.

Vampire Academy, Kindle Worlds, Ogai Ogas, Ms. Marvel, booze )

In a Los Angeles Times piece on Valentines Weekend-appropriate viewing, Meredith Blake recommended Sherlock: The close friendship between John Watson (Martin Freeman) and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) in this contemporary spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories has inspired oodles of naughty fan fiction online. And, from the paper’s Hero Complex blog: Buffy may be the one girl in all the world who wields the strength to fight the forces of darkness, but there are two vampires who fight for her heart. Both have souls. Both are champions. Both use a significant amount of hair product. Angel, Buffy's boyfriend while she was in high school, seems the obvious match-up in this top couples list, but pages of Spike-and-Buffy fan-fiction can't be ignored.

In a piece about the perils of social media for Tulsa World, Jason Ashley Wright interviewed random mom Jennifer Esau, whose oldest [child] uses Wattpad for reading fan fiction, as well as We Heart It and Instagram.

In a piece about “What to look forward at the Winter Olympics” for the Trinitonion, Maddie Smith wrote In the last years, we watched Beijing perform amazing musical numbers that displayed the grace and precision of its people. After that, we witnessed London essentially recite Sherlock fanfiction to millions of people. And, in a review of the new Sherlock season for The Galleon, Bryony Noble wrote If you enjoy fast paced cuts, witty dialogue that really ought to have subtitles with the speed of delivery, endless material for slash fiction writers, and busting of bad guys, then Season 3 of Sherlock won’t disappoint.

Finally, in a piece about an upcoming Supernatural spin-off, International Business Times’s Jenalyn Villamarin quoted Jared Padalecki "Supernatural fans have spoken and said listen, there aren't 100 million of us, but those of us that do watch the show are passionate and want to hear more stories and read fan fiction and be a part of this world."
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The news of the week is that Amazon Wants Your G.I. Joe, Veronica Mars Fan Fiction (Stephanie Milot, PC Magazine). From CNET’s Bonnie Burton: Write that epic story about Veronica Mars helping G.I. Joe with a mysterious murder on an Army base and make it legit, thanks to a new licensing agreement between Amazon, Hasbro, and Warner Bros. And Philip Patrick, director of business development and publisher of Kindle Worlds, in an email interview [told Pacific Standard’s Reyan Ali] “There is and always will be a world of fan fiction that is available for free. Kindle Worlds is simply a new option for authors and we think new options are a good thing.”

Fanfic also got several mentions in conjunction with JK Rowlings’ comments about Harry/Hermione. Then why does Ginny even exist? )

For The Observer, Anna Baddeley wrote if your daughter's writing One Direction fan fiction on her phone, she could be on her way to an A* at English GCSE. Or, at the very least, a book deal.

In a piece about a new exhibit, artist Keith Langergraber told Richmond Review’s Katya Slepian “I wanted to play on the idea of fanfiction and fan films. […] I find it very interested… how these subcultures interact with the landscape.”

Finally, more Kindle Worlds refs. In a piece about Hugh Howey’s foray into fanfic, Jay Greene wrote Fan fiction is often dismissed as mediocre writing by wannabe authors. But Howey, who lets “Wool” fans write their own stories in the universe he created, saw an opportunity to write his own work in a world conceived by Kurt Vonnegut, which Amazon licensed from the author’s estate. And, for The Awl, Mike Pearl wrote L.J. Smith’s newest book, Evensong: Paradise Lost, is a work of fan fiction. It's based on the characters from The Vampire Diaries, the books that gave rise to the TV phenomenon. As with all fan fiction, it's set in a world to which Smith has no legal right. But one unique quirk sets Smith’s work apart from most fanfic. She is the original author of the series, now banished from officially contributing. So she is finishing the series by means of a new enterprise: Amazon’s Kindle Worlds, the world's first corporate venue for fan fiction. Kindle Worlds’ existence is now justified.
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Bloomberg BNA’s Anandashankar Mazumdar reported that Naomi Novik, a novelist and representative of the Organization of Transformative Works, New York, advocated for a broad application of fair use before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.

For Bustle, Emma Cueto wrote The truth about fan fiction is that it’s a bit of a misnomer. It conjures up images of rabid, crazy-eyed teens so obsessed that they just have to have more even if they must write it themselves. A better term than “fan fiction” might be “inspired fiction” in the sense that it’s a story inspired by another story. It’s fiction rooted in other fiction. But often times, it can still stand on its own.

According to Us Weekly, Ellen DeGeneres recently tweeted that her cats love Harry Potter fan fiction.

Darling Husband [personal profile] the_gadgetman alerted me to Slash, the card party game that lets you bring the wild creative abandon of fan fiction to your evening. Make pairings that authors, creators and historians never dreamed of.

Author G. Willow Wilson told KUOW’s Michael Martin that the new Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan is, in many ways, the typical public high school student living in Jersey City. She's kind of a geek girl, she writes fanfiction, she shops at consignment stores. She's also the daughter of Pakistani immigrants.

AuthorBee, Frozen, Once Upon a Time, Batman, Frankenstein )

Sherlock/ACD refs )

For The Hindu, Vasundhara Sirnate wrote Works of domestic fan fiction can seem to piggyback on international bestsellers and the recent movement colloquially called ‘chick lit’ makes one wonder what female empowerment is really beginning to mean in India.

And, finally, The Independent Singapore News published a piece by Ryan Ong which contained the following: If your passion is writing Twilight fan fiction, I’m sure someone out there will chuck a few dollars (or a brick in my case) your way; but don’t count on it covering the down payment for your flat.
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In “Why Mediocre Stories Matter” for The American Conservative, Gracy Olmstead wrote Few authors, writers, and journalists will admit their work is mediocre (whether fan fiction or otherwise). At root, we want to write classics. But perhaps our mediocrity will help transmit a tradition, as Wilson writes: “To live within and participate in a tradition is, again, to keep something alive and to draw things and persons together, across time, in a community of knowledge and love.” Does fan fiction accomplish this? Not always; but within its diverse and sundry works, nuggets of a valuable literary tradition can flourish and grow. I want to give Ms. Olmstead a cookie.

On E! Online, Orlando Jones advised aspiring fangirls to Show us the flair: Write fan fiction, make fan art, create any transformative works inspired by your passion/obsession.

I, Frankenstein, tweens, a literary festival in India, Devils's Knot, Looking )

In a piece for The Jewish Week, Rabbi Marci Bellows described Star Trek con-goer traits: They dress up as their favorite characters (also known as cos-play), buy myriad pieces of memorabilia, and create fan-fiction.

High school student Michaela Althouse contributed Confessions of a proud lover of fan fiction to Bucks County Courier Times.

University of Tennessee The Daily Beacon’s Jordan Achs wrote, in a piece about British TV, "Fandoms," or large groups of super fans, allow for the universes within the show to expand to new lengths. Many fans write fan fiction, go to places like Comic Con to do meet-ups and share theories and developments about the show.

Bernice Bautista wrote Fanfiction 101: Forget the rules for Manila Standard Today. In the same publication, Charmaine Cunanan wrote about KPop fanfiction.

Jack Ryan, Grey Gardens, Haim )

Finally, some Sherlock refs. From The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum: “The Empty Hearse” is, finally, an affectionate episode, at once a hat-tip and an exorcism, and a coded confession of its own status as fan fiction.

The Millions’s Elizabeth Minkel wrote It’s hard these days to think of an oft-adapted character as “singular,” to use Holmes’s favorite expression. Hollywood has us drowning in a sea of remakes and retellings, a sort of empty spin on fanfiction in which screenwriters and movie producers ask a mild “What…” rather than a brain-bending “What if?!”

Drusilla Moorhouse’s review in USA Today mentioned "Johnlock" fanfic; in The Wire Esther Zuckerman wrote about Sherlock slashfic; and, for Rolling Stone, Logan Hill wrote Fans have taken to writing homoerotic slash fiction about a Watson-Holmes romance. "Sherlock Holmes has always been a sex symbol," says Moffat. "The most attractive person in the room is not always the best-looking; it's the most interesting.".

For NPR’s Monkey See, Kelly Lawler wrote While watching the premiere of the third series of Sherlock, I began to wonder if writer Mark Gatiss had, like so many of us, spent one too many nights in the bowels of the internet, reading theories and forecasts about his own show and staring at .gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch smiling slowly. Because how else could you explain "The Empty Hearse," an episode so .gif-able, so ready for fan fiction, so seemingly cribbed from the dreams of its fans?

And, from Devon Maloney in Wired: There have been few better examples of [the artifice of perceived creator-fan intimacy] than the unfortunate fan-fiction incident in London [during the premier of 03x01]: At the end of the day, fandoms are still often joke fodder. “I think it was a really good indication of where the power still lies,” says [acafan Katherine] Larsen. “If anyone is going to get hurt in the fan-producer relationship, it’s going to be the fan.” IDK. All human interactions can result in hurt feelings; show creators have their livelihoods on the line.
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Lots of Sherlock (and ACD) this week! Alfred Joyner wrote about Sherlock and the Power of Fan Fiction for International Business Times.More, including some spoilers in quotes )

Radio.com’s Shannon Carlin asked Is Prince Writing ‘New Girl’ Fanfic?

In a review in The News on Sunday, Sameen Amer wrote There is a middle ground between being overly constrained by the original material and overusing your creative licence and taking pointless liberties, and The Desolation of Smaug fails to find that balance; at times it starts to feel like fan fiction, and not particularly good one.

For the Bucks County Courier Times, high school student Kimberly Winters William wrote Between my parents and two older brothers, I can easily enjoy conversation on diverse topics as such politics, religion, Reddit posts, Naruto fanfiction and my oldest brother’s incomprehensible science classes.

Teen author Beth Reeks told South Wales Argus’s Sophie Brownson I have always been interested in reading from a young age – reading Harry Potter from aged seven and writing what is now known as fan fiction as I grew impatient waiting for the next book to come out.

Timothy McCormack wrote about fan parodies for Seattle P-I.

Fangirl, Supernatural, Kindle Worlds )

From a Nikhil Varma piece in The Hindu on how the internet influences TV consumption: Sahil Agarwal, who followed the Breaking Bad and Dexter series closely says, “The Internet has ensured that I do not miss these shows. There are multiple blogs and fan pages that describe each of the characters, provide back stories to the characters and fan fiction about what happens next. Characters such as Dexter and Walter White have dedicated pages on Wikia and Wikipedia.”

Finally, for Slate, Wool author Hugh Howey wrote Writing in Vonnegut’s World: On training wheels, fan fiction, and stories in the cave.
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Madeline Raynor explored What happens when fan fiction takes over the original: a steampunk national tour of ‘The Fantasticks’ for Death and Taxes.

In a The Capitol Hill Times review, Jamie Lutton wrote, of elves/dwarves, They are not supposed to be like humans with different skin colors – the different species are as different as cats and dogs. Okay, this is fine in dirty Tolkien fan fiction, maybe, the wacky stuff that is circulated on fan sites, but not in the filming of “The Hobbit.” There, it’s just heresy.

In response to reports about a scientific study on “Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain,” NewStatesman’s Ian Steadman asked What about poetry, or fan fiction, or the comments section of YouTube?

Radio Times’s Paul Jones wrote One of the criticisms levelled at the new season of Sherlock is that it's become overly influenced by fan fiction and the numerous increasingly bizarre ideas that have emanated from obsessive viewers on the internet in the two years between series. For NewStatesman, Laurie Penny wrote The line between “fan fiction” and actual fiction has always been fuzzier than people wanted to admit - and the many worlds of Sherlock Holmes bear that out, none more so than the recent BBC "re-imagining", going on to quarrel with The Guardian’s Television & Radio's Mark Lawson, who wrote While any successful TV drama these days should generate fan fiction, it can not afford to become entirely fan fiction itself. Even shows as successful as Doctor Who and Sherlock should be aiming – especially given the accumulating publicity they receive – to introduce new viewers, and there were stretches of The Time of the Doctor and The Empty Hearse that must have been almost incomprehensible to new or casual consumers.

More Sherlock Holmes, race and identity in comics, a smart kid, Wattpad )

For The Guardian, Alison Flood wrote Thousands of people are, usually collaboratively, producing a lot of short-form, episodic fiction and hundreds of thousands more are reading it. Is this the start of a new storytelling format? Actually, no – I used to write fan fiction consequences in school by passing notebooks around – but Tumblr allows this creativity to explode, making it very easy for readers and publishers to discover real talent and energy there; very interesting.

Salon’s Laura Miller wrote Many self-published authors use “beta readers” while revising their early drafts, a practice also common in fan fiction communities.

In a Slate review of Jay Cantor’s Forgiving the Angel, Rebecca Schuman wrote Cantor splices together memoir and correspondence from those in Kafka’s orbit to create a new take on fan fiction, one both nuanced and literarily sophisticated.

Finally, in The Western Australian, in a piece about – oh, just go read the story - Drew Turney wrote Fictional universes like those of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have such large numbers of characters, places, histories and lore all their own they've taken the word "mythology" on for themselves, and with good reason. They're our new cultural myths, like the stories of Heracles, Poseidon and Vishnu were to the ancients. But where those ancient societies had stone carvings, campfire storytelling and papyrus, today we have everything from the book and movie to the video game, web series, graphic novel, TV series and even fan fiction.
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Chicago Tribune's Gary K. Wolfe wrote Perhaps the best recent example of how fanfic can actually enrich and deepen its source material is Peter Watts' "The Things," which re-imagines John Carpenter's movie "The Thing" from the point of view of the alien intruder — but adds the sophisticated science of the marine biologist that Watts was trained as. How have I never heard of this??

For The Asian Age, Aditi Pancholi wrote As a young girl and a budding writer, [English teacher and author Shreya Prabhu Jindal] discovered fan fiction, and ever since, has written in that genre, relatively not-much-explored in India.

SHERLOCK (with spoilers) in China )

SHERLOCK (with spoilers) everywhere else )

And, don’t forget the going-into-public-domain thing! For technology tell, Michael Sullivan wrote Slash and fan fiction writers have Leslie S. King to thank for this development. And, for Scotsman, Shan Ross wrote If appeal court judges uphold the ruling, it could lift the threat of legal action for the untold scores of writers churning out pastiches and fan fiction without permission. (Jason Keyser wrote an almost identical sentence in a National Post story! I’m so confuzzled!)

According to Baltimore Sun, Columbia Fiction Critique Group isn’t for you if you primarily write young adult, middle grade or kid literature, fan-fiction [or] poetry.

Doctor Who, Witches of East End, #NoFilter )

In a story about resolutions for Tumbler Ridge News, Roxanne Braam noted Truth is, I find it far too easy to ignore the world around me and get sucked into a fan fiction vortex.

Rochester Times announced It’s time for the 8th Annual "Fun Fan Fiction Contest."

Finally, for Mountain Xpress, Alli Marshall wrote that the Montford Park Players will be presenting an "Evening of Shakespeare Fan Fiction," [on] Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10 and 11 (7:30 p.m. at Asheville's historic Masonic Temple), features G.B. Shaw's Dark Lady of the Sonnets and Vincent Dowling's The Upstart Crow.
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For The New York Times’s Arts Beat, Jennifer Schuessler wrote In the more than 125 years since he first appeared, Sherlock Holmes has popped up everywhere from fan fiction set in outer space to screen adaptations like CBS’s “Elementary,” set in contemporary Manhattan. But now, following a legal ruling, the deerstalker-wearing detective is headed to another destination: the public domain. The Guardian’s Tom McCarthy expanded Prospective authors of Sherlock Holmes fan fiction take heed: under a new court ruling, you may write that Sherlock Holmes was a cocaine-addicted martial arts aficionado cohabiting occasionally at 221B Baker Street, with a friend called Dr Watson. You may not, however, freely describe Dr Watson's own athletic background, the juicy fact of his second marriage or the circumstances of Holmes's retirement. And, for The Wire, Esther Zuckerman wrote don't start working on getting your Cumberbatch as Sherlock fan fiction ready to be published. When CBS was readying their version of an updated Sherlock, a producer of the BBC show vowed to "protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring."

The Washington Post’s Allison Stewart called Justin Bieber’s “Change Me” a puerile piece of fan-fic bait.

Grudge Match, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, Death Comes to Pemberley, Sleepy Hollow )

From an Indian Television piece on Tiya Sircar: In “The Internship,” Sircar played Neha Patel, a “Twilight” fan fiction-obsessed college student possessing little-to-no actual experience in romance.

In Publishers Weekly, John A. Sellers wrote that Phoebe North was writing Anne McCaffrey fanfic before fanfic was cool.

Tulsa World’s Michael Smith wrote that The Host is tedious, confusing and too often induces unintentional laughter as the kiss-everyone protagonist/parasite and her lobotomized pals seem like fan-fiction creations.

In U.S. News and World Report, Tierney Sneed wrote that This is the End gave a fan fiction version of what it's like to be a Hollywood celebrity.

North Adams Transcript columnist John Seven wrote I realize that the appeal of the reboot is similar to the appeal of fan fiction.

For the Denton Record-Chronicle, Lucinda Breeding wrote Up-and-coming Denton MC Wild Bill performs. He might look like he spends his free time writing sci-fi fan fiction and upending Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, but as usual, looks are deceiving. Wild Bill is a fresh, confident voice in Denton hip-hop.

Finally, Nolan Feeney discussed fanfic in How Fanzines Helped Put Doctor Who Fans in Charge of Doctor Who for The Atlantic.
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After Caitlin Moran offend[ed] the fan fiction community by encouraging Sherlock actors to read out saucy extracts, [The Guardian’s] David Barnett [made] the case for amateur adaptations of iconic works. TechGeek’s Terence Huynh wrote that Sherlock fans [are] outraged at “hurtful” reading of fanfiction at Q&A. And, for The Telegraph, Brooke Magnanti wrote It's entirely possible that thanks to Sherlock fanfic, someone who never before considered writing professionally might decide to give it a try. It's also possible that some who considered doing so may now be scared to, fearing the long memory of the internet and the ridicule they might receive. And to those authors I say: forget the haters, sally forth and conquer all worlds. There is nothing shameful about stretching your wings.

In an excerpt from their Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls in Slate, Katherine Larsen and Lynn S. Zubernis wrote We arranged our lives around air dates of new episodes (and then downloaded them the next day so we’d have something to tide us over until the next episode aired). We spent every spare moment reading fan fiction, downloading photos, watching fan videos, and immersing ourselves in every aspect of fandom.

The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta wrote about The Fanfictionalization of Politics.

Popular Romance Project, Desolation of Smaug, Lawrence of Arabia, Fanfic 101, Death Comes to Pemberley, Wang Dong )

There was an interesting bit in Kensaku Takase and Ayako Suga’s “The Other Benefits of Trade for Japan” for Wall Street Journal about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership could impact fanfic.

D&D, Harry Potter, teaching writing, Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World )

Albany Times Union’s Amy Griffin wrote that the Mass MoCA exhibit "Love to Love You" looks at the subculture of fandom. From fan fiction to the homemade fan merchandise available on Etsy to ''cosplay'' (costume play), fans get in on the action more and more, becoming, in curator Martha Joseph's words, "creators as much as consumers." Fervent fan bases pop up around almost any television show, celebrity, movie or band you can name.

Finally, for the Bucks County Courier Times, Laura Genn wrote of the joy of receiving novels as gifts: The thrill of petting the cover, as if the novel were a new pet. The obsessing over fictional love interests and their swoon-worthy quotes. The terror of impending, magical doom. The smell of fresh paper and ink and imagination. The justification for becoming a hermit until the last page is turned. The subsequent hunt for fan fiction to sate my literary thirst. I adore it all!
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In “Fan fiction: a world of what-ifs” for The Boston Globe, Matthew Gilbert wrote Fanfic writers are too fervent and independent to be passive viewers or readers; they’re inspired to be creative by the visions of Stephen King, Shonda Rhimes, Julian Fellowes, Rowling (whose books are the most fan-fictioned of all), and countless other creators. They find joy in expanding plots only hinted at, joining together characters from different sources, and sometimes, correcting what they see as flaws or oversights in a story they otherwise value — it’s all a kind of folk art. To truly be fan fiction, though, the stories cannot be commercial ventures.

The Toronto Sun’s Jim Slotek wrote that playing Thorin Oakenshield has inspired Richard Armitage to write some fan fiction about his character – expanding on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien for his own purposes.

Adi Robertson took an extended look at The terrible, wonderful weirdness of fake fanfiction for The Verge.

Emily Landau discussed the fanfic origins of several current romance titles in a piece for Toronto Life.

In a review of Jo Baker’s Longbourn for Charlevoix Courier, Beth Strawbridge wrote It is generally acknowledged that the genre known as “Jane Austen fan fiction” had its birth with the 1914 publication of Sybil Brinton’s novel, “Old Friends and New Fancies: an Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen.”

For The Atlantic, Christopher Orr proclaimed The Hobbit 2 Is Bad Fan Fiction.

Colorado Daily’s Jessica L. Ryan wrote that Fan fiction isn't a new thing; it dates back a few hundred years.

Finally, for Slate, John Frank Weaver opined on How Artificial Intelligence Might Monetize Fan Fiction. (As a software engineer and a fanfic writer, I think he’s full of it.)
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Regarding the upcoming return of Sherlock, a number of sources referenced a report by Gerard Gilbert in The Independent, in which Benedict Cumberbatch is quoted “The problem, of course, is he [Sherlock] uses social media and it gives a platform for this fan fiction, which is really creative but it’s not really what we’re doing… [online fan fiction that imagines Watson and Holmes as gay lovers]. It’s part of the love people have for the show even if a few of them are quite fanatical about it.”

For The Austin Chronicle, Wayne Alan Brenner wrote Call it a celebration, call it an homage, call it extemporaneous fan fiction: The Hideout Theatre is presenting a show called A Bedtime Gorey, and the improvisers involved are making with the whimsical and creepy in the style of that late, lamented creator, the raccoon-coat-wearing fellow whose macabre tales and distinctive drawings were popular long before they were animated for the opening of PBS' Mystery.

Philadelphia Magazine’s Joel Mathis proclaimed that Pope Francis Just Provided Us With the Most Awesome Road HouseFan Fiction Scenario, Ever.

Rainbow Rowell, In Secret, Castle, 50SoG )

For Wall Street Journal, Tom Shippey wrote Summing up 10 books, thousands of pages, millions of words, and more than 30 years of gestation isn't easy, but the most important thing to know is this: So many heroic-fantasy epics read like Tolkien fan fiction. Mr. Donaldson's "Chronicles" are always Donaldson fiction.

From a short review for Troy Record: What’s most unique about “Wool” […] is the way that [Hugh] Howey has opened the creative process up to his vocal fans — and the way he not only allows fan fiction but actually endorses it.

A piece for NPR by Lynn Neary was headlined Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories.

Finally, for The Washington Post’s ComPost, Alexandra Petri shared The 15 best lines from Rush Limbaugh’s historical fanfiction about himself.
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In Pacific Standard, in a review of Anne Jamison’s Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, Laura Miller wrote At its best, fan fiction blurs the lines between reading and writing and consuming and creating, and makes pop culture speak to a greater range of experiences. And, for Salon, Miller wrote Both Michael Chabon and Mitch Cullin wrote lovely, soulful literary novels about the retirement of Sherlock Holmes (“The Final Solution” and “A Slight Trick of the Light”) but neither of those books is really a Sherlock Holmes story — that is, a mystery written in a campy, high-Victorian adventure mode and narrated by Dr. Watson. By contrast, “Jeeves and the Wedding Bells,” “Solo” and “The Black-Eyed Blonde” are Wooster, Bond and Marlowe novels proper. They follow the basic formulae of the classic texts (or canon, as fan fiction practitioners would call it).

In The Manitoban (University of Manitoba), Caleigh MacDonald began a piece Screenwriter and comic book author Joss Whedon said, “There’s a time and a place for everything, and I believe it’s called ‘fan fiction.’” In the same paper, Katerina Tefft, alluding to Fifty Shades of Grey, wrote that Before engaging in any kind of BDSM play, do your research. Learn from folks who are actually involved in the BDSM community, not from Twilight fan fiction.

Liam Casey wrote about “fan-forced literature” for SBS News: With the rise of the Internet, fanfic is now available to everyone – including whoever it’s about. Considering how graphic some of the stories are, it must be alarming for a celebrity to stumble upon a story that places them in such sexual situations, written by somebody they’ve never met. I imagine it would be better than stumbling upon such a story written by someone they had met.

For National Post, Clive Thompson wrote because openness is most natural in amateur work, I suspect the leading edge of collective thinking — as with Wikipedia or Linux — will always emerge in the amateur world. If you want to see the future of collective thinking, don’t watch what Fortune 500 firms are doing. Watch what fan-fiction writers are doing or what the activists are doing, and, in another piece, When I recently visited Fanfiction.net, a large repository of such writing, I calculated — again, using some equally crude napkin estimates — that there were about 325 million words worth of stories written about the popular young-adult novel The Hunger Games, with each story averaging around 14,000 words.

Grey's Anatomy, Doctor Who, Daniel R. Pike, China, Larry Stylinson, Fangirl, at the library )

In Hazlitt, Jason Anderson noted Thanks to the proliferation of online fan fiction, we are now privy to a vast overabundance of samizdat sexploitation fantasies involving TV characters.

For the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Mina Yuan and Gabie Yang wrote Imagine “VeggieTales’” Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber yowling songs about purple orcs to J.R.R. Tolkien’s elven lord Elrond. Or John Watson’s mustache falling deeply in love with investigator Greg Lestrade’s hair. Or perhaps a pregnant Harry Potter suffering from swollen cankles while Draco Malfoy tends to him lovingly. While these strange topics seem to be worlds apart, one common thread pulls them together: Fanfiction.

Finally, in “In Defense of Bad Sex Writing” for New Republic (originally for New Statesman), Laurie Penny wrote Scanning through the episodes of hay-twitching and “morphinergic mechanisms splutter[ing] into life,” in this year’s crop of entries [for the Bad Sex Awards], I got the urge to take the editorial staff of the Literary Review by the hands and introduce them, as gently as possible, to the internet. There, on fan fiction sites and messageboards whose printed pages would fill whole libraries, they will find as much weird and woeful erotic writing as their fussy little minds can imagine.


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