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Justin Kirkham wrote a pretty good intro to fanfic, as these things go, for the Boise State Arbiter.

For The Guardian’s Books Blog, Victoria James wrote Amazon goes head to head with Wattpad in battle for fanfic writers.

In “Fan fiction a good way to hone writing skills” for The Straits Times, Jong Ching Yee shared I have been writing fan fiction since the beginning of the year. Initially, I messed up my paragraphing and dialogue, but my readers were more than willing to help me improve by giving me tips on organising and ideas on how a character might react.

A fanfic-writing, WattPad-posting eighth grader told special-to-The Kansas City Star’s Jacob C. Robinson that the comments she’s received about her writing were constructive. “Things like ‘this part feels rushed’ and ‘maybe you’ve started too many sentences the same way,’ ” she says. “Then they throw in a compliment. They know what it’s like.”

Harry Styles, Amazon, Body Movers, The Hobbit )

A Music Times piece began Acts like One Direction and Taylor Swift have created armies of super-creepy, devoted fans. We're not talking about the typical Directioner...we're talking about the stalkers and X-rated fan fiction writers.

In Forbes, Greg Satell argued that fanfic-writing is one of a number of activities [for which the focus] is not so much competition, but mastery.

In “If you value privacy, take a stand against data laws” for Herald Sun, Alice Clarke wrote Just think about all the things you emailed people in confidence, the porn you’ve watched, the embarrassingly bad fan fiction you wrote, all being accessible.

Finally, the first mainstream refs are starting about Rainbow Rowell’s next novel. As summarized by Entertainment Weekly’s Esther Zuckerman, her next book will be titled Carry On, and it will be about Simon Snow. For the uninitiated, Simon Snow is a character of sorts in Rowell’s novel Fangirl. He’s the protagonist of a Harry Potter-like series about whom Rowell’s heroine, a Nebraska college student named Cath, writes fan fiction.
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For The New Yorker, Ian Crouch wrote The [Star Wars] franchise has many kinds of fans. Among them are the completists: those who have not only seen the movies but read the novels, watched the animated spinoffs, played the video games, collected the action figures, and even tried their hands at writing some fan fiction.

In 'Readers write new endings, come up with alternate plots in fan fiction' for Shreveport Times, Judy Christie wrote there is some debate over whether [Fifty Shades of Grey’s incarnation as Master of the Universe] was originally fan fiction after all. I’ve no clue what she’s talking about.

For Bustle, Hannah Nelson-Teutsch shared that fanfiction is so much more than just lewd, crude, and poorly written fantasies played out for the teeming horde of pop culture fans running the Internet these days.

David Almond, Twilight, Kristen Stewart, Jane Austen, K. Michelle, NaNoWriMo, James Robertson, Frozen, biographers today, Hillary Clinton )

For The Guardian, science fiction and fantasy author Ann Leckie wrote One day I discovered that a couple of people had written “fanfic” – stories of their own based on my characters. Just the thought of people thinking that hard and deeply about something I’ve written is incredible. I haven’t read them – it’s probably psychologically healthy for me to stay out of it – but just the idea is so pleasing. I can’t tell you how flattering it is.

From Kristy McCormack on Express: THERE'S been plenty of fan fiction which brings him and his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch together, and Sherlock star Martin Freeman has finally spoken up about it.

In an Editor’s Note in The Duke Chronicle, Katie Fernelius wrote Artistic movements from marginalized identities are often public or freely available, such as graffiti, mix-tapes, zines or fan-fiction.

Finally, on USA Today’s Happily Ever After, Robin Covington wanted to give the amazing Tracy Clark (The Light Key Trilogy) a shout-out for her fabulous fan fiction contest. She's going to pick the best fan fiction based on her books and publish it in the final Light Trilogy installment. Find out more at www.tracyclark.org.
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Several sites, including Huffington Post, reported some version of Robert Downey Jr. Discovers Gay Fan Fiction Photo After Googling Himself (Noah Michelson). Thankfully, the picture’s pretty good.

In a Winnipeg Free Press piece about the push-back against People’s choice of Chris Hemsworth as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” Alison Gillmor wrote Cumberbatch's oddest fish -- and the foundation of his superstardom -- is the cold, calculating brainiac Sherlock Holmes, whom Cumberbatch himself considers to be a high-functioning sociopath. This doesn't deter his followers, whose nerd passions clog the Internet with feverish fan-fiction and unrequited love.

Anna Todd, Super Smash Bros., Starcatcher, Supernatural, Shreya Prabhu Jindal )

For The Houghton Star, Ana Bergen wrote While the legitimacy of Hogwarts School of Prayers and Miracles is debatable (gag reflexes worldwide hope it’s satire) it remains that the fan fiction speaks to enduring controversy surrounding the J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series. […] This is unfortunate, as once one actually reads the series it becomes difficult to hold fast to belief in its anti-Jesus agenda.

In a review for Broadway World, Frank Benge wrote, of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Instead of the fun expected of a traditional Sherlock Holmes story, we get an evening that consists mostly of characters standing around and chatting. In fact, the evening plays like a piece of fan fiction.

From Krishna Bahirwani in DNA India, on a recent video game sale: "Some of the most hardcore members of the gaming community are between the age of 17 and 25 and usually cannot buy games themselves without borrowing money from their parents. This sale puts games as low as 4 USD or Rs250, allowing them to buy multiple games. The developers benefit a large amount from these kinds of players getting access to games because they talk about games, build encyclopedias and fan fiction around them which in effect forms one of the most effective methods of marketing today," said Akhilesh Maitra, Game Developer at a Ragnarok Emulation Software, rAthena.

From a transcript of a “Jerry Micco's sports chat” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Guest: Jerry, how does one get to be a sportwriter? I'd love to try my hand at it, but I haven't a clue how to apply. I've mostly written Sci-Fi and fan fiction, but I know a ton about sports.

In a report on a recent con for Juneau County Star, Kevin Lillard wrote Anime convention fans have a chance to learn from the fortunate few who live lives of art and performance. Daisho con featured Kevin Bolk, who began as a fan artist. He now has his own art studio, “Interrobang,” which publishes parodies of Star Treks stories that expand on a fan joke of the “Mary Sue” all-powerful fan fiction character.

Finally, from Esther Zuckerman for Entertainment Weekly: What would happen if a member of Tony Stark’s family showed up for dinner at Downton Abbey? Well, according to a bit of fan fiction from [Star Wars film] writer Gary Whitta, Howard Stark would insult Lord Grantham, offend the dowager countess, and flirt with Lady Mary. (Poor Lady Edith, who, by this account, coins the term “super soldier.” Even in fan fiction, it doesn’t get much better for Edith.)
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The editorial board of The Washington Post opined Everyone from giant Internet service providers to lone “Twilight” fan-fiction writers loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal Communications Commission and its frequently maligned chairman, Thomas Wheeler.

According to Marshall Heyman in The Wall Street Journal, at a recent benefit [Tina Fey] read what she called some “Tom Brokaw erotic fan fiction” which made good use of the term “hard news”.

In ‘Nerd is the new normal’ for The Guardian, Arthur Chu wrote These days, a new subculture can coalesce around some obscure YouTube meme and spawn a whole jargon, style of dress and/or wiki full of fanfiction in roughly 27 minutes.

Emily Stevenson and Eleanor Campbell of University of Warwick’s The Boar debated the merits of fanfic.

Far Cry 4, Moriarty, Austen, Anthony Fantano, Star Wars, One Direction, The Iron Trial, Interpol )

Yuan Ren wrote about how Slash fiction arrives and thrives in China, despite the constant threat of government crackdowns for The Advocate.

From a stuff.co.nz piece by Michelle Duff on NZ writers: Currently, more than 250 New Zealand authors write on fanfiction.net, with more every day.

The Californian’s Rosemarie Alejandrino wrote You wanna talk dedicated fan? 2006 Rosemarie would fight your 1-D-loving, #AlexfromTarget adoring fangirl any day. Did you ever have 84 posters of your favorite band up at one time? Did you download the .mp4 file for every grainy YouTube clip onto your iPod Video? Did you spend hours penning the perfect JoBro fanfiction for your creatively crafted MySpace fansite?

Finally, Katherine Aoki got meta for The Wellesley News, asking What happens to a fandom and its perception when fanfiction becomes widely known?
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This week’s Supernatural, titled ‘Fan Fiction,’ received much attention. Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill observed the hour was all about the fans, and more specifically, the fan fiction that has come after 10 years of saving people and hunting things. Aja Romano (Daily Dot) wrote "Fan Fiction" subverts all the familiar (and disappointing) beats of every other meta-episode SPN has done. And, for Michigan Daily, Kim Batchelor wrote This episode treats the “crazy, fanfiction writing, slash couple shipping” fans with respect as creative members of a community that love the universe “Supernatural” has created, who care about these fictional brothers as much as the two characters care for each other.

In ‘Counting Our Blessings’ for Curve, Halley Little and Chivaun Perez wrote If you are a secret Rizzoli and Isles shipper or diehard Willow and Tara fan, then you may already know the joy of fan fiction.

If you want to be revolted, and have no triggers whatsoever, read this.

Gamergate, 1989, Minecraft, Jane Austen, Parks & Rec, 50SoG, a heap of defensive meta, Wicked, Too Many Cooks )

In a piece on Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters author Mallory Ortberg for The Globe and Mail, Alexandra Molotkow wrote Ortberg, who says she wrote fan fiction prolifically as a preteen – about the Canadian TV show Big Wolf on Campus, and maybe the band Hanson – points out that the texts are fiction of a sorts.

According to the BBC, author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has called on teenagers to "remix" some of Britain's best-loved books. […] The competition, called Project Remix, is aimed at helping readers aged 13 to 19 harness their creativity. "Too often this creative spark is left to flicker precariously and sometimes fade entirely," said Blackman. "Project Remix is all about fuelling that inventive spark, encouraging young people to view literature in fresh and exciting ways, putting creative control directly back into their hands." The competition was inspired by the growth of online fan fiction and fan art - where readers create new works based on their favourite characters. I’d certainly like to see scholars encouraged to try “fan fiction” adjustments to Wuthering Heights or David Copperfield. The only problem would be to stop them bringing some of the famous characters together in unlikely sexual convergences, noted The Independent’s John Walsh. (Heh, I’ve never been much of a wholesale slasher, but I had ficcy thoughts about Heathcliff being redeemed by the good sense of Mr. Darcy once upon a time.)

Ashley Torres reported that Galactic superheroes, evil-fighting wizards and imposing stormtroopers leaped from the pages of story books during the Family Fan Fiction Night at the Harriotte B. Smith Library aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Friday, November 7 for The Globe.

Finally, [personal profile] desertport pointed me to an academic paper that may be of interest. In ‘Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education’ (Journal of Media Literacy Education 4:3 (2012) 198-212), Drew Emanuel Berkowitz wrote Since The New York Times does not negatively frame fanfiction literacy practices, why do so many fan- fiction scholars and practitioners report that negative discourses about fanfiction hinder classroom literacy initiatives? One possible explanation is that fanfiction scholars have relied too heavily on isolated examples of negative discourses, and have not considered the overall ratio of these negative discourses to positive discourses. Discuss.
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For NPR’s monkey see’s The Small Batch, Stephen Thompson interviewed fellow NPRer Petra Mayer, who had a piece on fanfic on last Monday’s Morning Edition. In the interview, Mayer makes a few gaffs, but I think these are primarily a reflection of the challenges of the format.

WMUK’s Rebecca Thiele reported that Bad Harry Potter Fan Fiction And True Love Collide In 'Badfic Love', a new play premiering this weekend at Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.

Drew Grant wrote ‘The Affair’ Fan Fiction: A Transcript of Noah Solloway’s Police Statement for New York Observer.

The Times advocated for more Paddington Bear fanfic.

Interstellar, Alex from Target, Sherlock, NaNoWriMo, Mel Barber, Reign, HGTV, mpreg, Supernatural, Anna Todd )

For The Observer (Notre Dame and St. Mary’s), Erin McAuliffe advised reading something physical in-between BuzzFeed, tweets, fan fiction or whatever online words you peruse.

In ‘When literary characters take on lives of their own’ For BBC Culture, Hephzibah Anderson wrote the best of these prequels, sequels and parallel tales are more than glorified fan fiction. Written by authors established in their own right, they can deepen our understanding of the original texts as well as enable readers to spend more time with beloved characters. After all, there are things a 21st–century author can say that their counterparts in other eras might have balked at. {{Sigh}}

Finally, in a discussion about copyright law for Salon with Laura Miller, Cory Doctorow said we know that there are a bunch of things that are unequivocally part of the entertainment industry: making a movie for theatrical distribution, displaying that movie at a theater, making a CD, recording an album, writing a book and publishing it, charging money for a concert. […] And then there’s a whole lot of stuff that we know for sure is not in the entertainment industry: writing fan fiction, reading a book, watching a play, talking about a play, loaning a book to a friend. These are not in any way industrial. […] And if you insist that people have to abide by industrial copyright regulations in order to participate in the cultural world, then we know a couple of things will happen. One is that the industrial rules will probably not be followed. […] We also know that everybody is going to be a crook. Everybody is going to be liable to some kind of selective enforcement.
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For The Guardian, Ben Child wrote The march of fan fiction-inspired softcore erotica to the big screen continues with the news that Hollywood is set to adapt a series of books which pitch a skewed take on One Direction star Harry Styles as an irresistibly cruel lover. And, for The Star, staff writer Tara Deschamps wrote When the family of One Direction fan fiction writer Anna Todd found out the 25-year-old Texan had authored a steamy online book series captivating millions of readers, they were shocked. “I didn’t tell my husband until I was halfway through the second book. He thought I had a phone addiction,” Todd says, giggling. “I was always on my phone, but he didn’t know what I was doing.”

MTV’s Shaunna Murphy shared that In an interview with Elle UK, [Benedict] Cumberbatch described in what can only be called WAY TOO MUCH DETAIL what a session in the sack with him would be like. (Seriously, after reading this I highly suspect that Cumby-batch has been spending his free time reading years’ worth of fan fiction.) (There were a few more refs inspired by this article, but reading BC talk, in the first person, about Sherlock's sexual prowess creeped me out.)

For the Australian version of International Business Times, Jenalyn Villamarin wrote There are now more details on the much anticipated 200th milestone episode of the TV series "Supernatural." On Thursday, Oct. 23, the CW Network released the official synopsis for "Supernatural" Season 10, episode 5 titled "Fan Fiction" to tease what Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) will discover during their investigation.

Also regarding Supernatural, for Liberty Voice, Alexandria Ingham wrote Supernatural fan fiction can be strange, but it can tell storylines better, including the Demon Dean storyline. A number of fans were annoyed at the way the show handled Dean’s demonic side and saving him, so took to sites like FanFiction.net as their outlet.

In a piece from the trenches about how motherhood is like being a celebrity, Alaska Highway News’s Brianne Zwambag wrote I have fans. I have two little people who adore me above all others. They follow me around, are fascinated by everything I do, applaud and thank me for even the littlest things and would probably even write a little fan fiction with me as a central character if they could spell.

In a Forbes review of Lords of the Fallen, Erik Kain wrote Its story and characters will not leave you curious or awestruck, will not inspire fan fiction or make you ask difficult questions about that world or ours.

Finally, for The Mary Sure, Jordan West wrote None Of This Is New: An Oral History Of Fanfiction.
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Another week of Anna Todd references! Rolling Stone featured One Direction Fan Fiction Writer Gets Six-Figure Book Deal by Cady Drell, and Emily Thomas wrote Harry Styles fan fiction could be turned into a film for BBC Newsbeat. For Washington Post, Jessica Contrera got meta in From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘After’: Why publishers want fan fiction to go mainstream, and, in “Fantasizing on the Famous” for New York Times, Alexandra Alter observed commercializing fan fiction can be a minefield, particularly when it involves a beloved boy band. And, for New York Magazine, Jessica Roy wrote Hollywood, fresh out of ideas since the Great Idea Drought of 1980, has been forced to systematically turn to online outlets for fresh content. Tumblrs become movies, Harry Styles fan fiction becomes a best-selling novel, and now? A single Quora thread may become a television show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, a press release from the Berkeley Heights Public Library published in The Alterative Press included “Libraries everywhere are filled with people who dream of publishing their novels, plays, poetry, short stories, fan fiction, family histories and memoirs,” said Rich Freese, Recorded Books president and CEO. “FastPencil for Libraries makes that possible.”
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Josh Terry wrote Absurd 'Identical' an incoherent mess of Elvis fan fiction For Deseret News.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sherlock, Supernatural, JK Rowling )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outlander, Catrina Taylor, Sherlock Holmes, Victoria Levack )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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