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The Washington Post’s Matt O'Brien observed that Trump doesn't show any […] ability to distinguish fact from fan fiction when it comes to his policies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, in 'The future of sex for Irish women' for The Irish Times, Roe McDermott wrote I wasn’t surprised to learn that many women are garnering some of their sexual fulfilment not from real people, but fictional romance or fan fiction. In fan fiction, women take pop culture characters and existing stories and then invent erotic scenes. They engage with the material and also rewrite it to fulfil their fantasies and express their desires.
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In 'How Online Fandom Is Shaping TV in 2017' for Vanity Fair, Joanna Robinson wrote "Shipping" is hardly a new TV phenomenon, and has, for a long time, enjoyed a close association with another kind of fandom—slash fiction—that focuses on the (often imagined, perceived, or extrapolated) sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex.

The Daily Star’s Marisha Aziz expanded upon Steps to Achieve Fanfiction Fame.

For JSTOR Daily, Erin Blakemore explored Fanfic as Academic Discipline.

From 'CBS, Paramount Settle Lawsuit Over 'Star Trek' Fan Film' by Eriq Gardner for The Hollywood Reporter: "There's never really been a trial over fan fiction before," says David Kluft, a partner at Foley Hoag who has written about Star Trek litigation. According to Christopher Mele in The New York Times, The [joint] statement said the studios "continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity" and encouraged amateur filmmakers to demonstrate their passion for "Star Trek" as long as their works were nonprofessional and met the companies' guidelines for fan films. Similarly, Santa Clarita Valley Signal’s Patrick Mullen wrote In its fan guidelines, CBS and Paramount said they are "big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity" within certain limits.

Victoria, Anna Todd, John le Carré, Goldengate, Slender Man, M. Night Shyamalan, Star Wars, more on The Donald )

Singapore Book Publishers Association president Peter Schoppert told Straits Times’s Olivia Ho "Young writers and readers have the whole world in front of them and are just as likely to put their energy into Tumblr poetry or fan-fiction as learning about local literature. We have to recognise that and move from there."

I’ve no clue what this means, but here’s something from Syida Lizta Amirul Ihsan in New Straits Times: LOCAL label dUCk is curated as such that it’s narrated by a persona called D. In stories and sketches that appear on Instagram, D lives in a high-rise apartment, has two close friends, Carey and Hannah, and is in a long-distance relationship. Fans assume that D is nothing more than the voice of the brand’s founder Vivy Yusof but D maintains that she exists. There’s a cute banter between both, with fans commenting, assuming and extrapolating all possibilities like they would in fan fiction.

A Zach Schonfeld piece in Newsweek about 3 Doors Down fandom’s response to the group playing the inauguration referenced the existence of Anderson Cooper fanfic.

A piece in the Bainbridge Review revealed that the winner of "the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition" loves to write fan fiction and watch the Food Network.

Finally, from 'Dangerous Game: can a Calum Best vehicle with Darren Day as a Russian mob boss really exist?' (Stuart Heritage, The Guardian): "You know what they say," Best grunts 22 seconds into the trailer. "A friend helps you move, but a true friend helps you move a dead body." No they don’t, Calum. Nobody says that. I just Googled "A friend helps you move, but a true friend helps you move a dead body". It had only two results, and both of those came from a Teen Wolf fan fiction forum.
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In Copyright in Klingon for The Washington Post, David Post wrote A significant copyright tussle over the appropriate scope of “fan films” — and, by extension, fan fiction and the whole genre of “fan-generated” works — has erupted in the Central District of California.

In 'Why I Will Miss Obama-as-Dad Most of All' for New Republic, Rumaan Alam wrote When I read that Sasha Obama had a summer job at a seafood shack in Martha’s Vineyard it squared with the fan fiction I’ve composed in my mind of Obama-as-dad (and indeed, Michelle-as-mom).

Sam Sacks described Robert Coover’s Huck Out West as a sly bit of fan fiction in a Wall Street Journal review.

In 'The Best Memes of the 2017 Golden Globes' for TIME, Ashley Hoffman wrote Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield shared a kiss, affording the Internet a lifetime of opportunities to share in the love between Spiderman and Deadpool via all the superhero fan fiction.

Rogue One, Victoria, Obama/Biden, Hillary Clinton )

From an editorial in The Independent Florida Alligator: much of the sci-fi culture we see today — conventions, fan fiction, online forums — was sparked by female fans.

Fanfic gets a brief mention in Colin Dickey’s Cash for Words: A Brief History of Writing for Money in New Republic.

Finally, how about a fanfic-referencing piece on guess what from Jason Murdock on International Business Times. And, for WIRED, Andy Greenberg quoted Matt Tait, a former staffer of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency: "it’s really hard to tell whether any of the info is actually true, or just a very exciting and expensively produced fan-fiction novel."
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In a CBC piece about WattPad, Ron Charles wrote After — a fan fiction inspired by the British band One Direction — became so popular so fast that publishing house Simon & Schuster acquired the rights, asking Todd to produce a three-volume version that has gone on to become a New York Times bestseller.

[profile] starwatcher307 alerted me to a fanfic reference in xkcd.

For Forbes, Dani Di Placido wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a well-received stage play, but the story itself reads like something found in the depths of an obscure fan fiction forum.

Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson wrote The new Star Wars movies will eventually have to wean their way off of giving the adult fans fan-fiction-y moments amid an otherwise new motion picture. Sure, Rogue One's climactic "fanfic" moment is a huge rush and a thrill, but the new films will eventually have to live and die on their own two feet.

For The Telegraph, Ross Jones wrote that various Chinese Sherlock fanworks may seem like fairly standard fan-fiction fare – until you remember that in China, writing what the authorities consider filth is a crime punishable with a lengthy jail term.

For Portland Press Herald, Elizabeth Powers wrote [My four-year-old and I] read my old favorites (such as “The Snowy Day”), silly stories (such as “Pete the Cat”), stories I find incredibly boring (like the Disney fanfiction volumes that detail the happenstance goings-on of trademarked princesses) and books on topics my daughter asks about (dinosaurs, hot air balloons).

This Boston Globe piece has a fanfic ref, but I seemed to have hit my monthly limit, and my Sunday-only subscription doesn’t seem to give me access.

From Chatham This Week’s Louis Pin: The newest Harry Potter book came out, and while it more-or-less amounts to creative fan fiction, it's a step up from the last best-selling fan fiction based on a young adult series.

Finally, in 'In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster' for LA Times, Carolyn Kellogg wrote although “Fifty Shades of Grey” was, at its very first imaginings, “Twilight” fan fiction, E.L. James’ erotic novel, which was 2012’s bestselling book overall, became something entirely new that launched its own fleet of hot-and-heavy followers.
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In 'Outrageous Celebrity Sex Stories Too Hot To Be Real (Literally)' for Your Tango, Rebecca Jane Stokes observed there are celebrity fan fiction erotic stories about everyone, from Justin Bieber, Orlando Bloom and Miley Cyrus (whom you don't have to work too hard to imagine naked) to buttoned-up people like Condoleeza Rice and Louis CK.

From Cyan Abad-Jugo in Philippine Inquirer: fan fiction for you.

From Washington Post columnist Jena McGregor: [Helene Cooper’s Madame President] is not a Democrat's fan fiction of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Rather, it is New York Times journalist Helene Cooper's biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female president in African history.

In 'When Harry met Fifty Shades: what makes a book popular?' for NewStatesman, Frances Wilson wrote We love being reminded of how Harry Potter was rejected a squillion times before being picked up off the slush pile at Bloomsbury, how Fifty Shades began life as online fan fiction, how nobody wanted Lord of the Flies, how Jack Kerouac’s agent didn’t “dig” On the Road, how T S Eliot thought Animal Farm “not convincing”, and how some ­benighted editor, having read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, told John le Carré that he had no future as a writer.

A Chinese Odyssey Part Three, epidemics, beer, Vlonald, The Last Temptation of Christ, Buffy )

In a Sydney Morning Herald review of Walliams and Friend, Ben Pobjie wrote On the odd occasion – a neat boy-band piece, a shamelessly silly slice of Great British Bake Off erotic fan fiction – the show fires up, but the trend is more towards thin concepts barely propped up by the star power of Walliams and his big-name partner.

For Geek, Tony Polcano opined that Star Wars: Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away is Professional-Grade Fan Fiction.

For Study Breaks, Michelle Criqui answered You’ve probably imagined two fictional characters getting together, but why?

In a Rogue One review for Vulture, Abraham Riesman wrote There’s a useful literary concept that comes from the world of fanfiction: fix-it, a term for stories that “fix” the canonical version of a given tale to make it more satisfying.

Finally, The Daily Pennsylvanian’s Hyun Jin Cha quoted a freshman regarding her finals study strategy: "I went home, and I like, made like a pound of pasta. So I stocked up on pasta for the rest of the week. And I read a lot of FanFiction. And…I did some laundry. And I watched Yuri on Ice."

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