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In 'The Sage of Tom Brady’s Jersey' for The New Yorker
, Ian Crouch wrote that The theft, and then recovery, of Brady’s jersey was like a tale of Trumpian fan fiction.
From Caitlin Mota in The Jersey Journal
: Man busted by feds allegedly detailed drug operation in Reddit 'fan fiction'
From Amanda Knox in Ballard News-Tribune
: Amanda's View: Fandom and fan fiction
In an Irish Times
review of Life
, Tara Brady wrote Rebecca Ferguson’s security-obsessed doctor plays awfully like Tasha Yar fan-fiction from someone who never actually got around to watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.( Angie Thomas, Love Actually, the current catastropheCollapse )
From the Philippine Star
: Everyone’s a little obsessed with something. It only takes another person in the fandom circle to drive you further into it. A few YouTube binge-watching sessions and fan fiction after, and it’s already safe to declare that you’re a *insert name of obsession here* geek.
Finally, from Rebekah Lowin in Food & Wine
: "Veggie hate crime." It might sound like something out of an embarrassing piece of chef fan fiction fused with an ultra-progressive children's book, but it’s actually the colloquial term for a very real, very relevant set of laws — ones that have been a serious impediment to food critics and health advocates across the country.
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 ValleyCollapse )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.
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 ThronesCollapse )
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.
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
, 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 jokeCollapse )
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
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 WhoCollapse )
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.)
Ezekiel Kweku wrote about Liberal Fan Fiction
’s Hayley C. Cuccinello: Fifty Shades Of Green: How Fanfiction Went From Dirty Little Secret To Money Machine
, 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
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, SpideyCollapse )
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.
In 'Breaking Elgar’s Enigma' for The New Republic
, Daniel Estrin wrote Padgett’s theory of secret codes and subterfuge might easily be categorized as Da Vinci Code fan fiction if it were not for one historical fact: Elgar was a master of cryptography.MTV
's Ira Madison III wondered What kind of Game of Thrones fan fiction has [Kellyanne Conway] been reading that she’s just throwing "massacre" around like it's free Sephora samples at the mall?
In 'How the CW Mastered the Superhero Rom-Com' for Vulture
, Abraham Riesman wrote The only other place you’ll find rom-comminess among superheroes is in the vibrant world of fanfic and other fan-created media, where shootouts regularly take a back seat to smooches.
From H. Perry Horton on Film School Rejects
: 'Tears in the Rain' is 'Blade Runner' Fan Fiction Done Right
.( EL James, Training Day, The Young Pope, Wattpad, Harry Potter, BonesCollapse )
Finally, from Rebecca Keegan in Vanity Fair
: Hello from Los Angeles, where we’re feeling a wave of "TOLDJA!" nostalgia, keeping an eye on the Viola Davis category backlash, and writing fan fiction about Daniel Day-Lewis walking through a cemetery.
Rachel Broderick wrote about When Fan Fiction Stops Being Fiction
for Niagra News
(Niagra Community College).
In 'Childwise report says print reading declines in teen years' for The Bookseller
, Charlotte Eyre wrote According to 'The Monitor 2017' report from Childwise, which surveyed 2,000 young people in the UK, 9-16 year-olds spend half an hour reading printed materials such as books, comics and magazines every day, and half an hour reading online content like blogs, fan fiction and online magazines.
Advice from The Tiger News
’s Richard Joques: As juicy as that fan-fiction or "50 Shades of Grey" book was, sex is going to be nothing like that.( FLOTUS, Red vs. Blue, Apple Tree Yard, Cameron Dallas, Harry PotterCollapse )
In a Seattle Weekly
review of Claudia Rowe’s The Spider and the Fly
, Paul Constant wrote Her first letter from [serial killer Kendall] Francois clumsily evokes The Silence of the Lambs—Hannibal Lecter’s quid pro quo with Clarice Starling—in a way that practically feels like fan fiction
From a Kelly Jensen interview by Nadya Sarah Domingo for Teen Vogue
: When you read fanfiction by young fans, be it about Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Trek, or Star Wars, you see just how smart the writers are.
Finally, from '17 People Reveal the Things Their Significant Others Hid from Them Until Way Later in the Relationship' compiled by Maria Yagoda for People
: "Her knack for writing sexual fan fiction about members of 5SOS and One Direction."
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 DonaldCollapse )
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.
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
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 ClintonCollapse )
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."