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carried Sam Claflin On Finding The Right Gay Role & 'Hunger Games' Gay Fan Fiction
There was plenty of fanfic talk in Kaitlyn Tiffany’s THE FOUNDER OF PINBOARD ON WHY UNDERSTANDING FANDOM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
for The Verge
’s Jay Willis wrote that, following James Comey’s recent testimony, The left began writing its impeachment fanfiction at a more furious rate than ever.( Theater in Ferndale, American Horror Story, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, more Harry Potter, Markov Chains, Wentworth, British politics, The Mummy, Arms, Marie AntoinetteCollapse )
A Margaret Smith piece in Wicked Local Chelmsford
about encounters with Adam West mentioned Batman fanfic
Andy Greene described Nirvana
’s “Floyd the Barber” as essentially an ultra-violent piece of Andy Griffith fan fiction
for Rolling Stone
In ‘The Refreshing Queer Sensibility of American Gods
’ for The Atlantic
, Manuel Betancourt wrote [showrunner Bryan] Fuller’s trademark style enwrapped NBC’s horror-thriller drama Hannibal, where he turned a notorious cannibal and his FBI profiler into a homoerotic pairing that inspired a fan-fiction genre called Hannigram.
For America Magazine
, Rob Weinert-Kendt wrote that Lucas Hnath’s "A Doll’s House, Part 2,” may come off a bit like fan fiction as written by Tom Stoppard
.You won’t believe what kids are writing about celebs, book characters and other pop culture stars
(Caroline Knorr, republished on Salon
Finally, in ‘How Women Are Changing Geek Culture,’ republished on Forbes
, Cecilia Tan, in answering ‘What kinds of roles do women play, in nerd culture in 2017?,’ wrote: People put their energies where they get the best encouragement and positive feedback. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the fandom and nerd culture arenas where women don't just participate but dominate tend to be non-commercial: fan fiction, fan art, cosplay, book blogging and book-tubing. But there are also women making video games, creating comics, hitting the bestseller lists, and winning Hugo and Nebula Awards. There's no space or role that I see in nerd culture that is exclusively a male domain.
From Kaitlyn Tiffany on The Verge
: Crowdsourced definitions of ‘fan fiction’ hint at a sprawling, formless genre
In a Newsweek
piece about The Babadook
as gay icon, Claire Shaffer wrote It’s no wonder, then, that the internet is quick to pounce on anything that might even remotely resemble queer representation. It’s part of why “slash fiction” is so popular on Tumblr, and why the 2015 period piece Carol still has a sizable internet following two years later.
There was a bit of chatter in parts of the media I don’t usually include here about [a] Harry Potter Fan Film [which] Explores Voldemort’s Origins
(Ana Dumaraog, Screen Rants
Regarding the 1956 meeting Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Elgin Courier-News
’s Annie Alleman wrote It's a story that sounds like a music historian's fan fiction, but it actually happened one night in Memphis.
From a piece about China’s Generation Z by Qi Xijia for Global Times
: Ling Ling, a graduate student from Shanghai University, said for a time she craved to be a voice actor because she had a crush on some Japanese anime characters, but now this idea has been replaced by her new interest in writing fanfiction for characters of the Marvel comic book universe.( Harry Potter, American Gods, Wonder Woman, Interstellar, Avengers, Prison Break, Bigfoot, Stranger Things, Obama & Trudeau, Pro hoopsCollapse )
In a New York Magazine
piece about exploration via Tinder, Breena Kerr wrote if you aren’t attracted to someone, for instance, who cares if you are both into the same fan fiction?Forbes
’s Hayley C. Cuccinello explored How Christina Lauren Went From [Twilight] Fanfiction Fame To 14 Bestsellers
In a Globe and Mail
review of Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child
, Spencer Gordon wrote Today’s horror fans are trained to read, and watch, historically. From the grimiest of B-movie remakes to the cheek and transgression of fan-fic, horror exists on a knowing continuum, a tangled cobweb of tribute and rip-off.
In a piece for Asian Age
about why no Indian shows or films produce as much fan output as Game of Thrones
, Suridhi Sharma quoted author Anand Neelkanthan: “Perhaps all the Puranas were written as fan fiction. There are so many versions of Hindu mythology like Ramayana and Mahabharata that I think we have passed the stage of exploring fan fiction in itself,” he laughs, adding, “There are around 300 versions of Ramayana, so all this could be fan fiction. There are around 80 or 90 versions of Mahabharata. Each Purana has so many versions. There is fan fiction on Shiva and Vishnu. No stories have been as impactful for Indians as mythology, which is also why a lot of mythology-based fiction is selling so well now. Hanuman is our own Superman,” he quips.
pointed me to an interesting Boing Boing
piece by Racheline about bringing a fanfic sensibility to Tremontaine
, concluding If you write stories – in your sandbox or anyone else’s -- the truth is that you’ve already met the wizard, because that’s what all of us that tell stories are.
For a review of Zoe Fraade-Blanar and Aaron M Glazer’s Super Fandom: How Our Obsessions are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are
for The Hindu
, Sravanthi Challapalli wrote Did you know the Bible had its own fan fiction dating back to the 15th century, attributed to Margery Kempe who could neither read nor write?
From CBC Radio
: Scholastic pulls fan-fiction Minecraft book that compares Indian name to a fart
Claire Fallon presented Diving Deep Into The Erotic World Of ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Fiction
for Huffington Post
In ‘Did Prince Harry hit up Obama for advice on Meghan Markle?’ for The Mercury News
, Martha Ross wrote the fact that the two have obviously hit it off and might share similar global and philanthropic concerns, as well as a fun-loving sense of humor, can lead to some serious fan fiction-type speculation.( Newsies, Robotech, Robert E. Lee, Macron/Trudeau, Still Star-CrossedCollapse )
In a piece about today’s crossword for The New York Times
’s Wordplay, Deb Amlen wrote CANON is the story as written by an original author, and fan fiction is a homage of sorts that branches out from or changes things about the CANON.
From Gavia Baker-Whitelaw on The Daily Dot
: Pinboard just bought Delicious, which brings a wild story full circle
Finally, for Daily Mail Australia
, Alex Michael wrote Perhaps fearing [Orange is the New Black] and [</i>Wentworth</i>] will never crossover, some devout fans have even been driven to produce fan fiction to fill the void.
From Todd Spangler in Variety
: YouTube Stars, Wattpad Stories Tapped for Fullscreen’s Fan-Fiction Anthology Series
In 'Girl power: How the fans whose tastes we’ve been most dismissive of may prove the most resilient,' National Post
's Sadaf Ahsan wrote Their taste is – more often than not – dismissed as hysterical. They populate Twitter, blogs and online forums. They hit up Ticketmaster on the dot. They write fan-fiction pairing their favourite singers together. They form fanclubs and fansites. And they scream louder than just about anyone else. They are young girls, and as such, the things that they love are open to ridicule, merely because they love them so boldly and with such eager abandon.
For the Duluth News Tribune
, Christa Lawler wrote, of the Franconia Sculpture Park, The horizon is a post-apocalyptic fan-fiction fodder: a collection of wooden houses — one sunken, one seemingly airborne, one roofless, one dog-shaped — all alongside animals taken out of context, LEGO-like structures, geometrics, human figures and singled-out body parts.( Margaret Atwood on Wattpad, Game of Thrones, Chinese lit, Trudeau/Macron, Baywatch, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sherlock HolmesCollapse )
For The Atlantic
, Robinson Meyer noted Trump’s budget remains a kind of fiduciary fan fiction for Freedom Caucus conservatives, who can fantasize about a skinnier government without ever living with the political consequences. So even if it never come to pass, it’s worth noting: This is what they want.
In an interesting New York Times
piece on censorship, Balli Kaur Jaswal admitted there was a lot of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” fan fiction in my early career
In a NewStatesman
review of the new Pirates of the Caribbean
movie, Pauline Bock wrote It is a story of sons and daughters – Turner’s son Henry is following in the family tradition, trying to save his father from a curse – usually the sign that a series is dangerously lurking into fan fiction (here's looking at you, Harry Potter’s Cursed Child).
For New Republic
, Jeet Heer wrote [Louise] Mensch often veers into surrealistic fan fiction, saying she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “murdered” Andrew Breitbart in 2012, “funded riots in Ferguson” against police violence, and entrapped Anthony Weiner in a sexting scandal with a 15-year-old girl.
Finally, for Shepherd Express
, Russ Bickerstaff wrote Robots and burlesque go together like...robots and burlesque. And really, what could possibly be more sexy than a Dalek? The first weekend of June finds Dainty Rogues asking that very question as the locally-based group presents an all-original Dr. Who fan fiction for the stage.
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.
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, CarolCollapse )
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.
For The New Indian Express
, Vidya Vijay and Astha Narang noted Bengaluru is one of the many Indian cities riding the the Hallyu Wave. There are online communities promoting this culture -- hosting discussions on Korean pop music and dramas -- and people learning the language and greeting friends with a ‘Anyeounghoseyo’. There are meetups organised at Korean restaurants, groups that follow the fashion of Korean idols and readers who track fan fiction religiously.
For Publishers Weekly
, Sue Corbett quoted St. Martin’s Press editor Sylvan Creekmore: Part of fandom and fan fiction and fan culture is taking something from a story that spoke to you and making it your own, and that’s incredibly potent in communities that feel underrepresented in popular culture.”( Batman, Star Wars, Check Please, Bros, One DirectionCollapse )The Washington Post
’s Rachel Podnar asked Who’s here for Justin Trudeau/Emmanuel Macron fan fiction?
Author Adam Silvera told MTV
’s Marisa Kanter I was writing Harry Potter fan fiction and Charmed fan fiction and Supernatural fan fiction as a kid. I mean, those were the stories that I was obsessed with.
For reasons I couldn’t be bothered to figure out, CNET
’s Ben Fox Rubin wondered Can the US Army's sci-fi fan fic save us from a dark future?
Finally, for NewStatesman
, Eleanor Margolis mused are we so hungry for lesbian visibility that we’re looking to K-pop fanfiction to tide us over until the new season of Orange Is the New Black is released?
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, BuffyCollapse )
, 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
, 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).
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, MarvelCollapse )
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!
’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 FuriousCollapse )
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
In 'Fellowship of the Fans' for American Libraries
, Anne Ford asked Getting teens more comfortable engaging with the library and librarians, more enthusiastic about the power of words, and more confident in their own abilities—can fan fiction really do all this?
, Martin Robbins wrote That [a Jeremy Corbyn policy proposal] reads like a policy nerd’s civil service fan-fiction is bad enough, but it’s grammatically incompetent too.
For Canadian Lawyer
, Lisa R. Lifshitz authored Star Trek fan-fiction copyright suit tests ‘fair use’ defence
back in January.( LJ goes to hell, In the Name of the People, Mary Sueism, meeting smutCollapse )
From Alanna Martinez in Observer
: Fan Fiction For Damien Hirst’s ‘Unbelievable’ Ancient Treasures: Who needs dystopian YA when we have the art world
Finally, for Creativity
, Alexandra Jardine shared Renault Gets an Electric Car to Write Jack Kerouac Fan Fiction via Artificial Intelligence