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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 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."
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. starwatcher307
alerted me to a fanfic reference in xkcd
, 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.
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, BuffyCollapse )
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.
, 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."
Late and short; I'll catch up next weekend.
In ‘The erotic fan fiction of 'Slash' provides a coming-of-age tale for the social media age,’ a review for Los Angeles Times
, Katie Walsh wrote In taking on this fan fic world, Liford could have gone for the cheap, stereotypical laughs, but with the nuanced performances from Marks and Johnston, the film is a respectful analysis of burgeoning sexuality, the sometimes embarrassing missteps that come along with figuring it out, and exploring that all through fiction.
And, from James Roberts in Glide Magazine
: Slash fiction is the kind of thing you only hear about if you’ve descended so deep into a rabbit hole of hardcore internet nerdity that you dream in meme and speak in the kind of language suitable for forming coherent thoughts in 140 characters or less. Even then, most of us only know of slash fiction as the brunt of jokes, not as something to be considered with any seriousness.The Washington Post
’s Annys Shin wrote that the paper’s review of Star Wars
in 1977, though prescient, underestimated the enduring appeal of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, not to mention the intensity of fan devotion that to this day fuels clubs of grown men and women who build “life-size” R2-D2 models, countless gigabytes of fan fiction and billions of dollars in toy sales.
For Star Observer
, Matthew Wade wrote WHILE each member of British pop group Little Mix identifies as straight, there has been a proliferation of queer fan fiction written about them since they shot to stardom five years ago.
In a piece about fictional detective ‘Prodosh C. Mitter, a.k.a. Feluda’ for The Hindu
, Diptakirti Chaudhari wrote A great tribute to this 50-year old legend would probably be fan fiction about his mother: a feisty student in pre-Independence Bengal getting embroiled in a story of intrigue and mystery and meeting her future husband as they both solve a case involving, maybe, the Kohinoor and the Chittagong Armoury Raid, or both.
In ‘J.K. Rowling Almost Introduced an Intriguing Weasley Cousin to the 'Harry Potter' Story’ for Teen Vogue
, Greg Seals wrote Though this lost Weasley cousin didn't make it to the page, she'll no doubt live on in the hearts and fan fiction of Harry Potter fans everywhere.
Finally, for CNET
, Laura Hautala wrote While you're thinking about all the accounts you have out there, ask yourself why you even have them. Are you still using that wedding planning website, five years after your nuptials? No, I didn't think so. Delete that account! Have you fallen out of the habit of posting Harry Potter fanfic on that one goofy website you loved 10 years ago? Delete that account too!