The story of the week is that, as Book News's Jessica Durham put it, Another "Twilight" fan fiction has signed a big book deal.* According to Hollywood Reporter's Andy Lewis, Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture, popular books that started as Twilight fan fiction, have been acquired by Penguin's Berkley imprint in a "substantial seven-figure deal,” the publisher announced. This shows that Twilight Fan Fiction is Slowly Becoming a Legitimate Genre of Literature, according to Twirlit's Charlotte Hannah. And on The Atlantic Wire, David Wagner mangled Fifty Shades's history a bit before linking to GalleyCat, where Jason Boog wrote Indie romance novelist Sylvain Reynard has landed a “substantial seven-figure deal” with Penguin Group’s Berkley imprint for Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, a series that began as Twilight fan fiction.
Also on GalleyCat, Jason Boog reported that fantasy writer R.A. Salvatore Defends Fan Fiction But Won’t Read It, and that S.E. Hinton Responds to Outsiders Fan Fiction.
On VentureBeat, Jordan McCollam opined that Fan-made media is awesome, but it’s only awesome because it’s fan-made.
University of Cape Town's Varsity's Theolin Tembo wrote Fan fiction or Slash fiction is what is described when a fan of a particular novel uses the characters within the novel to tell their own story. It takes existing characters and allows for people to write their own stories without the nuisance of creating new, unknown characters.
The New York Review of Books featured a lengthy story by Emily Eakin on the implications of the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, which originated as fan fiction, a genre that operates outside the bounds of literary commerce, in online networks of enthusiasts of popular books and movies, brought together by a desire to write and read stories inspired by those works, ending For Ana, the price of a relationship with Christian is an identity and a career that are not quite her own. For Leonard, the price of a relationship with the Twilight> fandom is a blockbuster that in the view of some at least belongs to more than her alone.
In Sydney Morning Herald, Ben Pobjie wrote, of MasterChef All Stars, The last round is Justine vs Callum vs Hayden, which is a contest just made for some saucy slash fiction, and straight away Justine and George begin flirting.
On The Atlantic Wire, Richard Lawson wrote (for reasons not worth getting into) There's a lot of slash fic online that pairs RoboCop up with the likes of Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey and even Mr. Elton from Emma.
Finally, Daily Dot has given Aja Romano the fandom beat, and she's responded with stories on Wattpad's embrace of fanfic and the implications of how it lists fanfiction side by side with original fiction; Mark Oshiro's take on fanfic; how Austen mashups are nothing new to Janeites; and a conversation with Lev Grossman, whose 2011 cover story on the Potter fandom for Time [is considered by some] to be the seminal explanation of modern fandom and defense of fanwork as a creative force.
*If any of my fic starts sporting an opposable thumb, I'm outa here.