Newcastle Herald’s Susan Wyndham wrote that self-published author Hugh Howey joins Britain's E.L. James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy went from a free fan-fiction website to become the fastest-selling book in history.
In another piece about self-publishing, this for Globe and Mail, Russell Smith wrote The Joy of Cooking, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Celestine Prophecy, Fifty Shades of Grey … these are the great flashing beacons of hope for every net-forum fan-fiction writer in the world. Of course those cases are so rare as to be statistically negligible, but hope in art is a kind of religion; it survives through irrational faith alone.
In The Wrap, Brent Lang observed that From Brave to Snow White and the Huntsman, the ripples Twilight sent forth are still being felt today in a series of movies that focus on strong female protagonists. It’s no mistake that 50 Shades of Grey, the sadomasochistic romance that sparked a bidding war in Hollywood recently, began life as a piece of Twilight fan fiction. Even The Hunger Games owes its green light and box-office bonanza to Bella and Edward.
On Phys.org, Sarah Auffret wrote Parents who don't feel comfortable playing video games can still ask their children questions about the games and promote their ability to think and talk about complex systems. [Prof. Elisabeth Hayes] suggests they might help children identify appropriate fan communities, where gamers get together to discuss the games, create art, share fan fiction and play the games with each other.
From an article on CBC Books: There's also quite a buzz surrounding a Canadian author writing under the pseudonym Sylvain Reynard, whose series Gabriel's Inferno also began as Twilight-inspired fan fiction, much like Fifty Shades of Grey. The story is more distinctly Canadian, however, based around a brilliant but mysterious professor at the University of Toronto who has a passionate affair with an intelligent but conflicted grad student.
In a piece about why the internet is great, The Guardian’s Bim Adewunmi wrote 12) Fan and slash fiction. Sure we have Fifty Shades of Grey still (somehow) selling like hot cakes, but that's just one trilogy in a galaxy of fanfic stars.
KUT (Austin, Texas) reported The talented improv actors at the Hideout are no strangers to the world of pop culture; they’ve done shows based on the worlds of Star Trek, Batman, and the Twilight Zone among plenty of others. Now they’re kicking that fan-friendly improv style into high gear, by inviting superfans of eight of the most popular pop culture universes to participate in, geek out to, or just watch some live fan fiction. Every Saturday night in January and February, they’ll tackle a different pop-culture world, starting with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then moving on to Lord of the Rings, Batman, The Hunger Games, Classic Nintendo, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and finally an Audience Choice night. Fans of those worlds and/or fans of improv comedy should have a blast celebrating and mocking the things they love, sometimes more than they should.
Finally, for the International Business Tribune, Charles Poladian wrote The idea that [William] Shatner would reach out to an astronaut currently in space is something out of fan fiction, but the Internet is full of surprises, and on Wednesday, Shatner boldly reached out on Twitter to Chris Hadfield.