Mid-week, I started getting Google alerts about GuestHouse Games, an “erotic fan fiction novel” […] starring the president and first lady Michelle Obama! (Gayle Fee, Boston Herald) It’s the product of U Star Novels, an Australian (or maybe UK?) company that produces “Personalized Novels and Books”, ranging from search-and-replace personalizations of, among other books, Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre, to adult romances. “GuestHouse Games” is one such, written as a generic fill-in-the-blank by Taya James; but it seems the owners of U Star got bored, and, well, there you have it.
Reason #203 I want to live in Austin in another life: in The Austin Chronicle, Dan Solomon wrote If you have never once contemplated the convoluted continuity of the X-Universe, the Hideout's Fandom: Improvised Fan Fiction in Your Favorite Worlds – running every Saturday night through February, with a different subject each week – is designed to ensure that you're not left alienated.
In a review of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys for The Star (Malaysia), Daphne Lee wrote Stiefvater would probably throw a hissy fit if she read this but it’s like she’s created her characters especially for fangirls to swoon over and fanfiction writers to ship ’til the cows come home.
New Yorker’s Tim Wu pointed out that indie film “Escape from Tomorrow” ultimately raises a larger question of what you might call cultural freedom, or the freedom to comment on or reimagine the great cultural icons of our time. It’s the same question raised by fan fiction and remix artists like Jeff Koons.
On NewsOK, Matt Patterson shared that Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library's fan fiction contest [is] under way.
For Los Angeles Review of Books, Janine Barchas wrote Having recently read [Beth] Pattillo’s frothy entertainment as a break from weightier things, I am most struck by how this book [published in 2009] anticipates some works of serious scholarship that have since followed it into print; Jane Austen Ruined My Life suggests that today’s groundbreaking literary criticism inadvertently imitates artful fan fiction.
Writing on e-publishing for The Western Australian, Susan Hewitt noted the Wattpad One Direction launch generated more than 12,000 pieces of fan fiction.
Huffington Post shared that an upcoming book, Ted Travelstead's The Petraeus Files, explains the actual reason Kelley and Allen exchanged so many emails: Their shared love of TV fan fiction. (I so, so hope this is true!)
Utah author Roseanne Wilkins told Daily Herald’s Caleb Warnock "After reading ‘Breaking Dawn’ by Stephenie Meyer, I was moved to write a fan-fiction novel called ‘Noonday Sun.’”
From NPR’s Heda Ulaby, regarding a recent director naming: Look on the bright side, says comedian Andre Meadows. J.J. Abrams could unleash the ultimate fan fiction crossover. Just imagine, "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" mashed up together.
WBEZ’s Leah Pickett asked So, what happens when you fall somewhere in between [nerddom and normality]? I'm way too nerdy to resist a marathon of Doctor Who or a midnight premiere of Harry Potter (in full costume, of course!) but I'm also not quite geeky enough to attend a robot convention or learn advanced Klingon. While I enjoy playing Galaga at my neighborhood barcade and reading obscene amounts of Mulder/Scully fan fiction, I've never played a video game (my parents didn't allow them in the house when I was growing up) and I've only read a handful of comic books from cover-to-cover. Does that make me ineligible for geekdom? Is there a nerd hierarchy that I must adhere to in order to claim membership?
Salon’s Tim Price asked why should we reward Harry Reid and his crew for shirking their responsibilities while House Republicans have been keeping their noses to the grindstone and dutifully passing Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand fan fiction?
Finally, in The Globe and Mail, Sheila Heti wrote so many novels, films and adaptations – including fanfiction, zombie parodies and erotic version – have been birthed from [Pride and Prejudice’s] head, it’s impossible to count them.