Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 8/24/13
In a review for This Week, Monika Bartyzel wrote The disappointing new film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was derived from a piece of Harry Potter fan fiction. That's not a good thing. It’s a pretty interesting piece, as these things go.
PopMatters’s Bill Gibron used the film as a springboard for a more hostile take on fanfic: Thanks to the internet and its ease of access soap box standards, anyone can violate a concept’s copyright and glom onto worlds and wonders they had no part if preparing. They can also fancy themselves writers, though those who make a living off fan fiction are probably as rare as those who can claim film critic as a legitimate profession. Indeed, when critiquing this arguable gray area of appreciation, one has to tread softly (too late). For every nodding head, there are hundreds right now ready to take to the Comments section and skin this scribe alive.
For Reason, Kurt Loder wrote The movie is an exhaustingly jumbled mess. Author Clare started out writing Internet fan fiction, riffing on The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter books, and her rise to print-world bestsellerdom has been trailed by allegations of, shall we say, shameless borrowing from other fantasy sources.
Other refs sparked by the movie came from The Sydney Morning Herald’s Philippa Hawker (Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult novels by Cassandra Clare, a one-time fan-fiction author who became a best-selling writer when she started creating her own material); The Associated Press’s Jake Coyle (The film is based on the first in a series of popular young adult novels by Cassandra Clare, whose writing originated in “Harry Potter” fan fiction. It’s a blatant inspiration to “City of Bones,” the first of a planned franchise, as is (if you haven’t already guessed) “Twilight”); and China Daily’s Elizabeth Kerr (So into this fray comes The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the bestselling sextet by Cassandra Clare who, like EL James with Fifty Shades of Grey, is a fan fiction refugee.)
A character on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers wakes up early before school to write erotic fan fiction as well as erotic friend fiction, wrote Salon’s Charlotte Shane.
In a review of Kick Ass 2 for Peninsula Clarion, Chris Jenness wrote this film feels more like a fan-fiction version of the first film, where the writer simply says, “I love Hit Girl. Let’s have more Hit Girl,” without really knowing the character at all.
In a piece about must-have apps for booklovers for The Island Packet, Amanda Brewer wrote By definition, the term "fan fiction" applies to stories about characters or settings from literature, movies and television shows written by fans rather than by the original creator. The FanFiction app brings the content of www.fanfiction.net, the Internet's largest and most popular fan fiction website, to your mobile device.
The Atlantic’s Jake Flanagin wrote that NYU is so mythologized it even inspires its own breed of quasi-fan fiction.
In a review of Jo Baker’s Longbourn for Telegraph, Holly Kyte wrote Notwithstanding the odd cheekily lifted phrase, Baker takes ownership of this world without mimicking Austen’s style, asserting instead her own distinctive, authentic voice. Longbourn is not just nicely packaged fan fiction, or an Austenian Downton Abbey; it’s an engrossing tale we neither know nor expect.
On Latinos Post, in a piece about Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billing’s Beautiful Bastard series, Jessica Michele Herring wrote An earlier version of [the first novel] began as online "Twilight"-inspired fan fiction called "The Office," which garnered more than two million downloads.
For ABA Journal, Sarah Mui described a Eric B. Meyer piece for The Employer Handbook about a possible Breaking Bad set-up as a fan-fiction scenario.
Malcolm Collins mentioned fanfic in several Huffington Post pieces. In an article on stereotypes online, he wrote There are few more uniquely-online forms of art than fan fiction and game mods. And, in piece on Abridged Series: The emergence of online culture has fostered the resurgence of a number of out-of-favor artistic genres such as the fan fiction, but has also given rise to entirely new forms of art.
For the St. Could Times, Frank profiled Bill Kraft, creator of Maybe We Need a Letter from God: The Star Trek Stamp: “It is great storytelling,” Kraft said of the “Star Trek” universe, which includes — besides the 1960s original TV series on NBC — fan fiction, spinoffs, books, comics, games and a film franchise.
In a USA Today piece about Big Data (originally published on Minyanville), Andre’ Mouton wrote Tumblr took off on the back of erotica and fan fiction, and medications are frequently more popular for their off-label uses. Data doesn't allow us to predict who will buy a product, or what they'll use it for, but it does help us to judge the results.
In a Boston Globe review, Clea Simon described Deborah Yaffe’s Among the Janeites as a friendly romp through a world of scholarly conferences, Regency re-enactments, and even erotic fan-written fiction.
Finally, Deb McAlister-Holland shared her take on Copyright Myths from the World of Fan Fiction with the readers of Business 2 Community.