Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 9/7/13
siderea pointed me toward an interesting piece in Gigaom by Mathew Ingram: The upshot of […] my snooping revealed not so much the questionable behavior I had been afraid of finding, but a whole side of my daughter that I had never really expected to find — a side that voluntarily spent hundreds of hours writing fiction and interacting with friends around that fiction. And while my daughter hasn’t become a famous writer (yet), she still carries on this behavior today, only now it occurs on Tumblr and is based around TV shows like Doctor Who and Teen Wolf. In a sense, this has helped to shape how she interacts with media as an adult, which I find fascinating.
In a piece about Jane Austen fandom for The Columbus Dispatch and other papers, Colette Bancroft wrote Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of authors have published sequels to her novels, ranging from the respectful (Second Impressions) and modern (Bridget Jones’s Diary) to the silly (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). And that doesn’t count the often-steamy Austen fan fiction.
In a review of Riddick for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Graham Killeen wrote that the film is a zero-gravity salute to anybody who's actually said "we're getting the band back together," or cosplayed, or written fan fiction, or simply understands that entertainment and advertising are as different as dreams and lies.
For Slate, in the introduction to a video of a televised-science-themed Dragon Con panel, Phil Plait wrote We talk Mythbusters, ghost hunting, astronomy, the Moon Hoax, politics, Neil Tyson, and Adam/Jamie slashfic. Yes, you heard me.
According to Emma Daly in Radio Times, it would take 251.5 days to read all of the fan fiction about Benedict Cumberbatch.
Regarding recently announced additions to the Oxford English Dictionary, the Melbourne Herald Sun’s Alice Clarke wrote the rest of the internet and I are still waiting for "fandom", "femslash" and "slash fic" to make their way to real word status. It can only be a matter of time.
Writing about TIME’s best websites of the year for Manila Standard Today, Ed Biado wrote For those who love consuming knowledge, Time offers TED-Ed, a TED talk-style education service, complete with quizzes. On the other hand, fan fiction lovers would definitely appreciate Archive of Our Own, a vast collection of fan-fic literature sourced from all over the web.
For The Guardian, John Sutherland wrote Some "franchise fiction" (literary grave robbing) works wonderfully, such as PD James's Death Comes to Pemberley, for example, or John Gardner's post-Fleming Bonds. There are some good things in the bubbling "fanfic" cauldron on the web, such as Cassandra Clare (web name Cassandra Claire, real name Judith Rumelt), who does great things with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Try out her Very Secret Diaries. It's fanfic so it's free.
For Library Journal, Eric Hellman wrote Wattpad reports that its writing community contributes over ten million stories per month, and has contributed over 4.7 million in the fan fiction genre alone. Users are spending over three billion minutes on the service per month. That’s roughly equivalent to the total usage of all the public libraries in the United States. If you don’t think that Wattpad is taking users away from libraries, consider that “Library Love” by kpgcatlover features heroine “Dewey Decimal Daniels” and has been read 286,000 times on Wattpad.
Finally, in a piece on TV fandom for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch, Darren Franich quoted Francesca Coppa’s fascinating essay “A Brief History of Media Fandom” (available in the Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet).