Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 9/14/13
Washington Post’s Hank Stuever wrote, for reasons I couldn’t be bothered to discern, ([…] if your fingers need a break from typing all your erotic fan-fiction), then “Witches of East End” isn’t the worst you could do.
Forbes reported that one of the youthful obsessions [of actress Falicia Day] was the fantasy role-playing game “Ultima.” She joined a Prodigy-based fan club, the Ultima Dragons, and wrote fan fiction — including sonnets and haikus — about the world of the video game.
For a piece about a tumbr-based book club, Rachel Fershleiser told Los Angeles Times’s Carolyn Kellogg Basically, Tumblr is already a place full of enthusiastic readers and writers: poetry, fan fiction, novels, everything.
University of Delaware’s The Review’s Rachel Taylor didn’t mean to bash fan fiction, as some of it is extremely well written and carefully thought out to complement the work or series it extends from, she just didn’t have high hopes for 50SoG.
In the Stony Brook Press, Tom Johnson wrote, of Final Fantasy VII, The game’s still bullshit. No amount of sad cosplayers and fan fiction will change that.
Rosamund Urwin wrote about Cumberfiction: the Sherlock fans 'reviewing' the new series before they've seen it for London Evening Standard. And, Wales Online’s Elena Cresci wrote From wishful thinking about a pairing between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson to the introduction of a certain blue police box, there are some laugh out loud suggestions in these mini fan fictions.
For Vulture, Inkoo Kang wrote During those lonely high-school years, The X-Files was the gateway to a great many of my firsts, many not possible before the mid-nineties: reading TV criticism online, joining a listserv, losing many precious hours to fan fiction, discovering what exactly sex was from fan fiction, recapping episodes in private journals before recapping became a thing, learning about TV production schedules, coveting a Barbie.
Writing about the casting of the new Doctor for Columbia University Spectator, Abigail Pope-Brooks wrote Despite all this controversy, the show retains a huge fan base. We “Whovians” love Doctor Who, warts and all. At the very least, these issues fuel conversations and fan fiction. Maybe a female time traveler would finally stop to ask for directions; but maybe, for now, being stubbornly lost is part of the fun.
Young novelist Helen Hiorns told Balsall Common and Berkswell’s Neil C and Jenny Dempster I’ve always loved writing, but I only started to love writing stories when I discovered fan fiction.
In a Guardian piece about Orange is the New Black, Rebecca Nicholson wrote It's hard to quantify a Netflix success, given that the company does not release viewing figures, but in just two months, OITNB has entered the pop-cultural debate, inspiring a mass of critical analysis and the sort of dedicated blogs that contain breathy fan fiction.
From a guide to Goodwill shopping by Madeline Christensen published in the Daily Nebraskan: Characters: […] And another guy chilling in an armchair concentrating extremely hard on writing a… diary entry? Fanfiction? The next great American novel? It’s hard to say.
From The Star (Malaysia): Another stellar addition to the list of notable guest voices is How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris. He’ll be voicing Prince Bubblegum, a male version of Princess Bubblegum as imagined by Ice King in his fanfiction.
ABS-CBNnews.com (Philippines) reported that teen sensations Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla topped the list of love teams featured in fan-fiction on Wattpad, an online community for discovering and sharing stories, and Rappler’s Ira Agting wrote According to Wattpad data, romance and fanfiction are the most popular among Pinoy users. Stories about love teams "KathNiel" (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) and "JhaBea" (Jhake Vargas and Bea Binene) top the charts.
For Irish Times, Anna Carey wrote When I was about six years old I became intensely jealous of A.A Milne. He had invented Tigger and Roo, so I couldn’t write stories about them myself. I could have just written fan fiction, as writers of all ages have done for centuries. But I had a bizarrely strong sense of intellectual copyright, and believed I had no right to write about somebody else’s creations. But what if Milne had asked me to? I don’t think my Tigger-loving self could have said no. So when I heard that the poet and crime novelist Sophie Hannah had accepted the request by Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, to write the first authorised Poirot novel since Christie’s death, in 1976, I understood why she’d said yes.
Finally, for The Montreal Gazzette, Mark Abley wrote More recent expressions like “fan fiction” — often written by teenage “fangirls” and “fanboys” in “fanzines” — suggest a 21st-century form of ardent devotion that can still, on occasion, stretch a long way down the road to mania.