In The Journal, Stephen Downes asked WHAT IS FAN FICTION? And why is it making traditional publishers and writers very nervous? He then made up lots of stuff.
University of Iowa announced that The Fan Fiction Studies Reader, edited by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, is now available from the University of Iowa Press.
People’s Nate Jones ended an interview with House of Cards’s Michael Gill with some presidential fan fiction.
In a review of Comedy Central’s Broad City for Tablet Magazine, Liel Leibovitz wrote that Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl [is] immersed in twee nonsense like playing handbells or attempting Nancy Drew fan fiction.
In a review of Vampire Academy for The Western Australian, Shannon Harvey wrote Two positives come in the form of Deutch, a spritely Ellen Page look-alike who replaced . . . Ellen Page, and brings an Eliza Dushku kick- assery to proceedings, and a chubby "human divorcee who writes Twilight slash fiction" and offers her neck in the school cafeteria in an amusing insult to Stephenie Meyer.
From a Global Times piece by Li Lin on a Chinese café that appeals to fans of the South Korean drama You Who Came From The Stars: Its giant painting of Kim and Jun kissing is by Chen Boyan, an artist who specializes in fan-fiction works, and was bought by iQiyi for 200,000 yuan ($32,543). (Sig fig abuse!)
For PC Gamer, Tom Sykes wrote that Lego The Hobbit just might be the film that the overlong, barrel-scraping but still pretty damned enjoyable movies should have been - at least based on the evidence of this latest trailer, which packs more beautifully observed knockabout humour in its 1 minute and 41 seconds than Peter Jackson's epics managed in their combined 300 years running time. Stripping the plot back to the Oceans Eleven fan fiction Tolkien originally conceived it as back in the 1930s, this latest Hobbit trailer focuses on the game's predominantly dwarven main characters, and their various powers, tools and luxurious beards.
Vulture’s Price Peterson wrote that Slash-fic, Supernatural conventions, even occasional jaunts to Jared Padalecki's mansion: All are now normal things within the Supernatural multi-verse.
In a profile of writing team Tyler Jolley and Sherry Ficklin for The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado), Erin McIntyre wrote Ficklin’s writing habit began early in life, when she started writing Harry Potter fan fiction long ago.
From Danielle Wiener-Bronner in The Wire: Massive Collision Tears Galaxy Apart, Fuels Gory Fan-Fic Coverage.
The Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor wrote that Somewhere between the provocative rethinking of canonical literature and the fan-fiction mashup, there lies the polite posthumous pastiche.
In NYU Local, by Leora Rosenberg: He records himself reading My Little Pony erotic fan fiction. He adds musical accompaniment. He posts the recordings online. “I’d call them audio books,” the Liberal Studies sophomore told Local in an interview, “except they’re not books, and they will never be published, and rightfully so.”
Finally, in a review of Blood Will Out, Walter Kirn’s biography of Clark Rockefeller (a.k.a. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter), Charles Finch wrote The oddities of Rockefeller's personality — his outlandish stories about hosting Britney Spears and Helmut Kohl at his summer house, his "Star Trek" fan fiction, his banal paranoias about China — Kirn was willing to attribute to the deforming effects of his new friend's exalted upbringing.