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Mon, Mar. 24th, 2014, 08:20 pm
wneleh: Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 3/22/14

Next week, I am *so* going to do this first thing Saturday morning.

Anyway... In “Of bronies and men: Rethinking manliness” for The Denver Post’s Shiny Objects, Hugh Johnson wrote The show’s virtues permeate the entire culture. It’s the reason why the brony experience is much more than a show. Fans around the world have written fan fiction, created alternate stories, made music and toys, all inspired by Friendship is Magic.

New York Times’s David Streitfeld wrote that Much of the most popular work [on Wattpad] is geared to young women and draws its energy from fan fiction.

For The Guardian’s Community, Stephanie Cairns observed that social media allows global communities to form, brought together by a shared love of almost anything; from hockey, to books, to Doctor Who fanfiction.

Alexander Aciman authored Literary Fan Fiction: John Banville Does Raymond Chandler for New Republic.

For Elle, Sally Holmes wrote Though rumors early this year said that Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe would be starring as Ariel and her land-based love interest, Eric, they seem to be more of the fan-fiction sort rather than stemming from hard evidence.

New York Daily News’s Elizabeth Weitzman described Divergent as a version of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy that plays out like patched together fan fiction. And, in a review of the film for The Week, Monika Bartyzel wrote The Mortal Instruments couldn't survive the parody that made the original books controversial in fanfic circles, and made the film a ridiculous parody to critics.

From Philadelphia City Paper’s Emily Guendelsberger: Did you know that google-image-searching "jawn" turns up almost entirely Sherlock slash-fic starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman? Because it definitely, definitely does.

From The Independent: Justine Tunney’s position [is not] helped by her self-promotional presence on Twitter (she recently re-tweeted fan fiction about her petition which included the lines “America has been under the power of Google for the last twenty years. Everything was really good.”) and her apologist stance towards the mass surveillance enabled by tech companies.

In the Pacific Standard, Michael White summarized arguments against the required sharing of scientific data: In sometimes-angry responses, researchers argued that […] easy to access other people’s data will result in nothing but low-value research that is the scientific equivalent of fan fiction.

Finally, in the Star Observer, Benjamin Riley wrote that queer romantic fiction festival organizer Matthew Lang said when it came to the overseas festivals, most people who attended were straight, middle-aged women, many of whom cut their teeth writing erotic fan fiction online. He said for many of these writers, those online communities were a safe space to learn foundational writing skills.

Tue, Mar. 25th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)

Alas, Divergent does feel like a poor man's Hunger Games. And why not have a faction labeled "Other"?

Wed, Mar. 26th, 2014 11:01 am (UTC)

There's a quote for this week about how the book itself is Hunger Games fanfic. I haven't read either, and I'm not familiar with the timing of their publication, so IDK.

My younger daughter has seen Divergent twice, BTW; the first time, in costume. So it works well for twelve-year-old girls. I... have philosophical issues with plots that are tied to special children doing special things, though I'm happy to go along for the ride sometimes. One thing I liked about the bits of Hunger Games that I've read is that Katniss's skills come from her particular situation in life; and that she volunteers, she isn't chosen, and that the circumstance that leads to her volunteering is just dumb chance.

Wed, Mar. 26th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)

Agreed. Other than her skills in archery, Katniss isn't really that "special", she is the catalysts rather than the cause of the Revolution.