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Sun, Mar. 30th, 2014, 07:06 am
wneleh: Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 3/29/14

In an interesting review of Divergent for The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky wrote Tris's main power is an ability to manipulate the simulations while she's inside them—to recognize that the story is a story and to write her own end. Since Veronica Roth is basically writing Hunger Games fan fiction, the analogy between character and author is obvious. But it's also an analogy between Tris and the reader/viewer, who plunges into a book/film/simulation, but can remain her or himself, reworking the story.

For BG News (Bowling Green State University), Dylanne Petros shared that Fanfiction can go too far, by which she means that filing off serial numbers is bad. Because plagiarism.

For The Asahi Shimbun, Satsuki Fujita wrote that TPP copyright talks could shut the book on otaku fan fiction.

Regarding recent Psych plot developments, NBC Bay Area’s Lauren Piester wrote We ship it, and also we're willing to write the spinoff and/or fan fiction.

In the Washington College Elm, in a piece perhaps inspired by Tuesday’s date, Meany, Miney, and Moe quoted Professor Rocky Roads: “Even writers of bad fan-fiction deserve a second chance.”

In a review of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily for The Independent Weekly, Byron Woods wrote that [Katie] Forgette’s thoroughly workmanlike efforts in this occasionally comic melodrama rarely rise above the level of fan fiction.

The Harvard Crimson’s Will Holub-Moorman observed that Rarity is the mother of coolness, and Joanna Newsom’s talent is rare—if you or I or anyone else tried to recreate the words that make up “The Milk-Eyed Mender,” it’d come out sounding like “Puff, the Magic Dragon” fan fiction.

From a Los Angeles Times Hero Complex interview with Ms. Marvel writers G. Willow Wilson and Sana Amanat: At the center of the series’ story is 16-year-old Jersey City, N.J., Avengers fan fiction writer Kamala Khan, a daughter of Pakistani Muslim immigrants who loves the smell of bacon – “delicious, delicious infidel meat,” she jokingly calls it – but abides by the rules of her faith and doesn’t eat it.

Writing for The Badger Herald (University of Wisconsin), Christian Moberg noted The issue with the [video game] direct sequel is that often many take the past story and add new mythology to the already existing story. “Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World” does this as well. It adds new mythology and characters after two years pass since the original “Tales of Symphonia.” The story comes off rather disjointed and seems like bad fan fiction. The “bad fan fiction feeling” is unfortunately prevalent in many direct sequels to games, which is why usually fans will buy the sequel and beat it but not consider it to be an extension of the predecessor’s story.

Providence Journal’s Donita Naylor wrote about a teen who has self-published a book set inside the Minecraft game.

Finally, in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Caleb McCaig wrote that The force will be with the Stephenville Public Library in April when it plays host to several Star Wars-themed events including the first Fan Fiction Contest.

Sun, Mar. 30th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
marinw

The over-reliance of simulations in Divergent made me feel cheated in the same way as the holodeck episodes on Star Trek. The movie/TV show already isn't real, so a simulation is reality twice removed. If it isn't "real" then there's no jeopardy.

I'm a lucid dreamer. This skill doesn't let me manipulate reality as much as I would like!

Tue, Apr. 1st, 2014 09:42 am (UTC)
wneleh

My problem with the holodeck episodes was, why did they even HAVE that room, when it kept on nearly getting them all killed?????

RE: Lucid dreamer - neat! But you impose normal physics, more or less?

Tue, Apr. 1st, 2014 09:59 am (UTC)
marinw

And why can a holoperson become self-aware if you leave him on long enough?

As for dreams, there is some flying, so i suppose no.