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Sun, Feb. 16th, 2014, 08:42 pm
wneleh: Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 2/15/14

In a review for The Washington Post, Stephanie Merry wrote that Endless Love feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction.

National Post’s Jonathan Goldstein wrote (for reasons I couldn’t be bothered to discern) I call Howard from the studio to ask what he likes to do for a little respite from the world. “I like to spend some time alone writing WireTap erotic fan fiction,” he teases.

In a review Vampire Academy for The Asheville Citizen-Times, Bruce C. Steele wrote except for the absence of characters named Bella and Hermione, “Vampire Academy” has all the hallmarks of fan fiction: too many indistinguishable stock characters; too many plot threads with too few twists; and way too much witless expository talk, talk, talk. And how much fanfic, exactly, has Bruce C. Steele read?

Regarding Kindle Worlds, The Seattle Times’s Jay Greene wrote Fan fiction is often dismissed as mediocre writing by wannabe authors. But [Hugh] Howey, who lets “Wool” fans write their own stories in the universe he created, saw an opportunity to write his own work in a world conceived by Kurt Vonnegut, which Amazon licensed from the author’s estate.

Ogai Ogas lives! In a piece for The Eastern Echo (Eastern Michigan University) about an appearance by fandom’s favorite computational neuroscientist, Dilann Yasin wrote The Internet has given women the chance to explore their sexuality in a way that has never been present before. Women have taken that opportunity and created erotic fan fiction.

Regarding the new Ms. Marvel, The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s C. A. Bridges wrote Kamala Khan is a Muslim Pakastani-American girl in New Jersey who just wants to be “normal,” at least as defined by TV, movies and the people around her. She’s tired of the “weird” holidays, she longs to try some “infidel meat” (bacon), she’s frustrated with her devout family and their rules, she writes Avengers fanfiction, and she longs to just hang out with friends from school. Until she sneaks out one night and finds out what her “friends” from school really think when they’re not socially pressured into being tolerant. Kamala is left alone, angry, frustrated, with a strong desire to change. And, The Daily Californian’s Youssef Shokry noted her obsession with The Avengers, her wildly popular fanfiction and, above all, her desire to fit in with other kids.

For Chicagoist, Lisa White shared that Scofflaw's Fan Fiction series is a themed evening at the Logan Square cocktail spot where the bar pays tribute to some of their favorite cocktail recipes.

In a Los Angeles Times piece on Valentines Weekend-appropriate viewing, Meredith Blake recommended Sherlock: The close friendship between John Watson (Martin Freeman) and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) in this contemporary spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories has inspired oodles of naughty fan fiction online. And, from the paper’s Hero Complex blog: Buffy may be the one girl in all the world who wields the strength to fight the forces of darkness, but there are two vampires who fight for her heart. Both have souls. Both are champions. Both use a significant amount of hair product. Angel, Buffy's boyfriend while she was in high school, seems the obvious match-up in this top couples list, but pages of Spike-and-Buffy fan-fiction can't be ignored.

In a piece about the perils of social media for Tulsa World, Jason Ashley Wright interviewed random mom Jennifer Esau, whose oldest [child] uses Wattpad for reading fan fiction, as well as We Heart It and Instagram.

In a piece about “What to look forward at the Winter Olympics” for the Trinitonion, Maddie Smith wrote In the last years, we watched Beijing perform amazing musical numbers that displayed the grace and precision of its people. After that, we witnessed London essentially recite Sherlock fanfiction to millions of people. And, in a review of the new Sherlock season for The Galleon, Bryony Noble wrote If you enjoy fast paced cuts, witty dialogue that really ought to have subtitles with the speed of delivery, endless material for slash fiction writers, and busting of bad guys, then Season 3 of Sherlock won’t disappoint.

Finally, in a piece about an upcoming Supernatural spin-off, International Business Times’s Jenalyn Villamarin quoted Jared Padalecki "Supernatural fans have spoken and said listen, there aren't 100 million of us, but those of us that do watch the show are passionate and want to hear more stories and read fan fiction and be a part of this world."

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)

If only the realized just how much of fiction really is secretly fan fiction...just hidden better. Fan fic of Tolkien, Austen, the Bronte Sisters, JD Salinger, etc is all over the world and making publishers lots of money.

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)

What's "fan fiction" is a favorite topic :-) But who's the "they"?

Wed, Feb. 19th, 2014 07:14 am (UTC)

The "they" is people who don't realize the rather thin psychological line between writing fanfic and being inspired by a writer to rewrite her book with different character names.

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 11:03 am (UTC)

Have you seen Series 3 of Sherlock? Yet? I quite enjoyed it.

Mon, Feb. 17th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)

LOVED IT! I mean, there are things about the episodes that didn't make a lot of sense, but I don't watch Sherlock for the sense; I watch it for the senses.

Tue, Feb. 18th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)

The third ep opened up alll sorts of delicious H/C scenarios.