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Sun, Mar. 2nd, 2014, 07:16 pm
wneleh: Media References to Fanfic, the week ending 3/1/14

The ficcy roots of Fifty Shades of Grey got more than their usual share of refs this past week, as the series, first published in print-book-you-can-pay-for form by Vintage in 2012 (but appearing before that as Twilight fan-fiction) has entered the 100 Million Pantheon. (Alexandra Petri, Washington Post)

For WIRED’s Underwire, Rachel Edidin noted Publishers Are Warming to Fan Fiction, But Can It Go Mainstream?

For Swarthmore Phoenix, Emily Lau wrote In defence of fan fiction.

Unaware that civilization predates 2010, The Diamondback’s Zoë DiGiorgio wrote Fan fiction has evolved from the Twilight spin-off that became the basis for the 50 Shades trilogy to the Kickstarter-funded Web series that depicts BBC’s Sherlock Holmes and John Watson falling in love through text messages.

For KUOW’s News and Information, in a story framing an interview with Slate editor Dan Kois, Arwen Nicks and Steve Scher wrote Fan fiction may seem like a modern Internet phenomenon, but in fact, the genre has plenty of historical roots and mainstream appeal.

For The Lantern (OSU), Kim Dailey wrote that, with the news that Daniel Radcliffe’s current shoulder-length hair is not a long-term thing, my fan fiction, alternative universe dreams where Harry Potter is the son of Snape are crushed.

In New York Magazine, Joe Coscarelli wrote that Chris Christie staff texts are basically bureaucratic fan fiction.

Kenosha News’s Elizabeth Snyder wrote that “Frozen” fans have taken to YouTube and other sites, with parodies, fan fiction and viral videos — not to mention the hot-selling merchandise.

In The Daily Northwestern, Mollie Cahillane wrote There’s a ton of fanfiction related to “Supernatural,” and they make really pretty graphics and gifs. But she’s never seen the show, because Wincest.

For Chicago Tribune, John Warner wrote that It's worth noting that fan fiction writers have been hooking up Harry and Hermione for years, not to mention Harry and Ron, and in some of the racier rewrites, Harry, Hermione and Ron.

In a profile of author Cynthia Hand for The Elm (Washington College), staff writer Meaghan Menzel wrote Hand said she has been writing since she could first pick up a pen or pencil. She loved to write fantasy stories about aliens attacking an island of unicorns as well as fan fiction about “Star Wars” or “Star Trek.”

Cosmopolitan’s Eliza Thompson wrote After hanging out in a Paris nightclub and inspiring a new round of Rihanna/Drake erotic fan fiction, Drake asked RiRi on stage Tuesday to perform their hit duet "Take Care."

In a Los Angeles Times recap, Meredith Blake wrote that, in response to a scene involving, IDK, actors and lines and stuff, millions of "Downton Abbey" viewers across the country squealed with delight and no doubt inspiring reams of fan fiction.

Finally, in The Buffalo News, Melanie Izard shared that Many teen writers publish something called fanfiction – a new genre that is written by fans of a book, movie or some other media and features characters and places from that media. More and more, teens are publishing online, and the majority of it is fanfiction.

Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)

The Emily Lau piece was nicely affirming. Thank you.

I am knee deep in season 2 of House of Cards. Do "Prestige" shows get fanfic too? I haven't really looked.

Mon, Mar. 3rd, 2014 11:24 am (UTC)

RE: the Emily Lau piece - There have been a spate of fanfic 101s the past few weeks that have been more personal than they typically are. I like this.

RE: House of Cards - there are ~ a dozen fanfics on AO3... regarding prestige shows in general - well, there's Sherlock :-) IDK otherwise - spot-checking, the few that I can think of (I'm pretty TV ignorant) don't have many stories, but most shows have very few stories, regardless of popularly or critical acclaim.

Tue, Mar. 4th, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)

Define 'prestige'. *G* Pretty much everything you can think of has some fanfic - usually courtesy of Yuletide.

Tue, Mar. 4th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)

Critically acclaimed drams on expensive cable channels. See also: Mad Men and Masters of Sex.

*Sign* TV used to be such a democratic medium.