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In 'What We Lose if We Lose Us Weekly
' for Vanity Fair
, Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger wrote There are certainly other tabloids out there—Star and Life & Style for what could be considered celebrity fan fiction, People for the party line—but true gossip-lovers (closeted or not: no judgment here!) will likely sense the loss of Us acutely.
In a Sydney Morning Herald
piece on Channel Zero
, Michael Idato quoted writer/producer Nick Antosca "Our show is basically fan fiction of creepypastas; we take the stories that we love and then we elaborate on them and tell our own version of it."
To investigate Hybristophilia, The (Connecticut) College Voice
’s John Chatigny went to the only place on the earth where erotic fanfiction starring the Lorax coexist with serious discourse on the social issues of our time. I went to Tumblr. ( FLOTUS, Wentworth, Warner Bros., Natasha Lyonne, Star Wars, K-Pop, BuffyCollapse )
, Madeleine Buckley shared Just like you, [Gabourey Sidibe] wrote NSYNC fan fiction as a teen.Outsiders
author S. E. Hilton told Tulsa World
’s Ginnie Graaham She doesn’t read fan fiction but has no problem with it. “I think it’s a good way to practice writing. When I was in middle school, I wrote what would be considered fan fiction of 'Bonanza.' There was no place to put it; it was just fun to do.”
Regarding The Dark Tower
, Sarah Fallon wrote Basically, we’re talking about a lot of nested tales and back-storied characters, and some exuberant world-building that combines Old West and Middle-Ages themes with some Lord of the Rings-ish stuff, and some ley line business and a trip to see the Wizard of Oz. The inspiration for the series is actually Robert Browning’s “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” which prefigures T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” which is (almost) the title of one of the books, so there’s plenty of literary fan-fiction and high-fiving for the high-minded.
From an Ellen Brickley Irish Times
piece on author Angie Thomas: When [Irish author Deirdre] Sullivan described Starr’s story as that of “a Ravenclaw discovering that she’s a Gryffindor,” Thomas laughed and asked who would write that fanfic.
Finally, in a piece on Better Call Saul
for The Wesleyan Argus
, Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief wrote Origin stories have largely been corrupted by 21st century Hollywood to become overly saturated fan fiction, offering little to no aesthetic or narrative value (see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” or just about any superhero movie that your one annoying friend insists is different from all the others).
In 'A Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o Movie Would Be the Best Thing Twitter Has Ever Done' for Vanity Fair
, Yohana Desta wrote that a tweet went viral, quickly inspiring fan fiction.
In 'Short and Sweet' for The Hindu
, Archana Thomas wrote Fan fiction stems from people’s interest in a particular series or film and serves as an exaggerated figment of their imagination.
From an interesting Jia Tolentino piece on Ms. Marvel
for The New Yorker
by G. Willow Wilson: One Friday night, she’s stuck at home writing Avengers fan fiction; her father disapproves of her going to parties as much as he disapproves of her unemployed, pious brother praying all the time.
In a piece about the POTUS that I can’t be bothered to sort out, The Washington Post
’s Matt O’Brien assembled the phrase Ann Coulter fan fiction
In a New Statesman
review of Luke Kennard’s Cain
, Paul Batchelor wrote The poems tell the story of a character, "Luke Kennard", preyed upon by the mysterious Cain, "Tutelary spirit of the fugitive and/heavenly advocate for fan fiction".( Mac DeMarco, Sequels and remakes, Fargo, The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars, MarvelCollapse )
In a piece about American Gods
for Los Angeles Times
, Meredith Woerner wrote that the show’s creators proudly point to the show’s introduction as their Monty Python fan fic moment.
In a review of CNN
’s United States of America
, Variety critic
Maureen Ryan wrote that, in one recent episode, host W. Kamau Bell tells [professional asshole Richard] Spencer he’s going to home to write fan-fiction in which James Bond is a black man. Both of them laugh, but Spencer adds that he finds that idea “horrifying.”The Daily Tar Heel
’s Nicola McIrvine wrote about the performance of some RPF the Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers wrote about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck but the web site is horrible so I can’t tell what the piece actually says but I really hope the play’s slashy as hell
In a review of David Bellos’s The Novel of the Century
for The Sydney Morning Herald
, Judith Armstrong observed that Les Miserables has engendered sequels, adaptations for radio, stage (with or without music), television, and graphic novels; it proliferates on the web, unpoliced, as "fan fiction". What [Victor] Hugo would have thought of these concessions to mass audiences is not in doubt. "I wrote it for everyone," he insisted. At all levels, for all time.
In a Fiji Times
piece examining what lessons Fijian society as a whole can take from the training regime of its rugby team, Dr. Joseph Veramu wrote We also need to encourage a culture of reading. Many people are preoccupied with social media and do not have time to read. Two parents complained to me that their teenage children were preoccupied with reading from Wattpad. Wattpad is an online storytelling community where users post written works such as articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, either through the website or the mobile app. The parents' concern was that the stories were low quality. I argued that at least they were reading something. After tiring of ephemeral literature, I am sure they would graduate to quality works.
Finally, from CNN
’s Stephanie Gallman: This theater will pay you $25,000 for your Shakespearean fan fiction
. I’ve got one!
’s Rebecca Hawkes wrote If you're a fan of both Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and into fan-fiction-style mash-ups, then we've got some deeply frustrating news for you (plus a small, frail glimmer of mitigating hope).
In a review of Mitski’s Fireproof
for The Yale Herald
, Nicole Mo wrote Is it excessive to write 500 words about a cover of a One Direction song? Maybe, but since I have a friend who had to be physically restrained from buying a life size cutout of the blonde guy from the group, I think this is subdued by the standards of the fan fiction era.
Rachel Skidmore told Forbes
contributor Morra Aarons-Mele I think the cool thing we’ve seen in the video games we’re privy to the development of is the creation of strong leading female characters. It’s also about turning your fans into creators. There’s so much fan fiction being written by women on the internet, there’s some real talent there, and it’s about the fostering that talent and finding out the original idea and character they want to create.( One Direction, Star Wars, Peppa Pig, Fast and the FuriousCollapse )
In 'What to watch while you're waiting for 'Game of Thrones'' for USA Today
, Kelly Lawler wrote If you’re looking for another fantasy where the magical and political mixes with the petty and personal, try SyFy’s The Magicians, based on the books by Lev Grossman. The series follows a group of adult magicians in what is effectively a magical grad school as they discover a Narnia-like fairytale land and the evil within it. But there is plenty of time for relationship drama that would make fan-fic writers on Tumblr proud.
Finally, Ben Goren wrote Fan Fiction: A day with imaginary Duquesne head coach Mark Titus: This is the alternate timeline we need, if not the one we deserve
for Mid Major Madness
In 'Fellowship of the Fans' for American Libraries
, Anne Ford asked Getting teens more comfortable engaging with the library and librarians, more enthusiastic about the power of words, and more confident in their own abilities—can fan fiction really do all this?
, Martin Robbins wrote That [a Jeremy Corbyn policy proposal] reads like a policy nerd’s civil service fan-fiction is bad enough, but it’s grammatically incompetent too.
For Canadian Lawyer
, Lisa R. Lifshitz authored Star Trek fan-fiction copyright suit tests ‘fair use’ defence
back in January.( LJ goes to hell, In the Name of the People, Mary Sueism, meeting smutCollapse )
From Alanna Martinez in Observer
: Fan Fiction For Damien Hirst’s ‘Unbelievable’ Ancient Treasures: Who needs dystopian YA when we have the art world
Finally, for Creativity
, Alexandra Jardine shared Renault Gets an Electric Car to Write Jack Kerouac Fan Fiction via Artificial Intelligence
The New York Times
’s Carla Correa and Neil Genzlinger explored 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' Reimagined by Its Fans
In ‘How Erotica Can Be Great for Your Mental Health’ for Glamour
, Kate Sloan shared A 2013 census survey of fan fiction hotbed Archive of Our Ownfound that 80 percent of the site’s users are women. And it goes far beyond arousal: In an industry where most successful writers, showrunners, and filmmakers are still male, fanfic can be a way for women to take back narrative power.
In 'Why U.S. hospitals relief rally may be short-lived,' Bloomberg
’s Max Nisen wrote Add in the broader market retrenchment -- as investors realize the bullish Trump Trade was basically overwrought fan fiction -- and it’s hard to see health care’s relief rally lasting much longer.
According to Zakiya Kassam in 'What a 14-hour plane ride taught me about life' for The Globe and Mail
, there is no judgment if you want to drink at 10 a.m., and there’s certainly no judgment if you spend four solid hours playing Pokemon or writing Star Wars fan fiction or crafting the perfect Bitmoji – which looks just like you, only hotter and with better hair.
From Shroud News
: A youth perspective with Maya Williams: Introducing my dad to the amazing world of fanfiction
.( WWE, Smurfs, Fifth Harmony, Grey’s Anatomy, Inspector Morse, Tesla, Archie ComicsCollapse )
In ''Blog' Is Not a Dirty Word,' NYU Local
’s Zoe Haylock wrote Your idea of a 'blogger' might be a dirty, rage fueled fan fiction writer or a mother of two DIY-ing Xanax in her spare time.
For the University of Arkansas School of Law news office, Darinda Sharp wrote that the second episode of a monthly school-produced podcast features [Susan] Lantagne, […] an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law who studies copyright and trademark law. She discussed her current research on legal issues with fan fiction while she was on campus as part of the law school's speaker exchange program.
Finally, from the Mumbai Mirror
: From six-word-long stories to 140-character tales, extreme brevity forms the crux of the emerging genre of micro-fiction. Enter The Micro Fan Fiction Fest, which aims to celebrate this exciting and innovative form of storytelling.
In 'The Sage of Tom Brady’s Jersey' for The New Yorker
, Ian Crouch wrote that The theft, and then recovery, of Brady’s jersey was like a tale of Trumpian fan fiction.
From Caitlin Mota in The Jersey Journal
: Man busted by feds allegedly detailed drug operation in Reddit 'fan fiction'
From Amanda Knox in Ballard News-Tribune
: Amanda's View: Fandom and fan fiction
In an Irish Times
review of Life
, Tara Brady wrote Rebecca Ferguson’s security-obsessed doctor plays awfully like Tasha Yar fan-fiction from someone who never actually got around to watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.( Angie Thomas, Love Actually, the current catastropheCollapse )
From the Philippine Star
: Everyone’s a little obsessed with something. It only takes another person in the fandom circle to drive you further into it. A few YouTube binge-watching sessions and fan fiction after, and it’s already safe to declare that you’re a *insert name of obsession here* geek.
Finally, from Rebekah Lowin in Food & Wine
: "Veggie hate crime." It might sound like something out of an embarrassing piece of chef fan fiction fused with an ultra-progressive children's book, but it’s actually the colloquial term for a very real, very relevant set of laws — ones that have been a serious impediment to food critics and health advocates across the country.
From New York Magazine
’s Maureen O'Connor: On this week’s Sex Lives podcast, Ella [Dawson] gets real about unprotected sex, dating with herpes, meeting a woman who has genital herpes on her inner elbow, and learning about sex from Harry Potter fan fiction.
In 'How Fandoms Can Support Black Women,' The Dickinsonian
’s Aleksandra Syniec wrote that University of Alabama Professor Kristen Warner’s work mostly focuses on the casting methods of producers and the representation in movies and television shows of characters and actors of color. In her lecture, she described her work with fandoms, online communities for fans to connect and share art and fanfiction.
In a Publishers Weekly
piece about the London Book Fair, Ed Nawotka and Neill Denny wrote In a session entitled "The Fountain of Youth: Fandom and the Power of YA Audiences" Watttpad’s Ashleigh Gardner, head of partnerships, noted that the company has done a deal with Turner television to adapt several Wattpad horror stories into shows. Horror—as well as Muslim romance and Riverdale fan fiction (fiction based on the CW television show)—are currently hot trends.
For The Guardian
, Rebecca Nicholson wrote that a new Heinz ad campaign includes a spot of corporate fan fiction
involving Don Draper.( Buffy, Beauty and the Beast, shipping, WattPad, Silicon ValleyCollapse )Greenwood Democrat
’s Dustin Graham was on a trivia team that included one Dale Olson (so nerdy that he writes fan fiction)
Finally, for Publishers Weekly
, Ben Blatt wrote In my new book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, I use simple data to whiz through hundreds of classics, bestsellers, and fan fiction novels to explore anew our favorite authors and how they write.
He informed readers of The Guardian
that While some great authors use exclamation marks in abundance, the general trend is for professionals to use them less than amateurs. I went through tens of thousands of stories on the website FanFiction.net, where authors write their favorite stories in the Harry Potter or Tw[i]light universes. These authors, writing for fun and without editors, use exclamation marks at almost four times the rate of a novel that ends up on the New York Times bestseller list.
And he told for Smithsonian
’s Megan Gambino I went through the 50 authors that I looked at, as well as large samples of fan fiction, and found, not by a crazy margin but a meaningful margin, that Americans do have a higher ratio of the loud words to the quiet words.
From Maureen O’connor in New York Magazine
: The Life-Changing Power of Lesbian Monica Lewinsky Fanfic
In 'Pick your ending: Meet the people rewriting your favourite Hindi films' for Hindustan Times
, Roshni Nair wrote FF is the world’s biggest fan fiction archive. Most of it is dedicated to Harry Potter, manga, the Marvel multiverse and the vampires from Twilight; but a growing number of its spin-offs, sequels and alternative plots are based on Indian, mainly Hindi, films. Many of these writers are Indian, but there are also fans from as far away as the US, Scotland and Indonesia.
In 'Star Trek Lawsuit Opens Intellectual Property Debate' for Small Business Trends
, Michael Guta wrote To be fair, CBS and Paramount Pictures have a pretty liberal policy for reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity. It allows amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their talent for productions that are non-professional, amateur and meet the guidelines it has in place. However, the Axanar project went well beyond these guidelines using professional actors from the original franchise and professional quality affects and production.
For Asian Journal
, Giselle "G" Töngi quoted actor Dante Basco, who is trying to raise money for a short film about a character he played a number of years ago: "It’s essentially a fanfic, crazy because I’m involved."
From Amanda Knox in West Seattle Herald
: Amanda's View: Fandom and fan fiction
In 'On Philip Pullman’s fantastic politics and The Book of Dust' for The Conversation
, Claire Squires wrote Richly created fantasy worlds encourage new invention, following a tradition of “minor characters having their day”. Readers want to find out more, put right plot twists they disagreed with, and – in the salacious sub-genre of slash fiction – create sexual partnerships the author might never have envisaged.( Emmerdale, Ivanka, The Outsiders, lions, speed-watching, This Is Us, Star Wars, Buffy, Vampire Diaries, Game of ThronesCollapse )
From Scott Mendelson for Forbes
: Fifty Shades Freed […] opens on Feb. 9, 2018, the same pre-Valentine's Day slot but since Black Panther debuts a week later (over President's Day weekend), I'd expect nothing less than a brutal spanking from the Marvel superhero (adjust your fanfic accordingly).
In an Evening Standard
restaurant review, David Ellis wrote It’s a shame they've used a non-native speaker whose literary experience seems to be fifteen minutes scanning Tumblr #FanFic [to write the drinks menu], because actually, the rest of the bar is rather good.
Finally, for Southwest Journal
, Dylan Thomas wrote There’s a dichotomy that splits the world of pop-culture fandom into collectors and creators, those who impulsively consume genre entertainments and those who produce them. It’s a porous barrier; ’zines, fan-fiction and cosplay are just some of the ways that fans write their own storylines. Like a geek colossus, Guillermo del Toro straddles that same divide.
The Washington Post
's Alyssa Rosenberg argued that The temptation to effectively write fan fiction about Ivanka Trump and especially Melania Trump, who despite their relationship to the president are much less accessible to the press, appears even more irresistible.
And I argue back that trying to figure out people from less than complete evidence, based on our own biases, is what humans DO. We can try to be enlightened; we can try to separate our conclusions from reality, we can let our working models be updated, but we can’t stop making them, nor should we.
'Actress Claims Conservative Site Stole Her Photo to Create 'Fake News' Persona' by Gene Maddaus for Variety
is an especially amusing read, though the fanfic reference is a minor part of the whole thing
Lauren Sarner shared How To Make Money Writing Fan Fiction
with the readers of Inverse
, Sadie L. Trombetta explored Why Fanfiction Is A Good Thing For Writers And Readers
In 'Copyright Law Versus Internet Culture' from Electronic Frontier Foundation
: Here are just a few ways remixers are taking culture into their own hands: * Fan fiction – Kirk and Spock can be gay and Uhura can captain the Enterprise, or that boa constrictor from the zoo scene can become Harry’s familiar instead of taking off for Brazil.( Dirty Pretty Things, FSoG, Ryan/Ayn Rand (because Ryan/Rand - just, no; well, maybe), Harry Potter, Walking Dead, Philippine collegiate volleyball (seriously), Barabbas, Buffy, Emmerdale, failing to get the jokeCollapse )
According to 'Buffalo Grove student represents Illinois in arts competition' in Chicago Daily Herald
, she is also president of the school Book Club, volunteers at her local library and plays the violin in the school orchestra. She has also penned pieces on the website FanFiction.net that have garnered more than 800,000 followers.
For The West Australian
, Chloe Fraser wrote Musical comedy, Dr Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party, is also returning by popular demand. Presented by Holland St Productions, the award-winning musical is about a shy office worker and her raunchy internet alter-ego Dr Felicity Rickshaw, who is an acclaimed author of celebrity fan fiction.
For Winnipeg Free Press
, Debbie Patterson described Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed
as a reimagining of The Tempest as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Series — kind of like Shakespeare fan fiction by brilliant writers
Fanfic got a mention in The Internet’s Impact on Creativity: Your Thoughts
, compiled by Rosa Inocencio Smith for The Atlantic
Finally, from Popular Science
’s Rachel Feltman: NASA wants the internet to get hype about these new exoplanets[:] You can basically read fanfiction about them
From Jeremy Binckes in Salon
: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s some fan fiction about Donald Trump’s sex life
For New Statesman
, Deborah Cameron wrote the internet was once conceptualised as an “information superhighway”, a vast and instantly accessible repository of useful stuff. But the highway was a one-way street: its users were imagined as consumers rather than producers. Web 2.0 changed that. Writers no longer needed permission to publish: they could start a blog, or write fan fiction, without having to get past the established gatekeepers, editors and publishers. And this also freed them to deviate from the linguistic norms that were strictly enforced in print – to experiment or play with grammar, spelling and punctuation.The Upstart Brooklyn Label Crafting ‘Fashion Fanfiction’
(Véronique Hyland, New York Magazine
).( Fisher/Ford, A Cure for Wellness, POTUS/PMOC, Doctor WhoCollapse )
From 'Library professor casts away nerves before TEDx event' by Paige Brown for Kent Wired
: Marianne Martens, assistant professor of library and information sciences, has been eagerly preparing for the presentation she will give at the first Kent State TEDx event on Feb. 18. Martens will be speaking about fan-fiction and the popular “Harry Potter” website Pottermore in particular.
Dave Rudden told Irish Independent
’s Kim Bielenberg I used to write reams of Warhammer fan fiction but my laptop died a non-recoverable death and I lost 80,000 words. I decided then I should stop writing fan fiction - because it wasn't a career - and I should write original work from then on.
Finally, in 'Dispatches from Boskone 54, Day 1,' the Boston University News Service shared that “The Harry Potter Effect” offered fans an hour of rehashing their favorite aspects about the Harry Potter universe, including the books, movies, fan fiction and Pottermore.
(There were also a bunch of references to Fifty Shades
's origin, but none were particularly interesting.)