Dec. 1st, 2013

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In Pacific Standard, in a review of Anne Jamison’s Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, Laura Miller wrote At its best, fan fiction blurs the lines between reading and writing and consuming and creating, and makes pop culture speak to a greater range of experiences. And, for Salon, Miller wrote Both Michael Chabon and Mitch Cullin wrote lovely, soulful literary novels about the retirement of Sherlock Holmes (“The Final Solution” and “A Slight Trick of the Light”) but neither of those books is really a Sherlock Holmes story — that is, a mystery written in a campy, high-Victorian adventure mode and narrated by Dr. Watson. By contrast, “Jeeves and the Wedding Bells,” “Solo” and “The Black-Eyed Blonde” are Wooster, Bond and Marlowe novels proper. They follow the basic formulae of the classic texts (or canon, as fan fiction practitioners would call it).

In The Manitoban (University of Manitoba), Caleigh MacDonald began a piece Screenwriter and comic book author Joss Whedon said, “There’s a time and a place for everything, and I believe it’s called ‘fan fiction.’” In the same paper, Katerina Tefft, alluding to Fifty Shades of Grey, wrote that Before engaging in any kind of BDSM play, do your research. Learn from folks who are actually involved in the BDSM community, not from Twilight fan fiction.

Liam Casey wrote about “fan-forced literature” for SBS News: With the rise of the Internet, fanfic is now available to everyone – including whoever it’s about. Considering how graphic some of the stories are, it must be alarming for a celebrity to stumble upon a story that places them in such sexual situations, written by somebody they’ve never met. I imagine it would be better than stumbling upon such a story written by someone they had met.

For National Post, Clive Thompson wrote because openness is most natural in amateur work, I suspect the leading edge of collective thinking — as with Wikipedia or Linux — will always emerge in the amateur world. If you want to see the future of collective thinking, don’t watch what Fortune 500 firms are doing. Watch what fan-fiction writers are doing or what the activists are doing, and, in another piece, When I recently visited Fanfiction.net, a large repository of such writing, I calculated — again, using some equally crude napkin estimates — that there were about 325 million words worth of stories written about the popular young-adult novel The Hunger Games, with each story averaging around 14,000 words.

Grey's Anatomy, Doctor Who, Daniel R. Pike, China, Larry Stylinson, Fangirl, at the library )

In Hazlitt, Jason Anderson noted Thanks to the proliferation of online fan fiction, we are now privy to a vast overabundance of samizdat sexploitation fantasies involving TV characters.

For the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Mina Yuan and Gabie Yang wrote Imagine “VeggieTales’” Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber yowling songs about purple orcs to J.R.R. Tolkien’s elven lord Elrond. Or John Watson’s mustache falling deeply in love with investigator Greg Lestrade’s hair. Or perhaps a pregnant Harry Potter suffering from swollen cankles while Draco Malfoy tends to him lovingly. While these strange topics seem to be worlds apart, one common thread pulls them together: Fanfiction.

Finally, in “In Defense of Bad Sex Writing” for New Republic (originally for New Statesman), Laurie Penny wrote Scanning through the episodes of hay-twitching and “morphinergic mechanisms splutter[ing] into life,” in this year’s crop of entries [for the Bad Sex Awards], I got the urge to take the editorial staff of the Literary Review by the hands and introduce them, as gently as possible, to the internet. There, on fan fiction sites and messageboards whose printed pages would fill whole libraries, they will find as much weird and woeful erotic writing as their fussy little minds can imagine.

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