The most infamously awful fanfic ever, “My Immortal,” has a web series

The infamous Harry Potter fan fic "My Immortal" is a masterpiece of wretchedness. It stars the Mary Sue-iest of Mary Sues, Hogwarts has gone inexplicably goth, at no point do any of the Harry Potter characters act even slightly like themselves — and now "My Immortal" will be fully immortalized with a web series. » 7/30/13 7:00am 7/30/13 7:00am

Amazon Is Going to Start Selling Fan Fiction — Legal Fan Fiction

I personally am not the biggest fan of fan fiction, as some of you might know. But rest assured that the Scanners "Head Asplode" pic I've used to lead off this article doesn't come from a place of distaste as much as pure shock at Amazon's insane, bold, and genuinely brilliant plan to sell legal fan fiction. » 5/22/13 1:40pm 5/22/13 1:40pm

Why it's so expensive to license the rights to a fictional character

Recently, two seemingly contradictory pieces of copyright law have popped up in the news. One is the case of Jonathan Coulton, whose arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was lifted by the producers of Glee. Another is the recent case of a car customizer who was barred from making Batmobiles by a District Court… » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

Learn to Be a Better Writer By Reading Fanfiction

These days, it's pretty much accepted that fanfiction writers can become "real" authors. Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic and is the year's biggest publishing sensation. Former fanfic writer Cassandra Clare is about to have a huge motion picture of her Mortal Engines series. And tons of major authors,… » 1/01/13 12:00pm 1/01/13 12:00pm

Fan Fiction Friday: Iron Man and Captain America in “Hungry?”

Greetings! Welcome to the first installment of Fan Fiction Friday on io9. For those of you who don't know, I've devoted the last several years of my life to mocking the worst erotic fan fiction the Internet has to offer, for two reasons: 1) for all the glories of this nerd age, we need to remember that there's a… » 11/23/12 1:20pm 11/23/12 1:20pm

Decade-long apocalyptic game of Civilization II inspires some very…

Redditor Lycerius has been playing the same saved game of Civilization II for ten years, resulting in an awesomely dystopic swampy nuclear-irradiated wasteland in which war has raged relentlessly for a staggering 1,700 years. And now, inspired by this bizarre simulated world, a number of other Redditors have taken it… » 6/19/12 5:30pm 6/19/12 5:30pm

Behold Wesley Crusher: Teenage F*** Machine, the Amazon Kindle's new…

Over the past several days, a certain Star Trek: The Next Generation prose piece has ensnared the popular imagination the world over. It's a story that's been recycled since time immemorial, due to its sheer cross-cultural thematic resonance. » 3/09/12 3:00pm 3/09/12 3:00pm

Samantha Carter Will Live Forever In Amanda Tapping Fan-Fiction

Amanda Tapping is so ubiquitous in the Stargate universe that it took at least the better part of the Sanctuary » 9/27/08 2:00pm 9/27/08 2:00pm webisodes to even partially erase the character of Samantha Carter from our minds. Of course, there's one place where the raging sexual tension of is relived again and again: The wonderful world of…