How To Rescue Doctor Who's Most Shamefully Underused Companion

The history of Doctor Who is full of supporting characters who were never allowed to develop. Most of the time, the show only has one star. But I can't think of a character who had more untapped potential than Nyssa, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. Here's how her story could have been something fantastic. » 8/25/14 12:55pm 8/25/14 12:55pm

If You Don't Understand Why People Love Erotic Fanfic, Watch This Now

In her slam poem Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them, Brenna Twohy quickly gets to the heart of why so many people love their erotica attached to familiar fictional characters while powerfully critiquing certain types of mainstream pornography. » 8/20/14 7:40pm 8/20/14 7:40pm

The War of Guardians of the Galaxy Porn Has Been Won

The movie had only been out for three days before sherlocksmyth wrote the definitive NC-17 work, told from the perspective of Groot. » 8/06/14 2:00am 8/06/14 2:00am

Tonight: Erotic Hitchhiker's Guide Fanfic Read By a Shakespearean Actor

If you're in San Francisco and you love Douglas Adams as much as we do, then you have absolutely no excuse for not being at The Booksmith, where Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is being tarnished forever. Six writers create erotic fanfic, and the results are read by a Shakespearean actor. » 5/01/14 12:20pm 5/01/14 12:20pm

The Original Vampire Diaries Author Is Now Writing Authorized Fanfic

LJ Smith, in 1991, published the first book in the Vampire Diaries series. She wrote two more before the CW picked up the property and decided to turn it into a television show. She kept writing for the publishing house Alloy until they fired her for reasons she's not clear on — but she suspects that it was to keep… » 4/25/14 6:19pm 4/25/14 6:19pm

What fanfic is and isn't

So, I started this post a few months ago when Amazon announced their Kindle Worlds experiment and never finished it. But I was reading yesterday's crowdfund post and people were disparaging fanfic writers in the comments and that just ticks me off to no end (for most of the same reasons FF Friday did). All of it is… » 12/02/13 12:18pm 12/02/13 12:18pm

The line between fiction and fic has never been blurrier

Hugh Howey's Silo saga has taken the bestseller lists by storm — but before Wool was a worldwide sensation, it was a humble series on Amazon, gaining popularity one online fan at a time. Now, Howey's stories have spawned a new kind of fanfic community that could change the publishing world. » 8/30/13 2:00pm 8/30/13 2:00pm

SimCity Fanfic: The College Years

To celebrate today's release of the newest SimCity, fantasy writer Kaila Hale-Stern cooked up some juicy fanfic. So enjoy her tale of multiplayer planetary population, dorm-room politics, and, well, a set of Sims making their way in their respective worlds. » 3/05/13 8:59am 3/05/13 8:59am

What if Disney's princess movies were horror stories?

Disney's so-called princess movies are reworkings of myths, fairy tales, history, literature, and legend, but the series Seven for a Secret, written by an anonymous writer on the fanfic community Archive of Our Own (as part of Yuletide 2012) starts with the Disney versions of these stories and then twists them back… » 12/29/12 10:00am 12/29/12 10:00am

Fan Fiction Friday: Harry Potter and Lucius Malfoy Really Have to Go in…

Greetings! After last week's foray into honey-cured Iron Man, we go a step further into the depths of bad erotic fan fiction with this Harry Potter story. While Harry Potter has inspired scads of fan fic, good and bad, all-ages-appropriate and quite naughty, I have noticed that a great many Harry Potter fans are also… » 11/30/12 2:01pm 11/30/12 2:01pm

Harry Potter, Sherlock, and The Greatest Scandals in Fandom

This week on We Come From the Future, we talk about what happens when scandal rips through the heart of fandom. Along with our special guests, Daily Dot fandom reporter Aja Romano, and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia Tan, we delve into all the wank that makes fans on the internet lose their shit. From Sherlock… » 10/26/12 10:43am 10/26/12 10:43am

Are fan fiction and fan art legal?

Fan fiction and fan art are both enormous components of our popular culture, a way we retell our favorite stories just as humans have always retold myths and legends. But sometimes creators, publishers, and studios claim that works of fan art and fan fiction violate their copyright. So is that Supernatural fanfic… » 8/12/12 9:00am 8/12/12 9:00am

What's the science fiction universe where you prefer the fanfic to the…

Fandom can be miraculous. Fans bring so much creativity and love to science fiction and fantasy universes, and along the way they work an amazing transformation. And sometimes it feels like the stories the fans create are actually cooler than the works they're based on. » 4/06/12 9:40am 4/06/12 9:40am

Daniel Radcliffe reads a tender Ron/Harry Potter slashfic scene

You've seen Voldemort do it, now it's Harry's turn. After coaxing Ralph Fiennes to read some particularly titillating Harry/Voldemort slashfic, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen manages to convince Daniel Radcliffe to read a bit of steamy Ron/Harry fan fiction. » 2/11/12 8:00am 2/11/12 8:00am

The Doctor Who Crossover We've All Been Waiting For!

There's an early holiday present waiting for you online. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of The Middleman, has written a new story in which the Middleman and Wendy meet up with a mysterious traveler in a blue Police Box. The box is bigger on the inside, the traveler wears a bow tie, and there's a lovely B.T.R.S./sonic… » 11/28/11 4:30pm 11/28/11 4:30pm

Give Me More: An Introduction to the World of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

I stumbled upon Harry Potter fan fiction shortly after the sixth book in the series arrived. I was quickly addicted. » 11/17/10 12:10pm 11/17/10 12:10pm

Naomi Novik says fanfic is part of literary history - and reveals…

Author Naomi Novik recently published Tongues of Serpents, the sixth book her Temeraire series. We talked to her about what's next for her dragons-in-the-Napoleonic Wars alternate history, as well as her passion for preserving fanfic online. » 9/09/10 2:19pm 9/09/10 2:19pm

Is Fan Fiction Really So Wrong?

Why do big-name authors like George R. R. Martin keep yelling about how evil and morally wrong fan fiction is? Especially when their biggest fans are the ones writing it? Catherynne M. Valente has some ideas . . . » 5/10/10 1:43pm 5/10/10 1:43pm

Smurf Wars: This Is The Smurfing Smurf Movie We Really Want

Smurf War is hell, judging from this graphic-novel pitch for a brutally violent Smurf epic. Read why Brainy is an evil sonofabitch, and Smurfette is doomed. Meanwhile, the actor portraying the live-action movie's Gargamel speaks: Was Azrael cut? » 4/08/10 10:30am 4/08/10 10:30am

Watchmen 2: Wrath Of The Electric Boogaloo May Actually Happen

Even though original Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons warned DC against making a sequel and we all know Alan Moore is going to hate it, rumors suggest the DC Comics' new leadership thinks Watchmen 2 is a dandy idea. » 2/03/10 2:14pm 2/03/10 2:14pm