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

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…

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

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

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

How Zeb Wells' Fan Films Got Him a Job Writing Amazing Spider-Man

What is the best way to get a job writing Marvel Comics? Apparently, the answer may be "Make a fan film where a drunken Supergirl complains about an anorexic Thor, who is responsible for bathing the Hulk, before they all learn to become a pop band." That was the route taken by Zeb Wells, former indie filmmaker turned one … » 3/03/08 8:00am 3/03/08 8:00am

With Online Collaborative Novel "Shadow Unit," Can Fanfic Cross Over?

Elizabeth Bear, author of awesome scifi novel Carnival along with many others, writes in to tell us about an interesting new online project she's involved with. It's called Shadow Unit, and it's basically an effort to turn the tradition of group-written fanfiction into something more literary than gushing over Harry… » 2/21/08 2:00pm 2/21/08 2:00pm