OTW Fannews: Fanfiction, where can you find it?

  • College newspapers are a constant source of stories on fanfiction, but The Varsity tried to take a more comprehensive look at the practice, noting that “fan fiction predates the Internet. In fact, amateur press associations, which first flourished in the early decades of the 20th century, provided a way for aspiring writers to put together and share their own magazines and works of fiction. A distribution manager or official editor would collect the magazines and letter publications and send them to other members of the association. In the 1930s, fans of science fiction magazines printed their own mimeographed or hectographed works which contained their own reviews, printed fiction, and even art.”
  • Meanwhile The Londonist decided to write fanfiction as a review of a play that was itself RPF. The play takes the real-life inspirations for Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and has them meet “at a bookshop in the 1930s…An American playwright, John Logan, takes this meeting as his inspiration; the ensuing 90-minutes muse on the nature of childhood, the draw of fantasy, memory, loss, celebrity and several other things besides.” The review is in the style of J.M. Barrie writing to Arthur Llewelyn Davies about the play he’s just seen.
  • Speaking of RPF, it isn’t just AUs and canon fiction rewrites that are getting published these days. In an interview about her book, Tell Me You Want Me, writer Amelia James is open about her inspiration for the novel. “I had lots of downtime to daydream with Eliot in the center of all my fantasies. I had to know more about him, so I read Christian Kane‘s bio and dusted off my Angel DVDs…I started a short story about a cocky college quarterback with a smile like an angel and deep blue eyes that promised sin: Austin Sinclair. But long hair just didn’t work on him. I couldn’t picture it, so I gave him a best friend, Jack Wheeler. Jack became everything I’d imagined about Eliot — a tormented past, a wounded heart and long dark hair a woman could get tangled up in.”
  • Unfortunately all the coverage of a fanfiction reference on The Good Wife seemed to play into the show’s framing of fanfiction writing as something unusual and unknown. Instead it’s something that shows up in the general media all the time, and is connected to just about anything.

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