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Where Fanfiction, Music and Video All Crossover: The Fanvid
June 8, 2015 | 10:29 am

If you have any interest in fanfiction, Tumblr or fan activity, you've probably run across a fanvid on YouTube or elsewhere. For those of you who haven't, a fanvid is kind of the video version of fanfiction, where fans take clips from a show or movie and put them to music, usually to one of the vidder's favorite songs. Fanvids have been around for a long time. One of the first I remember was made in 2001, and is considered a classic: Dante's Prayer by Killashandra. Even though, as you'll see in a minute, fan vidding has come a long way, that...

Great Guide/Roundup on Fanfiction
March 16, 2015 | 10:30 am just posted an awesome roundup of fanfiction, what it is, why we write it and some basic history. Did you know that the most popular fandom isn't a movie or TV show? It's the band One Direction. Obviously I'm in the wrong demographic because I've never heard anything by them (that I'm aware of). The band makes the most popular tv/movie fandoms look like wastelands. Here's some interesting comparisons (most data taken from Wattpad): Number of stories uploaded: One Direction-over 500,000. Supernatural (the only non-band fandom mentioned in the chart): 75,000 (or so--it was hard to read the graph). No need...

On fandom and fanfiction
October 20, 2014 | 2:05 pm

fanfictionThis article started out as a response to a comment on this post, but it quickly grew beyond a comment. The comment was a question about the recent quotes by Benedict Cumberbatch regarding fan fiction. His comments about Johnlock fiction upset a number of people in the Sherlock fandom and spawned, among other things, this great article in response. Let me preface this by saying that I have been writing fanfiction for more than 3 decades, and I have written slash stories, including a pre-slash Incredible Hulk story when I was 13 and honestly had no clue what I had written. I...

Amazon expands Kindle Worlds with seven new titles
February 5, 2014 | 4:12 pm

VonnegutAmazon’s fanfic publishing arm Kindle Worlds has expanded. The company announced seven new additions on Wednesday. One of the biggest names is Veronica Mars. “Veronica Mars’ fans are amazingly loyal and anything we can do to give them more access to her world and that of her character is great,” said Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas in a release. “I’m looking forward to seeing what new worlds and characters are created by fans and Kindle Worlds writers.” On, a popular site dedicated to the genre, Veronica Mars has close to 4,000 stories. With a Veronica Mars forthcoming movie, the timing of this announcement...

How to Find Great Fanfiction, With Little Hassle
January 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm

fanfictionIf you think the slushpile in self-published fiction is large, just imagine the difficulties of finding good fanfiction. I've been reading and writing fanfiction for many years, and I've seen it all, from stories so good I forgot I was reading a fanwork to stories so bad I couldn't make it past the first page. As with published works, reviews only go so far. I've known great writers who've never achieved a critical mass of popularity in a fandom and whose stories have few reviews. On the other extreme, I've seen positively horrible writers who have lots of friends who "cheer...

Plagiarism! (or, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”)
June 26, 2013 | 6:41 pm

There's a story making the rounds of KBoards right now that just gets weirder the more you read about it. I started following it when I noticed this thread had been locked: UPDATE: #113 on Kindle and #70 on B&N OK, I thought. Someone went too far on self-promotion, and a moderator shut him/her down. I scrolled down the thread and discovered that this writer, who had suddenly shot up the charts, was being accused of plagiarism on Dear Author. Oops. And there was another thread on KBoards: "More author plagiarism? This time of Easy by Tammara Webber" Scrolling down the Dear Author article...

How to download properly-formatted fanfiction the easy way
February 11, 2013 | 11:00 am

Fanfiction is one of the easiest sources of free reading to track down online. I use it liberally to stretch my e-reading dollars, and if you are selective, you can find enough good writing to keep you in reading material for a long time. Traditionally, one of the downsides of fanfiction is getting the stories to your e-reader quickly, easily and well formatted. Anyone remember a little executable file called Interparse? It made converting list-serve email files into decent text documents relatively easy. I say "relatively" because a decade ago, I would occasionally spend as much time on file conversion as...

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