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A Lesson in Humility

Kindle Worlds Takes on Kurt Vonnegut’s Oeuvre, Fans Still Dislike The Consumerist Fic Platform

The collective fandom groan that is Kindle Worlds (Amazon’s project to sell fanfiction) has picked up another author’s oeuvre– literary legend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Let’s lampshade the irony of Kilgore Trout (perennially penniless sci-fi author who can only get his work published in porn magazines, recurring Vonnegut character, noted communist) being used to sell an open-exchange fandom’s work back to them for a profit.

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This is just like magic!

Infamously Bad Harry Potter Fanfic My Immortal Gets Web Series

There’s plenty of good fanfic out there, and like anything else, there’s plenty of bad. But some stories become famous. Well, infamous. Whispered through the Harry Potter fandom and beyond as the worst fanfic ever written: and now, it’s getting a webseries.

That’s right, My Immortal is getting a webseries.

Faithful to the spelling errors, plot holes, gothy clothes, hyperbolic characters, and an incredibly OOC Harry Potter universe, the webseries captures the best-worst aspects of its source material and puts them all on display. From the heroines inability to pronounce her own name, Hagrid’s satanic faith, and non-dancing goths, it’s all here.

The first three episodes are already out, check under the cut to see the literary carnage.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Beautiful Batgirl Birkin Bag

Writes caitlinsdad, “This authentic knockoff designer bat-bag is equipped with a Bat Signal, Bat Proximity Alarm, Bat Taser, Bat Phone, and plays the Batman TV Theme.” Sounds Bat-tastic. Instructions on how to make your own are at Instructables. (Time Travel and Rocket-Powered Apes)

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I Guess I Can't Argue With That

Erotic Fanfic Duo Nabs 5-Book Deal With Simon & Schuster (What Am I Doing With My Life?!)

Congratulations, writers of Beautiful Bastard, you just got a five-book deal for creating hot, steamy Twilight fanfiction. 

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Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

Move Over Fifty Shades of Grey, Another Twilight Fanfic Gets A Book Deal

Sitting alone (or with a friend) in your room, coming up with various ways your favorite characters could bump into each other and have sex, did you ever think you’d get paid for it?  Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings will wonder no more. Simon & Schuster have picked up their Twilight fanfiction, The Office, for a two-book deal.

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Essay

The Fandom Tea Party: The Day the Long Arm of Pop-Culture Touched the West’s Classiest Beverage

Over the past few months, a situation has developed. I have become completely engulfed in my love of tea. Tea has become the bowtie to my Eleventh Doctor, the Dumbledore to my Harry, the flowing raven hair to my Jon Snow. One might call it an offset of Anglophilia, an active side-effect of watching one too many shows that air on BBC, but I have accepted my fate.

Luckily for me, we live in a magical age where getting overly emotional about things like fictional characters and hot beverages can by some crazy random happenstance mesh, to be accepted by some group of lovable weirdos on the Internet, and I happened to stumble into what I will refer to as the “tea fandom” at the perfect time. One mythical night, not too long ago, I was introduced to my new favorite trend in warmed-up flavored water: fandom teas.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: President Obama Explains Why He Doesn’t Have a Mohawk Like That NASA Guy

If this isn’t enough of an explanation for you, go here. (The Frisky)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A DIY Steampunk Darth Vader Mask

We want it. We want it a lot. (via Fashionably Geek)

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Audience Participation

PBS Delves Into Fanfiction [VIDEO]

Well this is very interesting. PBS’ Off Book series recently touched upon the wonder that is fan art and fan fiction. It’s a really respectful look at the trend while speaking to Brad O’Farrell (Keyboard Cat), Adam Juresko (No Supervision), Jonah Block (Biotwist), Sam Spratt (Gawker), and Fred Seibert (Adventure Time). There’s just one thing we find lacking here and as you can probably guess from that list, it’s women. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a great video, but considering how many women are hugely into fan art and fanfic, it seems a glaring omission (in the Sherlock section alone). They even mention Adventure Time’s character designer Natasha Allegri’s fan art illustrations of the gender-swapped cast that eventually got its own episode…but didn’t choose to speak with her. Like we said, really interesting video, just lacking a certain obvious voice.

(via Laughing Squid)

And All Was Right With the World

That Time Neil Gaiman Wrote Gollum/Smeagol Fan-Fiction

I think that all writing is useful for honing writing skills. I think you get better as a writer by writing, and whether that means that you’re writing a singularly deep and moving novel about the pain or pleasure of modern existence or you’re writing Smeagol-Gollum slash you’re still putting one damn word after another and learning as a writer.

(I just made [Smeagol-Gollum romance fiction] up. I imagine it would go something like: - Neal Gaiman, when asked whether fanfiction is useful for honing writing skills. Left, a picture of the author with Cthulhu on his head.

To read how it would go something like, click on.

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