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Ain’t No Lie: How NSYNC Fanfiction Let Me Trust My Desires

I didn’t have time for actual sex and romance. Instead, I needed vague, non-threatening man-boys who sang and danced in perfectly choreographed harmony.

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TMS Writes Fanfic: Steves on a Plane

I regret nothing.

From time to time, we here at The Mary Sue have Slack conversations that spin off wildly into "Are We Just Writing Fanfic Now" territory. Submitted for your approval, here is a fanfic that grew out of the above image that quickly spiraled out of control and crash landed in ... the TMS Slack Zone.

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James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender Create Live-Action Fan Art for Graham Norton

We could all use a distraction right now, so hopefully this is a welcome one. This week's edition of Graham Norton will feature a couch made up of James McAvoy promoting the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for Assassin's Creed, and Room 101's Frank Skinner.

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How I Discovered the Quiet, Feminist Liberation of Erotic Fanfic

There is a safe space that fanfiction provides for autonomy and feminism through an exploration of kink and sensuality, dominated by the written word.

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Things We Saw Today: ICYMI, Beyonce’s Lemonade Will Re-Air on HBO Tonight

In case you missed it the first time around, HBO is going to be re-airing Beyonce's visual album Lemonade tonight (which originally premiered one night only before being released exclusively via Tidal and then, eventually, iTunes as a part of Bey's album, where anyone who bought a copy also received a download of the film). It'll be on HBO at 10 PM EST, so if you haven't watched it yet, now's your chance!

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Irrational Love: Fandom Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

How does this happen to us?

I consider myself a mostly functional adult. I have a job. I attend graduate courses and write papers about academic things. I pay bills and stuff. I'm a good friend and a good kid to my parents. I'm a fairly upbeat person. I don't like to be sad, I don't cry a lot, and some people even think I'm funny. Why, oh, why, then am I obsessed with reading the angstiest fanfiction ever?

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Celebrate Your Captain America/Bucky Barnes Feels With Fanzine Brooklyn

Let's be honest. The only reason you're excited to see Captain America: Civil War is because you can't wait to see your favorite couple, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, back together again! For all the Cap/Bucky shippers out there, have we got a fanzine for you!

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Approach With Caution: The Media and the Study of Fandom

Fandom does not have the best track record of being acknowledged well, and with value, so the concept of an anthropological study dedicated to analyzing and observing fans, or translating them into both "qualitative and quantitative" data (according to the article), is making me a little leery.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Screenwriter on the Planning Process—It’s Like “Doing Fan-Fiction”

Very high-budget fan-fiction.

If you're an X-Men fan, you've probably got at least one character (or twelve) that ends up in every fan-fiction or fantasy you have about what could/should/might happen. None of us got to write X-Men: Apocalypse, but when it came down to deciding who'd appear and who'd fight what when and with whom, screenwriter Simon Kinberg says the decision-making did feel a lot like "fan-fiction."

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Fanfic Authors Unhappy With Entertainment Weekly’s Fanfic Contest

Fan fiction authors on Tumblr have not taken kindly to Entertainment Weekly's Fanfic Contest, which seeks submissions from writers who want to see their work published in the pages of EW.

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Fanfiction and Fanart: The World Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

2015 has been, in some ways, the year that fanfiction went mainstream. Whether you love or hate Fifty Shades of Grey, the film made a big splash at the box office and Grey, the retelling from Christain Grey’s POV, shattered book sales records. Speculation popped up in major news outlets asking if Harper Lee can beat Grey in sales. Harper Lee! Spoiler alert: To Set a Watchman sold 1.1 million copies in six days vs. Grey’s 1.1 million in four days.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Author Claudia Gray on Fanfiction, the Enduring Appeal of YA, and What It’s Like to Write a Star Wars Novel

Claudia Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars and Star Wars: New Republic: Bloodline, as well as the YA sci fi book Defy the Stars. We talked to Claudia over the phone about her fanfic roots, why she's fascinated by artificial intelligence, and what it's like to get paid to write about Star Wars.

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/Slash/, an Indie Coming-of-Age Movie About Fan Fiction

It's about a young fanfic writer who is pushed by one of his friends to publish his story online. When it catches the eye of a specific moderator, things change for the young author, especially when him and his friend visit a con.

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Celebrate Fan-Made Works (And Learn About Fair Use) With The Harry Potter Alliance

#FanWorksTaughtMe

The creation of fan-made transformative works about beloved franchises is hardly a new trend, but many creators still aren't aware of how "fair use" rights can work in their favor. That's why the Harry Potter Alliance has begun their "Fan Works Are Fair Use" campaign, to celebrate fan-made works and create a community of creators who know their rights and want to protect them.

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Anna Kendrick Reads Femslash, Wants Quvenzhané Wallis to Play Spider-Man

Rejoice, BeChloe shippers.

I was varying degrees of disappointed and conflicted by Pitch Perfect 2 (look for our full review tomorrow), but regardless of the movie's many problematic elements, I still love that a comedy franchise about talented ladies getting shit done has found such a dedicated fandom... one that Anna Kendrick is about to make very happy.

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It’s-A Me, Mary Sue: Why She’s An Important Figure For Fanfic And Fangirls

Hide your fics, the Mary Sue is coming!

So fanfic is great. We all know that. You get it. But what about… you know, that kind of fanfic? She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named? The Steven Moffat of fanfics? The very namesake of this site? THE MARY SUE. We can still hate her and the people who write Mary Sue fics, right? RIGHT? No. No you cannot.

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Steven Moffat Calls Sherlock Season 4 “Bloody Frightening,” Sherlock Fanfic “Creative & Exciting”

Steven Moffat, teasing and cryptic? No! Never!

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How to Offend Everyone and Make Yourself Cry: Writing Diversity in Fanfiction

The strange and wonderful world of fanfiction has only one common creed, resounding across megafandoms and yuletide titles alike: I do what I want.

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Dressvergent, A YA Dystopian Novel Born From the Internet’s Obsession With Colors

Starring Strong Female Protagonist™ Catalina Midnight.

No one knows how the world was in the Before Times—the Leaders made sure to erase all the historical documents they could when they first rose to power—but what we do know is that our Society first truly began with the advent of the Picture.

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The New York Times Just Discovered Erotic Fanfic, Made This Baby-Boomer-Approved Guide for You

Hot scoop.

Welcome to the Internet, New York Times! It's a beautiful, ridiculous cesspool!

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