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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No one knows how the world was in the Before Times—the Leaders made sure to erase all the historical documents they could when they first rose to power—but what we do know is that our Society first truly began with the advent of the Picture.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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Today Is the First International Fanworks Day, So Let’s Discuss the Very Best Of Fan Creation

Tell us your faves

Today is a momentous day: It's the first ever International Fanworks Day.

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Power-Playing: Advice To NSFW Fic Writers And Novelists Now That Fifty Shades of Grey Is A Movie

Yes, I'm looking at you writing that NC-17 dub-con.

It is 2011, and I am at a literary award after party. There is no statue in my hand, but there is a vodka martini. I think it was number three. Maybe four? And the title of the book on everyone’s lips that night was not the one that had taken home the top prize two hours earlier; it was “that new mommy porn book.”

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David Duchovny Has a Favorite X-Files Slashfic

Shoutout to that one time I found fanart of Krycek as a mermaid on Elfwood.

The X-Files fandom isn't gone. It's just dormant. And it got a big shot in the arm last week.

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On The Fetishisation Of Gay Men By Women In The Slash Community

It's more complicated than you might think.

About a year ago, I went with friends to see a live reading of Welcome to Night Vale and was shocked by the amount of screaming coming from women in the audience. The Night Vale episode focused heavily on the romantic relationship between two male characters, Cecil and Carlos, and half the audience would absolutely shriek every time anything remotely romantic happened between them.

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What To Do When You Discover Your Co-Worker Writes Erotic Hulk Fanfic

On finding unexpected things

A few years ago, when I started working with special needs children, I did my best to erase my fannish presence from the Internet. I deleted fandom accounts, locked down my social media, and made new aliases in case my old ones had been compromised. I was concerned that parents wouldn't want me working with their children if they knew that I'm the kind of person who engages in complicated debates about Omega reproductive organs.

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None Of This Is New: An Oral History Of Fanfiction

There’s a card in Cards Against Humanity that says “Harry Potter erotica,” and every time I’ve seen that card played there’s inevitably someone in the group that says, “Wait. Is that a real thing?” To be fair, in a deck that includes things like “German dungeon porn,” it’s a reasonable question, but it always throws me a little bit.

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Our Interview With Adventure Time‘s Head of Story and the Voice of Flame Princess!

Or should I say Flame KING.

Adventure Time's been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but the series is back on Cartoon Network, starting with "Ghost Fly." We though that was certainly enough of a timely event to share the fruits of our New York Comic Con roundtable interview with Kent Osborne, AT's head of story, and Jessica DiCicco, the voice of Flame Princess.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Orlando Jones Have Expressed Varying Levels of Comfort With Slash

Orlando Jones is a wonderful human being, part infinity of infinity.

Orlando Jones: "Benedict, slash weirds you out? Give it to me if you don't want it. I'll take it. I'll read all the slash."

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Christian Blogger Rewrites Harry Potter, Saves Our Souls With “Hogwarts School Of Prayer & Miracles”

Hagrid laughed wisely. "Evolution is a fairytale!"

Hermione spoke worriedly. "There is a man named Voldemort who wants to destroy all that we stand for. He is pushing an agenda in congress which will stop us from practicing our faith freely."

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I Watched Doctor Whore And Its Geek Porn Predecessors And Lived To Blog About It

Wibbly-wobbly sorry Mom.

I stared down the rabbit hole (and many other orifices) of geek adult film parodies and am here, for what it's worth, to report back. Geronimoan!

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In Defense of So-Called “Bad” Fanfiction

Shout out to Sirius/Remus.

If you consider yourself “in” a particular fandom, regardless of what fandom it is, there’s a good chance you’ve at least dipped your toes into the great and terrible ocean of fanfiction. And there is certainly a lot of great and a lot of terrible fanfiction.

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Self-Insert: If it Isn’t My Old Friend, Underage Porn-Reading

How are you ... besides ILLEGAL?

I was a person for whom puberty hit hard and early, and while I had available to me a fair bit of Our Bodies, Ourselves-level information about how all these new and terrifying parts worked, I was left in the lurch about their practical applications.

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Fan Fiction is More Than Words – It’s About Worlds

We ship it.

There’s a whole universe of possibilities to explore in fan-fiction, and reading (and writing) fan-fiction is something that can not only help you explore your own fandom, but can help you understand different perspectives of the story or character.

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Things We Saw Today: Tiny Captain Marvel Cosplay

Parenting done right.

Photographer Yaro Jane dressed her daughter up as Captain Marvel, and the resulting photos have been approved by both Kelly Sue DeConnick and Gail Simone. Killer.

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A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

(The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and the Mainstreaming of Fan Culture

This is just like magic!

A few weeks ago, the Syfy network announced their plans to adapt Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, into an hourlong drama series. The small handful of blogs and online news outlets who covered the story labelled the project "Harry Potter for adults," or else slapped it with a somewhat derisive-sounding "Young Adult fantasy" label. On the surface, it's easy to see how people can mistake The Magicians for any number of other "young people discovering they're mystically special" narrative, but it's a description that is, nevertheless, inaccurate. Now I'm not crazy. I know a story about a group of young adults who attend a magic school and then go traipsing around an alternate universe which can be accessed via an interstitial forest sounds a lot like "Harry Potter/Narnia for adults." But what that description betrays is a failure to understand that Grossman's series isn't a rip-off of either story, but is instead something newer and stranger than that. 

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Nerd Semantics Cross Language Barriers With Yaoi, Slash, & Otaku

Essay

Words change, and words get used different ways in different places. Ask someone from the United States what word they use to refer to carbonated beverages, and you will hear at least two different answers. Sometimes three or more. English borrows words all the time from different languages, too. In anime and manga fandom, the words involved tend to be borrowed from Japanese. Words like otaku, words like yaoi.

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X-Men Stars Michael Fassbender & James McAvoy View Fan Art Gallery While Hugh Jackman Reads Slash [VIDEO]

Romance

Actors finding out about the stuff fans do on the internet in their spare time is one of my favorite things. The latest example: Days of Future Past stars Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy appearing on The Graham Norton Show, along with Hugh Jackman, and getting a crash course is slash. Previously in X-Men

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