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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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The Dudes of X-Men: Days of Future Past Dance And Admire Slash Fan Art Together

Um... M-Preg warning.

Ever wonder if your favorite stars peruse their tag on Tumblr, stumbling across all the fan art and fanfic we've made? Well last night on The Graham Norton Show, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy were treated to the best selections of slash fic and art the internet has to offer.

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Attention All Roleplayers, Fanfic Authors, and Simmers: Drop What You’re Doing And Play Storium

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I’m no stranger to group storytelling. In high school, I wrote fanfic with a friend, swapping a spiral-bound notebook back and forth. During that same time I was working at a renaissance faire and my inbox overflowed with email threads of in-character letters. When I was in college, I was an active participant in a Star Trek sim. My World of Warcraft guild forums had a section dedicated to roleplaying. And in recent years, after I moved countries, my previously-local friends and I went through a short period of playing Parsely and Dungeons & Dragons via Google Hangouts. So believe me when I say — if you like to roleplay, if you like collaborative storytelling, if you have gaming friends you can’t meet in person, Storium is what you’ve been looking for. 

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Several Women Arrested For Writing Fanfic In China

Suddenly

Quick! Hide your fic! 

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China Isn’t Having Any of Your Science Bros., They’ve Arrested 20 Slash Fanfiction Writers

Team China: Imagination Police.

I'm no huge proponent of fanfiction, but arresting people is taking it a bit far, China. Well, for China, it really isn't. Their Internet and media in generally are broadly censored, but a new report suggests that the country's police have arrested at least 20 people for writing romantic tales starring their favorite fictional male characters.

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Things We Saw Today: A Fresh Batch of Star Trek: The Next Generation Easter Eggs

Things We Saw Today

What? What else were you expecting? (photo credit unknown; via That's Nerdalicious!)

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Things We Saw Today: Delta Shields On Mars

Things We Saw Today

The Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards won't be open for at least three hundred years, but it's nice to see that Mars is getting itself ready. (via Gizmodo)

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Why Writers Don’t Read Fanfiction of Their Own Work (It’s Not Because They Think It’s Stupid)

That doesn't mean it's not stupid, though.

Despite its popularity, fanfiction still gets a bad rap in some writing circles. A lot of writers especially hate it when you send them fanfiction based on their work, but usually it has nothing to do with what they think of the medium as a whole. It's because you're sending them a ticking time bomb of copyright problems without realizing it.

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“Throw Stones” Is A Stunningly-Beautiful Song Tribute To Sailor Moon

In the name of the moon, she will make you cry.

Singer-songwriter Mary Bichner is an incredibly-talented vocalist and composer - and also a huge fan of Sailor Moon. When you put her passions together, you get "Throw Stones," a haunting tribute to Sailor Galaxia (a character who appears towards the end of the Sailor Moon story-arc).

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Say Hello To Not Literally’s “I Ship It,” Your New Fandom Anthem

Fans Do Cool Things

Sometimes I ship canon pairings in a reasonable and orderly fashion, and other times I...well, I do this.

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Indie Press Looking to Publish Fanfic Writers with New Kickstarter Campaign

Man, books are the best.

Say what you want about fanfiction and whether not it's a viable form of literature, but there are a lot of incredibly talented writers who lurk in the depths of Ao3, just waiting to be discovered. That's basically what Big Bang Press wants to do -- they got three fanfic writers to pen original novels, and now they want to bring those novels to the masses.

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

A Lesson in Humility

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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Infamously Bad Harry Potter Fanfic My Immortal Gets Web Series

This is just like magic!

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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Mix-and-Match Character Magnets Make Your Fanfic Dreams Come True

Just What You've Always Wanted

I think Etsy user Mary Jenkins is going to make you really happy. Her Cosplay Scramble magnets feature chibi character designs of your favorites from Sherlock, Mass Effect, Star Wars, My Little Pony, Doctor Who, and more. But that's not all! What might look like disturbing decapitation in these featured images is really your fanfic dream come true! Swap heads, bodies, and props to create new mash-up characters to act out all sorts of scenarios on your refrigerator. My mind is wandering...take a look!

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Things We Saw Today: The Doctor and Rose at Disneyworld

Things We Saw Today

Come on, you know they totally did this. These cosplayers have the right idea. (Fashionably Geek)

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Amazon Thinks You Should Cash in on That Fan Fiction, Meet “Kindle Worlds”

Writing fan fiction used to be completely pointless, but Amazon wants to help you cash in with their new Kindle Worlds service.

Fan fiction is something that I never understood. Why put all the effort into writing something that you can never have published because you don't own the rights? That's not a problem anymore. Amazon just announced Kindle Worlds -- a publishing platform that lets anyone publish content set in licensed worlds. I'm going to write so much Pretty Little Liars fan fiction.

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Amazon’s Launching A Program To Sell Fanfic. Yeah, You Read That Right.

Suddenly

Not just any old fanfic. Your Star Trek/Supernatural crossover high school AU won't earn you any dough quite yet. But with a new program called Kindle Worlds writers in certain fandoms, with more to come, will be able to publish their fic on Amazon. And earn royalties. Completely legally. There is no gif that can express what my brain is doing right now. In text form, it's "??!??!?!!?!?!?."

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Things We Saw Today: Beautiful Batgirl Birkin Bag

Things We Saw Today

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

I Guess I Can't Argue With That

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

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

Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

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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