'Fifty Shades of Grey' shines light on erotic fan fiction

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Press Commentary
Title: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' shines light on erotic fan fiction
Commentator: Stephanie Goldberg
Date(s): 06 April 2012
Venue: CNN
Fandom: Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight
External Links: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' shines light on erotic fan fiction
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' shines light on erotic fan fiction is an article about the former Twilight BDSM AU Fifty Shades of Grey and erotic fanfiction.

Does "Fifty Shades of Grey's" love affair between a dominant man and vulnerable young woman feel a tad bit familiar?

It might if you're a tried and true fan of the "Twilight" series.

Welcome to the world of fan fiction, where fans tweak or add to existing series, novels and characters -- oftentimes with a steamy twist.

The article quotes Francesca Coppa on the topic of erotic fanfiction, mentions the OTW (with a link to Fanlore!) and gives a short introduction to the history of fanfiction by pointing to the origins in Star Trek fandom. Slash isn't referred to by name but as "people were writing gay and lesbian scenes". Anne Rice and her 'DO NOT WANT' stance on fanfiction is also mentioned.

On the reaction of the mainstream:

Sexual content is often shunned by the publishing world, said Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg. "People have been really turned on by this book. It's so interesting that something considered dirty and second-rate is being embraced by the industry." [...] "I'm not sure there will be a lot of other 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' but the way people deal with fan fiction may be shifting in a real and significant way."
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