Lev Grossman

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Name: Lev Grossman
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Occupation: Novelist, Journalist
Medium: Novels, Magazine and newspaper articles
Works: The Magicians series
Official Website(s): http://levgrossman.com
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Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, best known for his urban fantasy trilogy The Magicians.

On his own experience writing fanfiction

I’ve contributed to fandoms for Harry Potter, Adventure Time, and How to Train Your Dragon, and I would say that the challenges in fanfiction and traditional fiction are essentially the same. In fanfiction you’re working with characters and in worlds created by somebody else, so you don’t start from scratch. But novelists don’t always start from scratch, either. They write about real historical figures, and they borrow characters, the way Jean Rhys did in Wide Sargasso Sea, or Tom Stoppard did in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The trick is to make them your own.


- Lev Grossman, S.E. Hinton, and Other Authors on the Freedom of Writing Fanfiction by Emma Whitford for Vulture (APR. 13, 2015)

Writing about Fandom

This author tweeted in 2010 that he is unreservedly pro-fan-fiction, using the hashtag GabaldonFail to disparage another author anti stance.[1]

Grossman is best known in fandom circles, for his Time Magazine article, The Boy Who Lived Forever.

Lev wrote a foreward to Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World a book by Anne Jamison.


  1. ^ Tweet by the author May 3 2010.