The Weird World of Fan Fiction
|News Media Commentary|
|Title:||The Weird World of Fan Fiction|
|Date(s):||June 14, 2012|
|Venue:||print: Wall Street Journal|
|External Links:||The Weird World of Fan Fiction; archive link at online.wsj.com|
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The Weird World of Fan Fiction is an article by Alexandra Alter published in the Wall Street Journal in 2012. It bears the alternate title: "The Fan-Fiction Roots of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Other Best Sellers": They're amateur writers—with millions of readers. After years in the shadows, they're starting to break into the mainstream.
The article does a fairly decent job explaining fanfiction to the most mainstream of audiences. It mentions Twilight fandom, the inevitable Fifty Shades of Grey, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Naomi Novik, various professional authors' attitudes to fanfiction, FanFiction.Net, crossovers, crack!fic, slash, Supernatural, the legal basis of fanfiction, and more.